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With the wild and rugged landscapes of Ireland’s west coast on its doorstep, Galway City is a great starting point for scenic escapes. From sheer coastal cliffs to remote islands where tradition reigns, here are a few of the best day trips from Galway. 

Cong – 26 miles (42 km) away
A charming country village straddling the border between County Galway and County Mayo, Cong enjoys a picturesque setting between two lakes. Little has changed since The Quiet Man was filmed here back in 1951, and traditional thatched roof cottages seen in the film still stand. 

Aran Islands – about 28 miles (45 km) away
Reachable by ferry or seaplane from Rossaveal and Doolin, the Aran Islands—Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer—seem to be stuck in a time long passed. Listen out and you’ll hear locals speaking Irish among themselves, pony traps clip-clopping along the road, and the sound of traditional music coming from local pubs. 

The Burren – 42 miles (66 km) away
A 62-square-mile (160-square-kilometer) jigsaw of limestone lunar-esque rocks, this unusual region—characterized by karst terrain, crevices, and fissures—may appear bare and barren, but it is in fact teeming with life. Some 700 species of plants and ferns sprout here, with wildflowers putting on a colorful display every spring. 

Cliffs of Moher – 47 miles (75 km) away
Located south of Galway in County Clare, this UNESCO World Heritage–listed site is among Ireland’s most famous beauty spots. The wind-worn cliffs extend for five miles (8 kilometers) and rise to a height of 702 feet (214 meters) above the seething and swirling Atlantic waves. Explore the modern visitors center, climb to the observation deck of the 19th-century O’Brien’s Tower, or hike the coastal road.

Connemara – about 50 miles (80 km) away
Encompassing bogland, heath, forests, and several of the Twelve Ben peaks, Connemara National Park presents some of the best hiking opportunities in Ireland. As well as walking trails, the rural Connemara region also has historic attractions including the castle-like Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary, one of Ireland’s best preserved Franciscan friaries.
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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.Day Cruises

From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.

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Visit the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher in one day on this full-day tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way with your guide, through pretty villages including Ballindereen, Clarenbridge and Kilcolgan. Take the ferry from the fishing village of Doolin to Inisheer Island and enjoy free time at your leisure. Then, pass beneath the mighty Cliffs of Moher on the return ferry back to Doolin. Soak up spectacular views from atop the Cliffs of Moher, then take in the Burren and Lisdoonvarna on route back to Galway.
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  • 10 hours
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From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Connemara National Park.Day Trips

From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Connemara National Park.

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Embark on a thrilling road trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Discover the natural wonders of Galway Bay and Connemara as you leave the tourist trail behind and journey along the coast. Admire views of Rosmuc, Derrygimlagh Bog and the Twelve Bens Mountains; visit the former residence of political leader Padraic Pearse; and stop for morning tea in Roundstone (not included). Finally, look out for wild Connemara ponies as you hike through Connemara National Park or pay a visit to the magnificent 19th-century Kylemore Abbey.
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  • 9 hours
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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily FriaryDay Trips

Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary

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Delve into the rugged wilderness of Connemara, an Irish county thronged with historic monuments and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Galway City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the perfectly preserved Franciscan friary of Ross Errilly Friary and enjoy some leisurely free time in Cong, a picturesque village. Gaze at the tranquil surfaces of Lough Carrib and Loch NaFooey and discover the elaborate walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy a pleasant balance of guided tours and independent exploration during this enriching excursion.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from GalwayDay Trips

Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway

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Explore Ireland’s beautiful Burren region and discover top natural landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher with ease on this day tour from Galway. Travel through the Burren’s rugged landscapes with your guide and discover local attractions such as the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and Aillwee Cave. Explore walking trails on top of the mighty Cliffs of Moher at your leisure and enjoy panoramic views over the coastal scenery. Watch the skies for sightings of native birdlife, then stop in Doolin on route back to Galway.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from GalwayDay Trips

Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway

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Embark on a two-hour independent tour of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher, one of the country's most stunning natural attractions. Depart Galway on a direct shuttle bus to experience these incredible seaside formations and once here, spend a couple solo hours taking in the sights at your own pace. Wandering the cliff top trails, keep an eye out for whale sharks and seals in the waters below (depending on the time of year) and marvel at spectacular views around every turn. Then return to Galway aboard your air-conditioned coach.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Connemara, Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park day tour from Galway-GuidedDay Trips

