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Connemara
Wild, beautiful, and sparsely populated, Connemara, extending from Galway to the Atlantic Ocean, is Ireland at its most rugged and elemental. The indented Atlantic coastline is interspersed with beaches and seaside hamlets, while the interior encompasses bog, mountains, lakes, and empty valleys where sheep outnumber people. 

The Basics
With knock-your-socks-off beauty and a promise of peace and solitude, the westerly region of Connemara holds great sway among Ireland visitors and locals alike. If you’re into outdoor adventures, take part in guided and self-guided nature walks and hikes around Connemara National Park. Or go sea kayaking around the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, where dolphins, seals, and basking sharks inhabit the waters. 

You can also explore the region during sightseeing day tours from Galway, which often incorporate stops at Kylemore Abbey, Pearse’s Cottage, Roundstone, Derrigimlagh Bog, and Killary Fjord, as well as the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Connemara is a must-see for sightseers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as many hiking trails in the region have rocky, uneven surfaces.
  • If you plan on spending much time exploring outdoors, bring a rainproof outer layer, water, and sunscreen. 
  • Gaeltachts (Irish-speaking regions) are scattered throughout Connemara. 

How to Get There
Connemara is west of Galway city, with the Atlantic Ocean marking its south and west boundaries. Public transportation is sparse here, so the best way to get around is by car or organized tour, most of which depart from Galway city. Driving from Dublin takes about four hours. 

When to Get There
The best time of the year to visit Connemara is between June and October, when mild temperatures make exploring outdoors easier. July and August are the busiest months, so if you plan on visiting then, you may want to hit the most popular spots early in the morning to beat the crowds. In winter, Connemara has a stark, desolate beauty, and tourists are few and far between. 

Connemara’s Hollywood Connections
Among the most picturesque villages of Connemara is Leenane, which is set on the edge of Ireland’s only fjord, and was the filming location for The Field, a 1990 film starring Richard Harris. Elsewhere in Connemara, between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, sits the village of Cong, which still retains a collection of traditional thatched cottages. It was here that The Quiet Man was filmed back in 1951.
Address: Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
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11 Tours and Activities to Experience Connemara

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6-Day South of Ireland Tour from Dublin

6-Day South of Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Journey across Southern Ireland on this 6-day tour that lets you choose from three accommodation options. This tour provides you with accommodations and transport for five nights and six days. Some of the stops along the way include Adare, Inch Beach, the Dingle Peninsula, Cork, Cobh, Cong, and Killarney. Travel around the Ring of Kerry, see Blarney Castle and Bunratty Castle, and make a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Go to the Guinness Storehouse brewery, and down a pint of beer, and take pictures at the 13th-century Corcomroe Abbey.
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3-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands Rail Tour from Dublin

3-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands Rail Tour from Dublin

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Journey from Dublin on a three-day coach, rail, and ferry tour along Ireland’s spectacular western coast. With the vibrant city of Galway as your overnight base, you’ll head out to explore both the rugged mainland and catch a ferry to the Aran Islands, home to prehistoric Dun Aengus fort.
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Connemara- Self walking- 7 days

Connemara- Self walking- 7 days

An area naturally gifted with sharp contrasts, vibrant colours, stunning wilderness and warm welcomes, Connemara is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland. Witness lambs strolling the mountainside, the bloom of wild spring flowers, and the calls of the Cuckoo as you walk the diverse landscape. This self guided tour of Connemara will bring you to an area of Ireland where sheep have right-of-way on the roads. You will take in Killary harbour and Ireland's only fjord, the Maumturk mountains and the wonderful Inagh Valley. This tour is among our most popular and if you book it you'll understand why! We will take care of the details - accommodation, luggage transfers, guided maps and tour documentation!
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Into The West- Cycle- Self Guided 6 Day Tour

Into The West- Cycle- Self Guided 6 Day Tour

Cycling is the best way to experience this beautiful island. If you are searching for an adventure that will take you through the true wonders of Ireland, and magnificent landscapes of mountain lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, then you have picked the right tour. Your self-guided cycle will take you 291 kms through the heart of Ireland’s real emerald gem; Connemara. The route takes you from a small town called Oughterard all the way along the sparkling Atlantic, and then entering Connemara National Park. You will cycle up north to bustling Westport and then descend to Leeanane and finish after a scenic cruise of Killary Fjord. On your way you will be able to enjoy famous castles, stunning beaches, the magnificent Connemara mountain ranges, charming sheep farms and experience authentic Irish cuisine. + FREE DAY TOUR of your choice If you want to read a detailed overview of each of our different day tours please visit www.irishdaytours.ie
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5-Day Northern Ireland and Atlantic Coast Small-Group Tour from Dublin

