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Galway Bay

Galway Bay, Ireland

The Basics

Day tours of Galway Bay depart from Dublin and Galway City, and typically provide round-trip transport. Most excursions stop at key attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the Irish-speaking seaside village of Spiddal (An Spidéal), the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher. Multi-day voyages often combine a visit to Galway Bay with a trip to the Aran Islands, other parts of Ireland (e.g. County Limerick), or Northern Ireland.

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Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
$53.32 per adult
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A day well spent!! Great tour!!!
From the start to the end, it was a great experience. Booking on the website was easy, great prices and tour was definitely good value for money (not to mention, they give 10% disc on next booking). Good timing for all locations and well planned stops. Peter, our guide was full of information and made it fun and engaging throughout the day. Vik, the driver was great in navigating the narrow roads. Overall, a great trip!!!
Debleena_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Crack day tour! Highly recommend!
Sandra_A, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Brian and Michael were great. Very informative with a fun twist. Highly recommend this day trip. Bus was comfortable and clean.
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A wonderful day!
CarolynHL, Aug 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
This was a wonderful day trip! I was impressed by the COVID precautions and policies, the comfort of the bus, the skills of the driver (Teddy), and the history lesson provided by the guide, Kevin. From start to finish, this was professional, informative, and FUN!
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Great tour.. great tour guide!
srwhitaker, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
This was an excellent tour! Sean and Vedron were both professional and fun! Sean is full of knowledge of the history of the Cliffs of Moher, the Abbey and Galway! He is also a great storyteller… and if you’re lucky he may even sing for you! If you’re thinking about taking this tour..just do it! You won’t regret it!
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Definitely recommend
Sydney_T, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a great trip! Totally worth the money, as we saw so many things and got some really great pictures. The tour guide, John, was amazing as well, he had so much to tell us along every road, and he was very helpful and kind.
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Cliffs with rain
NancyBrennan, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Even though it was raining and the fog prevented us from a good view, John had explained that the fog could lift at anytime. And it did! We were blessed with a great view, the rest of the trip was perfect!
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Nice Sunday
naomi_g, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Anthony (the guide) was super nice and he really made the difference by teaching us so many Irish stories we didn’t know about !
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Experience to remember
Susan_K, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
This was an amazing trip. This was our 2nd trip in a week with Daniel as the guide and Vedran the driver. They both did an outstanding job. Daniel is full of knowledge of the area and great for info about Dublin itself. I would definitely recommend this trip.
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An island to see for defo
Catriona_O, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
Seeing the seals and riding the bikes round the island. All the people were very friendly and we were blessed with the weather
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Amazing experience
Zainab_A, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The tour was will organized The driver john was friendly and helpful He was punctual on time and gave alot of useful information along tge trip
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Great value for must see tour.
Raymond_W, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
A beautiful sunny day at the Cliffs of Moher. Our guide Sean was very knowledgeable and informative. He showed me how to spell my name in the old Irish language. He also took a photo of me, since I was by myself. Excellent value for a day we’ll spent!
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Ireland is more beautiful with tour guides like you!
Vemah_B, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
The entire tour was very comfortable, relaxing, safe & time conscious. The tour guide was the most helpful, kind, informative, approachable which made my friends & me enjoy our tour the most. He takes lovely shots as well. Thank you so much for the safe & meaningful tour. Ireland was more beautiful with tour guides like you.
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Magical day
Staycation_Dub, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
From start to finish whole trip was fabulous.Boat,crew & the island itself.Highly recommended for all ages.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waters in the bay can be choppy, and ferries may be canceled during inclement weather.

  • Running along the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Salthill Promenade is accessible to wheelchairs and offers spectacular views of the glistening water.

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How to Get There

There are numerous access points for Galway Bay, with the easiest to reach being Galway City. Galway-bound trains leave regularly from Heuston Station in Dublin; buses also connect Galway to the capital.

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When to Get There

The bay, especially the parts in and around Galway City, is busiest and most vibrant in summer. Get there early in the day to experience the bay at its most peaceful. Sunrise and sunset are particularly pretty.

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Spotting Galway Hookers

Gaze out across the bay and you may spot a Galway hooker, a traditional boat native to the area. Identifiable by their black bases and dark red sails, Galway hookers were designed to withstand the bay’s often rough seas. During the Cruinniú na mBád festival in August, these distinctive local boats can be seen sailing a route between Connemara and Kinvara.

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