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Cong, Ireland

The Basics

Surrounded by lakes, forests, and streams, Cong is a charming village near Connemara best known as the location for the 1952 movie The Quiet Man. Visitors can head to the Quiet Man Museum, which includes an exact replica of the White O’Morn cottage from the movie; take walks through the surrounding countryside; do some boating on the nearby river; and enjoy the village’s small shops and cafes.

The village of Cong sits next to the 350-acre Ashford Castle estate, which was once owned by the Guinness family and is now home to one of the country’s best five-star hotels. Several day trips from Galway City and multi-day tours from Dublin include Cong and the surrounding region on their itineraries.

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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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$39.71 per adult
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Beautiful trip and our...
Beautiful trip and our guide Eamonn was very nice and professional. I'm sure that if I'll come back to Galway I'll do again
Franca_C, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Mike is funny and gentle....
BeatrizGonzagaBurke, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Mike is funny and gentle. He knows the history well and it’s always ready to tell you more about it if you show interest. He also cares about people’s safety during the trip.
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100% Amazing Day!
Heidi_H, Dec 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The Quiet Man was my dad's favorite movie and I was thrilled to be able to go to the town where it was filmed. Kylemore Abbey was so beautiful and filled with history. I didn't know what to expect from Connemara in general but Dubliners told me this is the real Ireland. And it was! Dry stone fences, sheep crossing the road, and the ocean. Mike was an awesome tour guide and driver!! His history lessons came with his fantastic sense of humor!!
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Great tour in Connemara!...
francesca_m, Dec 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Great tour in Connemara! We enjoyed the tour very much! Mike is a very friendly guide who shared lots if historical insights.
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The trip was lovely and...
Madison_S, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The trip was lovely and Mike was a fantastic tour guide! We got to see all of the highlights and learn a lot along the way.
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Great day in Cong with Doron
Tammy M, Aug 2019
Galway to Cong Full Day Tour
This was the best tour so far in Ireland. Our guide Doron was exceptional and since he grew up in Cong he was well informed and shared personal experiences and traditions. Made this a fantastic tour and a must do if in Galway!!! You will not be disappointed.
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Not to be missed
osetin, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The guide Michael had the perfect combination excellent professional driving, deep knowledge, and relentless wit. My favorite tour ever.
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A great tour!
Karen P, Nov 2019
Galway to Cong Full Day Tour
Wonderful day, despite the rain! We have taken many tours over the years, but nothing tops this one! Doran s family roots are from this area and he is a fountain of information! It was only myself and my husband but the tour carried on. If you are in this area, this trip is a MUST! You will not be disappointed!
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Tour Kylemore Abbey
eric_s, Oct 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Mike was excellent tour guide … Not only did he know history about destination point , He was very well versed about telling the story of people in west Ireland region past , present and future… He really is professional and passionate about being a tour guide and was very helpful. Good job Mike definitely recommend this tour and your company and Mike ! The Stall, Eric & Cherie👍👍🙏😎🍀
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Nice day
Ral_G, Oct 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Perfect. The bus driver guide was very kindly and funny. Nice tour. Interesting buildings and beautiful places.
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connemara tour
christophe_S, Jan 2019
Connemara and Cong Village Day Trip from Dublin
Very good trip. The driver is providing lot of information about the trip, the history of Connemara, which are very insteresting. The circuit the bus is doing enable us to see lot of interesting Connemara sites.
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Charming full day tour
lyndsey_c, Jul 2019
Galway to Cong Full Day Tour
I would highly recommend this charming owner operated tour. The guide is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area. The village of Cong is where the quiet man with John Wayne was filmed so you should definitely watch that movie before you go. Lots of history and lots of beautiful countryside to be seen.
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Amazing tour well...
Zainab_A, Oct 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Amazing tour well organized, worth the money. The guide David was Amazing cooperative and made the tour fun and informative

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many of the streets in Cong are set up for one-way traffic, so pay close attention to street signs if you’re driving.

  • Local restaurants, cafes, and pubs may operate on limited hours, depending on the day of the week and the season.

  • Bring waterproof shoes if you plan to go boating or kayaking on the Cong River or Lough Corrib.

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How to Get There

Cong is located about 30 miles from Galway City, on the border between County Galway and County Mayo. To reach the town from Galway, take the N85 road to the R346; the drive takes about 40 minutes. You can also reach Cong from Calway by bus, but the trip requires transfers and takes 1.5 to 2 hours. You can also visit on a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit Cong is during the summer, when the long days offer more time to explore. To avoid crowds, opt to visit during shoulder seasons, in spring or fall. The town can also be charming in winter, especially when decorated for the holidays.

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Ashford Castle

The Ashford Castle estate, located next to Cong village, offers visitors a variety of upscale attractions. Even if you’re not staying in the luxurious castle, you can book experiences like a lesson at the falconry school, a boat tour of Lough Corrib, or zip-lining at the on-site ropes course. The castle also boasts a stunning spa and offers an elaborate afternoon tea. (All activities require advance booking.)

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