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Private Guided Walking Tour of Omey Island in Connemara

Private Guided Walking Tour of Omey Island in Connemara

Omey Island lies 600 metres offshore of the of the Aughrus peninsula and has a wealth of ancient history and stories from the past. Your local guide will walk you across to this tidal island and share its rich history and the stories of St Feichin’s sacred island. The ruins of Feichin’s Church, a medieval church built on a 7th century Christian settlement. The church is surrounded by the remains of a semi-sunken village that was devastated by the Famine. St Feichin’s Holy Well can also be found to the west. Fahy Lough takes up one third of the interior of the island The island is now largely abandoned, with some part-time residents during the summer months. In the mid 19th century it supported a population of over four hundred people who lived off the rich fishing around the island and from cattle raised on the fertile, lime-rich soils. It is now the main burial ground for this region, utilizing an ancient monastic burial ground associated with Brendan the Navigator.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$302.16
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Kayaking Lough Corrib. Mayo. Guided. Full/half day.

Kayaking Lough Corrib. Mayo. Guided. Full/half day.

Come kayaking on beautiful Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake with an experienced guide. The scenic lake is dotted with 360 islands and offers amazing views of Connemara's iconic hills and mountains. Explore the islands and take in the spectacular view of famous Ashford castle as we kayak past this historic landmark. Beginners to advanced kayakers welcome on this special journey to discover nature and have some fun out on the water.
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  • 2 hours
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$145.74
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Aran islands pub tour from Galway. Inisheer/Inishmore. Private guide. Full day.

Aran islands pub tour from Galway. Inisheer/Inishmore. Private guide. Full day.

Take a scenic flight to the unique Aran Islands and enjoy their local freshly caught seafood, fine ales and warm hospitality on this privately guided pub tour. Availability: March to October. Max: 8. Enjoy a day packed full of everything the West of Ireland has to offer on this privately guided unique tour. Pick up included from Galway by your private local knowledgeable guide and travel to Connemara International Airport for the flight across Galway Bay with commanding views of the coastline, the Cliffs of Moher and limestone landscape of the three Aran Islands. On your arrival on Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands, food and drink of the highest quality awaits you. You will visit three hostelries on the island where you will meet the locals and enjoy the unique atmosphere on the island made famous by Father Ted. Back to Connemara for your return trip to Galway, where we will stop at Tigh Chualain, west of Spiddal for our last pub of this truly enjoyable and unique tour.
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  • 10 hours
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Inishbofin Island Tour from Galway

Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Inishbofin Island Tour from Galway

Discover the rugged Connemara coast and cruise out to explore the island of Inishbofin on this full-day tour from Galway. Ride the ferry across the Atlantic to Inishbofin; enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or paddle boarding at the island’s beaches; look out for wildlife including dolphins, seals, puffins, and guillemots; and enjoy lunch at a typical Irish pub.
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  • 12 hours
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 Haunted Bog road tour. Galway. Private guided. 2 hours

Haunted Bog road tour. Galway. Private guided. 2 hours

Ireland has perhaps, more than its fair share of ghost stories and few are more persistent than the grim tale of Connemara's haunted Bog Road. Take this scary tour to see if the tales are real? The Bog Road was originally the main road to Galway before the founding of Clifden. A guesthouse on the road, was the scene of many gruesome murders, which has given rise to many tales, mostly tall… As one version of the story goes, there was a hostelry here called the Halfway House. Back in the 1790s, it was run by a brother and sister who made a business of welcoming solo travellers and then murdering them, (at the stroke of midnight…naturally) and disposing their bodies in the surrounding bog lakes and pocketing their belongings. It is believed to be ghosts of these hapless victims - whose bodies the ghoulish siblings fed to the windswept bog land - which give this lonely stretch of road its spectral reputation - the tale of the Red-Haired Girl at the Inn is a folklore classic….
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  • 2 hours
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$291.29
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Cliffs of Moher walk with local farmer. Clare. Guided. 3 hours.

Cliffs of Moher walk with local farmer. Clare. Guided. 3 hours.

Join a local farmer, historian and walking enthusiast on this spectacular guided walk along the Cliffs of Moher sea cliffs, as he shares his enthusiasm and passion for the area, local history, folklore and the preservation of a rural lifestyle. Walk to the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level, where views of the Dingle Peninsula and Loop Head in the South, the Aran Islands to the West with the Twelve Pins and mountains of Connemara to the North can be seen on a clear day. From O’ Brien’s Tower witness the amazing vistas of lush green grass, rocky cliffs and varying shades of sea and sky and hear the waves of the mighty Atlantic ocean crashing below. The walk takes approximately 3 hours from the village of Doolin along a gravel path and finishes at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, where public transport is available to return to Doolin. The trail is an easy walk, it requires a basic level of fitness and a good head for heights and is 8km long.
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  • 3 hours
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$19.44
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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.

