This Tour has a unique blend of beautiful coastal and inland scenery. Galway... Moycullen... Oughterard... Maam Cross... Recess... Clifden... Sky Road... Alcock And Brown Memorial... Ballyconneely... Roundstone... Ballynahinch... Recess... Return To Galway.

 

We leave Galway and head on the leafy road to the village of Moycullen and continue with views of  Lough Corrib on to Oughterard the largest town on the western side of Lough Corrib. You can visit AughnanureCastle, built circa 1500 and the home of "The Ferocious O'Flahertys". One of the O'Flahertys, Donal of the Battles, married the famous Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley also known as Grainuaile.

When we head towards Maam Cross the rugged landscape of Connemara unfolds. The effects of the Ice Age are clearly visible. Majestic mountains rise from a land that contrasts sharply between boglands and rock. Maam Cross has, at times, been described as "The Piccadilly Circus of Connemara". Cattle fairs are still held here and there is a 60 foot Viewing Tower that gives breathtaking panoramic views.

 

 

There is also a replica of the Thatched Cottage that was used in the filming of the movie classic, "The Quiet Man". We continue on to Recess passing through more beautiful and rugged landscapes until we reach Clifden, the largest town in the Region and considered to be the Capital of Connemara.

Clifden was founded early in the 19th. Century by local landlord and sheriff, John D'Arcy.  The town nestles on the edge of the Atlantic and has a superb backdrop of mountains. Clifden has many fine Restaurants and Pubs that cater for most tastes. From here we go to the Sky Road, a seven mile exhilarating drive with views including D'arcy Castle, and the Islands of Turbot and Inishturk.

 

 

We leave The Sky Road and go to the area where Alcock and Brown landed their Vickers Vimy in the Derrygimlagh Bog after flying 1900 miles from Newfoundland on June 15th 1919. Roundstone is a lovely village at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain and was founded by the celebrated Scottish Engineer, Alexander Nimmo. 

We continue along the coast road to Ballyconneeely passing the beautiful sandy beaches at Gurteen and Dog’s Bay. Ballyconneely is another small attractive village set at the foot of Errisbeg and boasts a challenging and picturesque 18 hole Championship Golf Course set on the edge of the Atlantic.

 

We head back inland towards Ballynahinch Castle which stands overlooking the Ballynahinch River and has been intertwined with the history of the people of Connemara for centuries from the times of the The O'Flaherty Chieftains to Humanity Dick Martin and H.R.H. The Mahaharaja Ranjitsinji. From here we head to towards Recess, an area of bogland, forest, and lakes that is dominated by the quartzite peaks of the mountain range known as The Twelve Bens. Connemara Marble is quarried on the lower slopes of the mountains and there is an excellent display of a variety of products crafted from this lovely stone at Joyces of Recess. We now start our return to Galway City via Maam Cross, Oughterard and Moycullen. While this last thirty miles or so was travelled on the way out you will find that it looks completely different in the contrast of the setting sun.

The above itinerary covers the main route and does not include the hidden gems that we have discovered over the years.

"I called Jim at Ireland West Tours looking specifically for a day touring around Galway to do photography. The minute I mentioned this to Jim, he started talking about light and times of day and I knew I was on to the right person! I trusted Jim with the places he recommended and he did not let me down!"

Jan M., Drogheda, Ireland

 

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"Once you experience a private guided tour, you will never consider a coach tour again! Jim is personable, knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. After 7 days in Ireland, I can say my favorite memories are those spent on our private tour. Best money spent was with Ireland West Tours."

Miss Wanderlust, South Carolina, USA

 

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