Galway, Connemara and The Aran Islands
- Stay 3 nights in Galway in the perfect location to explore the West of Ireland.
- Full day excursion to the Connemara region with a sightseeing cruise on Lough Corrib.
- Travel to The Aran Islands & explore Inis Mor, including entrance to Dun Aengus Fort.
- Visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery en-route to Galway.
- 2 evening meals at your hotel and one lunch in a local restaurant are included.
- Smaller group sizes and the highest possible safety standards.
- Excursions carefully crafted to uncover wonderful places - less crowded and expertly guided.
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Your Guided Holiday To Galway, Connemara and The Aran Islands
Escape to Galway in the West of Ireland where wild landscapes, beautiful beaches and steeply rising mountains awaits us. On our way to Galway we’ll visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, one the oldest in the world. We’ll have time to explore the ‘City of Tribes’ before our welcome dinner later that evening. We’ll see the stunning Connemara region dominated by the grandiose Twelve Bens mountain range, dotted with plentiful lakes and home to the world renowned Connemara Ponies. Let’s visit charming villages like Leenane, Letterfrack and Cong, made famous by the film ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne. Then ending the day with a relaxing cruise on Lough Corrib. Join us as we learn more about Irish history and culture with a visit to Inis Mor, the biggest of The Aran Islands. Whether it's ancient Gaelic culture, iconic villages or the stunningly remote islands on the coast, Galway has it all!
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Galway
Visit Kilbeggan Distillery in the heart of Ireland
Discover more of our beautiful and scenic Ireland on this four-day guided tour to Galway and Connemara.
Travel to Dublin independently. This morning, we meet our guide in Dublin before departing to our hotel in Galway. If booking from Northern Ireland, a coach transfer from Belfast, Ballymena, Newry and Lisburn is provided.
Details of the pickup point in Dublin and final timing will be advised closer to departure date. Estimated start time is 09:30am.
En-route, visit Kilbeggan Distillery in the heart of Ireland, one of the oldest in the world. This is a real working distillery run by a team of enthusiastic craftspeople, skilled in the traditional ways of making Irish whiskey. You can visit the gift shop and purchase some of this ‘liquid gold’, before departing for Galway.
At Leisure in Galway & Welcome Dinner
The rest of your afternoon is free to relax and enjoy Galway as you please. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions for local entertainment options.
Tonight, re-join the group and enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast at your hotel is included on each day of your stay.
Dinner is included on your first and last night at your hotel.
Guided Excursion to Connemara
After breakfast, we will depart for a full-day guided excursion to Connemara, dubbed as a place of “savage beauty” by Oscar Wilde. With its rugged scenery, lakes, bogs, rivers, mountains, and picturesque villages, little has changed over time in this spellbinding landscape. Included today are stops in Leenane, Letterfrack, and Cong, famously the location for the film ‘The Quiet Man’.
Afterwards, we will take a relaxing cruise on Lough Corrib, travelling from the heart of Galway city along the famous Steamers Line, the lake’s traditional trade route. The cruise will take approximately ninety minutes and there is indoor seating where you can relax and enjoy the scenery while savouring a cup of tea or coffee with scones. At the end of the cruise, transfer by coach back to your hotel.
* Please note for March 2022 the cruise on Lough Corrib will not be running*
March departures will have the following instead.
Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the iconic Kylemore Abbey including entrance to the Visitor Centre, located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara.
The evening is yours, to relax and further explore your surroundings. Your guide will be happy to make recommendations for the best traditional pubs or alternative activities to suit your preferences.
The Aran Islands
Guided Excursion to the Aran Islands
This morning we depart on a full-day guided excursion with a visit to Inis Mor, largest of the Aran Islands. After a ferry journey of approximately forty minutes, we will have a tour of the island and visit Dun Aengus Fort. The fort is perched on a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and is enclosed by three massive stone walls. The fort is 900m from the Visitor Centre on rough and uneven ground, therefore we recommend you wear sturdy, closed in shoes for your comfort.
Afterwards, we make our journey back to the mainland and to our hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
At Leisure & Farelwell Dinner
Enjoy some free time before our farewell dinner at the hotel (included.)
Tonight, take the opportunity to discover some more of Galway’s highlights, in your own time.
Enjoy breakfast and some time at leisure before we say farewell to Galway.
Depart for Dublin with a stop for a light lunch en-route. In Dublin, bid farewell to your guide and fellow travellers, while those who joined from Northern Ireland will transfer onwards to the original pick up point.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.