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With the wild and rugged landscapes of Ireland’s west coast on its doorstep, Galway City is a great starting point for scenic escapes. From sheer coastal cliffs to remote islands where tradition reigns, here are a few of the best day trips from Galway. 

Cong – 26 miles (42 km) away
A charming country village straddling the border between County Galway and County Mayo, Cong enjoys a picturesque setting between two lakes. Little has changed since The Quiet Man was filmed here back in 1951, and traditional thatched roof cottages seen in the film still stand. 

Aran Islands – about 28 miles (45 km) away
Reachable by ferry or seaplane from Rossaveal and Doolin, the Aran Islands—Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer—seem to be stuck in a time long passed. Listen out and you’ll hear locals speaking Irish among themselves, pony traps clip-clopping along the road, and the sound of traditional music coming from local pubs. 

The Burren – 42 miles (66 km) away
A 62-square-mile (160-square-kilometer) jigsaw of limestone lunar-esque rocks, this unusual region—characterized by karst terrain, crevices, and fissures—may appear bare and barren, but it is in fact teeming with life. Some 700 species of plants and ferns sprout here, with wildflowers putting on a colorful display every spring. 

Cliffs of Moher – 47 miles (75 km) away
Located south of Galway in County Clare, this UNESCO World Heritage–listed site is among Ireland’s most famous beauty spots. The wind-worn cliffs extend for five miles (8 kilometers) and rise to a height of 702 feet (214 meters) above the seething and swirling Atlantic waves. Explore the modern visitors center, climb to the observation deck of the 19th-century O’Brien’s Tower, or hike the coastal road.

Connemara – about 50 miles (80 km) away
Encompassing bogland, heath, forests, and several of the Twelve Ben peaks, Connemara National Park presents some of the best hiking opportunities in Ireland. As well as walking trails, the rural Connemara region also has historic attractions including the castle-like Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary, one of Ireland’s best preserved Franciscan friaries.
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway

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Marvel at the natural majesty of the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher on a full-day trip to one of Ireland’s most popular attractions from Galway. Accompanied by a professional guide, travel south by luxury coach and pass through quaint fishing villages like Doolin and Kinvara. Admire the ancient fortress of Dunguaire Castle; immerse yourself in the Burren, a limestone landscape reminiscent of the moon’s surface; and then spend a leisurely two hours walking the trails surrounding the colossal Cliffs of Moher.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.

From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.

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Visit the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher in one day on this full-day tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way with your guide, through pretty villages including Ballindereen, Clarenbridge and Kilcolgan. Take the ferry from the fishing village of Doolin to Inisheer Island and enjoy free time at your leisure. Then, pass beneath the mighty Cliffs of Moher on the return ferry back to Doolin. Soak up spectacular views from atop the Cliffs of Moher, then take in the Burren and Lisdoonvarna on route back to Galway.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.50
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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary

Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary

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Delve into the rugged wilderness of Connemara, an Irish county thronged with historic monuments and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Galway City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the perfectly preserved Franciscan friary of Ross Errilly Friary and enjoy some leisurely free time in Cong, a picturesque village. Gaze at the tranquil surfaces of Lough Carrib and Loch NaFooey and discover the elaborate walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy a pleasant balance of guided tours and independent exploration during this enriching excursion.
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  • 10 hours
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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

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Discover top attractions including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey on this day trip to Connemara from Galway. Travel to Connemara as your guide sheds light on the region’s rich heritage and spectacular natural scenery. Take in fine views over the Twelve Pins mountain range and enjoy free time to explore Leenane Village at your leisure. Visit attractive landmarks such as Killary Fjord and Kylemore Abbey, and gain insight into Ireland’s heritage. Stop in the Irish-speaking village of Spiddal and perhaps try chatting to the locals, then head back to Galway.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Connemara National Park.

From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Connemara National Park.

