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Our most recommended County Galway Outdoor Sports

From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip

1. From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip

Experience the Cliffs of Moher independently with a round-trip express coach service from Galway. Get access to the visitors center on arrival, and enjoy a full 2 hours to explore at your own pace. Go for a stroll along the nature trails of the 214-meter high cliffs and get breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Look for up to 20 species of birds found in the area during nesting season. Learn more about the cliffs at the interactive exhibits, displays and virtual reality aerial tours of the visitors center before the return coach service to Galway.

From Galway: Connemara National Park Full Day Tour

2. From Galway: Connemara National Park Full Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Galway on this guided tour to Connemara National Park. Learn about the traditions, music, and language of the region before enjoying free time to explore the park and hike Diamond Hill. Start by meeting at the meeting point or making use of the free pickup option. En route to and from the park, your driver will break up the journey by making frequent photo and coffee stops and allowing you to soak in as much of Connemara as you can. With the help of your driver-guide, learn all you need to know about the region and plan how you'll spend your time at the Connemara National Park. Plus, get a chance to hear some local traditional music. Upon arrival at the park, your driver will explain your return time with you before you enjoy free time for two hours. Shortly after arriving, prepare for a hike on Diamond Hill. There are three primary hiking routes at the National Park, each varying in difficulty and length. Each route starts and finishes at a welcome center and cafe/tea rooms. After the two hours of hiking, meet your driver at the predetermined drop-off point and start to make your way back to Galway. The return route shows you the coastal side of Connemara, providing a different view from the outbound route.

From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

3. From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations on this guided tour from Dublin. Stop halfway for a short break and comfort stop and enjoy onboard entertainment during the journey, including a Game of Thrones quiz to see who will be crowned King or Queen in the North. Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park, where you'll enjoy a 3-kilometer trek and discover several iconic locations, including where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Starks found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your morning trek, travel to Strangford, a small fishing village where you will break for lunch. After lunch, visit Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a 3-kilometer afternoon trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands.  As your return trip to Dublin begins, stop for a quick visit to Inch Abbey, the location where Robb Stark was declared King in the North. Your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners, and replica swords and shields for photo opportunities.

Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

4. Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

Grab a set of wheels for an active bicycle 2.5-hour tour around Dublin city and discover the city’s most famous sites alongside a fully qualified ‘Failte Ireland’ national tour guide. Begin our tour at in Whitefriar Place near St. Stephen’s Green and set off to explore Dublin’s canals and the River Liffey, Georgian Dublin with its grand 18th-century houses, beautiful parks, and Norman Dublin’s castles and cathedrals. Get an insight into the culture of Dublin’s writers, painters, poets, and special characters and visit places of revolution and war from Dublin’s turbulent history.  As you cycle around in the streets of Dublin, your guide will point out all the good pubs and traditional music venues along the route- If there is enough time you might even be able to stop at one.

From Galway: Connemara and Connemara National Park Day Tour

5. From Galway: Connemara and Connemara National Park Day Tour

Discover everything the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer on a guided full-day trip from Galway. Pass through charming villages along the coast and into the heart of Connemara. Meet your guide at the Kinley Hostel early in the morning and hop on the comfortable tour vehicle which will take you through the Claddagh and Salthill, and along the coast, through Barna, Spiddal, and Inverin. Listen to entertaining tales about the culture and history of the area from your professional local guide and driver. Enjoy stops along the way for tea and a visit to the Quiet Man Cottage replica. Continue through bogs and onto the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone next to Derrygimlagh Bog. Head along Sky Road and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic. Stop for 3 hours at the Connemara National Park. Take your time to explore the more than 3,000 hectares of bog, mountains, grasslands, and woodlands. Return to Galway and take photos along the way at Kylemore Abbey and the Quiet Man Bridge.

Dublin: Coastal Hike and Pints

6. Dublin: Coastal Hike and Pints

Experience a journey through time, hearing tales of Viking and Norman invasions and learning about the history of the 700-year-old castle. Immerse yourself in Irish culture as you walk through the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey (Built in 1042), and visit sites known only to locals (Hidden Howth). There will be plenty of time for photographs as you stroll through the fishing village, meeting the local colony of seals and wide variety of seabirds, before you ascend towards the cliffs. You can then take in the stunning views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye, and be overwhelmed by the heady scent from the gorse on the heath. The Baily Lighthouse and Dublin Bay will then come into view as you ascend towards the summit, and from there, you will stroll down the old tramline and finish off in a local pub for a pint of beer. Whether you have a passion for Irish history, hiking, or myths and legends, there is something for everyone on this tour.

