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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey

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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey

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Overview

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.
  • Full day trip to Connemara from Galway city with an expert guide
  • Explore Ross Errilly Friary, one of Ireland’s best preserved Franciscan friaries
  • Spend time at leisure in Cong village, where 'The Quiet Man' was filmed in the 1950s
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey and admire its Victorian walled gardens (entry at your own expense)
  • Transport by luxury coach
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Professional Local Driver/Guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Entrance Fee to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Kinlay Hostel Galway , Merchants Rd, Eyre Square, Galway, H91 F2KT, Ireland

Please check in at the Galway Tour Company Office located on a ground floor of the Kinlay Hostel

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from Galway Coach Station in a luxury, air-conditioned coach and admire stunning natural panoramas as you travel through the Irish countryside towards Headford, home to the ancient Ross Errilly Friary. Receive an insightful introduction to the sacred structure from your expert guide and then set out to explore the medieval tombs and atmospheric cloisters that beg to be discovered. 

After thorough exploration, travel onward to Cong village to delight in the quaintness of the setting for John Wayne epic movie, The Quiet Man. Stroll the cobbled streets during some leisurely free time, perhaps ambling over to Cong Woods to see the 11th-century Ashford Castle. 

Head next to County Connemara, home to the unspoiled glacier lake, Loch Na Fooey, and absorb sweeping countryside vistas. Listen to tales of Connemara’s rich culture and learn about the time-honored Irish traditions that are still preserved in the region. 

Next, venture to Kylemore Abbey and immerse yourself in the sacred ambience of an ancient Benedictine abbey shrouded in history. Hear legends surrounding the construction of the abbey and enter the abbey at your own expense. Spend ample time inside the Irish national treasure, opting to enjoy lunch at your own expense if you wish. 

On the return journey to Galway, meander through the incredible tableau of Connemara’s Inagh Valley and the Mamm Turks Mountains and then bid your guide and group farewell on arrival at Galway Coach Station.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful Connemara castle, offers much history of romance and tragedy, captivating visitors who step upon its threshold. The Abbey is a beautiful, neo-gothic, building built-in 1868 by Mitchell Henry for his wife. It is now home to the Benedictine Nuns, and here you can enjoy their excellent home cooking while visiting the Abbey and the restored walled gardens. The grounds and surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped ina rich Irish history, and you can learn all about this on our Connemara & Cong Tour. The Abbey and estate are open all year round and include the Abbey, a Gothic Church, the walled gardens, a craft shop, pottery studio, restaurant and tea rooms, as well as the lake and woodland walks.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Lough Corrib
Lough Corrib is the largest lake within the Republic of Ireland and the second largest on the island of Ireland (after Lough Neagh). ( It covers 176 km² )
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Killary Fjord
Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic .It's extremely deep, over 45m at its centre. This offers a very safe, sheltered anchorage, because of the depth and the mountains to the south and north. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cong
Only an hour’s drive from Westport, Cong is a small village in south Mayo famous for its 12th century abbey, the lavish gold and silver processional Cross of Cong from 1123, the magnificent Ashford Castle, the village’s links with Oscar Wilde and, most popularly, its association with the John Wayne classic movie, The Quiet Man.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Abbey of Cong
A magnificent Augustinian Abbey dating back to the early 12th century
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Galway Tour Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels in Galway City. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
Where is the meeting point?
A:The meeting point for this tour will be at Galway Coach Station on Fairgreen Road opposite to Discover Ireland Centre (Tourist Information Office).
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the meeting time?
A:Please be at our departure point by 09:45 AM.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey ?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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  • "There were several places to take pictures and a great souvenir/gift shop.30 minutes was not enough time to do it all." See review
  • "A must visit for anyone on the West coast of Ireland." See review

