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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway
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Tour snapshot
Save time and money with a comprehensive, great-value Connemara coach tour
Duration:
7h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
53
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Save money on rental car and attraction entrance fees with this Connemara tour that focuses on free-to-enter sights such as villages—although you’ll likely want to pay extra to visit Kylemore Abbey. Experience the villages of Leenane and Irish-speaking Spiddal, stop for photos at Killary Fjord, and soak up Connemara’s sweeping landscapes as your local driver/guide explains it all.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Stop at Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey, and Leenane and Spiddal villages
  • Learn about Irish culture and nature from your local driver/guide
  • Enjoy pickup from Galway city center hotels
What to expect
Meet your coach in Galway city center or at your central hotel and learn about Connemara culture and the many movies that have filmed there from your friendly local guide. Your first stop is mountainside Leenane village, the setting of 1990’s film The Field, followed by Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Fjord. Next, stop at Kylemore Abbey, a 19th-century castle set on a pretty lake surrounded by mountains. Today, it’s home to Benedictine nuns and award-winning Victorian walled gardens. From here, visit Spiddal, an Irish-speaking village where thatched cottages look onto the beach and North Atlantic Ocean. At the end of the tour, the coach will drop you in the city center.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Stop at Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey, and Leenane and Spiddal villages
  • Learn about Irish culture and nature from your local driver/guide
  • Enjoy pickup from Galway city center hotels
What to expect
Meet your coach in Galway city center or at your central hotel and learn about Connemara culture and the many movies that have filmed there from your friendly local guide. Your first stop is mountainside Leenane village, the setting of 1990’s film The Field, followed by Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Fjord. Next, stop at Kylemore Abbey, a 19th-century castle set on a pretty lake surrounded by mountains. Today, it’s home to Benedictine nuns and award-winning Victorian walled gardens. From here, visit Spiddal, an Irish-speaking village where thatched cottages look onto the beach and North Atlantic Ocean. At the end of the tour, the coach will drop you in the city center.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup (Galway City accommodation pickup must be arranged in advance)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Entrance Fee to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Duration
7h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • For complimentary hotel pick-up please contact the operator at least 24 hours in advance to confirm pick up details.
  • HYDE Hotel, Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland Outside HYDE Hotel (formerly known as the Forster Court Hotel) at 9.45am.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • For complimentary hotel pick-up please contact the tour operator at least 24 hours in advance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Infants under 5 years of age require a child seat (These are not supplied by the company)
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup (Galway City accommodation pickup must be arranged in advance)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Entrance Fee to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • For complimentary hotel pick-up please contact the operator at least 24 hours in advance to confirm pick up details.
  • HYDE Hotel, Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland Outside HYDE Hotel (formerly known as the Forster Court Hotel) at 9.45am.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h 30m
Return details
  • HYDE Hotel, Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • For complimentary hotel pick-up please contact the tour operator at least 24 hours in advance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Infants under 5 years of age require a child seat (These are not supplied by the company)
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 28 Mar 2022
A note from Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway
In line with Irish governmental guidelines, face masks are no longer required on board transport, however the Irish government continue to recommend/advise that passengers wear face masks while on board transportation.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    HYDE Hotel
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Lally Tours - Day Tours
  • 2
    Killary Fjord
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Spiddal
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Oughterard
  • 4
    Leenane
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Killary Fjord
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Maam Cross
    Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
    Salthill Promenade
  • You'll end at
    HYDE Hotel
    Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland
    See address & details
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Joanne G
3 contributions
I had a great day on this Lally tour with Michael as driver and guide. I booked it at the last minute based on a recommendation from a local resident whom I got to chatting with. When a local recommends an activity, I feel fairly sure it's worthwhile! The last stop would have been problematic due to road construction that made the usual bus parking lot unavailable, so Michael asked us if we would prefer skipping it for more time at the Abbey, and no one on the bus objected. We had ample time at the Abbey to explore the Abbey itself, the gardens, the little church, the grounds, and time for lunch (not included) at the very pleasant cafe.

The first stop at the fjord provided an opportunity for a bit of shopping, maybe a snack, certainly some photos. We had other quick stops for photos along the way. It's a beautiful part of the country with a unique landscape.

Many thanks to Michael for his skillful driving on narrow, winding roads, stopping for the occasional wandering sheep in the road, and his informative commentary. (If you have a tendency towards motion sickness, this is the kind of road that could bring that on, so plan accordingly with your preferred medication. Michael compassionately made a couple brief stops for someone who was feeling unwell.)
Written 15 June 2022
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Juliana G
1 contribution
Business
Our trip to Kylemore Abbey was lovely. We were a big group of 40, all from different places and different ages, and yet our driver John Cave managed to make the experience engaging for everyone! From history to geography and Irish culture, John shared lots of information with the group and made the day go by flying. Even 5 days later I’m still getting comments from the group of students saying that it was a great trip and they learnt lots about Connemara. I highly recommend this day trip with Lally’s tour and particularly our driver and guide John Cave.

