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From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour

1. From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take the Cliffs of Moher and Burren Tour from beautiful Galway and see some of Ireland’s most attractive landmarks. Start with a stop in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara to see Ireland’s famous Dunguaire Castle. Visit the rolling hills of The Burren. Discover the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the Poulnabrone Dolmen, and Ballyalban Fairy Fort. Pass through Kilfenora, home to the famous Celtic Crosses, and Lisdoonvarna, home to the world’s famous matchmaking festival. Make your way to the coastal village of Doolin for a lunch stop before visiting the 200-meter high, 8km long Cliffs of Moher. Return to Galway via the Coast Road and make a short stop at the lunar-like landscape of the Burren.

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Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

2. Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

Explore hidden Ireland on this full-day tour from Galway. Experience a magical day in the typical Irish countryside and hear the many legends from killer sheep to lake monsters. First, stop at Cong Abbey, an Augustinian Abbey dating back to the early 12th century and one of the best examples of medieval ecclesiastical architecture.  Enter Cong Village and explore Cong Woods, stroll around the village that was in the 1950s classic movie, ‘The Quiet Man,’ or feed the ducks on the edge of Lough Corrib - the Republic of Ireland's largest lake. Admire Connemara's hidden valleys upon entering on the Lough Nafooey route.  Continue to Kylemore Abbey and enjoy a lunch break 2-hour sightseeing. Entrance into Kylemore Abbey and Gardens is not included in the tour price (purchase discounted entrance tickets from your driver on the day of the tour).  Leaving Kylemore in the late afternoon, drive through Inagh Valley, Maam Cross, and Oughterard. Complete the circuit of Lough Corrib before arriving home to Galway City. 

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Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

3. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information. Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for 2 hours. Go to the visitor's center for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves. Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

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From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher and Sightseeing Tour

4. From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher and Sightseeing Tour

Following pickup, head to Dunguaire Castle on the outskirts of Kinvara. Take some photos at one of the most photographed castles in Ireland before heading through the beautiful, stone landscape of the Burren and past Corcomroe Abbey. This 12th-century Cistercian Abbey is known for its distinguished carvings and rich ornamentation. Then, follow the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of the County Clare, passing Black Head and seeing Fanore Strand. From here, admire the Aran Islands locking in Galway Bay and, in the distance, the mountains of Connemara. Stop for some pictures before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher for a 2-hour stop. One of the most spectacular sights in Ireland, the cliffs rise 214 meters (about 702 feet) out of the Atlantic Ocean and offer one of the most amazing views in Ireland. Next, return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, famous for its annual match-making festival. A photo stop at Doolin pier gives you a chance to feel the Atlantic wind in your face and to see the power of the sea as it crashes in on the shore. During the summer months, there is an opportunity to join a cruise to the base of the Cliffs of Moher (cruise not included). After you’ve worked up an appetite on the beach it’s onto Doolin Hotel for lunch (lunch not included). Try any of the local sea food dishes, you won’t be disappointed.

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From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

5. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

The Cliffs of Moher cruise sets out from Doolin Pier and follows the cliffs, allowing you to experience them from below their stunning heights. While boarding, passengers will take in amazing views of the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and The Burren. After sailing for about 20 minutes or so, the ferry will make a stop underneath the famous O'Brien's Tower, perched high atop the Cliffs at their highest point. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a magnificent height of over 214 meters which you can really appreciate by sea. On-board you will enjoy an entertaining and informative expert commentary, allowing you to learn about the local history and wildlife. The Cliffs of Moher base is home to a diverse range of wildlife such as birds, basking sharks, dolphins and seals.  The ferry will circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. The great sea stack plays host to thousands of sea birds that make it their summer home. The ferry will get you up close to view birds such as puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Along the journey back to Doolin Pier, you will pass the sea cave from 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' and the famous surfing spot 'Aill na Searrach' where the 'Aileen' wave is caught.  This one hour journey along the cliffs provides many fantastic photo opportunities and is never the same experience twice.

