Day Tours From Galway
Cliffs of Moher & Burren
Departing at 09:30 daily and traveling south along the Wild Atlantic Way, your fully trained, local driver/guide will take you on a journey through the history and landscapes of Ireland.
The first stop is one of the most photographed castles in the whole of Ireland, Dunguaire Castle on the outskirts of Kinvara is a 16th-century medieval tower house.
Then it’s on through the glacial-karst landscape of the Burren and past Corcomroe Abbey. This fascinating 12th century Cistercian Abbey is noted for its distinguished carvings and rich ornamentation.
You will follow the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of County Clare, passing Black Head, Wild Atlantic Way - Discovery Point, and Fanore Strand. From here you can see the three Aran Islands, Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmann (Inis Meain), and Inisheer (Inis Oirr), majestically rising from the sea in Galway Bay and in the distance, the mountains of Connemara.
A photo stop at Doolin pier gives you a chance to feel the Atlantic wind in your face and to see the power of the sea as it crashes in on the shore.
After you’ve worked up an appetite on the beach it’s onto Doolin Hotel for lunch. (Lunch not included). Try any of the local seafood dishes, you won’t be disappointed.
Next up is your main stop of the day, the Cliffs of Moher for a 2 hour stop. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights and one of the 'Signature Points' on the Wild Atlantic Way. Rising 214 meters out of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher offer one of the most amazing views in Ireland. (entry fee included).
After the Cliffs of Moher, you'll return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, famous for its annual match-making festival.
Tour returns to Galway City between 17:00 and 17:30.
Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Tour, including
Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Departing at 09:00, your fully trained, local driver / guide will take you on a unique journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher.
Passing through numerous picturesque villages such as Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. and experience castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, ponies, cows, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two!
Arriving in Doolin, you board the ferry for Inisheer, the smallest and nearest of the Aran Islands.
During the 30-minute ferry crossing, keep an eye out for dolphins that occasionally follow the ferry as it approaches the Island.
Once on Inisheer, you’ll have free time to yourself to explore the ancient castles and churches, follow narrow lanes between stone walls and deserted white sandy beaches. It’s possible to explore the whole Island by hiring a bicycle or even a local guide with his pony and trap.
The return ferry to Doolin takes you on a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular views of the 214m high, 8km long Cliffs of Moher.
As they say around here “From the Cliffs you see the sea but from the sea, you see the Cliffs.”
Upon returning to Doolin, you re-board the coach and your local, driver/guide will take you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher for a minimum 1 hour stop. Entry fee to the Cliffs and the eco-friendly visitors centre is included.
Stroll along the summit of the Cliffs and take in the amazing views of the huge ocean and sky.
Departing the Cliffs, you return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world-famous matchmaking festival held every September and once again through the limestone, glacial-karst landscape that makes up the Burren.
Tour returns to Galway between 18:30 and 19:00.
Departing at 09:30, your fully trained, local driver/guide will take you out from Galway City through the Claddagh and Salthill, then west along the southern shores of Connemara, looking out across Galway Bay, travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way.
As your tour passes through the picturesque villages such as Spiddal and Inverin, you will see thatched cottages, dry stone walls, mountains, rivers and streams, Connemara ponies, amazing beaches and unspoilt bogs and deserted islands.
On through Connemara’s hidden jewel, Bothar na Scragoige. View the wilderness bog landscape and experience the tranquillity and isolation of Connemara.
You have a photostop at the picturesque little fishing village of Roundstone and then it’s out along the Wild Atlantic Way. To your left is the iconic Dog’s Bay Beach stretching a mile out into the Atlantic Ocean. Your next scheduled stop is Derrygimlagh Bog. This remote site was the centre of the communications and aviation world at the beginning of the 20th century. We then travel the Sky Road, renowned worldwide for its heart-stopping twists and turns as it swoops and soars above the Atlantic Ocean. The views and photo opportunities have to be seen to be believed.
Your main stop is a 3 hour stop to explore and ramble/hike in the Connemara National Park, on your return journey
we have a quick photo stop at the iconic Kylemore Abbey. Built by Mitchell Henry in the 1860s as a wedding gift to his wife Margaret, the magnificent castle at Kylemore is a must-see in Connemara.
To finish off your tour you will weave your way between the majestic Twelve Bens and Maumturk mountains through the Inagh Valley and onto the main Galway to Clifden road where we greet the impressive Connemara Giant as well as a visit to the famous ‘Quiet Man Bridge’ before returning to Galway City.
Tour returns to Galway between 18:30 and 19:00.