Connemara, Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park day tour from Galway-Guided

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Home to rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and spectacular coastal scenery, the Connemara Peninsula is one of western Ireland’s must-see sites. During this tour, spin through the Connemara countryside in comfort by air-conditioned minivan as your guide talks of the region’s colorful history. Choose to spend your time exploring the beautiful Connemara National Park or the Benedictine Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian walled gardens. Pickup and drop-off in central Galway are included.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher CruiseDay Trips

Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise

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This Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher cruise will take you to beautiful areas of Ireland that can only be reached by boat. Your guide will tell you about the history of the villages you encounter and point out highlights such as one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. This tour gives you the freedom to explore independently, hire a bike, or grab some lunch. A highlight is the views from the top of the Cliffs of Moher.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from GalwayDay Trips

Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

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Discover top attractions including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey on this day trip to Connemara from Galway. Travel to Connemara as your guide sheds light on the region’s rich heritage and spectacular natural scenery. Take in fine views over the Twelve Pins mountain range and enjoy free time to explore Leenane Village at your leisure. Visit attractive landmarks such as Killary Fjord and Kylemore Abbey, and gain insight into Ireland’s heritage. Stop in the Irish-speaking village of Spiddal and perhaps try chatting to the locals, then head back to Galway.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.Day Trips

From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.

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Explore the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on this County Clare day tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Burren with your guide and take in top local landmarks including Dunguaire Castle and Corcomroe Abbey. Pass pretty towns and villages such as Ballyvaughan, Doolin, and Lisdoonvarna on route to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, widely considered among Ireland’s most impressive sights. Head along County Clare’s stunning coastline on route back to Galway, and enjoy fine views over Fanore Strand and Black Head.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Galway to Cong Full Day TourDay Trips

Galway to Cong Full Day Tour

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Spend the day exploring the tiny Irish village of Cong, best known as the filming location of John Wayne’s The Quiet Man, on a full-day guided tour from Galway. On this tour, you’ll visit the Ashford Castle, the Royal Abbey of Cong, the Pigeon Hole Cave, and enjoy a history cruise on Lough Corrib. This fully guided coach tour packs in more sights than you could see in a day exploring on your own and includes all admission tickets and guide fees so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise tour from Galway. Guided. Full dayDay Trips

Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise tour from Galway. Guided. Full day

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Experience the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from both land and sea on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way; cruise out to Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands; then hike along the cliff-tops and enjoy spectacular views across the Atlantic.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 day
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Walking the West Quarter of Inishbofin Island, Connemara coast. Self guided.5HrsDay Trips

Walking the West Quarter of Inishbofin Island, Connemara coast. Self guided.5Hrs

Come explore magical Inishbofin (Island of the White Cow) off the coast of Connemara along the Wild Atlantic Way. Inishbofin has become the first Irish island to receive an international ecotourism award. This self-guided package Includes a return ferry to Inishboffin Island from Cleggan. Walk the short distance from the ferry to the hotel, and enjoy some delicious homemade soup and sandwiches while watching a short video about the island explaining the fascinating heritage, history and geology of the island in brief. Then go for an invigorating self-guided walk, with maps provided around the scenic Westquarter Loop. The island is a great place for bird watching and the corncrake can be heard here every year. After your walk, return to the hotel for some freshly brewed tea/coffee and homemade scones before either boarding the ferry back to the mainland or staying on the island
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Inis Oirr And Cliffs of Moher CruiseDay Cruises

Inis Oirr And Cliffs of Moher Cruise

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Leave the towns of Western Ireland behind for the day and head out to Inis Oirr on a ferry. This day trip will take you from Doolin to the smallest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, an island dotted with ancient ruins, secluded beaches and astonishing ocean views. Explore Inis Oirr without a tour group holding you back, and sail under the Cliffs of Moher, an ancient rockface that towers over the Atlantic Ocean, on the way back.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour - 5 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher.Day Trips

From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour - 5 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher.