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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Bus Tour

6. From Galway: Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Bus Tour

Get back to nature on an amazing coach trip to The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, and listen to the history of Galway and the surrounding area as you journey through the windswept landscapes of Ireland’s limestone terrain. Visit Dunguaire Castle to see the former residence of the King of Connacht. Explore the underground caves at Aillwee Cave, or get up close with falcons and owls at the Birds of Prey Center. Continue over Corkscrew Hill to arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, where you will have 1.5 hours to explore at leisure and see the colony of seabirds on the cliffs. Stop in Doolin for a bite to eat, and travel back to Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

7. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Set sail from Doolin pier and embark on a voyage of discovery as you cruise along the coast to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy scenic views of the islands of Aran and amazing limestone rocks of The Burren in North Clare. Approach the Cliffs of Moher to get a fantastic view of the headland of Aill na Searrach, popular with surfers for the wave they call the Aileen. Continue to the large sea stack of An Bhreannan Mor, just below the highest point of the cliffs. Marvel at all the tiny people strolling around the Visitors Centre and O'Brien's Tower observatory as you cruise off the coast for about 20 minutes. Benefit from the services of the experienced crew who will point out areas of interest and help you look for sea birds, such as gannets, guillemots, razorbills and Atlantic puffins nesting on the rocks. Return to Doolin and enjoy more amazing views on the 20-minute journey back to the pier.

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From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Full-Day Guided Tour

8. From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Full-Day Guided Tour

Experience the unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes of Connemara and explore iconic landmarks on your own, such as the rivers and lakes that flow off the 12 Bens mountain range.  Stop in the charming mountain village of Leenane and take in the views of Ireland's only fjord at Killary. Then, get 2 hours to explore Kylemore Abbey and go for a nature walk in the Victorian Walled Gardens. Continue along the coast to the pretty Gaelic-speaking village of An Spideal to take a stroll amongst the many traditional thatched roof homes and admire the beautiful beaches.

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The Aran Islands & The Cliffs Cruise

9. The Aran Islands & The Cliffs Cruise

You will be guided south along the Wild Atlantic Way and into the lunar-like Burren region. From there you'll head to the picturesque fishing village of Doolin where you’ll board the ferry to Inisheer (Inis Oirr) – the smallest and most vibrant of the Aran Islands. Explore Inisheer, home to ancient churches and castles, one of the Irelands most beautiful beaches, lighthouses, shipwrecks, and several cafes and pubs. You can take a pony and carriage, hire a bicycle or stroll the country roads. On your guided return journey, cruise alongside the foot of the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular journey which puts the 214m high, 8km long cliffs into perspective. Stop for a hearty meal at a traditional local pub before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher. You will receive free entry to the cliffs and the eco-sensitive visitor center. Take a stroll along the cliff edge and consider how tiny everything looks from above! Once you depart the cliffs you will take the coast road home, following the Wild Atlantic Way before one last stop at the stunning Baby Cliffs in Ballyreen where you can walk atop the Burren. Return time in Galway is approx. 7:30 PM.

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From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

10. From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

Inis Oírr, also known as Inisheer, is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. It is the closest island to the Doolin Pier with a population of about 300 people. The new express ferry provides the fastest crossing to the Aran Islands with only a 15 minute journey from Doolin to Inis Oírr. Inis Oírr is a charming island with a lot to offer. Visitors to this island can enjoy medieval ruins, seal colonies, a shipwreck, a lighthouse, fantastic walks and much more.  Upon your arrival, you can choose to walk, rent a bicycle, hire a horse and cart or take a mini bus tour to see the best parts of the Island.   After enjoying about 3 hours on Inis Oirr, the ferry will depart the island at 1:45 PM. With this option you will take the ferry back to Doolin via the Cliffs of Moher. This ferry journey brings you to the Cliffs of Moher's highest point beneath the famous O'Brien's Tower. From here, there is an expert on-board commentary which is both informative and entertaining.  The ferry will circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. The great sea stack plays host to thousands of sea birds that make it their summer home. The ferry will get you up close to view birds such as puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Along the journey back to Doolin Pier, you will pass the sea cave from 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' and the famous surfing spot 'Aill na Searrach' where the 'Aileen' wave is caught.  This one hour journey along the cliffs provides many fantastic photo opportunities and is never the same experience twice.

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What people are saying about County Galway

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 4,988 reviews

The trip was so good. Me and my friends had a very good time at the locations. The trip was good and entertaining. The guide was so knowledgeable about everything, The guide was the best point of the whole trip. His commentary along the trip and the funny conversations making the whole tour coming along made the trip lively. The trip was worth the value.

Great surrounding, ideal trip if you dont wanna rent a car! The Abbey is a treasure and the landscape is beautiful. Tommy was a really great guide, we had a really interesting and great time. He was open for all questions, and he was really helpful!

Super punctual, very well accompanied, clean and comfortable coaches. We had Dave as a guide and Sidney as a driver and they were just fabulous. Highway recommended. We would do it again anytime.

The driver, Tommy, was very kind, funny, friendly and didnt rush us the way other guides do when you're on a tight schedule. We enjoyed our trip thanks to him a lot. I recommend this guy warmly

It was a good experience, and a good alternative to visit the West Coast from Dublin. Don't need to take a lunch, you will take it on the way!