EXPERIENCE THE MOUNTAINS, LAKES & RICH CULTURE OF CONNEMARA - THE 19th CENTURY KYLEMORE ABBEY, ITS CHURCH & WALLED GARDENS!
**Meeting Time: 09:45am
**Meeting Point: Hyde Hotel, Galway City Center
This tour takes a look into the traditional way of life on the West coast of the Emerald Isle along with the history that has shaped the region. Be prepared to learn a bit of the Irish language and to hear a few tales of the local residents.
CONNEMARA DAY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
A full day, guided tour of Connemara, an area famed for it’s unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes. As you travel from Galway, listen to your expert driver/guide share the origin of the Irish language and how it is still the native language of Connemara, despite its diminishing status in the rest of Ireland.
Visit iconic Irish landmarks independently and discover rivers and lakes that flow off The Twelve Pins Mountain Range to naturally shape this majestic region.
You’ll surely see reasons why Hollywood directors chose Connemara as backdrops to movies such as The Field (Written by John B. Keane, starring Richard Harris and John Hurt) and Marley & Me (Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston).
This route weaves throughout the 12-peak mountain range, serving up an endless natural kaleidoscope of hypnotic colors and shapes.
This tiny mountain-side village is simply bursting with colorful Irish charm and overflowing with everchanging scenery. Some guests will choose to stroll out along the edges of Killary Fjord, while others will opt for an Irish Coffee or Hot Whiskey in one of the local bars. Length of stay approx. 30 minutes
KILLARY FJORD OVERLOOK
Ireland’s only fjord serves the natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. This breathtaking vista helps tell the story of millions of years of natural geographical evolution, while also doubling as a featured photo stop. Length of stay approx. 10 minutes
KYLEMORE ABBEY & VICTORIAN WALLED GARDENS
Extravagantly placed on a lake in the midst of the mountains, this 19th century abbey was originally built by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife, Margaret.
Kylemore Abbey provided many improvements to the land after the Great Famine: reclaiming bogland, providing locals with work, shelter and even education.
Today, visitors can explore the Abbey (now owned and run by Benedictine nuns), miniature neo-Gothic Church and award winning Victorian walled gardens. Admission to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens is included in your ticket price. Length of stay approx. 2 hours
The second half of our tour takes the Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive along South Connemara, but not without a stop at one our absolute favorite seaside villages. An Spidéal is a “gaeltacht” town where the Irish (Gaelic) language is spoken as a first language and where many Irish cultural traditions still thrive these days. Here we get a sample of these traditions, experience a taste of sea-side living in Ireland and (if you choose to dare) dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean.
You will receive confirmation and receipt for your reservation immediately upon booking. You will receive your ticket (featuring your booking number) via email shortly after. There is no need to print the ticket. If you wish, you can simply show it on your phone or tablet.
**When to Book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Trip ID: 062339