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Connemara Tours and Activities

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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 National Park Connemara National Park Connemara, Co Galway, Near the village of Letterfrack, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Connemara

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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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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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  • 6 days
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3-Day West Coast Explorer Small-Group Tour from Dublin

3-Day West Coast Explorer Small-Group Tour from Dublin

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Wind up Ireland’s West Coast from Dublin to see some of the spectacular towns and scenery. See some popular and less well Known sights, from the Burren to whisky distilleries. Pick your guide’s brain on film sets and peat bogs and learn about early Christianity and Irish wildlife. This tour includes plenty of discretionary time for you own explorations and wanderings.
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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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  • 8 days
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Explore Ireland, Escorted 12 Day Tour of Ireland

Explore Ireland, Escorted 12 Day Tour of Ireland

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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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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