Please note that the Killary boat cruise does not run during winter months from November to March. Instead of this, Extreme Ireland are delighted to offer a unique experience on a traditional working mountain farm. At the Killary Sheep Farm in the heart of Connemara you can watch the farmer give a sheep dog demonstration along with showing you how our ancestors cut 'Turf', a valuable source of natural fuel that is cut from the land and dried.
Departs Dublin Tourism on Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church at 6:50 am daily
Please arrive 10 mins before departure!
Children under 5 Free
Children 5 -12 €22.50 euro
Adult €45 euro
Children 13-16/Student/OAP €40 euro
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 and see how a traditional working farm operates. Phew, what a day
Please note that during summer months ( April - October ) this tour offers a 1.5hr boat cruise along Killary Fjord.
During the winter months ( November - March )we are delighted to offer a unique sheep dog and turf cutting experience on a traditional working mountain farm.
We depart for our days adventure to the wild west of Ireland from St Andrews Street, outside the old stone church. Along the way we will make a coffee stop in Athlone before heading to the City of Galway.
As we drive through Galway we take the road for Oughterard, said to be the official gateway to Connemara. On the road you will pass beautiful thatched cottages, wild flowers along the hedgerows and not forgetting lots of sheep ! Connemara is part of the country of Galway but is seen as a separate place which hold no boarders. But believe us when we say, you'll know when you've arrived ! You also pass the famous Quite Man bridge from the Hollywood film starring John Wayne.
At our first stop at Maam Cross you can take in the spectacular views of numerous lakes and mountains. This is also one of the few pockets of Ireland that locals speak in Irish as their first language. These areas of Ireland are known as 'Gaeltacht regions'. Only 3 percent of the country speak fluent Irish so this is a rare experience to see people speaking in the national ancient language. As we move on you will see the Twelve Bens, a mountain range which is a favourite of walking and hikers from around the world. We pass through the village of Recess which was where Alcock & Brown made their famous landing after the first non-stop flight from America. Recess is also where Marconi, ( the inventor of the radio ) based himself during his productive years.
Next we travel through one of Connemara's most beautiful places, The Inagh Valley. You will be guaranteed to lose your mobile reception along here which is a welcomed break from the outside world as you relax and take in the amazing views. You are so far west that in these parts Sheep have right of way on the roads !! Our next stop is Kylemore Abbey, a romantic castle built among an equally beautiful landscape. Originally built as a home, and later turned into a boarding school for girls, today Kylemore abbey is Connemara's biggest tourist attraction visited by millions every year. We will stop for a photo stop here before we move on to Killary harbour.
We now head off towards “Killary Fjord” which is the only fjord in all the land! Upon arriving, you’ll marvel at all the thriving mussel beds while looking out towards Mweelrea, the highest mountain range in the west coast of Ireland. Please note that during the high season ( April - October ) this tour offers a 1.5hour boat cruise down Killary harbour. During these months your lunch stop will be on the boat. During the low season ( November - March ) the boat cruise will not run and instead we will make our way over to the Killary Sheep Farm, a traditional site that hosts approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely across the fjord. More specifically, the farmer Tom Nee casually explains how he mainly herds blackhead-horn sheep due to the fact that these creatures are better suited to survive living in the mountains under such harsh conditions. Here at the Killary Sheep Farm, visitors have the unique opportunity to observe local farmer performing a skilled sheepdog demonstration as well as displaying the “nack” of turf cutting.
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!