John, thank you for making the experience so memorable for everyone.

On behalf of IH Galway and our group of students, thank you! Juliana Guinzburg
Written 8 August 2022
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Courtney B.
Boston, MA5 contributions
A great way to see Connemara, and particularly Kylemore Abbey. I was initially booked to hike Connemara National Park but the rain was fierce and the tour guide was able to arrange for me to go to Kylemore instead for an extra 10 Euro. We had plenty of time at Kylemore, but I wish we'd had more time at the other destinations.
Written 20 May 2022
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Kim M
Staunton, VA8 contributions
Although the trip was good, the driver/guide left something to be desired. He talked continually, often repeating the same information over and over. We had several non-English speaking guests on board and he was almost rude in constantly shushing them during the ride. He stated to all of us that their talking was interfering with him being able to do his job. Well, sir, you are on an intercom and we could hear you fine and the quiet conversation these non-English speaking women were having didn't bother any of us- only you. I can't imagine listening to his constant repetitive talking when you may not understand any of it. We sure didn't dare speak to each other if he was talking after that. He was also a bit rude in constantly reminding folks to BE ON TIME; we felt almost nervous to get fussed at if we might be late, so we felt a little rushed at our stops. The views from Diamond Hill were gorgeous and 2 hours is not enough time to spend there plus work in a meal break. We did not receive very good communication from Lally; the meeting point was changed without our knowledge and since we were driving it caused us to have to call them and scramble to find parking. We were not given a detailed itinerary, and had no idea about what some stops entailed.
Written 4 May 2022
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LallyToursGalway
Hi There, Thank you for your review and feedback, I'm disappointed to hear you didn't find your guide to your liking, thankfully that is far from the norm for the majority of our guests and their guides, as the vast majority of reviews testify to. Never the less this feedback helps us to improve and develop and will go towards Guide training in the future. Thank you for taking the time to bring your experience to our attention. Regards John
Written 12 July 2022
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Kathleen R
Fort Washington, PA252 contributions
Touring Ireland without a car is easy. I have used Lally Tours in the past. Booking the tour the was simple, the price was good, and the length of seemed appropriate. It included sites we wanted so we could just enjoy the ride.

This particular ride was not as enjoyable. The bus was older and very cramped. Every seat was packed, and the ride seemed bumpy even on the paved roads in Galway. Lally Tours has the person driving also provide narration during the trip. Michael was lovely but his microphone picked up everything, including the first couple of rows in the bus.

The ride through Connemara is breathtaking, and Kylemore is even more spectacular in person. The number of stops are appropriate through early afternoon. Lunch was a bit rushed, but good. We could have ended the tour here with maybe a few quick photo stops along the way back to Galway. But the tour just keeps going.

The afternoon portion of the trip is way too long. There were at least 4 or 5 additional stops even when running behind schedule. The last stop was in the town of Spittal, approximately 25 minutes outside Galway. Its a long day and people had planes and trains to catch, yet we stopped for 30 minutes. It's a cute town, but not necessary.

And then the bus breaks down....
It happens. However, the microphone that was never turned off during the day was now completely silent. Michael was busy trying to get the bus in gear. The lack of communication made the situation worse. Another bus finally arrived to complete the trip. Lally Tours sent me a note they would look into training better.

It was a bad ending to a lovely morning.
Written 16 July 2022
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sophia7
Dublin, Ireland22 contributions
I enjoyed especially our stop in Leenane, with the Sheep and Wool Centre with its museum, shop, and cafe overlooking the beautiful Killary Harbour and Fjord - the only fjord in Ireland. I had the freshest homemade scone with butter/jam/cream and an enormous cappucino. Too bad there wasn't time to see the museum as well. Michael our driver and guide had a great personality and sense of humour, drove very safely, and provided just enough information interspersed with photo stops and quiet moments to reflect. He went out of his way to be helpful. Kylemore Abbey was the main highlight, and we were there for a couple of hours, visiting the gardens, woods, cafe, and especially the tour of the Abbey itself, which was given by a former student when the nuns ran a school there. The history of the Abbey and its original occupants is fascinating. it began as a castle and a surprise gift to the first owner's beloved wife. Definitely take the tour. There is also a free shuttle bus from the house to the gardens, great if it is rainy or you are like me a slow walker.
Written 17 May 2022
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Eileen Rooney
2 contributions
This was our second Bus Tour with Lally and we were so happy to see Phil again! (we had Phil as our tour guide 2 days earlier when we went to the Cliffs of Moher). Phil actually stopped by fiance and I and said he apologizes that we may hear a repeat of a few things he told us two days prior. We told him that was ok, we understand as most of the people on the 2nd tour with us were not on the first tour with us. Again, Phil shared so much information with us that we never would have been privy to if we had rented a car and ventured on our own. I liked that the bus brought us the our location and once there, we were on our own. I would highly recommend the Connemara Day trip and if you are physically fit and looking for a challenge and the weather is cooperating, take on the challenge on hiking the "red" trail to the very top of Connemara...just make sure you bring some water and pace yourself. The pictures we have are breathtaking.
Written 13 August 2022
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Komal Kalakoti
Galway, Ireland11 contributions
I went to the Connemara Day tour and it was great! We met the staff at Galway Coach Station. They were smart enough to meet just in front of the Galway Coach Station so that it is not tough to find the meeting point. Staff was exceptionally sweet and kind!

