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Galway Bay

Galway Bay

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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Great experience!
Ivette, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Derrick was a really guide. He was charismatic and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this company for tours.
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To recommend
Angela_G, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
The guide Derek and the driver Bryan were amazing. It was very entertaining and educational. Would recommend 100%.
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Well organised
Bhavika_S, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The tour was very well organised. John was very nice and his knowledge about the region was extremely insightful. The place for lunch was very good, especially since it was completely carbon neutral, as explained by out waitress Cecile.
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Beautiful Ireland
GoPlaces16926306555, Sep 2019
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The two day trips were perfect. The Coach Drivers were very professional, friendly and well humoured. The coach was clean and comfortable.
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Insightful, fun journey w/ Séan & John
Ajay, Jun 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Séan and John were brilliant, huge shout to both of them for ensuring we had a fun, insightful (learnt a lot about Ireland) and hassle free journey!
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Exciting day out
Lauren_F, Jun 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
The trip was AMAZING!! It was lovely to see so much of the country in a day. Shaun was a very knowledgeable guide and John kept us safe on the road!
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Paddywagon never fails!
Tracy_K, Mar 2020
Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin
Excellent day trip. We were so lucky to have Darren as our tour guide. He made sure we saw every bit of the countryside and introduced us to locals along the way. He was so much fun and knowledgable! Paddywagon is always the way to go!
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Full experience in the most amazing place
GIOVANNA_D, Jun 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Amazing experience with Rory that provided suggestions on Ireland and also on Dublin! Nice explanations and some fun facts. Highly recommended! Stunning views
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Amazing Daytrip
Lina, Sep 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a wonderful day trip to the Burren, including the Cliffs of Mother, Aillwee Cave and some photo stops. Our driver and guide John was really great - he gave a lot of interesting and sometimes funny information during the bus drive, so time was passing quickly during driving. If he was not speaking (what happened rarely) we listened to traditional Irish music - it was a great day!
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Good Trip to start the summer
Sathish_G, Jun 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
It was a really good trip, Cliffs of Moher is a place you shouldn't miss if you are in Ireland. Rory is an amazing tour guide who makes the trip worthwhile with historical facts, humour and local suggestions. Highly recommended
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Great day out
cmontebello63, Feb 2020
Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin
Had a fantastic day....Alex the coach driver was very informative and had a great sence of humour, which made the long drive seem shorter.
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Cliffs of Moher
A_T, Aug 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
This was a great fun tour to experience. John was our tour guide and he had so much knowledge on everything along the route. The lunch stop was flawless, quick service and delicious options

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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