What To Expect When Visiting Connemara

There is no doubt that there are many beautiful and eye-catching places worth visiting in Ireland. Connemara, however, is undeniably one of the most beautiful. An ideal holiday location, Connemara offers beautiful sites, good food and lots of activities including cycling and hill walking, suitable for all ages. It is the home of some of Ireland’s top tourist attractions such as Kylemore Abbey, Killary Fjord, Lettergesh Beach, Connemara National Park, Glengowla Mines and Omey Island.

What Makes Connemara A Top Travel Destination?

Situated in the West of Ireland, you’ll be treated to some exceptional scenery and breathtaking landscapes. You’ll have an overview of the majestic ranges of Maumturk, the Twelve Bens mountains, and the Wild Atlantic Ocean on the other side. The smell of the sea air is ever present in Connemara and with a long coastline and lots of little inlets you have plenty of opportunities for sea views. 

This awe-inspiring area has amazed and enchanted locals and tourists for many years. The landscape has also really captivated Hollywood including modern films such as Pilgrimage, Leap Year and The Guard, as well as more iconic films such as The Field and The Quiet Man. 

The landscape is like nowhere else on earth, the sheer remoteness of the Connemara National Park just adds to its beauty and appeal. You will not see many crops growing here and only certain types of animals can live in the peaty bogland. This wetland has its own ecosystem and only certain types of wild flora and fauna can grow here. They make for spectacular viewing with their purple and pink colours during the summer months and vibrant yellow colours during spring. You can be sure to also see sheep everywhere as the landscape is perfect for raising them. 

Connemara has some of Ireland’s most scenic drives and beaches. Whether you want to go through mountains or drive along by the sea there are several drives for you to explore. The sky road from Clifden offers incredible views or take a drive from Maam Cross to Leenaun through Lough Inagh Valley. Be sure to plan your drive around some of the amazing beaches and stop off for a stroll. Dogs Bay near Roundstone is simply breathtaking. Then you also have Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach which offer stunning views. 

Connemara is naturally rich in history which is a big draw to the area for many tourists. Much of the history is related to Ireland’s famine past but there are also some incredible castles, abbeys and old ruins that you may not see elsewhere in Ireland. 

Connemara’s unspoilt beauty and its remoteness makes it so special.

 Explore Connemara with Galway Tour Company 

The best way to see the most wonderful parts of Connemara is without a doubt, by taking a coach tour. Taking a tour ensures that you see all the best places and sites, without the stress and hassle of worrying if you’re going to miss out on anything if you were to drive. 

Experience the best parts of Connemara with knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining and welcoming tour guides. To make sure that you are getting the best entertainment and enjoyment, tour guides take part in training and skill-building daily. Our tour guides are unrivalled in their familiarity with the history and geography of Ireland, providing you with the best stories, coupled with facts. 

Galway Tour Company’s Connemara, Cong & Kylemore Abbey tour offers a unique experience to discover the wild flora and fauna, and learn about the legendary history and mythology of the area. Our local drivers help make each tour unique, filled with fun, laughter and memories that last a lifetime.

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On our full day tour, you can expect to see Connemara National Park, one of six National Parks in the republic. Entering Connemara on the Lough Nafooey route allows you to see the stark beauty of the hidden valleys of Connemara, while Killary Fjord and the village of Leenane make for a picturesque stop along the way. The tour then continues to Kylemore Abbey where you are free to explore the grounds at your own pace. 

“Spent the day with Mike on the bus touring the Abbey and Friary. We thoroughly enjoyed his commentary on the ride and guidance at the stops. He was very knowledgeable and funny, making the short rides between stops pass quickly. Be sure to walk the grounds of the Abbey they are beautiful. The Abbey and Friary were must sees while in Galway. Would recommend and do it again!”

@forsman3 – Tripadvisor

Check out our tour schedule and get booking, be quick though it is a very popular tour! 

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Image of Kylemore Abbey
Tour starts in: Galway
Duration: 10am to 6pm

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