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With the wild and rugged landscapes of Ireland’s west coast on its doorstep, Galway City is a great starting point for scenic escapes. From sheer coastal cliffs to remote islands where tradition reigns, here are a few of the best day trips from Galway. 

Cong – 26 miles (42 km) away
A charming country village straddling the border between County Galway and County Mayo, Cong enjoys a picturesque setting between two lakes. Little has changed since The Quiet Man was filmed here back in 1951, and traditional thatched roof cottages seen in the film still stand. 

Aran Islands – about 28 miles (45 km) away
Reachable by ferry or seaplane from Rossaveal and Doolin, the Aran Islands—Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer—seem to be stuck in a time long passed. Listen out and you’ll hear locals speaking Irish among themselves, pony traps clip-clopping along the road, and the sound of traditional music coming from local pubs. 

The Burren – 42 miles (66 km) away
A 62-square-mile (160-square-kilometer) jigsaw of limestone lunar-esque rocks, this unusual region—characterized by karst terrain, crevices, and fissures—may appear bare and barren, but it is in fact teeming with life. Some 700 species of plants and ferns sprout here, with wildflowers putting on a colorful display every spring. 

Cliffs of Moher – 47 miles (75 km) away
Located south of Galway in County Clare, this UNESCO World Heritage–listed site is among Ireland’s most famous beauty spots. The wind-worn cliffs extend for five miles (8 kilometers) and rise to a height of 702 feet (214 meters) above the seething and swirling Atlantic waves. Explore the modern visitors center, climb to the observation deck of the 19th-century O’Brien’s Tower, or hike the coastal road.

Connemara – about 50 miles (80 km) away
Encompassing bogland, heath, forests, and several of the Twelve Ben peaks, Connemara National Park presents some of the best hiking opportunities in Ireland. As well as walking trails, the rural Connemara region also has historic attractions including the castle-like Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary, one of Ireland’s best preserved Franciscan friaries.
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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.

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Visit the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher in one day on this full-day tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way with your guide, through pretty villages including Ballindereen, Clarenbridge and Kilcolgan. Take the ferry from the fishing village of Doolin to Inisheer Island and enjoy free time at your leisure. Then, pass beneath the mighty Cliffs of Moher on the return ferry back to Doolin. Soak up spectacular views from atop the Cliffs of Moher, then take in the Burren and Lisdoonvarna on route back to Galway.
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  • 10 hours
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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway

Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway

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Explore Ireland’s beautiful Burren region and discover top natural landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher with ease on this day tour from Galway. Travel through the Burren’s rugged landscapes with your guide and discover local attractions such as the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and Aillwee Cave. Explore walking trails on top of the mighty Cliffs of Moher at your leisure and enjoy panoramic views over the coastal scenery. Watch the skies for sightings of native birdlife, then stop in Doolin on route back to Galway.
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  • 8 hours
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway

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Marvel at the natural majesty of the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher on a full-day trip to one of Ireland’s most popular attractions from Galway. Accompanied by a professional guide, travel south by luxury coach and pass through quaint fishing villages like Doolin and Kinvara. Admire the ancient fortress of Dunguaire Castle; immerse yourself in the Burren, a limestone landscape reminiscent of the moon’s surface; and then spend a leisurely two hours walking the trails surrounding the colossal Cliffs of Moher.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey

Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara with 3 hour stop at Connemara National Pk.
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From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara with 3 hour stop at Connemara National Pk.

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Embark on a thrilling road trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Discover the natural wonders of Galway Bay and Connemara as you leave the tourist trail behind and journey along the coast. Admire views of Rosmuc, Derrygimlagh Bog and the Twelve Bens Mountains; visit the former residence of political leader Padraic Pearse; and stop for morning tea in Roundstone (not included). Finally, look out for wild Connemara ponies as you hike through Connemara National Park or pay a visit to the magnificent 19th-century Kylemore Abbey.
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  • 9 hours
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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