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Journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher and enjoy ample time to explore the visitor center, hike the dramatic Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk, and admire views that span Galway Bay, Connemara, and the Aran Islands. Along the way, discover the dramatic landscape of The Burren, the coastal villages of Ballindereen and Kinvara, and Doolin, the epicenter of Ireland’s folk music scene.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
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Explore Connemara National Park. Self-Guided with transport from GalwayDay Trips

Explore Connemara National Park. Self-Guided with transport from Galway

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The Connemara National Park is one of Ireland’s most popular hiking destinations and this self-guided tour from Galway lets you explore at your own pace. Ride the bus to Letterfrack village, where you can enjoy hiking along the park’s many trails, take in the views from Diamond Hill, then re-fuel with a tasty 2-course lunch at the Connemara Tea Rooms (included).
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Walking Inishbofin Island 1 day self guided Connemara coast Wild Atlantic WayDay Trips

Walking Inishbofin Island 1 day self guided Connemara coast Wild Atlantic Way

Explore Inishbofin Island at your own pace with this self-guided tour, navigated via provided walking map covering the West Quarter. With round-trip ferry tickets as well as a light lunch, tea, and scones provided, you'll have everything you need or a comfortable independent exploration.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Shore Excursion: Day self guided walking Inishbofin Island Connemara coast.Day Trips

Shore Excursion: Day self guided walking Inishbofin Island Connemara coast.

Explore Inishbofin Island on this self-guided day tour. After hopping off the ferry from Cleggan, you'll be able to follow the provided map for an independent walking tour. A short film on the island's heritage provides an introduction, and a light lunch as well as afternoon tea and scones round out the experience.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 day
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 Cliffs of Moher Express Private Luxury Tour with NEW up to 8 Pax 2020 Offer.Day Trips

Cliffs of Moher Express Private Luxury Tour with NEW up to 8 Pax 2020 Offer.

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Dublin visitors who want to experience the stunning Cliffs of Moher typically need to rent a car and drive, but that makes it tough to enjoy the sights along the way. On this private tour, you can sit back, relax, and let your driver whisk you from Dublin to the seaside cliffs. Along the way, you can arrange stops to see the sights or sample local cuisine, or just travel directly to save time—it's totally up to you.
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  • 7 to 12 hours
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  • 7 to 12 hours
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Magical Inishbofin Island on the Connemara Coast from Galway including LunchDay Trips

Magical Inishbofin Island on the Connemara Coast from Galway including Lunch

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Explore the Connemara Coast without the stress of planning on a full day tour with round-trip transport from Galway City. In addition to small towns and landmarks often missed by visitors, the day’s itinerary includes rare views of the countryside and coastline from the bus and ferry. Freshly-prepared lunch and drinks are included for your convenience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Round-trip boat transfer to Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands from DoolinDay Cruises

Round-trip boat transfer to Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands from Doolin

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The Aran Islands are renowned for their ancient ruins and rugged landscapes, but you don’t have to take a guided tour. Enjoy a self-guided visit to the island of Inis Oirr with round-trip boat transfers from Doolin, a choice of departure times, and plenty of free time to discover the island at your own pace.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Inishbofin Island Tour from GalwayDay Trips

Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Inishbofin Island Tour from Galway

Discover the rugged Connemara coast and cruise out to explore the island of Inishbofin on this full-day tour from Galway. Ride the ferry across the Atlantic to Inishbofin; enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or paddle boarding at the island’s beaches; look out for wildlife including dolphins, seals, puffins, and guillemots; and enjoy lunch at a typical Irish pub.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tour of Elegant Regency House Arboretum and Gardens Suitable For FamiliesDay Trips

Tour of Elegant Regency House Arboretum and Gardens Suitable For Families

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Get an in-depth introduction to one of Ireland’s most stunning estates on a prearranged tour of Fota House, designed by 19th-century architects Richard and William Morris. Discover the daily lives of servants in the well-preserved kitchen and service wing, and see the original Victorian-era nursery. Tours also include visits to the Arboretum and rose garden.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Private beach horse riding on the Wild Atlantic Way Connemara. Guided. Full day.Day Trips

Private beach horse riding on the Wild Atlantic Way Connemara. Guided. Full day.

The soft-sand beaches of Connemara are widely considered among the Wild Atlantic Way’s top natural attractions, with sweeping coastal views as far as the eye can see. During this tour, explore the shoreline on horseback and see the best of western Ireland. With routes adapted to all levels of rider and all your safety gear included, jump into the saddle and trot or gallop through Ireland’s great outdoors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • Free Cancellation
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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way day tour from Galway cityDay Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Wild Atlantic Way day tour from Galway city

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The UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most memorable sights, but many tours only make a short stop. This full-day tour from Galway includes five hours of free time to explore the cliffs, as well as visiting the dramatic landscapes of The Burren, and stopping at Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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