Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands

Galway or the City of Galway (Irish: Cathair na Gaillimhe), is a city in Ireland. It is in the West Region and the province of Connacht. Galway City Council is the local authority for the city. Galway lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay and is surrounded by County Galway. It is the 4th most populous city in the state and the 6th most populous on the island of Ireland.

The vibrant city of Galway is the capital of the West of Ireland. Connemara offers a scenic vista of bogs, valleys and lakes and spectacular intricate coastline. The Aran Islands are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage.


Suggested itinerary for group holidays travelling by coach

Day 1

Depart the UK.

Travel to Galway, known as the cultural heart of Ireland, and take some time to explore the shops, bars, and streets that make up this cosmopolitan and fun loving city.

Day 2

Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.

Explore the beautiful Connemara region, west of the City of Galway, and admire the wonderful views of the bogland and magical mountains. See Ross Abbey and the picturesque Cong village before visiting Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, the monastic home of the Irish Benedictine Nuns, which sits nestled in the heart of the Connemara Mountains on the north shore of Lough Pollacappul.

Day 3

Boat trip to the Aran Islands.

Today, enjoy a boat trip from Galway to the Aran islands. Inis Mor is the largest of the islands and by far the most popular. Rich in culture and with a unique landscape, the island is steeped in history and resembles an outdoor museum with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage.

Day 4

Cliffs of Moher and Burren Tour.

Today, enjoy an excursion along Galway Bay. See the fishing village of Kinvara and Dunguaire Castle then head into the lunar-like landscape of The Burren. See Kilfenora with its famous Celtic Crosses before visiting the 200m high, 8kms long Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Return via the Coast Road with views of Connemara and Galway in the distance.

Day 5

Return to the UK.

After breakfast we return to the ferry port for the journey home.