Connemara, Cong & Kylemore Abbey

Duration: 10am to 6pm
Tour starts in Galway
Departs from Galway City at 10:00am (choose your collection point when booking)

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To see hidden Ireland and go off the main tourist tracks this tour is a must. A truly magical day out in typical Irish countryside- let us bring it to life and inform you of the many legends from killer sheep to lake monsters. 

The first stop is at Cong Abbey, a magnificent Augustinian Abbey dating back to the early 12th century. This Abbey is said to be one of the best examples of medieval ecclesiastical architecture, you will need your camera on hand for this stop as there is an abundance of photo opportunities. From here we will then enter Cong Village. This is where you have time to explore Cong Woods or stroll around the village famous for being the location for the 1950s classic movie, ‘The Quiet Man’- or simply have a coffee while feeding the ducks on the edge of Lough Corrib- the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland.

Entering Connemara on the Lough Nafooey route allows you to see the stark beauty of the hidden valleys of Connemara. Killary Fjord and the village of Leenane make for a beautiful photoshop. The tour then continues to Kylemore Abbey where we break for lunch and sightseeing for 2 Hours.

Entrance into Kylemore Abbey & Gardens is not included in the tour price and is an optional fee, (discounted entrance ticket can be purchased from your driver on the day of your tour). Leaving Kylemore late afternoon we drive through Inagh Valley, Maam Cross & Oughterard and complete the circuit of Lough Corrib before arriving home to Galway City.

Approximate time of arrival 18:00 in Galway.



Note: As the Kylemore Abbey is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday from the 7th November until the last week in December 2022 and every Monday-Thursday from the 9th of January 2023 to the 15th of February 2023 inclusive, The Connemara, Cong and the Kylemore Abbey Tour will run with the following adjusted itinerary.

The alternate tour will extend the stops we already make, such as Cong Village and Abbey, Lough Nafooey, Inagh Valley, Killary Fjord. While we can not enter the Kylemore Abbey on these dates, we will make a photo stop there. And of course we will have the lunch stop on route. We will also add an extra stop at the Ross Errilly Friary, a very well-preserved Franciscan monastery of the 14th century.



This tour operates all year around (except March 17th and the 24th, 25th & 26th December and the 1st of January)

10:00Depart Kinlay Hostel, Merchants Road, Galway H91F2KT
Stopping in Cong Village for a minimum 45 mins
Visit to the Kylemore Abbey and Gardens for a minimum 2 hours
18:00*Return to Galway

*All times are approximate if you have connections to make please inform us in advance.


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