An area naturally gifted with sharp contrasts, vibrant colours, stunning wilderness, and warm welcomes, Connemara is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in Ireland. Witness lambs ambling the mountainside, the bloom of wild spring flowers, and the calls of the cuckoo as you walk the diverse landscape. The abundant lakes in the region inspired the French to write a song about them and visitors come in droves each year to take in the landscape, which is so striking it is hard to believe it is real.
- See the striking landscapes of Connemara
- Learn from our guides about the fascinating and sometimes tragic history of the area.
Connemara National Park is not marked by any signs or boundaries, you will realise you have arrived from the breathtaking surroundings. It is an attraction like no other in Ireland and we will have time to admire the panoramic views and have a photo opportunity at the scenic bridge used in the well-known movie, "The Quiet Man". Walk in the footsteps of John Wayne's character as you discover why Hollywood loves the scenic Connemara landscape.
10:30am: Ireland has only one fjord and we are heading straight for it – the Killary Fjord. Marvel at the thriving mussel beds and look out towards Mweelrea, the highest mountain range on the west coast of Ireland. Please note that during the high season (April - October) this tour offers a 1.5 hour boat cruise around Killary Harbour. During these months lunch will be enjoyed on the boat. During the low season (November - March) the boat cruise will not run and instead we will make our way over to the Killary Sheep Farm, a traditional farm that hosts approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely across the fjord. Visitors have the unique opportunity to observe a local farmer performing a skilled sheepdog demonstration as well as displaying other tricks of the trade!
12:15pm: We continue our journey around the Connemara region. This area is designated as a "Gaeltacht" region where the local residents speak Irish as a first language. Not all of Connemara is considered to be a Gaelic speaking region but you're bound to learn a few words or phrases along the way. Your guide can give you some pointers and regale you with his or her best Gaelic! We will then drive along the Maumturk Mountains on one side with the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other. This is an incredible route, providing us with outstanding views and leads us through the village of Recess. It is a village with a fascinating history and is home to historic events such as Alcock and Brown landing their plane here after their record-breaking nonstop flight from North America to Europe. This is also where Guglielmo Marconi based himself after causing a sensation in the early world of communications through transmitting wireless messages from his station at Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland in 1901. He opened his own communications station in Clifden in 1907; the station still remains but has fallen into ruin.
We have a photo opportunity at Kylemore Abbey, once a prestigious female boarding school but now it hosts nuns on retreat as well as welcoming tourists visiting from around the world! Nestled at the base of the Druchruach Mountains and looking out onto the northern shore of Lough Pollacappal, the sprawling abbey is a sight to behold. It is known as one of the most romantic places in Ireland; a place filled with history.
2:00pm: We will travel through the stunning Inagh Valley (best known in Ireland for being the location of a mobile phone advertisement). "Can you hear me now?" is the well known catch phrase, as the Inagh Valley is a notorious spot for losing mobile phone service. It is also a valley filled with one stunning view after the next. As we head towards Galway, we pass the little village of Leenane where the movie "The Field"was filmed.
3:15pm: Enjoy an hour of free time to explore this famous city before venturing back to Dublin. There are various attractions to visit, such as the Galway Cathedral, Claddagh Ring Museum, main shopping district and the busy harbour where you can view the magnificent Spanish Arch! Galway is a very welcoming and vibrant city populated by the young at heart. Much like Christopher Columbus before us, this is the last place we visit before heading back to Dublin. Of course Columbus was heading off to discover America but we are heading in the other direction to re-discover Dublin!
7:00pm: We will arrive back in Dublin after an exciting and unforgettable journey discovering the savage beauty that is Connemara. Your friends will be jealous and will all want to go to the region of Connemara after seeing your beautiful photos.
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