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Galway Bay

Galway Bay, Ireland

The Basics

Day tours of Galway Bay depart from Dublin and Galway City, and typically provide round-trip transport. Most excursions stop at key attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the Irish-speaking seaside village of Spiddal (An Spidéal), the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher. Multi-day voyages often combine a visit to Galway Bay with a trip to the Aran Islands, other parts of Ireland (e.g. County Limerick), or Northern Ireland.

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Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
$71.11 per adult
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Amazing Tour!!
The best tour ever! With the best tour guides! Lovely scenery and great stops. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite friendly...will definitely repeat this tour with them.
luluelsie, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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A must see in Ireland
Martha_P, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
It was a really great trip. The bus was very clean and comfortable and our tour guide, Rory and bus driver, Peter was wonderful. It makes for a very long day as the bus promptly leaves at 6:55 am, but it is highly recommended. Probably not that much time to really explore Galway, but I great time nonetheless. Going to the Cliffs of Mohr should definitely be on your list of places to see while in Ireland.
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Highly recommend!
Tara_S, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Sean and Ciaran were a wonderful guide/driver combo. Funny, informative and looking out for our safety. Lots of extras with these two. They really went out of their way to make our day special. We were leery about signing up for a full-day tour when we just had a few days in Dublin, but I am SO glad we did! The bus was Wi-Fi equipped with USB connections too.
star-5
A good deal
Geeta_D, Jul 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
The knowledgeable guide named Christian and the safety conscious driver Goran. The amount of time given to look around was also sufficient.
star-5
Great trip.
Patrick_C, Apr 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Driver and the guide were fantastic. Bus was clean and comfortable. Plenty of stops to get out and strech your legs along the way.
star-5
Thanks John!
Mlanie_A, Aug 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
John was a wonderful driver and knowledgeable guide! He really loves this country and it’s job and it shows. He gaves us anecdotes, informations, recommandations and funny jokes throughout the day. The experience in itself is rightfully timed and complete. Completely worth it!
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An amazing trip to the Wild Atlantic Coast. Stunning natural beauty. Don't miss this!
Dennis_C, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
This was our first trip to Europe & Ireland. The tour/coach company (Wild Rover) staff were outstanding. Melissa does an amazing job with historic details, anecdotes, and legends...truly, a "fount" of Irish knowledge. Peter, our coach driver, was also friendly and attentive to the safety of his passengers. This beautiful tour was the highlight of our holiday.
star-5
The best Irish experience
Kathleen_D, Aug 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Our driver was fabulous, the day beautiful, the Cliffs were stunning. The day was organized, our driver kept us on pace and shared so much knowledge with us. It was a perfect day
star-5
Great tour to Cliffs and Galway
Kristin_C, Jun 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Great tour! Long day but worth it and we were blessed with a clear day. Tour guide was informative, and the bus was clean and nice.
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Ainslie_L, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Scenery was beautiful and our tour guide Antonio was awesome. Friendly and knowledgeable. Pete was a terrific driver and we booked a second tour to Kilkenny later this week with him. Bus was comfy and clean and loved having wifi.
star-5
Grand tour if Connemara and Galway.
Carla_K, Aug 2022
Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin
Our tour guide, I forget his name but he hailed from Portugal, was very entertaining. His talk was informative and filled with humor. The drive through Connemara National Park was the highlight of the tour.
star-5
Cliffs of insanity
Jason_C, Aug 2022
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
Great time. Beautiful. Definitely worth the trip. The crew was great. Quite a hike to get to the top of the cliffs. If you get a bike. Get the electric one. It's worth it
star-5
Amazing Tour!!
luluelsie, Aug 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
The best tour ever! With the best tour guides! Lovely scenery and great stops. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite friendly...will definitely repeat this tour with them.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waters in the bay can be choppy, and ferries may be canceled during inclement weather.

  • Running along the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Salthill Promenade is accessible to wheelchairs and offers spectacular views of the glistening water.

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How to Get There

There are numerous access points for Galway Bay, with the easiest to reach being Galway City. Galway-bound trains leave regularly from Heuston Station in Dublin; buses also connect Galway to the capital.

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When to Get There

The bay, especially the parts in and around Galway City, is busiest and most vibrant in summer. Get there early in the day to experience the bay at its most peaceful. Sunrise and sunset are particularly pretty.

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Spotting Galway Hookers

Gaze out across the bay and you may spot a Galway hooker, a traditional boat native to the area. Identifiable by their black bases and dark red sails, Galway hookers were designed to withstand the bay’s often rough seas. During the Cruinniú na mBád festival in August, these distinctive local boats can be seen sailing a route between Connemara and Kinvara.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Galway Bay?
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What else should I know about attractions in Galway?
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