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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway
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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

By Lally Tours - Day Tours
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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.
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Ages 0-120, max of 53 per group
Duration: 7h 30m
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Highlights
  • Save time and money with a comprehensive, great-value Connemara coach tour
  • 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

  • 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
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

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.

Departure details
  • HYDE Hotel, Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland We meet outside the HYDE Hotel, Forster Street, at 9.45am. Look out for the Lally Tours Team in their Blue Jackets.
Return details
  • HYDE Hotel, Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8625P2

  • 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
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    HYDE Hotel
    Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland
    We meet outside the HYDE Hotel, Forster Street, at 9.45am. Look out for the Lally Tours Team in their Blue Jackets.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Oughterard
    Maam Cross
  • 1
    Leenane
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Killary Fjord
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
  • 4
    Spiddal
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Salthill Promenade
  • You'll end at
    HYDE Hotel
    Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland
    See address & details
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    Hope your driver is John B
    The bus was on time and kept to the schedule. The bus was clean and comfortable. We had a full bus. Our drive John B. Was an excellent driver- the roads can be tight an twisty and he handled them with great skill. John B kept us informed about the trip details as we traveled and he did an excellent job of narrating our trip. We learned so much about the sights along the way as well as a bit of history. Great job John B!
  • 661briannap
    661briannap
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    A highlight!
    The day trip was incredible, a highlight of our trip. Our driver, John B, was informative & amazing!
  • bisio2022
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    Not enough time
    It was a beautiful clear day and an easy drive to the cliffs and back. Driver even added in commentary on the way there. We ended up having only an hour and a half at the cliffs when I thought we were going to have 2 and I would have like to have 3. Felt a bit too short but still worth it.
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    Cliffs of Moher & The Burren tour
    I thoroughly enjoyed my tour. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather! It was great to just sit back and take in the beautiful views of the countryside. The cliffs of moher are awesome. John C was our driver and guide. He was very intertaining and kept us interested with an intro into Irish history, amusing stories and events of the present. John was also a very skilful driver. I felt completely safe on those narrow, windy roads. So glad I went!!
  • carolinemI4645WX
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    Perfect day
    My (teen) daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our day on this tour. John B was an incredible guide with great bits about Irish history and how it played into the landscape on our drive. The stops were amazing, and we were lucky to have perfect weather. The views were stunning! I would definitely take tours through Lally Tours again!
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    Enjoyable, scenic tour with John B.
    Trip with John B our guide and driver was enjoyable and commentary was informative and engaging while skillfully and safely navigating the narrow and twisting roads.
  • Wander39929014770
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    Great experience
    Great tour, despite non-ideal weather. Guide John B. Was terrific. Very knowledgeable and good humored. Tour was well paced (not too much or too little time at any stop). Aillwee Cave was an unexpected surprise. Highly recommend Lally Tours (and John B’s bus)!
  • amelie l
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    Fun and beautiful
    John was perfect with us even with the rain! He wanted us to have the bestest tour and was really funny! Thank you John The french guys
  • William S
    William S
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    Small group tour of Connemera was wonderful.
    This Lally small group tour was great and Michael deserves the praise he is receiving here. The sheep dog demo was the highlight but the castle tour and the scenery were wonderful too.
  • johnpQ7228GR
    johnpQ7228GR
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    Best of the Best.
    Fabulous experience all around. Pick up from our apartment. The cave tour and cliffs. We had several bus trips in Ireland. John B was top of the class. History lessons on the go. John pointed out so many places of interest. Very clear on the plan and timeline for the day. John gave deserved review of our restaurant stop at Doolins. Big plus always asked us to buckle up !!!
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    Cliffs of Moher Tour: A Spectacular Day with a Great Tour Guide
    John C, our driver, provided a spectacular tour for us. He escorted us through the tour stops with great expertise, knowledge, and humor. We all appreciated his deep knowledge of Irish history and of the communities and places we visited. We loved his humorous stories and insights into Irish culture as much as his considerable skill as a driver. He was considerate, thoughtful, articulate, generous, and kind. He is by far the best tour guide we have ever had.
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    Half day Cliffs Tour was perfect
    Convenient pickup and drop off locations, half day was perfect. Nice drive through the countryside. Cliffs were beautiful—-make sure to plan for rain
  • shellygF9576PS
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    Loved it!
    Everything was wonderful from start to finish. What a great tour guide Michael(sp?) was today. He was a perfect gentleman, knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and humorous. We had a great time. The guides at each location were also amazing and knowledgeable. Lunch was great - much better than I expect on tours. Honestly it was one of the best overall tours I have taken and I travel lots. First time with this company and I loved it! Well done!
  • U8040FLamandaw
    U8040FLamandaw
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    Brilliant day trip with John B
    Booked this trip very last minute and was lucky enough to nab a spot. This day trip did not disappoint. John B was driver and guide- he was sensational! Extremely knowledgable, kept us on schedule and ensured we all got the very best out of the trip. Don’t miss out on this trip!
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    Flexible in Bad weather
    John C. Was great! Our tour happened to go during storm Agnes but he changed the route so we would get the most out of the trip and We happened to avoid the rain for the Cliffs of Moher. Beautiful sites and John was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend him as a tour guide.
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Joanne G
3 contributions
Jun 2022
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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Kim M
Staunton, VA8 contributions
Apr 2022
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, PA261 contributions
Jul 2022
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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Komal Kalakoti
Galway, Ireland11 contributions
Jun 2021
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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Kinga L
Galway, Ireland1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
Trip to Connemara and Kylemore Abbey was absolutely awesome 😍😍😍 We took millions of fab pictures, and had great few stops to look around. Our bus driver and tour guy Gerry Sweeney was brilliant, with all the stories that he was telling us about, and how carefully he was checking on our stops if all the group is in the bus already. And we could even feed sheep and goats 😍🥰😍🥰 We can highly recommend Gerry and Lally Tours to everyone, who wants to visit Ireland around, because you can learn a lots of new bits and truly enjoy the whole experience 😍😍😍
Written 9 August 2023
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Courtney B.
Boston, MA5 contributions
May 2022
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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Arno J
3 contributions
Jul 2021
I have been doing the Connemara tour with Gerard and the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren tour with Jonh, the two tours were truly amazing, and our two guides too. They were really nice and shared with us an impressive part of their knowledge about Irish history and culture during all the bus ride.
I was able to take a lot of amazing pictures, and I will keep a lot of beautiful memories from those tours and from our guides.
I really enjoyed those moment, and I highly recommend those 2 tours!

