What to expect from your private day tour
- Private tour vehicle and driver for your independence, comfort and relaxation
- Private collection from your chosen location in Dublin.
- Journey across the patchwork fields & farmland of the Irish midlands
- Beautiful vistas of the stunning Connemara countryside & Lough Corrib
- Visit the remote village of Cong – set of the hit movie ‘The Quiet Man’ & home to celebrity retreat Ashford Castle
- Drive part of the Wild Atlantic Way to Galway Bay – perhaps pausing briefly at the village of Spiddal, where Gaelic remains the spoken language.
- Enjoy 2 hours at leisure in Galway city.
- Ample time to wander the medieval, yet bohemian and cosmopolitan streets.
- Perhaps shop for Claddagh rings or Aran sweaters in Galway
- Thirsty travellers might visit popular Galway pubs Tigh Neachtain or Tigh Coili
- Perhaps sample a pint of local favourite ale, Galway Hooker
- World renowned Galway Bay Oysters (seasonal) pair perfectly with a pint
- Relax on your private drive back to Dublin city
- Drop-off at your door in Dublin in good time for refreshments & evening plans
A short introduction to the tour
The Connemara region, situated on the west coast of Ireland in Co. Galway is a beautiful and traditional area for you to discover. Connemara played a key role in the tragic story of Ireland’s Potato Famine, as it was left in devastation following the years 1847-1851. Today, the region remains incredibly rural and retains the charm of ‘Ireland of old’ – a rarity in a country that has developed rapidly over the past number of decades. Situated on the Atlantic coast, Connemara enjoys fantastic panoramas of ocean, lakes and mountains all in close proximity to one another. Discover a new level of comfort and flexibility with this private day tour of Connemara from Dublin. Contact us today to schedule your date – we’re looking forward to welcoming you on board for your next Irish adventure.
Recommended Private Itinerary
Enjoy private collection this morning from your chosen location in Dublin. Your local driver- guide will take you on an Irish adventure that you’ll never forget. Your journey westward will be broken by a short coffee stop – before continuing on to reach the charming village of Cong, on the border of counties Galway and Mayo.
You might recognize the location from Hollywood Blockbuster ‘The Quiet Man’, starring John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara- a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1952. Enjoy an hour in this traditional Irish country village for an early lunch with several pubs and cafes to choose from. If the weather is fine perhaps explore the seventh century Augustinian Abbey ruins or take a peek into the grounds of Ashford Castle, Ireland’s most exclusive celebrity retreat.
Refreshed, it’s time to move ahead with your journey – which will take you past Lough Corrib, the second largest of Ireland’s lakes. Observe a wide variety of Irish wildlife and enjoy the serene lake views (with more than 350 islands). Your driver through Connemara National Park will be characterised by mountain, valley and lake views – an amazing experience for city dwellers.
Perhaps ask your driver to pause in the little village of ‘Spiddal’. Relatively unremarkable at first you’ll soon notice the distinctive Celtic lilt of the ancient Irish language. Very few places remain in Ireland where the traditional tongue prevails – and Spiddal is one of the cherished few – situated in the heart of the Irish ‘Gaeltacht’ (predominantly Irish-speaking region). Soak up the atmosphere and order your coffee ‘as Gaelige’ (in the Gaelic tongue).
It is a short onward drive to Galway, otherwise known as the ‘city of the Tribes’. Famous for so much more than the hit song ‘Galway Girl’ (although you’re sure to hear a few renditions from street musicians along the way), Galway is a unique blend of ancient, traditional, arty and trendy. Sightseers can look forward to highlights such as St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, lively Shop Street with its live traditional musicians, Spanish Arch and the buzzing university quarter. Culture seekers will delight in charming traditional pubs, world famous oysters and authentic local shopping options including Claddagh rings and Aran sweaters.
Thirsty guests might try a pint of local favourite “Galway Hooker” (a pale ale named after the traditional boat of the region). Recommended pubs include “Neáchtain’s” and “Tigh Chóilí”
As the sun sets over Galway Bay (seasonal) the day is coming to a close and we must bid farewell to the west of Ireland. Enjoy the leisurely private drive back to Dublin – arriving in good time for late dinner reservations or simply an evening of quiet reflection on your journey.
NB: This is a 12 hour tour from Dublin with recommended hours of 08:00 – 20:00 (or consecutive equivalent)
Private Tour Pricing
Private Tours typically range from EUR 495.00 – EUR 795.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.
Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.