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Embark on a thrilling road trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Discover the natural wonders of Galway Bay and Connemara as you leave the tourist trail behind and journey along the coast. Admire views of Rosmuc, Derrygimlagh Bog and the Twelve Bens Mountains; visit the former residence of political leader Padraic Pearse; and stop for morning tea in Roundstone (not included). Finally, look out for wild Connemara ponies as you hike through Connemara National Park or pay a visit to the magnificent 19th-century Kylemore Abbey.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway

Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway

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Explore Ireland’s beautiful Burren region and discover top natural landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher with ease on this day tour from Galway. Travel through the Burren’s rugged landscapes with your guide and discover local attractions such as the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and Aillwee Cave. Explore walking trails on top of the mighty Cliffs of Moher at your leisure and enjoy panoramic views over the coastal scenery. Watch the skies for sightings of native birdlife, then stop in Doolin on route back to Galway.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Cliffs Of Moher Tour from Galway including Doolin Village

Cliffs Of Moher Tour from Galway including Doolin Village

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Enhance your experience of Ireland’s spectacular Cliffs of Moher on a full-day excursion from Galway. With a professional guide, travel to the quaint village of Doolin to enjoy chowder, chocolate and the colorful architecture of the enclave. Continue to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, 200-meter (700-foot) mounds that tower over the crashing Atlantic Sea, and spend some relaxed free time absorbing panoramic vistas. Return to Galway via the Wild Atlantic Way and gaze at scenes of outstanding natural beauty as you travel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour - 5 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher.

From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour - 5 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher.

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Journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher and enjoy ample time to explore the visitor center, hike the dramatic Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk, and admire views that span Galway Bay, Connemara, and the Aran Islands. Along the way, discover the dramatic landscape of The Burren, the coastal villages of Ballindereen and Kinvara, and Doolin, the epicenter of Ireland’s folk music scene.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ferry to Inis Mor (main island) from Doolin

Ferry to Inis Mor (main island) from Doolin

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Inis Mor is the largest of Ireland’s Aran Islands, famous for its ancient ruins, traditional handicrafts, and soaring sea cliffs. This prepaid round-trip ferry ticket lets you explore the island at your own pace. Set sail from Doolin pier, enjoy spectacular views across the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way as you cruise out to the island, then spend the day taking in highlights such as Kilronan, Dun Aengus, and the Worm Hole.
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  • 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Round-trip boat transfer to Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands from Doolin

Round-trip boat transfer to Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands from Doolin

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The Aran Islands are renowned for their ancient ruins and rugged landscapes, but you don’t have to take a guided tour. Enjoy a self-guided visit to the island of Inis Oirr with round-trip boat transfers from Doolin, a choice of departure times, and plenty of free time to discover the island at your own pace.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway

Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway

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Embark on a two-hour independent tour of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher, one of the country's most stunning natural attractions. Depart Galway on a direct shuttle bus to experience these incredible seaside formations and once here, spend a couple solo hours taking in the sights at your own pace. Wandering the cliff top trails, keep an eye out for whale sharks and seals in the waters below (depending on the time of year) and marvel at spectacular views around every turn. Then return to Galway aboard your air-conditioned coach.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way day tour from Galway city

Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way day tour from Galway city

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The UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most memorable sights, but many tours only make a short stop. This full-day tour from Galway includes five hours of free time to explore the cliffs, as well as visiting the dramatic landscapes of The Burren, and stopping at Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Connemara, Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park day tour from Galway-Guided

Connemara, Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park day tour from Galway-Guided

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Home to rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and spectacular coastal scenery, the Connemara Peninsula is one of western Ireland’s must-see sites. During this tour, spin through the Connemara countryside in comfort by air-conditioned minivan as your guide talks of the region’s colorful history. Choose to spend your time exploring the beautiful Connemara National Park or the Benedictine Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian walled gardens. Pickup and drop-off in central Galway are included.
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  • 1 day
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From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.

From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.