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star-5
Memorable experience
Paula_M
, Aug 2022
Beautiful ride through the Irish countryside and mountains. Jerry was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, even singing some Irish songs. Kylemore Abbey is not to be missed. Worth the trip.
star-5
That was an excellent...
Hanna_I
, Aug 2022
That was an excellent experience with lovely places! Our driver was absolutely amazing! Driver, guide and singer! Strongly recommend!
star-5
Just a perfecto day
Claudia_S
, Aug 2022
It was an excelent tour. The driver_ guide was very nice. We have plenty of time to walk and visit everything. The weather helped because it was a beautiful day. Everything perfect
star-5
Take this trip
w2stcy9zkt
, Jul 2022
Perhaps my favorite trip on our Ireland journey. This is so beautiful. I could stay all day there. I would recommend allowing more time here.
star-5
Breathtaking views
Ashley_F
, Jul 2022
This tour was amazing! Our guide was a great storyteller and photos don’t do the views justice. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Galway area!
star-5
We loved the ruins from...
Lonnie_H
, Jul 2022
We loved the ruins from the Abbey in Cong Village. Kylemore Abbey looks like a fairytale castle in the woods. The bus driver was very informative and patient. The whole tour was beautiful.
star-5
Beautiful Irish Countryside
Gwendolyn_B
, Jul 2022
I enjoyed the ride over the countryside. Our driver was interesting, the countryside was beautiful. We enjoyed our visit to the abbey and lunch at the abbey was great.!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
If in Galway, take this tour (with this guide)
Andrei_K
, Jul 2022
Great. Tour! Abbey and the gardens are amazing with a lot of history and artifacts. Views are beautiful. It is THE tour for those who like to take pictures. The tour is provided by Galway Tours. Our driver and guide Mike was just amazing - a real professional driver and guide with a lot of experience. He was entertaining, funny, informative, patient and catering to everyone’s needs. The tour to take while in Galway.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Lovely time
Kari_H
, Jul 2022
Wonderful way to see so many sites in one day, and get so much information along the way. Our guide was wonderful and took great care of us.
star-5
Guide was very funny man...
Pavlna_V
, Jul 2022
Guide was very funny man who gave advice how to enjoy the trip the most. The best part was when He stop at the hill And let us go Down on our feet - the view was wonderful!
star-5
Great experience.
Ann_W
, Jun 2022
Loved visiting Kylemoore Abbey, and the quick photo stops along the way were fabulous. Highly recommend.
star-5
Hidden Gems of Ireland
Mel_S
, Jun 2022
Great trip if you want to explore the “real” Ireland. Give yourself extra time to find parking. There are couple car parks within 2 blocks of the meeting place on Merchant St. See old school cottage and a whole lot of Irish countryside that is stunning gorgeous. Windy roads, lush green hillsides, glacier lakes, fjord, and lots of sheep. Plenty of time to explore the Abby. Wait to purchase tickets to Abbey from the driver for a better price. Finishing the trip on Cong Village, a small country village at the end of the journey made for a perfect Irish experience for this visiting family. We’ll done guys.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Sit back and relax
LaceyAnn_W
, Jun 2022
Mike was a lovely and informative tour guide. Loved exploring the gardens and rooms at Kylemore, as well as the connemara countryside and village of cong
star-4
Easy Tour Ride
Mariana_F
, Jun 2022
The bus ride was very easy going, and the driver was full of fun historical facts about The towns and of Ireland over all! We made a few stops along the way to the Kylemore Abbey to see some villages. We spent about two hours total at the abbey, but I would have enjoyed having another whole hour to really take my time at the abbey. All in all, it was a lovely experience!
star-5
Our guide was friendly,...
Amanda_R
, Jun 2022
Our guide was friendly, talkative and knowledgeable. He was also punctual and a careful driver. This was an excellent day!!
star-4
Mike was our tour guide. ...
Christine_K
, Jun 2022
Mike was our tour guide. He was great; he really knows how to spin a yarn. The Connemara mountains were magical. Mike provided great advice on how to explore the Abbey. Cong was slightly disappointing as the museum was closed.
star-5
Wonderful and safe trip
Kestrel_T
, Jun 2022
We are a small group of single girls traveling from Galway to Connemara. We loved the history and beautiful views! Our guide was very kind and knowledgeable!
star-4
Beautiful!
Lisa_M
, Jun 2022
We loved the walled garden and the Kylemore castle, and the lovely town of Cong, with their beautiful forest path.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip all around
D_A
, Jun 2022
This was a great day trip. We enjoyed every stop and the journey in between. The bus was comfortable and the driver was very entertaining. We did a self drive tour of Ireland, so it was nice to sit back for a day and let someone else do the driving.
star-5
Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
Kathleen_P
, Jun 2022
Beautiful scenery, Kylemore Abbey was spectacular. Mike our bus driver was hilarious, even before we boarded the bus. He was very knowledgable and told stories on the drive and pointed out sights along the way.

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