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Galway Bay

Galway Bay, Ireland

The Basics

Day tours of Galway Bay depart from Dublin and Galway City, and typically provide round-trip transport. Most excursions stop at key attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the Irish-speaking seaside village of Spiddal (An Spidéal), the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher. Multi-day voyages often combine a visit to Galway Bay with a trip to the Aran Islands, other parts of Ireland (e.g. County Limerick), or Northern Ireland.

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Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
US$72.17 per adult
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Easy way to get to Cliffs of Moher and Galway
My friends and I had a great time - even the down time on the bus went along pretty quickly with the the stories our tour guide Sean told us. We got off in Galway where we spent the night which I would highly recommend instead of taking the bus 2.5 hrs back to Dublin.
Sruthi_R, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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The tour guide and the...
Jamy_J, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
The tour guide and the driver were great! Never friendly and knowledgeable.the bus was very comfortable and clean.
star-5
Very good experience!
aparupa_s, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Lovely trip. Organization was great and the level of professionalism was fabulous. Very clean vehicle, regular breaks, knowledgable super friendly guide and a good balanced day out. Super.
star-5
Great trip.
Patrick_C, Apr 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Driver and the guide were fantastic. Bus was clean and comfortable. Plenty of stops to get out and strech your legs along the way.
star-5
Excellent value for money
margaret_d, Mar 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Trip was excellent. Our driver Joe and guide Richard were both superb. Enjoyed the cliffs. The coat was very clean and comfortable.
star-5
Great Day!
Michaela_B, Mar 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Extremely well organized and great tour guides (Melissa & Joe). I would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Dublin. The views are amazing and while it is a long day on the bus, it is very clean and plenty of stops. If you have long hair, I’d recommend bringing a hair tie, beanie hat and a hair brush. Braiding your hair would be smart if it’s really long as the wind is crazy there. Lots of walking on gravel/dirt paths so wear good shoes and bring a warm, rain jacket.
star-5
Gerard is an awesome guide/driver
Teresa_C, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Every stop on this tour was completely enjoyable. Gerard was our guide and he kept us all pretty coordinated so we could spend the most time enjoying the sites as possible. The cliffs are just simply stunning-a can’t miss experience
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Wonderful
Gladys_S, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Excellent tour. Opportunity to hike the cliffs and view nature at its best. Knowledge of tour guide was admirable and Gerard an excellent driver. A long day but one treasured.
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Amazing
Earl_M, May 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
It was absolutely beautiful. A great experience. Sean was so knowledgeable. Out 3 tours for our visit he was the best. Gabor was a excellent driver.
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All worth it!
Elizabeth_B, Dec 2021
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
With COVID-19 still rampant and stricter traveling rules, I almost didn't want to travel. But finally seeing the Cliffs of Moher made it all worth it!
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Cool trip to the Cliffs
Lorrane_S, Nov 2021
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
The guides (Sarah and Tara) were lovely and gave us many tips during the trip. The bus was clean, the temperature was also pleasant :) The only thing that could be better in my opinion is that the guide was speaking on the mic microphone most of the time and we barely had time to rest. In 13h trip we had at max 3h silence and that wasn’t enough for me. Anyway I’d recommend it :)
star-5
Amazing Tour!!
Becca_S, Nov 2021
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Richard our tour guide was very informative and did not talk the whole time either—instead we listened to music, watched movies etc. Ample time at the cliffs and Galway city and even did a small stop at the burren! Full bus but everyone was very respectful of Covid, space, loudness, etc. everything was perfect. Syd (the driver) was amazing too. Highly recommend!
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Great stories and scenery.
Emily_D, May 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Luke, our tour guide, regaled us with historical facts and dad jokes all day. I learned a lot. Great pace to the day along the west coast of Ireland. Thanks to Larry too for the excellent bus driving.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waters in the bay can be choppy, and ferries may be canceled during inclement weather.

  • Running along the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Salthill Promenade is accessible to wheelchairs and offers spectacular views of the glistening water.

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How to Get There

There are numerous access points for Galway Bay, with the easiest to reach being Galway City. Galway-bound trains leave regularly from Heuston Station in Dublin; buses also connect Galway to the capital.

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When to Get There

The bay, especially the parts in and around Galway City, is busiest and most vibrant in summer. Get there early in the day to experience the bay at its most peaceful. Sunrise and sunset are particularly pretty.

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Spotting Galway Hookers

Gaze out across the bay and you may spot a Galway hooker, a traditional boat native to the area. Identifiable by their black bases and dark red sails, Galway hookers were designed to withstand the bay’s often rough seas. During the Cruinniú na mBád festival in August, these distinctive local boats can be seen sailing a route between Connemara and Kinvara.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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