Please note that the Killary boat cruise does
not run during winter months from November to March 2012.
Instead of this, Extreme Ireland are delighted to offer a
guided tour of Kylemore Abbey, regarded as Ireland's most
romantic setting, in exchange.
Made particularly famous by a French song,
this amazing region will have you dazzled with its beauty
from the minute you arrive. This amazing tour leaves from
Dublin 7 days a week at 6:50 am and you are back in Dublin
by 7:30 at the latest that evening. We choose a circular route
so that you do not see the same scenery twice the whole day.
This gives you the opportunity to see new things each time
you look out the window. It is important for us that you get
time off the bus during the day so we try and maximise your
off the bus experience as much as possible. You will be travelling
the width of Ireland, ok, not the biggest country in the world
but it will take roughly 3 hours to get over to the city of
Galway. The detailed itinerary is below.
You will see that it is a full day of excitement and fun and
you will get the most out of the your time with us seeing
wonderful scenery, castles, wild remote rugged regions and
of course the famous Connemara, not to mention Galway Bay,
the bog of Allen, Athlone, the river Shannon, the quiet man
bridge, Leenane, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Fjord, Leenane. Phew,
what a day
Pick up from the tourist office on Suffolk Street
at 6:50 am in the morning, outside the old stone Church.
We make our way to Galway city, stopping along the way just
outside Athlone, for a coffee.
We then take the very scenic coast road from Galway towards
Oughterard, the gateway to Connemara and passing through quaint
villages on the way with views unmatched anywhere else in
Ireland. Connemara is unique in the fact that it has no official
boundaries to let you know that you are in Connemara. You
just know you're there! Not far into our journey you will
get to stop at the famous bridge that was used in the Quiet
Man film with John Wayne. Take a picture with your guide as
they all think they are John Wayne!
At roughly 11 am we will stop at Maam Cross where you will
see for the first time one of numerous lakes that make Connemara
so famous. This are is a gaeltacht region where the locals
speak Irish so you may have to learn a few words on your journey
if you want a cup of tea! Not all of Connemara is a gaeltacht
region but some pockets keep Irish alive as their first language.
It is a beautiful language and music to the ears. Someone
said once that listening to Irish spoken was the most relaxing
thing in the world. I would have to agree. While driving we
will have the Maumturk Mountains to our right side before
seeing the magnificent Glencoaghan horseshoe part of the twelve
Bens mountain range, one of Ireland's famous hiking routes.
We will arrive in the lovely village of Recess where we will
break for a short while. This is where Alcock and Brown famously
landed their plane in a bog after their record breaking non
stop flight from North America to Europe. This is also where
Marconi based himself during his productive years and before
marrying one of the Hennessy brandy girls!
We now make our way through the wonderful Inagh
Valley, famous for the phone advertisement of losing reception.
This is one of the most beautiful parts of Connemara where
we will stop to take in the breath-taking views with some
photos. You will also get a closer look at how 'Turf' is cut
from the ground which was used as a fuel source for many hundreds
For the highlight of your day, we will take you
on a guided tour of Kylemore Abbey, one of the most distinct
buildings in Ireland. Entry is included to the abbey, the
walled gardens and the gothic church. It was a female only
boarding school for years but now is mainly used by nuns for
retreat and for tourists to visit. It is nestled at the base
of Druchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul
and is regarded as one of most romantic places in Ireland.
Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, the abbey is
again steeped in history, including tragedy, Royal visits.
After we depart from this majestic setting, we will make our
way to 'Killary Fjord', Ireland's only fjord. Marvel at all
the mussel beds in the fjord as you look at Mweelrea, the
highest mountain on the west coast of Ireland. You will not
be disappointed with this natural wonder of the world.
We will hop on the bus again for our trip to
the little village of Leenane where the enigmatic movie "The
Field" was filmed. This story of The Bull McCabe really
instils in you how land is in every Irish persons mindset.
We will be driving in a circular route that will take in a
picture stop of the Sheefry Hills before making our way back
to Maum and then onto Galway City.
Spend an hour walking & sightseeing around Galway city
before departing back for Dublin. Visit the main shopping
district. Walk down to the busy harbour and see the Spanish
Arch. Galway is a bohemian and happy city with a very young
population. Home to the Claddagh Ring and 14 families, there
is amazing history in this city. This was the last place Christopher
Columbus visited before making his way over to the West Indies.
Arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about your fun filled day!