Castle & Island cruise tour, Connemara, 2 Days Guided from Dublin
Our two day castle and island tour to Connemara transports you to see one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders – ‘Kylemore Abbey and Victorian walled gardens’ at the very western and wild side of Ireland. We show you the most breathtaking sights and scenery Connemara has on offer. You will sail on one of Irelands largest loughs – Lough Corrib, visit the ancient monastic ruins on Inchagoill Island and then on to Ashford Castle and Cong village. With the wild Atlantic on one side of you during the day and wild endless mountains on the other, you will feel so elated driving through this amazing place. One of only two places in Ireland where sheep have the right of way over cars on the road! In the morning and evening, you have to be careful driving as they tend to sleep on the main roads!
Connemara is one of the most beautiful and mysterious regions in Ireland. Its craggy mountains, loughs (lakes) and wild landscape will stay with you forever.
We have the very best tour guides in the business with charming accents who will tell you tales of old and interesting Irish facts all day long! They will guarantee you will not want to get off the bus at the end of your magical day trip with us. Ah sure we may even join you for pint of the black stuff after the tour is over!
Join us on this fun filled journey to experience the very best that Connemara has to offer. Breathe the fresh air of the Atlantic and explore the many different shapes and rock formations that are surrounded in mystery and history. Can you draw up the courage of a lion to walk across one of Ireland’s amazing bogs or maybe a leisurely stroll along the beautiful sweeping beach looking out on Killary Fjord is more your idea of heaven.
Price includes: (per person sharing)
- 1 night Bed & Breakfast
- Packed lunch
- Corrib Island and Castle cruise
- Kylemore Abbey (photo stop)
- Killary Harbour
- Kilary Cruise & Galway city
- Full information pack supplied upon booking
- Single supplement: €21 additional
- Free walking tour of Dublin city with this day tour – just ask your driver for details
- Available June, July and August (except Tuesdays)
- Own transport required to departure location Suffolk Street in Dublin
- Departure time 6:30am (please arrive 10 minutes before)
- Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website www.connemarawildescapes.ie for more information and details.
- Offer is weather dependant
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Depart from the old stone church on Suffolk St Dublin 2. We will make our way west out of Dublin City heading for Galway as our adventure begins.
Arrive in Galway for a short stop for a coffee before hitting the coast road. We then take the very scenic road from Galway towards Oughterard, the gateway to Connemara and passing through quaint villages on the way with views unmatched anywhere else in Ireland. Connemara is unique in the fact that it has no official boundaries to let you know that you are in Connemara. You just know you’re there!
Arrive in Oughterard and be escorted to Oughterard pier and Corrib Queen.
12.00 noon (no sailings on Tuesday)
Depart Oughterard bound for Inchagoill Island.
Arrive at Ashford castle and disembark to explore the castle grounds and Cong village.
Depart Cong for return journey to Oughterard.
Arrive at Oughterard pier, where once again you will be escorted to Camillaun Lodge.
Relax and wander into Oughterard for supper at one of the local restaurants and a few drinks with the locals at one of the many pubs.
Breakfast is at Camillaun Lodge and then you are free to explore Oughterard and surroundings for an hour or so before rejoining the Extreme Ireland tour bus at 9.25’ish.
Depart Oughterard for Killary Harbour, Irelands only fjord. Not far into our journey you will get to see the famous bridge that was used in the Quiet Man film with John Wayne. Take a picture with your guide as they all think they are John Wayne! At Maam Cross where you will see for the first time one of numerous lakes that makes Connemara so famous. This is a Gaeltacht region where the locals speak Irish so you may have to learn a few words on your journey if you want a cup of tea! It is a beautiful language and music to the ears. Someone said once that listening to Irish spoken was the most relaxing thing in the world. I would have to agree. Through to the little village of Leenane where the enigmatic movie “The Field” was filmed. This story of The Bull McCabe really instils in you how land is in every Irish person’s mindset.
Embark on the Connemara Lady and marvel at all the mussel beds in the fjord in the shadow of Mweelrea, the highest mountain on the west coast of Ireland. On the 90 minute cruise you can listen to a history of the area, enjoy a light lunch or an Irish Coffee in the cafe/bar, or simply go out on deck and watch the mountains, the sea and the sky. If you are lucky, a pod of dolphins may come to join us for a time!
Depart for our next stop at Kylemore Abbey (photo stop), one of the most distinct buildings in Ireland. It was a female only boarding school for years but now is mainly used by nuns for retreat and for tourists to visit. It is nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul and is regarded as one of the most romantic places in Ireland. Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, the abbey is again steeped in history, including tragedy and Royal visits.
We will be driving in a circular route including Recess village via Maam Cross and then onto Galway City, through the wonderful Inagh Valley, famous for the phone advertisement of losing reception. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Connemara where we will stop to take in the breath-taking views with some photos. While driving we will have the Maumturk Mountains to our left side before seeing the magnificent Glencoaghan horseshoe part of the Twelve Bens Mountain range (right), one of Ireland’s famous hiking routes.
Back in Galway city, take an hour to explore the narrow streets and visit some craft shops or visit some of the many tourist attractions: the Claddagh Ring Museum, Spanish Arch and St Nicholas’s medieval church where Columbus visited before his trip to discover America!
Arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about your fun filled day!