Ireland

Galway, Connemara & Mayo

Historic jewels and spectacular seascapes on the Wild Atlantic Way

Counties Galway & Mayo form the heart of west coast Ireland, and running through them is a section of the Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland’s spectacular coastal route. The vibrant city of Galway is surrounded by the jaw-dropping terrain of the romantic Connemara Peninsula, known for its looming mountains and vast lakes. Windswept islands dapple the coastline, rugged with cliffs. The dramatic Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only glacially formed fjord, forms the county border and to its north, County Mayo shares these wildly beautiful landscapes, yet sees far fewer tourists. Alongside this incredible scenery, the region offers a strong sense of tradition, a warm welcome, and is packed with historic sites.

IRELAND’S WILD WEST COAST

Ports, fjords and harbours in the west of Ireland

  • Galway & its Cathedral – explore this jewel of the west coast on a walking tour
  • Killary Harbour – discover Ireland’s only fjord by boat
  • Kylemore Abbey – a neo-Gothic castle, now home to Benedictine nuns
  • Westport House & Gardens – a stunning Georgian property with a history of piracy
  • Sheep herding – immerse yourself in the traditions of rural Ireland
  • Return flights included
  • 4 nights half board accommodation
  • This tour is also available as a coach tour if you don’t want to travel by air

From £729
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April

Suggested Hotel

Clifden Station House Hotel, Connemara

  • Warm & welcoming hotel in the heart of Connemara
  • The perfect base for exploring the west of Ireland
  • Located in a historic railway building
  • Spacious yet cosy bedrooms equipped with modern amenities
  • Unique bar & restaurant
  • Indoor swimming pool & spa facilities

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.

Attractions:

  • Galway
    Late Evening Sunlight on colourful houses Galway City Ireland

    Richly historic, the bohemian city of Galway heaves with remnants of medieval history, lively Irish pubs and Gaelic culture. Galway Cathedral and the Spanish Arch are amongst the town’s most interesting sights, and the Galway City Museum tells the story of this colourful port.

  • Killary Harbour
    Killary Harbour © Clive Jennings

    The stunning Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only glacial fjord, running a deep slice between Counties Galway and Mayo. Enjoy a 90-minute boat trip on the harbour, which is surrounded by the majestic mountain landscapes of Connemara to the south and Mount Mweelrea to the north, which are burnished with shades of gold and green. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the fjord’s resident pod of dolphins.

  • Kylemore Abbey
    Kylemore Abbey Ext 1

    Kylemore Abbey is a dramatic neo-Gothic castle dating back to the Victorian era. Originally built thanks to the romantic vision of a wealthy businessman who was enamoured by the wilds of Connemara, it has been home to Benedictine nuns since the 1920s. With a picturesque location on the shores of Lough Pollacapall, the abbey also has a 6-acre walled garden – the largest in Ireland.

  • Westport House & Gardens
    Westport House Jan 2012 from Westport House Westport House

    The foundations of this grand property lie in the 16th century – it was once a castle built by the infamous Pirate Queen of Connacht, Grace O’Malley. The current Georgian stately home was built upon the castle ruins in the 18th century, and boasts classical symmetry and beautiful balustraded terraces. Inside, the house is architecturally stunning with fascinating collections, including fine antiquities and paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

  • Sheep herding
    Glen Keen Farm Sheep

    Experience historic Ireland at Glen Keen Farm, one of the largest sheep farms on the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy an immersive sheep herding demonstration, followed by refreshments and traditional Irish music, at this wonderful location renowned for its natural beauty.

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