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From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

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Activity provider: Connemara Wild Escapes

From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Connemara Wild Escapes

From US$ 121.09 per person

Explore the majestic castles of Connemara such as Aughnanure, Clifden, and Ballynahinch in a region famed for its breathtaking landscapes and glistening lakes.

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Duration 9 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of the unspoilt Connemara landscape
  • Visit the Irish tower house of Aughnanure castle
  • Explore the world renowned Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian walled gardens
  • Take in the scenic views of the Sky Road outside Clifden
  • Enjoy some tea and scones at the Ballynahinch Castle estate
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First, visit Aughnanure Castle, a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. Find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and dry harbour.  Stop in the quaint village of Oughterard with its thatched cottage pub for a short coffee break. Continue with stops at the Quiet Man Bridge and the legendary Connemara Giant and on through the desolate Inagh Valley. The next castle stop is Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery. The next few hours are up to you to explore this romantic abbey, its Victorian walled gardens and Gothic church.  After the break, head to the capital of Connemara, the colourful market town of Clifden. En route (weather permitting), join the famous Sky Road (part of the Wild Atlantic Way) viewing the ruins of Clifden castle and taking in the panoramic views.  Them, explore Ballynahinch Castle and the estate grounds including the newly restored walled garden before sitting down to some delicious castle tea and scones. Finally, make your way back through storybook villages. Pass green fields marked by dry stone walls, and see sheep, cows, Connemara ponies and blanket bogs.
  • Pickup and drop off from Galway city
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Tea, coffee, and scones
  • Lunch
  • Tips
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please meet outside Galway Cathedral, Galway city, in the car park for pick up. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time to meet your guide and board. Important: make sure you give yourself enough time to get to the meeting point in Galway City centre, as the area can often get congested in morning traffic. Since this is a group experience, the tour will not wait for any late arrivals, and no refunds will be given if you arrive late.

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
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4.7 /5

based on 14 reviews

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Great tour. Lovely places to stop and see. Colleen was very knowlegeable. Small group. Would have loved more time at Kylemore Abbey, but I understand the need to keep a schedule. My husband left his phone on the bus and Colleen went out of her way to return it to us.

July 31, 2022

Such the best experience we've made.Tony is an incredible and very kind man who brings you into this beautiful places.We took our time to enjoy Killmore's Abbey.Also we've got a tea time included with the tour reservation. We were only two to enjoy our day of today. Thanks again Tony for all that stories and your kindness. We'll bring photographs and memories with us.

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July 26, 2022

Very nice day touring the castles with Tony as our guide. Scenery was amazing and the visit to Kylemore Abbey was fantastic. Great way to get out and see the countryside of this area.

September 22, 2022

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