Our guide was Michael. He was incredibly sweet, considerate, funny and punctual. Throughout the tour he was narrating interesting facts, tales and history of all the different areas we passed by. He even played traditional Irish music for us to enjoy!

For the tour we had a choice between Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Due to the weather everyone went to Kylemore abbey. Tip - Buy the ticket online through Larry tours as it is 5 euro cheaper.

We stayed there for 2.5 hours and had enough time to visit the abbey, the gothic church and the garden. We had great lunch there and must try desserts. There were multiple stops during the trip and Michael constantly asked if we wanted to stop somewhere. We stopped at many beautiful lakes, coffee shops etc. Only suggestion is that rather than many small stops, it would be better to have fewer longer stops. But other than that it was a great trip for my friends and I!
Written 5 July 2021
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LallyToursGalway
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, Kylemore Abbey is spectacular and is easily one of our most popular tours, with a review like this it's easy to see why. I'll be sure to pass on your review to Michael. Thank you, Sláinte John
Written 13 August 2021
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Ginny M
MA57 contributions
Words really can’t describe our trip with Lally. John was exceptional in helping us plan our 5 days of travel - including transportation from Dublin to Galway and back. Gerry was our driver/tour guide - but so much more. Storyteller, Photographer, Historian, comedian- there are no ends to his talents. In addition to Connemara, we took a private day tour to the Cliffs of Moher and Inishear. Gerry also drove us to the Loophead Peninsula for a magic carpet ride through family history. With not much to go on but an old black and white picture, he was able to find our ancestral home, meet the new owner and help locate a 4th cousin who just happened to be in town. Add miracle maker to his list of skills. Can’t wait to go back and see where else they can take us. ☘️
Written 2 August 2022
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Trvlr_d
Philadelphia, PA16 contributions
I highly recommend this day tour that takes you into some beautiful areas of Connemara. On Sept. 24th the weather was less than ideal, but the mist seemed to suit and enhance many of the views, and gave us a brilliant rainbow over the Bens. Our driver and guide, Michael, provided informative commentary. I particularly appreciated the back story he shared with us about Kylemore Abbey and the tragic romance of Mitchell and Margaret Henry; and (as Titanic buffs) my family immediately knew the significance of the property near Rossaveal to which J. Bruce Ismay (the managing director of the White Star Line) had retreated after his escape from the Titanic under questionable circumstances. The fjord and mountains should be a must-see for all travelers visiting Galway.
Written 1 October 2021
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LallyToursGalway
Hi there, Thank you very much for leaving us a review and for recommending us so highly, we really appreciate it. Connemara is a beautiful part of the country on a clear day, but there is something really cool and ominous when the mist and fog sets in over the towering mountains and many lakes. It sounds like you guys learned a lot from the day, with Michael only too happy to provide some back stories and history of Connemara. Looking forward to welcoming you back on tour in the future. Go raibh míle maith agat, Eimear
Written 9 November 2021
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not very interestiing - no guide just the driver - boring topur - better with a car
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No bells and whistles, just efficient and professional service
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First Ever Bus Tour
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Great
Tour guides were great, enjoyed the experience. The town we stopped in had great food. All around awesome time.
kaitlinb353
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Top Notch Experience
Had the best time on this tour with the best driver John. John provided us with so much history and facts and made
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Convenient way to explore the unique nature of Ireland
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Perfect!
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Very good guide
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van20152015
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Excellent
An excellent trip and we’ll worth the cost.Saw and learnt so much about the area and the history. It is a spectacul
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Oliwia G
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Excellent
Great trip! We enjoyed the attractions and the views are beautiful. Our guide, Phil, was very friendly, easy going
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A must do in Galway.
A must do for your trip to Galway. The bus tour was a perfect stress free way to see the Cliffs and the Aran Island
anitad8122018
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Worth every penny!
This was a family trip with my mom, my sister, and myself. Our driver was Jerry, and he was fantastic! Not only a
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Superb day tour from Galway!
Our bus driver/tour guide, John Cave, was excellent and went above and beyond to make it an easy and enjoyable expe
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