A Tour that offers a lot of variety. Galway... Moycullen... Oughterard... Maam Cross... Recess... Clifden... Sky Road.. . Letterfrack...Connemara National Park. . . Kylemore Abbey... Leenane... Killary Harbour ... Maam Valley... Maam Cross... Return to Galway

You can decide, on the day, how you want to use your precious holiday time. You can spend a lot of time exploring the grandeur of Kylemore Abbey and its walled gardens or just have a quick look and move on to stroll through Connemara National Park or take the scenic coast road to Ireland's only fjiord at Killary Harbour. 

Brief description of Tour:

We leave Galway and head on the leafy road to the village of Moycullen and continue with views of the Corrib on to Oughterard the largest town on the western side of Lough Corrib. You can visit Aughanure Castle, 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.

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 suberb backdrop of mountains. Clifden has many fine Restaurants and Pubs that cater for diverse 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 continue on to Letterfrack which was founded by The Quakers and is right beside Connemara National Park where you can see the famous Connemara Pony. Only one of two horses to jump a clear round in the entire 1968 Olympics was a 14.1 half bred Connemara pony called "Stroller".

 

Our next stop is at Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful building in the neo-gothic design built by the English business man, Mitchell Henry for his wife in 1868. The Abbey is now home to The Benedictine Nuns and you can enjoy their excellent home cooking while visiting the Abbey and the restored Victorian Gardens.

 

 

Next we head towards the village of Leenane and the beautiful Killary Harbour. Leenane played host to the filming of John B. Keanes play "The Field" in the early 1990's directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Richard Harris. You can visit many of the Pubs and Shops that were used on the set. Leenane lies at the head of the picturesque Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord and is sheltered by mountain walls.

From here we head through The Maam Valley with the Maumturk Mountains on our right and Joyces Country to our left. We pass through much of the landscape where John Wayne and Maureen O Hara were filmed in the making "The Quiet Man". There were many events recently to celebrate the 50th. Anniversary of the filming of this screen classic. Maam Valley brings us back to Maam Cross on our way back to Galway.

 

The return journey brings you back through what was the first twenty five miles at the start of your tour, but it often looks so different from the other direction and driving in to the setting sun

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

"Jim was punctual, kind, knowledgeable, and very perceptive in his ability to know just what would appeal to us as a group. While Jim did the driving, we were able to see fantastic scenery. We went places we never would have found, heard unique stories and had a fabulous day!"

Liz D., New Jersey, USA

 

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Satisfying the customer 

Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"While some travellers may think of this as an expensive option, a driver allows you to see so much more than a tour bus would, is relaxing, personalized and gets you off of the beaten path. Jim is a gentleman and a professional."

Lady 12322, Saskatoon, Canada

 

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