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Thursday May 26, 2016
Ireland Self Drive Tours: Day Trips from Galway
Leave the remarkable Irish city of Galway, a bohemian city rich in Irish culture and heritage, and discover the rest of the stunning west coast of Ireland on these Ireland self drive tours.
Embrace the stunning Irish countryside and wild coastal waters on these unforgettable day trips from Galway:
Drive through the wild, rugged region of Connemara, the perfect point to stop and photograph the stunning raw landscape of the west of Ireland. This region is made for driving, with ideal spots to enjoy the breathtaking shoreline. Translated to mean “Inlets of the Sea,” Connemara offers small coves and bays ready to be explored along the Wild Atlantic Way. Drive along the coast to discover your own secret beaches, or drive in land and unearth a mountainous landscape surrounded by beautiful lakes.
Cliffs of Moher
A must-see day trip, the Cliffs of Moher are just over an hour away from Galway and are something to behold. The UNESCO geopark is at its finest on a clear day when you can see across to Aran Islands, Loop Head and Galway Bay. Climb up to O’Brien’s Tower, the highest accessible point of the cliffs, for some of the most impressive panoramic views.
Best known for its role in the John Wayne film “The Quiet Man,” Cong is a peaceful and pretty village that is today almost untouched by the large blockbuster, except for The Quiet Man cottage museum, a replica of the house that featured in the movie. On your way out of the village you can also stop off at Ashford Castle, a stunning palace that has a golf course and is surrounded by rugged woodlands.
Founded in 1920, the Benedictine monastery Kylemore Abbey is one of the most beautiful and romantic sights in all of Ireland. From a distance you can admire its incredible architecture and palatial structure, and up close you can visit its six-acre Victorian Walled Garden or take the trails that are well signposted around the Abbey. Entrance to the Abbey itself is ticketed, but includes the Gothic Church, Victorian Walled Garden and other incredible sights.
A visit to Aran Islands is possible in just one day by taking the ferry from Galway Bay across the North Atlantic. When you reach the three islands you will discover some of the finest natural beauty in all of Ireland, most of it relatively untouched except by the ravaging waters that surround the islands and have molded them into their shape. While the islands are worth more than just a day of sightseeing, in one day you get to see the dominating rocks that line the islands, visit incredibly significant old ancient forts, and meet locals that speak Irish and English. If you have time, choose to rent a bike to explore the islands in more depth.
To really experience a traditional Irish village head to Cnoc Suain. A village that is still very much in touch with its ancient roots and offers an insight into Irish history, including the local Gaelic history and culture and its surrounding mountainous nature. Located on a hill, the village dates back to the 17th century and has lovingly restored many of its traditional stone and thatched cottages back to their original condition. Try to stay for as long as you can to experience traditional Irish food and music during the evening. Cnoc Suain is just a 25 minute drive from Galway and can easily be visited over a few days.
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