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

Galway, Ireland

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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.
  • Full day trip to Connemara from Galway city with an expert guide
  • Explore Ross Errilly Friary, one of Ireland’s best preserved Franciscan friaries
  • Spend time at leisure in Cong village, where 'The Quiet Man' was filmed in the 1950s
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey and admire its Victorian walled gardens (entry at your own expense)
  • Transport by luxury coach
Depart from Galway Coach Station in a luxury, air-conditioned coach and admire stunning natural panoramas as you travel through the Irish countryside towards Headford, home to the ancient Ross Errilly Friary. Receive an insightful introduction to the sacred structure from your expert guide and then set out to explore the medieval tombs and atmospheric cloisters that beg to be discovered. 

After thorough exploration, travel onward to Cong village to delight in the quaintness of the setting for John Wayne epic movie, The Quiet Man. Stroll the cobbled streets during some leisurely free time, perhaps ambling over to Cong Woods to see the 11th-century Ashford Castle. 

Head next to County Connemara, home to the unspoiled glacier lake, Loch Na Fooey, and absorb sweeping countryside vistas. Listen to tales of Connemara’s rich culture and learn about the time-honored Irish traditions that are still preserved in the region. 

Next, venture to Kylemore Abbey and immerse yourself in the sacred ambience of an ancient Benedictine abbey shrouded in history. Hear legends surrounding the construction of the abbey and enter the abbey at your own expense. Spend ample time inside the Irish national treasure, opting to enjoy lunch at your own expense if you wish. 

On the return journey to Galway, meander through the incredible tableau of Connemara’s Inagh Valley and the Mamm Turks Mountains and then bid your guide and group farewell on arrival at Galway Coach Station.
Stop At:  
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful Connemara castle, offers much history of romance and tragedy, captivating visitors who step upon its threshold. The Abbey is a beautiful, neo-gothic, building built-in 1868 by Mitchell Henry for his wife. It is now home to the Benedictine Nuns, and here you can enjoy their excellent home cooking while visiting the Abbey and the restored walled gardens. The grounds and surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped ina rich Irish history, and you can learn all about this on our Connemara & Cong Tour. The Abbey and estate are open all year round and include the Abbey, a Gothic Church, the walled gardens, a craft shop, pottery studio, restaurant and tea rooms, as well as the lake and woodland walks.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Lough Corrib
Lough Corrib is the largest lake within the Republic of Ireland and the second largest on the island of Ireland (after Lough Neagh). ( It covers 176 km² )
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ross Errily Friary
Ross Errily Friary- a hidden and atmospheric 14th-century monastery
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Killary Fjord
Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic .It's extremely deep, over 45m at its centre. This offers a very safe, sheltered anchorage, because of the depth and the mountains to the south and north. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Only an hour’s drive from Westport, Cong is a small village in south Mayo famous for its 12th century abbey, the lavish gold and silver processional Cross of Cong from 1123, the magnificent Ashford Castle, the village’s links with Oscar Wilde and, most popularly, its association with the John Wayne classic movie, The Quiet Man.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Beautiful countryside tour
, Mar 2020
Our Connemara day trip with Kem was the highlight of our vacation. Kylemore Abbey was closed due to the covid epidemic, but the tour was just fine without it. We saw some beautiful sights, learned interesting history and facts from Kem (the driver), and had a lovely time!
Such a wonderful experience
, Mar 2020
Our driver for the day was Mike and he was beyond wonderful. He was such an informative and fun tour guide, I am so happy I got to be on his bus for the day. I was pretty nervous about going alone on the trip, but he instantly makes everyone feel welcome. He had so much knowledge about the history of each area he took us to. I highly suggest this trip because not only do you get to see the castle, which was an insane experience, but he also takes you through rural Ireland. We got to walk around quite a bit, which was nice because it allows you to really experience the trip rather than just seeing sites. There is so much to see and if you decide to do it listen to everything he has to say. Also, make sure you go to the sites that he suggests becasue they were beautiful. I loved everthing about the trip and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Ireland at its Best
, Feb 2020
What a great experience! PJ was an excellent driver and tour guide. We will return to take another tour with Viator and PJ.
Day trip Connemara
, Feb 2020
Mike was a terrific and knowledgable guide who helped keep our interest keen all day.Truly a memorable trip with a thoughtful and fun guide!
Slightly Disappointing!
, Jan 2020
I need to set things straight: our guide and driver was excellent . The tour, however, left to be desired. We never saw Ross Errily Friary . Tour guide informed us the location wouldn't allow large coaches to stop there. Then, the tour company should have arranged for smaller vans to bring us on the tour to the Abbey and the Friary. So, this tour ended up being a very long drive into Connemara with a stop to Kylemore Abbey. Once there, we had free time to visit the p,ace, but not enough time to visit and have a bite b/c of the crowds. Time management is of the essence for a tour to be successful and THIS TOUR lacked it. Definitely would not recommend to fellow travellers.
Incredible views
, Dec 2019
This was a lovely day trip. It was great to see the stunning natural landscapes and some nice architecture.
Second time around
, Nov 2019
This was our second time doing this tour and we were glad we did. We saw things we did not see the first time around due to renovations. The tour operator was very insightful along the way.all in all it was a lovely day, despite the rain!
Connemara Day Trip
, Oct 2019
This tour was excellent. Connemara is beautiful. Kylemore Abbey was amazing. Mike was a great tour guide. He was informative and very funny. I would highly recommend this tour.
Connemara Day Trip
, Oct 2019
The tour was very good, our guide was quite informative! Kylemore Abbey was beautiful. My only disappointment was that The Quiet Man Museum was closed and this had been the main reason for taking the tour.
Fantastic Day Trip
Vickie O
, Oct 2019
This was a great day trip. The bus picked us up at our hotel which we greatly appreciated. We made several stops on our way to Kylemore Abbey and each one was great to see. My only complaint is that the stop at Cong was too short. There were several places to take pictures and a great souvenir/gift shop.30 minutes was not enough time to do it all. 15 minutes more would have been nice. The stops at the lakes and fjords were very picturesque. The walk through Ross Errily Friary was interesting. The highlight of the trip was Kylemore Abbey where we had 2 1/2 hours. That was perfect. It gave us enough time to walk slowly through the gardens, see the first floor of the house and the church and mausoleum. We enjoyed every minute of the day.

Product code: 5750CONNEMARA

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