With pick up included from your hotel, hop on board as we travel west into the scenic region of Connemara, famed for its wild and rugged land and seascapes. Our first castle visit is to Aughnanure Castle. Built by the O’Flahertys in 1500, this castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. Next stop in the quaint village of Oughterard for a short coffee break. Weaving our way through scenic Connemara, our next castle stop is Kylemore Abbey, founded by English industrialist Mitchell Henry and now a Benedictine monastery. Spend the next few hours exploring this romantic abbey, its victorian walled gardens and Gothic church. We head to the capital of Connemara, the colourful town of Clifden. En-route (weather permitting) we drive the famous Sky Road. Travel onto to Ballynahinch Castle and take a short break to explore the castle and estate grounds including the walled garden before enjoying some delicious tea & scones before returning to Galway City.
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  • 9 hours
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Castles of Connemara tour departing from Galway City. Private guided. Full day.

Castles of Connemara tour departing from Galway City. Private guided. Full day.

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With pick up included from your hotel, hop on board as we travel west into the scenic region of Connemara, famed for its wild and rugged land and seascapes. Our first castle visit is to Aughnanure Castle. Built by the O’Flahertys in 1500, this castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. Next stop in the quaint village of Oughterard for a short coffee break. Weaving our way through scenic Connemara, our next castle stop is Kylemore Abbey, founded by English industrialist Mitchell Henry and now a Benedictine monastery. Spend the next few hours exploring this romantic abbey, its victorian walled gardens and Gothic church. We head to the capital of Connemara, the colourful town of Clifden. En-route (weather permitting) we drive the famous Sky Road. Travel onto to Ballynahinch Castle and take a short break to explore the castle and estate grounds including the walled garden before enjoying some delicious tea & scones before returning to Galway City.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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History & cultural tour of Inishmore, Aran Islands. Galway. Private. 2 ½ hours

History & cultural tour of Inishmore, Aran Islands. Galway. Private. 2 ½ hours

Step off the ferry/plane onto Inis MĂłr island and meet your native Irish speaking guide, who is a gifted storyteller and a national food champion. In his entertaining company, gain insights into the culture and history of this remote island on a tour that includes spectacular coastal scenery with stop offs at the World Heritage Site of DĂşn Aonghus, the monastic site of The Seven Churches, a seal colony viewing point and a visit to local craft village to meet the locals and see Celtic inspired crafts. Your guide will share his remarkable insights into the customs and traditions of an island that has been home to his ancestors for as long as time can remember.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$582.96
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Walking cultural & history tour: Pearse's Cottage & Derrigimlagh,Guided Full Day

Walking cultural & history tour: Pearse's Cottage & Derrigimlagh,Guided Full Day

Discover three fascinating sites of international historical significance walking the wild and rugged landscapes of breathtakingly scenic Connemara, with a local tour and walking guide. Min 1 max 20 pax. Available 5 March to 30 November
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.12
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Old traditional Irish storytelling tales from Connemara, Guided 2 hours.

Old traditional Irish storytelling tales from Connemara, Guided 2 hours.

Listening to a traditional Irish storyteller around a fire has to be one of the best ways of immersing yourself in Irish culture. A wonderful opportunity to have a story teller come to you at your hotel or local pub.
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  • 2 hours
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$485.81
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Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise tour from Galway. Guided. Full day

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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Walking the West Quarter of Inishbofin Island, Connemara coast. Self guided.5Hrs

Walking the West Quarter of Inishbofin Island, Connemara coast. Self guided.5Hrs

Come explore magical Inishbofin (Island of the White Cow) off the coast of Connemara along the Wild Atlantic Way. Inishbofin has become the first Irish island to receive an international ecotourism award. This self-guided package Includes a return ferry to Inishboffin Island from Cleggan. Walk the short distance from the ferry to the hotel, and enjoy some delicious homemade soup and sandwiches while watching a short video about the island explaining the fascinating heritage, history and geology of the island in brief. Then go for an invigorating self-guided walk, with maps provided around the scenic Westquarter Loop. The island is a great place for bird watching and the corncrake can be heard here every year. After your walk, return to the hotel for some freshly brewed tea/coffee and homemade scones before either boarding the ferry back to the mainland or staying on the island
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  • 5 hours
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$35.15
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Traditional Town Crier tour. Galway city. Guided. 1½ hours

Traditional Town Crier tour. Galway city. Guided. 1½ hours

The Town Crier is from one of the oldest families in Galway. His effervescent personality and wealth of local knowledge makes each tour he gives a unique experience
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$221.97
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Private walking tour-Discover the Cultural & History Heroes of Connemara

