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Galway Bay

Galway Bay, Ireland

The Basics

Day tours of Galway Bay depart from Dublin and Galway City, and typically provide round-trip transport. Most excursions stop at key attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the Irish-speaking seaside village of Spiddal (An Spidéal), the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher. Multi-day voyages often combine a visit to Galway Bay with a trip to the Aran Islands, other parts of Ireland (e.g. County Limerick), or Northern Ireland.

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Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
$51.79 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Our third tour with Finn McCool!
Brian was our guide for the day and he was very good. We learned a lot of history of the places we visited (I’m not a history buff) and kept the group engaged. We did this tour 7.5yrs ago with a different company and enjoyed this experience more.
MICHAEL_E, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Crack day tour! Highly recommend!
Sandra_A, Sep 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Brian and Michael were great. Very informative with a fun twist. Highly recommend this day trip. Bus was comfortable and clean.
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A wonderful day!
Carolyn_L, Aug 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
This was a wonderful day trip! I was impressed by the COVID precautions and policies, the comfort of the bus, the skills of the driver (Teddy), and the history lesson provided by the guide, Kevin. From start to finish, this was professional, informative, and FUN!
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Long incredible day with great guide
Lianne_D, Nov 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
We really enjoyed this day. The cliffs, the burren, the monastery, it's all beautiful and we had great weather. Although it is a long day with many hours of driving, it was well worth it. Our guide Danny and our driver Nick did a great job. We learned a lot about Ireland and had a lot of laughs, thanks!
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Fantastic day
Maria_Z, Nov 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
The tour operator was fantastic, funny and very kind ! The place is amazing, simply a must -go for everyone visiting Ireland !
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The perfect day!
Emily, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
As soon as we all loaded onto the bus, I knew that this was going to be an amazing tour. John quickly made us all feel welcome, and the information he shared along the way was absolutely fantastic! There is no other way to see the west of Ireland, all while getting bits and pieces of history that you wouldn’t be able to research on your own. If you’re thinking of booking: DO IT. And if you should get John, you’re in for an added treat!
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Best Tour Ever
Peyton_S, Nov 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Honestly this was one of my favorite tours I’ve ever gone on in my entire life. Peter was an excellent tour guide and was full of information. All of my friends and I had an amazing time and he gave us some ideas to visit in the future. I highly recommend this tour for everyone!!
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Cliffs with rain
Nancy_B, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Even though it was raining and the fog prevented us from a good view, John had explained that the fog could lift at anytime. And it did! We were blessed with a great view, the rest of the trip was perfect!
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I absolutely loved this...
Tania_M, Nov 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
I absolutely loved this day tour. The guide Daniel and bus driver Tony were amazing. I will definitely recommend it to others.
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Perfect
Larissa_D, Nov 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
The cliffs are unbelievable! It’s so beautiful! The guiding was amazing! Mave though us a lot about the history of Irlanda!
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An island to see for defo
Catriona_O, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
Seeing the seals and riding the bikes round the island. All the people were very friendly and we were blessed with the weather
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Would recommend
Clmentine_A, Nov 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
That was so fun! The tour guide was really interesting and funny, we had some bad luck at the cliffs because of the fog but the trip was amazing!
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Magical day
Staycation_Dub, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
From start to finish whole trip was fabulous.Boat,crew & the island itself.Highly recommended for all ages.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waters in the bay can be choppy, and ferries may be canceled during inclement weather.

  • Running along the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Salthill Promenade is accessible to wheelchairs and offers spectacular views of the glistening water.

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How to Get There

There are numerous access points for Galway Bay, with the easiest to reach being Galway City. Galway-bound trains leave regularly from Heuston Station in Dublin; buses also connect Galway to the capital.

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When to Get There

The bay, especially the parts in and around Galway City, is busiest and most vibrant in summer. Get there early in the day to experience the bay at its most peaceful. Sunrise and sunset are particularly pretty.

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Spotting Galway Hookers

Gaze out across the bay and you may spot a Galway hooker, a traditional boat native to the area. Identifiable by their black bases and dark red sails, Galway hookers were designed to withstand the bay’s often rough seas. During the Cruinniú na mBád festival in August, these distinctive local boats can be seen sailing a route between Connemara and Kinvara.

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