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Explore the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on this County Clare day tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Burren with your guide and take in top local landmarks including Dunguaire Castle and Corcomroe Abbey. Pass pretty towns and villages such as Ballyvaughan, Doolin, and Lisdoonvarna on route to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, widely considered among Ireland’s most impressive sights. Head along County Clare’s stunning coastline on route back to Galway, and enjoy fine views over Fanore Strand and Black Head.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise tour from Galway. Guided. Full day

Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise tour from Galway. Guided. Full day

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Experience the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from both land and sea on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way; cruise out to Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands; then hike along the cliff-tops and enjoy spectacular views across the Atlantic.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Inis Oirr And Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Inis Oirr And Cliffs of Moher Cruise

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Leave the towns of Western Ireland behind for the day and head out to Inis Oirr on a ferry. This day trip will take you from Doolin to the smallest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, an island dotted with ancient ruins, secluded beaches and astonishing ocean views. Explore Inis Oirr without a tour group holding you back, and sail under the Cliffs of Moher, an ancient rockface that towers over the Atlantic Ocean, on the way back.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Galway to Connemara National Park Day Tour

Galway to Connemara National Park Day Tour

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Escape the city, and taste the fresh air in the wilderness of the Connemara National Park. En route to and from the National Park, your driver/guide will give you a detailed insight into the region. They will tell you all about the traditional music, the local language and strong culture that still thrives in this wild part of Ireland. At the National Park, you will have two hours to explore the area and take in a hike. You can also visit the welcome center which has tea rooms, picnic and toilet facilities.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise

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This Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher cruise will take you to beautiful areas of Ireland that can only be reached by boat. Your guide will tell you about the history of the villages you encounter and point out highlights such as one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. This tour gives you the freedom to explore independently, hire a bike, or grab some lunch. A highlight is the views from the top of the Cliffs of Moher.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Galway to Cong Full Day Tour

Galway to Cong Full Day Tour

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Spend the day exploring the tiny Irish village of Cong, best known as the filming location of John Wayne’s The Quiet Man, on a full-day guided tour from Galway. On this tour, you’ll visit the Ashford Castle, the Royal Abbey of Cong, the Pigeon Hole Cave, and enjoy a history cruise on Lough Corrib. This fully guided coach tour packs in more sights than you could see in a day exploring on your own and includes all admission tickets and guide fees so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

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Our unique Connemara Day Tour from Galway includes a 3 hour stop to explore and enjoy the majestic Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden at your leisure, while taking in all the highlights of Connemara along the Wild Atlantic Way.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Magical Inishbofin Island on the Connemara Coast from Galway including Lunch

Magical Inishbofin Island on the Connemara Coast from Galway including Lunch

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Explore the Connemara Coast without the stress of planning on a full day tour with round-trip transport from Galway City. In addition to small towns and landmarks often missed by visitors, the day’s itinerary includes rare views of the countryside and coastline from the bus and ferry. Freshly-prepared lunch and drinks are included for your convenience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Explore Connemara National Park. Self-Guided with transport from Galway

Explore Connemara National Park. Self-Guided with transport from Galway

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The Connemara National Park is one of Ireland’s most popular hiking destinations and this self-guided tour from Galway lets you explore at your own pace. Ride the bus to Letterfrack village, where you can enjoy hiking along the park’s many trails, take in the views from Diamond Hill, then re-fuel with a tasty 2-course lunch at the Connemara Tea Rooms (included).
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Full Day Private Tour

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Full Day Private Tour

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If you love to immerse yourself in beautiful scenery and prefer a personalized private tour, then come and join me for a day trip on the magnificent West Coast of Ireland. Let it be a journey to rest your mind and nourish your soul. This tour lasts 8-10 hours, and can be modified to meet your needs as you wish. Scenic walks or hikes ranging from 5 to 14 kilometers can be included if you prefer walking to driving. If you wish to enhance your visual experience while on the journey, there is an option to listen to the haunting contemporary Irish music by Seán Ó Riada, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Patrick Cassidy and many more. I’m driving a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2017, with very comfortable seating for up to three people. I can stop any time at your request. ​
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Connemara Day Tour

Private Connemara Day Tour

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Explore the stunning and rugged scenery of Connemara in a privately chauffeured vehicle and take in some of the most spectacular scenic views in Ireland. Heading west from Galway city, the villages of Connemara will stretch out before you like a colorful road map of communities and hidden gems just waiting to be explored, from the bogs and lakes of the Gaelic speaking South Connemara to the mountain vistas of North and West Connemara. However, as dramatic and breathtaking as the landscape may be, all travelers know that memories and encounters are what make a journey unique and Connemara Chauffeurs will help make your visit to Connemara one that you will never forget.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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