Dublin: Howth Hiking Tour

7. Dublin: Howth Hiking Tour

Immerse yourself in nature by hiking on the charming Howth Peninsula, a treasure of the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. Attune your senses and spirit to the outdoors. Feel a real connection with the land and people around you. A gnarly and beautiful coastal adventure in any season. Discover Howth off-road with passionate and expert local guides, nobody knows it better. Be ready for 10 kms to 15 kms (6 to 9 miles) in about 4 hours. Relive history as you walk through the ages and explore unique habitats that vary by day and season.  Submit to the ancient romance and resonance of Aideen's Grave, a druidic altar and gateway to the Otherworld, as old as the pyramids. Climb to HG Wells' most beautiful view in the world. Clear your mind and ignite your creativity with the salty air and cool breezes on your cheeks. Follow WB Yeats' Fairy Road down to the sea and the cliffs. Surrender your ears to the soughing of the forest and the gentle tunes of the trees. Sometimes embrace wild storms, crashing waves and lashing seas. Panoramic views of the Baily Lighthouse from the clifftops. Exercise your body and soul. Digest the myths and intimate tales, legends and history of 6000 years. The real high comes from the group, roving through enchanting territory, air and light from one inspiring place to the next. Cross trainers, boots or stout shoes are recommended.  Keep an eye on the weather and think about a light waterproof, gloves, scarf and hat in a backpack. Water and a snack wouldn't hurt either. Holiday Hack! Get the 31 or 31/a bus from Talbot street in the city center, sit up stairs, up front or on the right hand side and treat yourself to a coastal tour and intimate review of Dublin as you make your way out to join the tour in Howth.  The Dart works well too (Dublin Area Rapid Transit ) and both have excellent free WIFI.

Dublin: Coastal Walk and Howth Adventure

8. Dublin: Coastal Walk and Howth Adventure

Enjoy an unforgettable day at this beautiful Dublin coastal harbor and village. Gain a unique insight into the harbor and village, tales, legends, and history of Howth. Be surrounded by nature along with your guide and canine companion, Loki. Visit the amazing grounds of Howth's 800-year old castle, relax in the hidden wonder of the giant rhododendron gardens and follow the secret paths and trails through the woodlands and heathlands.   Take in the world-famous cliff path and best panoramic views on the east coast of Ireland which lead you back to the village and all the famous hospitality Howth has to offer.

Galway: Gaelic Games Experience

9. Galway: Gaelic Games Experience

Experience a Gaelic Games session at a local Gaelic club called "Liam Mellows", located a 10-minute bus journey from the city center. The modern facility includes a dedicated visitor center, with one public bus route (number 402) stopping close by the club. Sessions start with an introduction to what are known locally as "Gaelic Games". This includes the history of the games, their revered place to life in Ireland, and how the games are structured/played. You’ll see video clips and the Irish passion for GAA, and will generally just have the "craic". Following the engaging introduction, you will head out to the astro pitch where you'll partake in gentle team-building activities of Gaelic football, hurling, and handball. Your trainers for the day will be great; being passionate about their beloved games and really interacting with visitors. Depending on your group, you most likely play some mini-matches, all in good fun.

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What people are saying about County Galway

Great bike tour. Our guide took us to lots of beautiful sites in the city and have great recommendations for places to visit or get food. Lots of breaks so you don't get that tired and really pretty views along the river. He had lots of interesting historical facts at each of our stops and had a good sense of humor.

Mark, our guide, shared his sense of humor along with his historical knowledge of the area. Wonderful views of the Irish sea from the cliff side hiking path. Can't beat the brew at the end of the trail!

Great tour. I loved the visual media at each stop along the way. And of course, Lar is a fantastic tour guide!

Bus was on time, convenient, and clean. We had more than enough time at the Cliffs. Great trip!

The experience was great. The driver was so nice and taught full