Galway, Connemara & Ireland's Stunning West
5 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £599.00.
Scenic loughs and landscapes
Discover one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland, a region renowned for its ancient Gaelic culture and for the charm and allure of its scenery. Explore historic Galway City, visit fascinating Kylemore Abbey and Westport House, and discover Connemara's scenic splendours, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren on this entrancing six-day tour of Galway.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsA visit to vibrant, colourful Galway City
A drive along part of the Wild Atlantic Way and scenic tour of glorious Connemara
Admission to beautiful Kylemore Abbey
Visits to the towering Cliffs of Moher and the lunar-like landscape of the Burren
Entry to Westport House and a guided tour
A sheep-dog experience at Glen Keen Farm Tour only passengers will be met by the Tour Manager at Knock Airport on Day One. Return airport-to-hotel coach transfers are included (pick-up time from the airport on Day One is 3:30pm). Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Knock airport, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the rest of the day is left free so you can relax and perhaps make the most of the hotel's leisure centre. Alternatively, explore nearby Claremorris, about a 10-minute walk away.
Day TwoDiscover the unique, rugged beauty of Ireland's unspoilt west on today's excursion. The vast expanse of the Burren, one of the largest limestone karst areas in Europe, is our first stop.
Learn about the region's natural and archaeological treasures at the Kilfenora visitor centre, before we continue to the majestic Cliffs of Moher - towering some 200 metres above sea level. On a clear day, the pathways and viewing platforms along the cliff edge offer simply stunning views, including the famous Aran Islands, the Kerry Mountains and Galway Bay.
Day ThreeThis morning you’ll visit Westport House, considered one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes. Immerse yourself in centuries of Irish history as your tour guide takes you through the rooms on show, and hear the story of Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connacht, who ruled the land and seas around the estate in the 16th Century.
Your next stop will be Westport, which sits on the southeast corner of Clew Bay beneath the slopes of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s ’holy mountain’. Wander around the harbour to the Quay area where the old coastguard station and warehouses now house bars, cafes and restaurants, or stroll along the tree-lined Mall.
In the afternoon we'll head to Glen Keen Farm, one of the largest sheep farms on the Wild Atlantic Way and famous for its sheep dogs. Hear how life and farming has changed over the seven generations that the current owners have lived here, learn about the verbal and whistle commands used to herd sheep, and watch the farm's dogs in action. ¬Tea or coffee and homemade scones are included during your visit.
Day FourLively, picturesque Galway City beckons today. Join our Tour Manager for a guided tour, then explore at leisure. The old centre surrounds ancient Lynch's Castle, and a pedestrianised thoroughfare leads down to the thriving waterfront. Browse the shops and perhaps enjoy lunch in one of Galway's countless restaurants, take a harbour cruise or visit the city's great, stone cathedral.
Day FiveOur final day is spent exploring the remote beauty of Connemara. Heading west, our route takes us along part of the Wild Atlantic Way - one of the world's longest defined coastal routes - before turning north to Maam Cross.
From here we continue to Leenane, dramatically situated on Ireland's only fjord, for a visit to nearby Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy the Abbey's beautiful setting, fascinating history, Victorian walled gardens and welcoming tea rooms. Afterwards admire the scenery of the Inagh Valley, the Quiet Man Bridge and Oughterard, before arriving back in Claremorris.
Day SixSpend a final few hours resting and relaxing at the hotel, or perhaps exploring the local area, before transferring to the airport to board your flight home. Back to top
AccommodationMcWilliam Park, Claremorris
The modern, four-star McWilliam Park Hotel offers spacious, comfortable accommodation in the County Mayo town of Claremorris.
The hotel has a beauty studio and a leisure centre with an 18-metre swimming pool, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a gym. Meals are taken in the restaurant, and the Kavanagh lounge and bar offers snacks from mid-morning, a carvery style lunch and bar food from mid-afternoon. There is free internet access throughout the hotel, and entertainment each evening including social dancing and live music.
All the bedrooms have private facilites, irons and ironing boards, safes, hairdryers, tea- and coffee-making facilities, DVD players and TV.Back to top
2018 departuresOn 2018 departures the jaunting cars, cruise and visit to Killarney will take place on Day Two, and you will tour the Dingle Peninsula on Day Three. On Day Four you will visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (entry fee payable locally), which gives a fascinating insight into Irish rural traditions. The visit to Rock of Cashel and the optional excursion to the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre are not offered in 2018.
Hotel spa facilitiesTo avoid disappointment, please pre-book any beauty treatments direct with the hotel prior to your holiday.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 40 minutes from Knock Airport.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee (of 10 EURO per person in October 2014) has been introduced at Knock airport. You will be required to pay this at the airport prior to checking in for your flight home. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
TippingWe are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around GBP2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around GBP3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of GBP1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around GBP2 for services such as hairdressing. Back to top