Castles, Churches & Corrib Cruise Safari, Connemara, 1 Day Self Guided
Discover the fascinating history of some of the oldest castles and churches in Ireland and take in a scenic cruise of one of Ireland largest loughs. Explore Aughnanure Castle, outside the village of Oughterard on the banks of Lough Corrib, one of well over 200 tower houses in County Galway. The original castle at Aughnanure may have been built by Walter de Burgo, first Earl of Ulster, it was then occupied by the mighty O’Flaherty clan from 1256.
Then explore Lough Corrib on a scenic cruise, first to Inchagoill Island and then onto the picturesque village of Cong, which includes the ruined medieval Cong Abbey and Ashford Castle.
Lough Corrib is reputed to have 365 islands. Most famous of which is Inchagoill Island. Located midway between Cong and Oughterard, it is one of the largest of the many wooded islands along Lough Corrib. The island has spectacular views of the Maumturk range. Joyce Country and the mountains of Connemara, and it is also home to two ancient venerated sites, set close together in its woods’ St Patrick’s Church believed to have been erected in the 5th century and the tiny 12th century Church of the Saints.
Cong village is known for its underground streams that connect Lough Corrib with Lough Mask to the north. It was also the home of Sir William Wilde, historian and father to prominent playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer, Oscar Wilde. Cong is the home of Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s finest hotels, converted from a Victorian faux lakeside castle, built by the Guinness family and is a tourist attraction in its own right. Cong also has a fine example of a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, where Rory O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland, is buried. It also is the origin of Celtic art in the form of a metal cross shrine called the Cross of Cong. The ‘Cross of Cong’ is now held in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. There is a High Cross in the village.
- One day entry into Aughnanure Castle
- Return ferry ticket for a Corrib Cruise – Ashford & Island Day Cruise
- Full information pack supplied upon booking
- Available June, July and August (except Tuesdays)
- Own transport required to meeting point
- Minimum number of persons for this safari to proceed: 1
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1 Day self guided Castles, Churches & Corrib Cruise Safari
Please ensure you have a copy of your information pack and maps supplied to you.
10h00 Suggested arrival at Aughnanure Castle, 3.5km from Oughterard off N59, approximately 24 kms from Galway on the N59 to Clifden. Explore the castle and grounds.
11h30 Collect your packed lunch from pub(as per your lunch voucher detail) in Oughterard and make your way down to the ferry on Pier Road
12h00 Depart on the Corrib Queen ferry, departs from Oughterard Pier, at the end of Pier Road, Oughterard
Sail to Inchagoill Island, passengers are given a guided tour at St. Patricks monastic site which dates back to the 5th century.
Leaving Inchagoill Island we continue our cruise onto Ashford Castle Cong arriving there at approx 13:30. Passengers at this point have the option of taking the 1km walk to the quaint village of Cong, famous as the location of John Ford’s 1951 classic Hollywood movie “The Quiet Man”. Passengers also have the option of enjoying the beautiful grounds of Ashford Castle, former summer home of the Guiness Family.
17h00 passengers will then board the Corrib Queen for direct transfer to Oughterard, arriving at approximately 18:00
End of Safari! Please join us on another day safari in Connemara very soon.