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Galway Day Tours

We offer 7 different tours in Galway. Our featured tour below is our Connemara Pub Tour which fuses sightseeing, relaxation, and "craic agus ceol" into one fun afternoon. Three are tours of the city itself, one by bus, one by boat, and one by foot. The other three tour Connemara & Cong, Aran Islands, and Cliffs of Moher & the Burren.

Featured: Connemara Pub Tour

Sample food and drink from 5 Connemara pubs in 5 hours while taking in the scenery.

Taking you through the beautiful villages of Oughterard, Maam Valley, Casla, Spiddal and Furbo while stopping off at five different hostelries en route and sampling the best food and/or drink Connemara has to offer, you will still make it back to Galway for your evening’s entertainment.

The atmosphere and unique character of the Connemara Pub is something not to be missed. Enjoy a pint or a seafood chowder, listen to a story from the barman, sing a song or speak a few words as Gaeilge! All this and more will form part of your entertaining afternoon on the Connemara Pub Tour.

Winding our way through North and South Connemara, the pub tour will bring you through the mountains and valleys of the north before continuing along the coastal Gaeltacht villages where Irish (Gaelic) is the everyday spoken language.

Galway By Bus

  • Hop-on hop-off
  • Every 90 minutes
  • Ticket valid for 24 hours
  • Group discounts available
  • Top deck is half open / half covered

A double-decker bus tour of Galway City with tour guide is one of the best ways to get to know 'The City of the Tribes'. Just sit back and listen to your guides as they inform you about the city's great past and varied history - as you are taken through the streets of Galway to see some of the best sights.

Galway By Foot

  • Duration: 1 hour 15 mins approx.
  • Tour of the medieval City
  • Remaining City Walls
  • River Corrib & Old Claddagh Village
  • St. Nicholas Collegiate Church
  • Lynch's Castle
  • Eyre Square & Kennedy Park

The Galway City walking tour begins at the River Corrib, Spanish Arch and Claddagh Village followed by a visit to the ancient medieval quarter to explore Galway’s hidden secrets and urban legends.

 

Galway By Boat

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a cruise on board the luxurious all-weather 157 passenger boat, the Corrib Princess.

The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest. You can enjoy this natural wonderland either as a member of a group, with your family or friends or, simply by yourself.

Skipper Rory gives a commentary on all the points of interest along the River & Lake while enjoying a drink from the full bar service including their Award Winning Irish Coffee.

Connemara & Cong

  • Ross Errily Friary
  • Ballymagibbon Cairn
  • Glebe Stone Circle
  • Cong Village, Abbey & Woods
  • Lough Nafooey Valley Route
  • Leenane & Killary Harbour
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Inagh Valley
  • Quiet Man Bridge

To see the hidden Ireland off the main tourist track, this tour is a must. First stop at Ross Errily Friary - a hidden but atmospheric 14th century monastery - before entering Cong Village - the town famous for being the location for the 1950s classic movie, 'The Quiet Man'.

Entering Connemara on the Lough Nafooey route, allows you to see the stark beauty of the hidden valley of Connemara. The tour then continues to Kylemore Abbey where you break for lunch and sightseeing for 1 hr 45 mins. Entrance into Kylemore Abbey & Gardens is not included in the tour price and is an optional fee. Leaving Kylemore late in the afternoon drive through the Inagh Valley, Maam Cross & Oughterard and complete the circuit of Lough Corrib before arriving home to Galway City. Approximate time of arrival 17:30 in Galway.

Aran Islands Bus & Ferry Transfer

You can travel to the any of the three Aran Islands with Lally Tours in conjunction with ferry company Island Ferries Teo.

All three of the Aran Islands have excellent restaurants, pubs, craft and gift shops and a wide range of accommodation is available including hostels, small hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs (bed and breakfast). There are also many festivals and events on all three of the Aran Islands.

Visitors wishing to explore the natural beauty and many historical sites on the islands can do so by bike, by minibus, by foot or by horse and cart (jaunting cart). All three islands have extensive networks of pathways and small roads. A ticket entitles you to visit one island. It is possible to go to more than one island during the summer depending on the times etc., but it is difficult and there is an added cost. Most people choose one island to visit.

Cliffs of Moher & Burren

  • 2 Hour Stop at Cliffs of Moher
  • Dunguaire Castle/ Kinvara
  • Corcomroe Abbey & Poulnabrone Dolmen
  • Ballyalban Fairy Fort & Leamaneh Castle
  • Kilfenora/ High Crosses
  • Doolin/ Lisdoonvarna
  • Black Head & Fanore
  • Ballyvaughan

Taking you along Galway Bay, your first stop is at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle & into The Burren - home to 75% of Ireland's native flora & location of numerous ancient monuments.

Stopping also at Kilfenora to see the famous Celtic Crosses, make your way to the coastal village of Doolin for a lunch stop before visiting the 200-metre high, 8kms long Cliffs of Moher (2 hour stop with free admission to Cliffs). Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and take your time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. Return via the Coast Road with views of Connemara & Galway in the distance making a short stop to walk on the lunar like landscape of the Burren and take in sights such as Leprechaun Head before returning to Galway between 5:30-6 pm.

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