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Connemara and Cong Village Day Trip from Dublin

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Connemara and Cong Village Day Trip from Dublin

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Delight in western Galway on a full-day trip to Connemara, Cong and Kylemore Abbey from Dublin. Take a coach journey to western Ireland, and admire Connemara’s glorious lakes, mountains and villages as your driver-guide tells tales of the region’s history, folklore and nature. Drive through the hidden Lough NaFooey valley and view Killary Fjord on the Atlantic coast. Visit Cong, a backdrop for the 1950s movie ‘The Quiet Man’, and get time to explore the village independently, before enjoying discounted admission to the lakeside Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden.
  • Connemara, Cong and Kylemore Abbey day trip from Dublin, with air-conditioned coach transport
  • Soak up Connemara’s epic lake and mountain scenery in western Galway
  • Learn about Connemara’s history, culture and landscapes from an expert driver-guide
  • See the 14th-century Ross Erilly Friary and visit Cong village, a location for the 1950s movie ‘The Quiet Man
  • Follow the Lough Nafooey valley to stunning Killary Fjord, washed by the Atlantic
  • Save on optional admission to the Gothic-style Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
  • Get time free to explore the abbey, mausoleum and garden, and visit the café and shop
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Professional Local Driver/Guide
Live commentary on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Entrance Fee to Kylemore Abbey & Gardens

Departure Point

O'Connell St Tourist Information Centre, 14 Upper O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 WP59, Ireland

Departure Point: Central Dublin Address: 14 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin City Centre, Dublin Directions: Board coach at Discover Ireland Centre on O'Connell St. (beside the Savoy Cinema) D01 WP59 Check in and boarding before 6:45am Departure 7am sharp

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Seats are not assigned
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Galway Tour Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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, Jan 2019
Very good trip. The driver is providing lot of information about the trip, the history of Connemara, which are very insteresting. The circuit the bus is doing enable us to see lot of interesting Connemara sites.
Beautiful country side however, we...
, Mar 2018
Beautiful country side however, we were very alarmed that at the conclusion of our tour, 7 of us, were dropped off at a public gas station to wait an hour for another bus in the cold, to pick us up to take us back to Dublin. This is a very bad business practice and completely unacceptable. SHAME!
It's hard to tell what I loved the...
, Dec 2017
It's hard to tell what I loved the most about Ireland, but I guess Connemara could be just it: my favorite place in this country! The nature is stunning, with such bright colours for winter time! It was lovely to see the wild horses and sheeps, and Kylemore Abbey is fantastic even if, unluckily, I booked exactly in the time when they were working on it so a big part of it was covered, still amazing though!
A great day-trip, with very a very...
Andrew G
, Dec 2017
A great day-trip, with very a very friendly Driver/Guide. If youre interested in the movie The Quite man, this will be a great trip. One suggestion, arrange it so that you're left in Cong Village overnight, if not longer. Arrange your own housing in the village, and arrange for a Quiet Man tour. This is a bucket list item for my return trip in the Summer of 2018. Stop in the pub at Lydon's Lodge for a pint of the black. Make sure to stop through The Dying Man's House. Access is free, with a donation box.
A must do for anyone interested in the...
, Aug 2017
A must do for anyone interested in the more traditional part of Ireland. Amazing landscape!
While I'm fine with long driving...
Sarah P
, Jun 2017
While I'm fine with long driving days, visitors departing from Dublin beware it's a three hour bus trip to Galway first might've been 2 if we didn't circle the city for an hour to pick up one more passenger, transfer to another bus, to drive for a further 2-3 hours. While there are a few short photo stops on the way, it was not worth the long drive, especially since Kylemore itself was partially covered in scaffolding not the fault of the tour itself of course. And on a personal note, I don't like being constantly fed with information. I like to sit back and visually enjoy the scenery. The driver/guide was an absolute goldmine and wealth of information and it appeals to many particularly for the older generation, but not for me. The transfer back to the bus to head to Dublin was painful in the sense the grumpy driver did not allow any toilet breaks despite asking him when I boarded.
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Great guide, a lot of nice sightseeing...
Lucine G
, Sep 2016
Great guide, a lot of nice sightseeing nature green mountains and Atlantic shore and beaches
Great day in spite of the rain. Michael...
Patricia J
, Aug 2016
Great day in spite of the rain. Michael was a very entertaining driver. Great scenery.
Good tour. Drivers were...
Rosemary F
, Jul 2016
Good tour. Drivers were curteous and helped to make sure we got to our connections in Galway
If I was reviewing the tour itself...
, Apr 2016
If I was reviewing the tour itself -- meaning where I jumped on the tour bus in Galway, saw the sights, and returned to Galway -- this would be a 5 star review no doubt. Our guide was incredibly informative and hilarious. He told us all the dos and donts and lots of anecdotes and jokes in between stops. Kylemore Abbey never disappoints this was my second time to see it and you get a solid two hours there. Just enough time to look around, take pics, eat a little lunch, and peruse the gift shop. The stops in Cong and the fjord were also a lot of fun. Where there was a little confusion was the shuttle service from Dublin to Galway. I wasn't completely aware that this was separate from the tour. I get on the bus with my mom, and no one really explained that we were getting on strictly a transportation service from point A to point B -- so we were a little unsure. All was good when we were transitioned to the tour bus in Galway, but arriving when we did, we were the last to get on, therefore we couldn't sit together. Not a huge deal, but worth mentioning. The biggest issue I had was returning to Galway. We were told to go to the bus station at a certain time but didn't have a ticket or a tour guide with us, so we weren't sure if we would have to pay or if we were getting on the right bus or not. All ended well -- we made it. But the confusion was unsettling for a bit.

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