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Discover top attractions including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey on this day trip to Connemara from Galway. Travel to Connemara as your guide sheds light on the region’s rich heritage and spectacular natural scenery. Take in fine views over the Twelve Pins mountain range and enjoy free time to explore Leenane Village at your leisure. Visit attractive landmarks such as Killary Fjord and Kylemore Abbey, and gain insight into Ireland’s heritage. Stop in the Irish-speaking village of Spiddal and perhaps try chatting to the locals, then head back to Galway.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise

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This Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher cruise will take you to beautiful areas of Ireland that can only be reached by boat. Your guide will tell you about the history of the villages you encounter and point out highlights such as one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. This tour gives you the freedom to explore independently, hire a bike, or grab some lunch. A highlight is the views from the top of the Cliffs of Moher.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway

Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway

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Embark on a two-hour independent tour of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher, one of the country's most stunning natural attractions. Depart Galway on a direct shuttle bus to experience these incredible seaside formations and once here, spend a couple solo hours taking in the sights at your own pace. Wandering the cliff top trails, keep an eye out for whale sharks and seals in the waters below (depending on the time of year) and marvel at spectacular views around every turn. Then return to Galway aboard your air-conditioned coach.
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  • 5 hours
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks

Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks

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Skip the roads, and take a ferry cruise from Galway to see the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands, instead. As you travel by ferry, you’ll get unobstructed views of the coastline that’s known as the Wild Atlantic Way before you dock at Inishmore. Make the most of ample free time to explore, then head back to Galway, passing the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher along the way.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.
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From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.

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Explore the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on this County Clare day tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Burren with your guide and take in top local landmarks including Dunguaire Castle and Corcomroe Abbey. Pass pretty towns and villages such as Ballyvaughan, Doolin, and Lisdoonvarna on route to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, widely considered among Ireland’s most impressive sights. Head along County Clare’s stunning coastline on route back to Galway, and enjoy fine views over Fanore Strand and Black Head.
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  • 8 hours
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Cliffs Of Moher Tour from Galway including Doolin Village

Cliffs Of Moher Tour from Galway including Doolin Village

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Enhance your experience of Ireland’s spectacular Cliffs of Moher on a full-day excursion from Galway. With a professional guide, travel to the quaint village of Doolin to enjoy chowder, chocolate and the colorful architecture of the enclave. Continue to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, 200-meter (700-foot) mounds that tower over the crashing Atlantic Sea, and spend some relaxed free time absorbing panoramic vistas. Return to Galway via the Wild Atlantic Way and gaze at scenes of outstanding natural beauty as you travel.
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  • 7 hours
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Galway to Connemara National Park Day Tour

Galway to Connemara National Park Day Tour

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Explore beyond the city of Galway with a full-day tour to Connemara National Park. Board a coach and set out on a scenic tour into the Irish countryside that includes popular landmarks like Killary Harbor and the charming village of Spiddal. Explore the hiking trails of Connemara National Park independently and at your own pace. Learn about local culture, music, history, and language during the drive.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way day tour from Galway city
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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way day tour from Galway city

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The UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most memorable sights, but many tours only make a short stop. This full-day tour from Galway includes two hours of free time to explore the cliffs, as well as visiting the dramatic landscapes of The Burren, and stopping at Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara with 3 hour stop in Kylemore Abbey
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From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara with 3 hour stop in Kylemore Abbey

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Discover the countryside beyond Galway City with this full-day tour of Connemara. Skip the hassle of navigating and board a comfortable coach for a tour of scenic villages and the Wild Atlantic Way. Explore the historic Kylemore Abbey including its walled Victorian Garden at your leisure. Maximize time in Connemara with a tour that features popular locations including the village of Roundstone, the scenic Sky Road, and landmarks like Clifden Castle.
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  • 9 hours
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Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise tour from Galway. Guided. Full day
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Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise tour from Galway. Guided. Full day

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Experience the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from both land and sea on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way; cruise out to Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands; then hike along the cliff-tops and enjoy spectacular views across the Atlantic.
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  • 1 day
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Small Group - Cliffs Cruise, Aran Islands AND Connemara in One Day from Galway

