CORONA VIRUS      COVID 19

During this difficult time for us all we have decided to continue providing Tour Services as long as possible during the current outbreak of The Corona Virus.

Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we will be taking extra precautions during The Corona Virus outbreak.  All the vehicle door handles, seat belts and other points of contact are being sanitized before, during and after each tour.  Sanitized wipes will be provided for you in our vehicles.

We understand, and appreciate, that many people will have justifiable reservations about booking a tour and yet want to be able to tour with us on arrival in Ireland so we are making temporary changes to our booking arrangements.  We are only taking a deposit of €75 regardless of the size of the vehicle or the duration of the tour. For bookings made on or after March 19th, 2020 that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus we will refund 90% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make a refund to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

This, in our opinion, is the ultimate tour of Connemara. It incorporates several aspects of the region from rugged coast to barren wasteland to the breathtaking mountain, coastal and lake scenery. It gives you the opportunity to see some of the region by sea as well as land.

 Our tours average about seven and a half hours but this one does take longer, but it is worth it for those who want to pack as much as possible into one day.

We leave the city and head out the coast road through the seaside resort of Salthill and Silver Strand on to Barna which is a lovely village with an old stone pier and the sheltered beach aptly named Silver Strand. We pass through the townland of Furbo which marks the start of an area known as The Gaeltacht which is an area where Irish is the first language and many of our traditions are preserved here.  Next, we enter Inverin which has a small airport and Aer Aran provides services to the Aran Islands. 

 

We continue along the rugged Atlantic Coast via the fishing villages of Rossaveal and Costelloe and drive through The Islands of Gorumna, Lettermore, and Lettermullen. They are actually islands and are connected by a series of causeways and bridges and at the furthest point, there is a fascinating heritage center with unique collections and artifacts from traditional Connemara and past times. Also in this area you can see a Lloyds Tower, one of only two in the country.

From Lettermullen we head through Screebe and go close to Rosmuc where Padraic Pearse, leader of the 1916 Rising had a Summer Cottage and continue on to Maam Cross. which 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 super panoramic views.

 

 

We continue to Recess passing through more beautiful and rugged landscapes. There is a display of some lovely Connemara Marble pieces here. We take a right and go down through the Inagh Valley with stunning views of Lough Inagh where we give our customers a very special treat before heading on to Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful building in the neo-gothic design built by the English businessman, Mitchell Henry for his wife in 1868. The Abbey is now home to The Benedictine Nuns and you can also visit the restored Victorian Walled Gardens.

 

 

From here we head on to Letterfrack which was founded by the Quakers and is right beside Connemara National Park where you can see some famous Connemara Ponies in their natural habitat. Only one of two horses to jump a clear round in the entire 1968 Olympics was a 14.1 hand half bred Connemara pony called Stroller.  From here we make our way up to Renvyle Peninsula and Renvyle Point with stunning views of Innisboffin and the Atlantic coastline before taking the coast road through the beautiful Glassilaun and Lettergesh Strand as we head towards the village of Leenane and the unique Killary Harbour. Leenane lies at the head of the picturesque Killary Harbour, the only true fjord in all of Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. and is sheltered by mountain walls. You can do a cruise of the fjord on the catamaran, but as there are only a number of cruises each day, some planning is required if you wish to take the cruise. Leenane played host to the filming of John B. Keane's play "The Field" in the early 1990s directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Richard Harris. You can visit many of the Pubs and Shops that were used on the set.

 

 

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 of the movie "The Quiet Man". There were many events recently to celebrate the 60th. Anniversary of the filming of this screen classic. Maam Valley brings us back to Maam Cross and we head through Oughterard and Moycullen on the way back to Galway. The Quiet Man Bridge is near Oughterard and is a popular photo stop as most people have either some connection with the film or are a fan of it.

Normally our tours don't have timetables or schedules as such but it will be necessary to plan ahead if you want to take the catamaran trip on Killary Harbour.

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

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"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.

"Jim was very informative. I was driven to many out of the way places and the scenery was spectacular. I can highly recommend Jim's tour, his driving, his professionalism and the way he goes about understanding what it is you want to see and experience."

AnnMarie D., Melbourne, Australia

 

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