Experience the real Connemara with our superb 2 day experience. A renowned destination of natural beauty that is surrounded by the roar of the wild Atlantic Ocean and the glistening lakes of Connemara. On this mystical tour of Connemara, we will explore the Bohemian capital of Ireland, Galway City, visit the magical island of Inis Mor, which is the largest of the Aran Islands and delve into the wilds of Clifden, a colourful town that sits on the edge of the wild Atlantic Ocean. In each destination, you can take the opportunity to experience exciting adventures from hiking, cycling and kayaking that will leave you in little doubt of why Connemara’s lakes of paradise have captured the hearts of many an explorer as they pass through this wild and beautiful landscape.
|START / RETURN POINT||Galway Tourist Office, Forster St, Galway City, Co. Galway|
|DEPARTURE DAYS||Sunday and Thursday|
|SCHEDULE||9:00am – Please arrive by 8:45 AM for a prompt departure.|
|WHAT TO BRING||
The itinerary listed below is for the current season.
Given the unpredictable nature of Ireland’s weather, what we do each day might occasionally vary so that you have the best experience possible.
NB. The cost of accommodation is not included in your travel pass but under each day we have described our recommended accommodation, along with some paid activity and free suggestions.
DAY 1: GALWAY TO CLIFDEN VIA INISH MOR ISLAND
We jump from mainland Ireland to one of its most renowned island, Inis Mór, meaning big island. It is the largest of three islands that make up the Aran Islands.
Once we arrive on its limestone shores, you can explore by foot or by bike this magnificent landscape that has as many as 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. The most famous of them are Dún Aonghasa, a breathing fort that was built on a high cliff some 100 metres above sea level and Dún Dúchathair (the Black fort) which enjoys a more solitude setting on the cliffs at Cill Éinne, (Killeany). Some visitors enjoy the solitude of it in contrast with the more busy Dún Aonghasa. The fort consists of a terraced wall surrounding the remains of some early dwelling houses known as Clocháns (stone houses).
Included: Inis Mór Ferry
Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Clifden.
Activity Options: Bike rentals, Dún Aonghasa visitor centre, Pony and trap experience.
Freebies: Explore the islands monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage.
Pick Up Days: Sunday and Thursday
Pick Up Point: Galway Tourist Office, Forster St, Galway City, Co. Galway
Drop Off Point: Clifden Town Centre, Market Hill, Co. Galway
DAY 2: CLIFDEN TO GALWAY VIA KYLEMORE ABBEY
This morning, you can explore Clifden, take the opportunity to hike to the top Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park or cycle the beautiful Sky Road.
At 12:30 PM, we depart from Clifden on route to Kylemore Abbey, where you can have a bite to eat or explore its incredible history and unique gardens. Later that afternoon, we continue our journey northwards passing Killary harbour and secluded picturesque lakes before turning east back to the Bohemian atmosphere of Galway.
Included: Connemara National Park
Accommodation: There is a choice of hostels, B&B’s and hotels in Dublin City.
Activity Options: Horse riding, Kylemore Abbey or Sky Road cycling tour.
Freebies: Explore coastal setting of Clifden and experience its vibrant music culture and great seafood traditions.
Pick Up Days: Monday and Friday
Pick Up Point: Clifden Town Centre, Market Hill, Co. Galway
Drop Off Point: Galway Tourist Office, Forster St, Galway City, Co. Galway