Small Group - Cliffs Cruise, Aran Islands AND Connemara in One Day from Galway

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Discover the best of the Wild Atlantic Way with this full-day tour from Galway. Set out on a combination coach and boat tour to see top landmarks in the west of Ireland including the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, and Connemara. See the Cliffs of Moher from below during a boat journey, visit the island of Inis Oirr, and back on the mainland, explore the coastal town of Ballyvaughan.
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  • 9 hours
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Connemara, Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park day tour from Galway-Guided
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Connemara, Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park day tour from Galway-Guided

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Home to rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and spectacular coastal scenery, the Connemara Peninsula is one of western Ireland’s must-see sites. During this tour, spin through the Connemara countryside in comfort by air-conditioned minivan as your guide talks of the region’s colorful history. Choose to spend your time exploring the beautiful Connemara National Park or the Benedictine Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian walled gardens. Pickup and drop-off in central Galway are included.
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  • 1 day
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Cliffs of Moher Express Private Luxury Car Tour (ITA Best Irish Private Tours)

Cliffs of Moher Express Private Luxury Car Tour (ITA Best Irish Private Tours)

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Sit back in total luxury and enjoy a smooth ride and excellent service on this private car tour to the Cliffs of Moher. See the famous Irish countryside from your window, and travel along the Wild Atlantic Way spotting puffins and even dolphins out at sea. Your experienced local guide will teach you all about the local legends and historical buildings—learn about the ruins of ancient monasteries and who once lived in the castles dotted about the scenery.
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  • 12 hours
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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour - 5 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher.
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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour - 5 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher.

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Journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher and enjoy ample time to explore the visitor center, hike the dramatic Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk, and admire views that span Galway Bay, Connemara, and the Aran Islands. Along the way, discover the dramatic landscape of The Burren, the coastal villages of Ballindereen and Kinvara, and Doolin, the epicenter of Ireland’s folk music scene.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Cliffs of Moher Day Tour
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Private Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

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Venture deep into Ireland’s otherworldly heritage site during this full-day private tour of The Burren. Pay a visit to the iconic Cliffs of Moher, while exploring lesser-known attractions along the way. See the country’s oldest dated megalithic monument at Poulnabrone Dolmen, stop for photographs along the craggy Atlantic coast, and watch live sheepdog demonstrations. Hotel transfers from Galway are included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Private Luxury Tour of Kauai: South & West Shores
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Private Luxury Tour of Kauai: South & West Shores

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Swap crowded tour buses for a crowd-free and personalized experience of Kauai. This private tour of Kauai's south and west shores is just for you and your party so you'll have the flexibility to customize your itinerary so that you only visit places you want to see, from beaches and waterfalls to lookouts and wildlife reserves.
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  • 6 hours
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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way Private Tour from Galway

Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way Private Tour from Galway

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Discover the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with a half-day private tour from Galway. Skip the hassle of driving and sit back while your private driver navigates from Galway City to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Take in the scenery at several photo stops including the Burren, Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, and Corkscrew Hill. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included in this private tour.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Half Day Tour To Connemara
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Private Half Day Tour To Connemara

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Explore the stunning and rugged scenery of Connemara in a privately chauffeured vehicle and take in some of the most spectacular scenic views in Ireland. Heading west from Galway city, the villages of Connemara will stretch out before you like a colorful road map of communities and hidden gems just waiting to be explored, from the bogs and lakes of the Gaelic speaking South Connemara to the mountain vistas of North and West Connemara. However, as dramatic and breathtaking as the landscape may be, all travelers know that memories and encounters are what make a journey unique and Connemara Chauffeurs will help make your visit to Connemara one that you will never forget.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Castles of Connemara tour departing from Galway City. Guided. Full day.

Castles of Connemara tour departing from Galway City. Guided. Full day.

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Discover the scenic castles of Connemara with a small-group tour departing from Galway City. Skip the hassle of a rental car and leave the driving to your guide during this full-day minibus tour that includes top Connemara landmarks like Kylemore Abbey and Ballynahinch Castle. Explore the castles and estate grounds at your leisure. Weather permitting, drive the famous Sky Road and admire countryside views.
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  • 9 hours
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