During the Connemara tour I choose to go to the national park instead of the Kyllemore Abbey, and I recommend this choice. I was able to do the biggest walk of the park (6,7 km, 400m ascent) in less than 2 hours (the time you will stay at the park) but I recommend to be in shape and to hurry up to be able to stay at the top a little bit longer as the view is truly astonishing.
Same for the Cliffs of Moher, I do not recommend to spend to much time in the visitor center, but instead going for a walk around the cliffs. I have mostly done the southern part of the cliffs, the track is really safe and the view is very impressive.

Do you know why the doors of ancient typical Irish house are cut in half in the middle? Or why is there a lot of stone walls in the Irish mountains? Me neither before meeting Gerard and Jonh, and you will most probably learn it during the tour! You can also come with all your questions about Ireland and Irish cultures, and the guide will be really happy to answer them.

I hope this review will help you to be convinced by this experience.
Written 10 July 2021
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LallyToursGalway
Hi Arno, Thank you for the wonderful review and taking the time to give us 5 Stars. Reviews don't get better than that and I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Gerard and John. Thanks again, Sláinte John
Written 13 August 2021
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Juliana G
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • 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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Trvlr_d
Philadelphia, PA16 contributions
Sep 2021
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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sophia7
Dublin, Ireland22 contributions
May 2022
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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