Private Connemara Day Tour
While our private Connemara day tour is fully customizable we would like to give you an idea of a sample itinerary that could be put in place for you to see the best of Connemara while on a day tour.
Typically we would be leaving from Galway city, although the starting point can be anywhere at all – even if you are already in Connemara! For the purpose of this sample Connemara tour, we will be leaving from a hotel in Galway City. After the friendly introductions, you would be driven west towards Moycullen and Oughterard. As we approach Oughterard our first stop of the day is to Aughanure Castle which is a great example of a 15th-century tower house built by the O Flaherty clan.
After exploring Aughanure Castle we continue west on our private Connemara Day Tour towards Maam Cross. A quick stop in Peacocks in Maam Cross can be had if anyone wishes to grab a quick cup of coffee. There is also a lovely gift shop there if you wish to purchase some gifts for anyone – or even a souvenir to remind you of your tour of Connemara.
Leaving Peacocks we would head towards Maam which will give you the first taste of the beautiful scenery that Connemara has in store for you! We make our way from Maam to Shanafaraghaun on the shores of Lough na Fooey. This area of Connemara is virtually unspoiled and will take your breath away with it rugged beauty. It is here in Shanafaraghaun that we will visit Joyce Country Sheep Dogs. Here you will spend a very entertaining hour or so with Joe Joyce who educates as well as entertains you with information of all things sheep and sheepdogs as well as providing you with a demonstration of his sheepdogs in action. During the early part of the year, you may be lucky enough to feed a few lambs!
After leaving Shanafaraghaun we will head towards the picturesque village of Leenaun on the shores of Killary Harbour on our way towards Letterfrack for the highlight of your private day tour of Connemara which is a visit to Kylemore Abbey. Situated in a spectacular Connemara setting Kylemore Abbey is the creation of Mitchel Henry and now owned and run by the Benedictine Nuns. Here you can easily spend a couple of hours visiting the Castle, the walled gardens and the Gothic Church. You have the option of having lunch at Kylemore Abbey or at The Lodge Restaurant in the nearby village of Letterfrack.
After leaving Kylemore Abbey / Letterfrack we would continue your tour of Connemara by heading towards Clifden via the stunningly beautiful Sky Road. Along the way, there will be a viewing point from where you can hop out to take some photos. Lunch can also be taken in Clifden – we did say this Connemara tour was customizable! Or a casual walk around the town to get a feel for the place and visit a few of the local shops.
Possible Stop on Your Private Day Tour of Connemara
Peacocks Hotel is a lovely family run hotel in the heart of Connemara which has a very nice gift shop and is a perfect stop to grab a coffee or an early lunch.
Leaving Clifden we would be homeward bound, traveling back to Galway. The journey home is made via South Connemara via Screebe and Casla. A trip around the small village of Camus where you will experience and get a feel for what small villages in Ireland are like. There is also another magnificent viewing point on halfway around Camus where you are a stone’s throw from what is called locally as “Tower Chamuis”. Weather permitting and if the ground isn’t too wet, and if you have the ability, it is possible to walk up the ruins of the tower where you will take in a breathtaking view of all around Connemara.
A hidden jewel in Connemara
Camus is a beautiful little village in South Connemara and is a little known jewel which we love to include in our private Connemara day tour!
After leaving Camus we would head in towards Casla where you can grab a coffee at the local cafe and head towards Spiddal. Time permitting and if you still have the energy we can stop at the Craft Village in Spiddal where local craftspeople display their goods and talk about their craft. Or a stop in Standúns where you can do a little souvenir shopping if the mood hits you. Leaving Spiddal we are approximately 20 minutes from Galway City where you will be dropped off at your destination and your private Connemara day tour ends.
As we have said this is just an example of a private tour of Connemara so please realize that you can do none of the above and just drive around and take in the views. It is completely up to you or if you have a specific requirement ie. you simply wish to visit Connemara National park and then take a scenic drive home this is okay too! This is what separates us from the generic bus tours where you seem to nothing but shuffle on and off a bus all day long without receiving a true picture of what Connemara is truly like!
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