Private Driver / Guide
All Admissions Included
Explore the wilderness of the West of Ireland with our award-winning drivers and guides on a private Connemara and Galway City tour. Journey through the stunning scenery of Connemara, enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of Galway city and drive along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. You can also take a ferry to visit Inis Oirr, the most westerly of the Aran Islands and enjoy the world famous Cliffs of Moher visitor experience.
Why Choose this Tour
Explore the wilderness of the West on a private Connemara and Galway City day tour!
Visit Ireland's only fjord and its stunning surrounding landscape
Travel through the beautiful landscape of crystal clear lakes and towering mountains in the Inagh Valley
Visit a ruined medieval abbey in Cong Village & explore the vast wilderness of Connemara
Enjoy the cultural and bohemian capital of Ireland, Galway city
Visit Inis Oirr - The smallest of the Aran Islands
Take in the world-famous Cliffs of Moher visitor experience.
Prices are available on request and dependent on group size and itinerary. Overnight tours are also available.
This private tour is available for individuals and groups.
About the Vehicle:
Luxury air-conditioned coaches with 4G WiFi
About Your Guides:
Driver guide. You can learn more about our guides here
Visit Ireland's Only Fjord
See Silversmiths at Work
Venture to the true heart of Ireland as we journey to Inagh Valley, learn about 600 million year old Connemara marble in the visitor centre, and visit Ireland's only fjord. Expect to receive nothing but smiles and warm welcomes as we explore the West!
Cong was used in filming the 1952 Oscar-winning movie ‘The Quiet Man’, which starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Filmed on the grounds of Ashford Castle, the movie has continued to resonate in the area and is still a major tourist attraction. Cong also has a fine example of a ruined medieval abbey, where Rory O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland, is reputed to have died.
Joyces Sheepdog Trials
Here you’ll witness a demonstration of working sheep dogs rounding up sheep in the Connemara countryside. You can also check out the newest arrivals in puppies and lambs.
Leenaun Village and Killary Fjord (Lunch stop)
Leenane is a place of contrasts. Situated at the head of Killary Harbour, a 16km Fjord, it nestles under the Maamtrasna and Maamturk mountains on the Galway-Mayo border. The area has been inhabited since prehistory, evinced by ancient tombs and the potato ridges climbing the mountains. Leenane is famous for the stunning and varied beauty of its location.
Ireland’s only true fjord, it extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls. It forms the border between Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the West of Ireland.
Killary Harbour is also extremely deep, over 45m at its centre. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length. The mussels and clams grown in Killary Harbour are sold at the Westport Country Market every Thursday morning.
Kylemore Abbey. Photo Stop only.
The story of Kylemore Abbey is a truly remarkable one that spans over 150 years of tragedy, romance, innovation, education and spirituality. Built as a breath-taking Castle in 1868, it is now the Abbey and home of the Benedictine community of nuns. The Benedictine nuns arrived at Kylemore in 1920 after their Abbey in Ypres, Belgium was destroyed in the early months of World War I.
Departing Kylemore we travel through the Inagh Valley, one of the most beautiful drives in the West of Ireland. Crystal clear lakes and towering mountains dominate this magical landscape.
Connemara Marble & Jewellery Factory
Here we will head to Connemara Marble Visitor Centre, the home of Connemara marble and one of Ireland’s oldest indigenous Industries. Enjoy a guided tour of the marble jewellery factory where we explore the geology and heritage of Connemara marble, as well as view silversmiths and craftsmen cutting and polishing the forty shades of green.
Connemara marble is regarded as one of the most authentic Irish products available in Ireland. Geologists estimate that it is about six hundred million years old. The colour and markings in the marble reflect the natural beauty of the mountains of Connemara. The marble is quarried, fashioned and polished by skilled craftsmen at the Connemara Marble Factory Visitor Centre, Moycullen, Co. Galway.
Enjoy an overnight in Galway city, the cultural capital of Ireland. Stroll the medieval streets of this bustling town, experience the street buskers and entertainers and some of the best nightlife in Ireland. Overnight stay can be arranged by us or you can choose your preferred overnight accommodation.
Inis Oirr & Cliffs of Moher
Explore the smallest of the Aran Islands
Cliffs of Moher visitor Centre
Day two of your trip is equally packed with stunning landscapes and cultural insight as we drive along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, journey through the lunar-like landscape of The Burren, and visit Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands. A truly comprehensive exploration of the best of the West.
A hearty Irish breakfast is served between 7:30 am and 8:00 am after which we depart Galway for a drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy stunning vistas over Galway Bay and the Aran Islands as we pass through the glacial karst region of The Burren – over 200 km sq of Limestone rocks forming lunar-like landscape which is unique to this area of Ireland.
Arrive Doolin (ferry to Inis Oirr)
Arriving in the picturesque fishing village of Doolin we will catch the ferry to Inis Oirr. Inis Oirr (Inisheer) means ‘Island Of The East’ and is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. The Island is about 3 km by 2 km and there are approximately 300 people living there. We can’t possibly say enough about this charming place, it is very special and happens to be one of our favourites! This Island truly has something for everyone.
Just over two hours will give you opportunity to explore by foot, bicycle or horse and cart the many sights, ancient castles, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches and several pubs and cafes where local food and traditional Irish music can be heard on a daily basis.
Depart the island and enjoy the Cliffs of Moher Cruise
On our departure from the island, we will take a one hour cruise along the base of the majestic cliffs of Moher, a continuous sheer wall towering over 200m (700ft) high for 8 km (5 miles). The view from the base exposes you to the sheer size and allows you to view the hidden caves and inlets not available from the top.
Return to Doolin
On return, we will spend approximately 45 minutes checking out Doolin village.
Arrive at the top of Cliffs of Moher (admission included) (1 hour 15 mins)
During your stop at the cliffs, you can choose to Visit O’Brien’s Tower, which stands proudly on a headland off these wonderful cliffs, and enjoy views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
Your tour includes a premium admittance ticket to The Atlantic Edge interpretive centre. Here you can see photographs, exhibits, displays and experiences that will add extra insight to the Cliffs of Moher. Continue the tour to The Ledge virtual reality cliff face adventure shown in the audiovisual theatre allowing you to experience life at the cliff face both above and below sea level.
Return to Dublin 8:30 pm