Discover Antiquities & History of the West of Ireland Safari, 8 Days Self Guided, 4* Hotel


Discover Antiquities & History of the West of Ireland Safari, 8 Days Self Guided, 4* Hotel


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Discover ancient artefacts of the old world, scattered throughout Connemara and its islands. Uncover Bronze and Iron Age remnants and forts on far flung islands in the wild Atlantic ocean. View the earliest European writings on a remote island in a western Lough. Visit megalithic tombs, standing stones and island crannogs which are spectacular remnants of lifelong lost in other parts of Ireland. Explore the ruins of castles each with their own unique past. Connemara’s antiquities, history, myths and legends are calling you to tell their story. We also visit gardens, meet the locals and taste the food of wild Connemara. This region is truly authentic, unspoilt and relatively undiscovered. Join us on an independent journey of discovery which includes a city stay in both Galway and Dublin.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast in our preferred 4* Country and Country House accommodation
  • 4 evening meals
  • 7 days self guided sightseeing information pack an maps as per our suggested itinerary
  • Ferry tickets for Inchagoill Island(not available on Tuesdays), Killary Cruise, Inishbofin Island and the Aran Islands
  • Entrance into all attractions listed
  • Guided walking tour of Galway City
  • Guided Dublin City sightseeing tour
  • Full information pack supplied upon booking

Price does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Car rental
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Tips and gratitudes
  • Items of a personal nature


  • Available June, July & August (except Mondays)
  • Minimum number of persons for this tour to proceed: 1
  • Own transport required to meeting point
  • Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website for more information and details.

Please contact for more information on the above.


Day 1
AM: Fly into Shannon airport early morning
Collect your hire car at the airport
Travel to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for tour and lunch
Transfer to Galway city and your hotel the 4* Harbour Hotel
PM: 1 hr Guided Walking tour of Galway City – The City of Tribes
The 4 * Harbour Hotel provides tonight’s dinner and accommodation.
Then you might just want to sample a Guinness before retiring!

Day 2
AM: Travel to Connemara
Visit to Brigit’s Garden, a Celtic heritage and mythology themed contemporary garden
Visit to Aughanure Castle, outside Oughterard. Built in 1546 as a stronghold of the O’Flaherty clan
12h00 Boat cruise to Inchagoill Island and the village of Cong on Lough Corrib. (Please note : this cruise not available on Tuesdays). On the island -view some of the earliest European writings. Return to cruise on Lough Corrib, passing Ashford castle and onto Lislougrey pier. Optional gentle walking for 1km into Cong village to view Cong Abbey ruin and the 13th century medieval Ashford Castle.
Packed lunch / Lunch in Cong Village
Return via ferry to pier at Oughterard
The 4 * Currarevagh House Hotel in Oughterard, provides tonight’s dinner and accommodation, and can be followed by a visit to one of Oughterard’s character pubs.

Day 3
AM: Travel to Leenane village
10h30 Boat cruise down Killary Fjord on Connemara Lady
Travel through scenic Connemara to Kylemore Abbey
PM: Lunch
Visit to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Accommodation and dinner tonight is at the 4* Renvyle House Hotel

Day 4
AM : Visit the ruins of Renvyle Castle, home to Grace O’Malley’s (the Irish pirate Queen) son
Travel to pier at Cleggan village
11h30 Ferry transfer to Inishbofin Island, the Island of the ‘White Cow’
Visit to Inishbofin Island, inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Walk for 3 to 4 hours in a timeless landscape with historical and pre-historical sites.
Packed lunch
Return ferry to Cleggan village
Travel to Clifden town
Accommodation for the next 2 nights is at the 4* Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Dinner is at your hotel tonight. Afterwards enjoy a traditional musical evening in one of the many lively pubs in town.

Day 5
AM: Visit the landing site of Alcock & Brown, the 1st transatlantic flight, outside Clifden
Visit the site of the Marconi Communication station, 1st transatlantic radio transmissions

Travel on Bog Road to Roundstone village
PM: Lunch in Roundstone village
Afternoon of leisure in Connemara and surrounds
Dinner is at a venue of your choice tonight in Clifden or surrounds.
Accommodation tonight is at the 4* Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

Day 6
AM: Travel from Clifden through Connemara to Rossaveal port
10h30 Ferry trip to Aran Islands
Visit to the Aran Islands
Option to hire bicycle/mini bus to view early Christian sites, prehistoric Dun Angus( hilltop fort) and seal colony
Packed lunch / lunch at pub /cafe on island
17h00 return ferry trip to Rossaveal port
Travel on coast road to Galway city
Accommodation tonight is at the 4 * Harbour Hotel.
Dinner is at a venue of your choice tonight, and can be followed by a visit to the night life of Galway City

Day 7
AM: Travel onto the 1000 year Christian city of Dublin.
Lunch in Dublin
PM: Guided Dublin City-Viking sightseeing tour
Tonight’s accommodations is at the The Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar, Lord Edward Street, conveniently located and close all major tourist attractions including Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, National Museum and National Gallery, to name but a few.
Dinner tonight is at the hotel or a venue of your choice in Dublin.

Day 8
Depart for airport and flight home

End of our Discover Antiquities & History of the West of Ireland Safari!
Hope to see you back in Connemara and Ireland very soon.

All of our prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a room. If your party requires single rooms they are available at a supplemental rate. The single supplement is to cover the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room. Please book early if you require a single room as only a limited number of single rooms are usually available. Contact for more details.


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