5-Day Northern Ireland and Atlantic Coast Small-Group Tour from Dublin

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Get the best of Northern Ireland with this five day tour, which takes you to some of the most picturesque spots. Relish a combination of personalized guiding in a small group and time to exploring on your own. Beyond Belfast there are national parks, ancient ruins, and wondrous beauty, and this tour makes this accessible in a luxury coast and centrally located accommodation.
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10-Day Ultimate Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

10-Day Ultimate Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

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Spend 10 days exploring the top sights of Ireland on a 10-day round-trip tour from Dublin. Covering the length and width, from top to bottom, of the Emerald Isle, you'll visit the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, the city of Galway, Dingle Bay for kayaking, the Aran Islands, and Titanic Belfast and Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. As you go, you'll experience and learn about Ireland's history, traditions, culture, castles, and outdoor scenery. Accommodation is included.
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6- Day Wild West and Northern Ireland small group tour of Ireland

6- Day Wild West and Northern Ireland small group tour of Ireland

 Your experience starts here! How much can you pack into a 6 day tour in Ireland? – A LOT! Get the best of the west and top it off with a whirlwind tour of Northern Ireland on our Wild West and North Tour. Fall in love with the bustling bohemian Galway City and dare to take a peak over the ledge at Dun Aenghus Ring fort on the Aran Islands. Experience the spectacular views of Connemara National Park, the wilds of Donegal and the panoramic views from on top of St Patrick’s mountain. Make unforgettable memories at The Giant’s Causeway, Game of Thrones Dark Hedges and Belfast as you journey through the kingdom of Northern Ireland. Our Wild West and North Tour of Ireland explores a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history and culture. 
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7-Day Ireland to Island Small Group Tour from Dublin

7-Day Ireland to Island Small Group Tour from Dublin

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Get more from your small group tour with the Ireland to Island experience. Featuring Ireland and two of its most famous islands this tour never disappoints. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site and Puffin sanctuary, Skellig Michael, delve into Ireland’s past by visiting the Rock of Cashel steeped in 1000 years of history and explore the beautiful seaside village of Cobh, the final port of the marvellous Titanic. Explore Killarney National Park and visit the jaw dropping sights of The Cliffs of Moher. Sail across Galway Bay to the spectacular Aran Islands and soak up the atmosphere in the artsy city of Galway. Of course, no trip to Ireland is complete without a trip to one of our famous distillers, so let’s meet the makers of our beloved Jameson!
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Explore Ireland, Escorted 12 Day Tour of Ireland

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Explore Ireland" - Escorted 12 Day Tours. Explore the various facets of Ireland & experience the Beautiful landscapes of this "Emerald Ireland" Discover heart-warming moments and spectacular sights. Explore the Island of Ireland From the Causeway Coast and the Wild Atlantic Way to the Sunny South East and the 11 cities in between, now's the time to start exploring the Island of Ireland.
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7 Day Wild Atlantic Adventure Small Group Tour From Dublin

7 Day Wild Atlantic Adventure Small Group Tour From Dublin

Head west on our most immersive Southern Ireland adventure holiday yet! Spend seven days on an unforgettable adventure holiday in Ireland, exploring the Wild Atlantic Way rugged coastline and learning about the old Gaelic Ireland’s fascinating culture. Combine Connemara, Clare and Kerry’s wild outdoors with the warmth of famous Irish hospitality. Hike the Cliffs of Moher, discover the beaches of The Aran Islands, explore Killarney National Park by bike and cross the ocean to the Skellig Islands. This tour is ideal for travellers keen to experience the island’s wilder side. If you want to experience Ireland at a slower pace, browse our slower-paced Experience Tours Our tours include everything you need for a stress – free trip: accommodation, transport, Irish tour guide, breakfast, and a few key cultural inclusions that are simply not to be missed.
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Self-Drive of Ireland - The Greenway Tour

Self-Drive of Ireland - The Greenway Tour

Sustainability has become more important than ever and ecotourism has been at the forefront of Overland Ireland’s ethos from the beginning. Now you can enjoy the stunning unspoilt Irish scenery in an electric vehicle. Not even the sound of a running engine will disturb your enjoyment of the enchanting Emerald Isle.  This unique self-drive experience to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information pre-loaded about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. Learn Gaelic on the go and have 24/7 access to a professional guide via the app. The app connects to google maps with all your destinations pre-loaded so all you need to do is show up and drive! Passes for activities and experiences throughout the tour will be at your fingertips through the app. All the freedom of a self-drive road trip safe in the knowledge that Paddy the Pocket Pilot is on hand whenever you need him!
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