Private walking tour-Discover the Cultural & History Heroes of Connemara

Walk the rugged trails of the Wild Atlantic Way in the company of a dedicated guide on this private tour. While enjoying personalized attention from your guide, you'll cover three sites of historical significance within Connemara as well as two Signature points on the walking route. You can walk at your own pace and ask as many questions as you like.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$680.47
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A taste of the Craic: An audio tour exploring Galway's local gastronomy

A taste of the Craic: An audio tour exploring Galway's local gastronomy

Discover Galway’s Latin Quarter and West side with me and the medium of fine Irish cuisine, locally sourced produce and internationally celebrated beverages. Rolling pastures meet the wild Atlantic here, and you’ll find out why this location has helped to make the city such a food lovers' destination. And it has the craic too! On this self guided audio tour along the Latin Quarter’s medieval streets, I’ll tell you about the evolution of our cuisine from the Bronze Age to our recent culinary revolution. There’s a full course of information, including: • The answer to which came first, the bacon or the egg • A primer on spuds and Ireland's relationship with the humble potato • A guide to spotting the Salmon of all Knowledge • An introduction into Ireland's whiskey heritage just long enough to wet your lips
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  • 40 to 55 minutes
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$7.26
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Lassies, castles and battles: Explore Galway on an audio walking tour

Lassies, castles and battles: Explore Galway on an audio walking tour

Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart, as you’ll soon discover on this self-guided audio tour. Just download the VoiceMap app, click on Galway and choose "A meander through the medieval Quarter to the River Corrib". We will visit the key sites on this walking tour, with insights into modern Galway along the way. In the medieval quarter, you’ll hear about events both surprising and some gruesome. Then we’ll visit some of the famous and lesser known sites. The tour is narrated by a qualified Failte Ireland Tour Guide, Derek Spillane. Some of the highlights include: • Saint Nicholas Church and its 1651 map of Galway • The Spanish Arch and the City Walls • Wild swans on the Claddagh shore • Learn where the word “lynched” comes from • Discover who the Tribes of Galway were • Hear how Richard Martin founded the R.S.P.C.A and delve into the darker side to his character • Tips on how to spot the famous Claddagh ring
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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$7.26
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Sail in a traditional Galway Hooker, Connemara. Guided.2 hours

Sail in a traditional Galway Hooker, Connemara. Guided.2 hours

An unforgettable unique Irish experience. Learn about the customs and traditions of Connemara first hand aboard a Galway Hooker, a traditional sailing vessel unique to this part of the west coast of Ireland. These iconic vessels with their distinctive red sails have been built for centuries by renowned boat building families of the area, and sailed the coastal waters from Galway to the Aran Islands and out into the Atlantic Ocean commercially until the 1960's. Why not join us for a truly authentic experience along the Wild Atlantic Way, where you can belong to the Connemara of today yet be spellbound by its past. Absorb the atmosphere while bantering with the crew, who will be more than happy to share their knowledge and passion for their native land. They might even let you take the rudder for a while!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$223.60
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Lake cruise on Lough Corrib to Inchagoill Island & Cong village from Oughterard.

Lake cruise on Lough Corrib to Inchagoill Island & Cong village from Oughterard.

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The "Corrib Queen" departs from Oughterard pier daily (except Tuesdays) at 12:00pm, and sails onto Inchagoill Island. En route passengers experience awe inspiring views of the Connemara mountains, and experience the beauty of Lough Corrib's 365 islands.Having arrived on Inchagoill Island, passengers will be given a guided tour at St. Patricks monastic site which dates back to the 5th century. Leaving Inchagoill Island we continue our cruise onto the world-renowned Ashford Castle in Cong arriving there at approx 13:30. Passengers at this point have the option of taking the 1 km walk to the quaint village of Cong, famous as the location of John Ford's 1951 classic Hollywood movie "The Quiet Man". Passengers also have the option of enjoying the beautiful grounds of Ashford Castle, The Oughterard Cruise ticket price includes admission to the gardens at Ashford Castle. At 17:00 passengers will then board the Corrib Queen for direct transfer to Oughterard, arriving at approximately 18:00.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Half-Day Tour: Connemara Wild Atlantic Way Guided Beach Horseback Ride

Private Half-Day Tour: Connemara Wild Atlantic Way Guided Beach Horseback Ride

Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on horseback is a thrilling way to experience Connemara’s beaches and rugged coastline. Depending on your level of experience, you’ll safely trot or gallop across white sandy beaches while enjoying sweeping views of the sea. This half-day guided horseback tour is suitable for riders of all levels. Those with little or no riding experience will be given plenty of instruction to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your ride.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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