Aran Islands (Inisheer)
Galway to Aran Islands day trip. Sail to the Aran Islands (Inisheer) all in the one day from Doolin. Our Driver tour guides will sail with you to the Island and provide you with a guided tour once you are there. One hour Tour Boat trips are available from Doolin to see the Cliffs by Sea with The Doolin Ferry Company.
Eyre Square John F Kennedy Park
First stop on our Galway City Private Tour is Eyre Square, also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. This is an inner-city public park in Galway, Ireland. The park is within the city centre, adjoining the nearby shopping area of William Street and Shop Street. Galway railway station is adjacent to Eyre Square.
Quay Street & The Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter with its cobbled streets extends from the Spanish Arch to O’Brien’s Bridge to St Nicholas’ Church to Middle Street and showcases the city’s rich medieval heritage. It is home to many of Galway’s best-known shops, pubs and restaurants along with historic buildings.
Church of St Nicholas
Founded in 1320, the Church of St. Nicholas is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland. With its rich history, you will see signs of the iconoclasm of the soldiers of Oliver Cromwell.
With its history dating back to the 10th century, The Port of Galway is situated in the centre of Galway City.
The Salmon Weir is located by the River Corrib and is one of the primary salmon fisheries in Ireland. With a 9 km leg that runs through Galway city, This is a popular place for anglers. In addition to salmon, there is also plenty of trout and coarse fish in these waters. You need to a permit to catch game fish here.
Opened in 1965, The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas (commonly known as Galway Cathedral) is the iconic Roman Catholic cathedral of Galway City. Famous for its choir and organ, music is supplied at all major ceremonies and services as well as at the regular Sunday 11:00 am mass.
City Museum & The Spanish Arch
The Spanish Arch was built in 1584 but is an extension of the 12th-century Norman built town wall. Today, what remains is the remainder of the 16th-century bastion. This impressive structure was added to the old town’s walls in order to protect merchant ships from looting. During this time, it was known as Ceann an Bhalla (Head of the Wall). Today, the Spanish Arch is home to the Galway City Museum, which nestles into one of its impressive walls.
The Claddagh (Home of the Claddagh ring)
The Claddagh or ‘An Cladach’ meaning ‘the shore’, is located on the western side of the city. Once an ancient fishing village dating from the fifth century, The Claddagh is now famous worldwide as the Legendary birthplace of the Claddagh ring.
A 14th century 4 story medieval fortified house with embellished carved windows, gargoyles and ornamental mouldings and cornices. The Lynches, who were of Anglo-Norman descent, were one of the most powerful of the 14 tribes.
Salthill Promenade (Heart Of The Wild Atlantic Way)
Finally, our last stop on our Galway City Private Tour is The Salthill Promenade. Located on the northern shore of Galway Bay. Salthill and its beaches consist of a series of small rocky or sandy stretches. Salthill Promenade offers views of the nearby harbour city of Galway and the Aran Islands.
Ross Errilly Abbey Headford
Located about a mile to the northwest of Headford, lies the Ross Errilly Friary. This medieval Franciscan friary is a National Monument of Ireland and regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval monastic sites in the country.
First up on our Connemara Private Tour is Ballyindooley Castle. This 15th Century Norman castle is a familiar sight to many Galwegians, travelers, and visitors to Galway. Striking a silhouette on your approach to Galway city, this castle is presumed to have been built around 1480 by the De Burgo family. More importantly, this Castle is available now to rent on Airbnb if you fancy a bit of luxury!
The world-famous, award-winning 5-star property with breath-taking surroundings of the West of Ireland. This 13th-century castle overlooks Lough Corrib lake and 350 acres of parkland. Now a luxurious hotel, the castle is a 9-minute walk from the Gothic Cong Abbey.
Cong & The Quiet Man House
Firstly, this is a must for any Quiet Man enthusiasts. This is an exact replica of the White O’Morn cottage from the famous Hollywood movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts, and costumes are authentic reproductions. For instance, the scene depicted in this picture. The Quiet Man Museum is open from 1 April to 31 October from 10 am to 4 pm daily.
Clonbur & The Connemara Mountains
The Maumturks/Maamturks; the most noteworthy mountain range along the Connemara Private Tour. They offer a spectacular walking and hiking experience along with unrivaled views of the surrounding countryside. The nearby Gaeltacht village of Clonbur (An Fhairche) sits between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.
Lough Corrib, Lough Mask & Loch Na Fooey
The large limestone Lough Mask (22,000 acres in area) along with Lough Corrib are one of the best known brown trout fisheries in Ireland. The stunning views at Lough Na Fooey are located just after the mountain pass as you head towards Finney Village. The sandy beach on the edge of the lough is popular for a swim or a picnic lunch.
700 years ago, a Norman Welshman called Thomas Joyce settled in the territory and this still bears his name today. Visit a working hill sheep farm on a family-run farm located in Connemara. Watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Border Collie sheepdogs and puppies are available to buy.
Leenane (Lunch Stop at Hamiltons)
Do you want the authentic traditional Irish pub experience? Seems like you need a stop off at Hamiltons. With great food and drink, Hamilton’s Bar is a traditional family-run pub located in Leenane Village, Co. Galway. Leenane Village lies at the head of Killary Harbour which is Ireland’s only fjord.
Killary Harbour & Fjord (Only Fjord in Ireland & England)
Ireland’s only fjord; Most noteworthy extending for 16km in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh. Killary Harbour offers some of the most spectacular and jaw-dropping scenery in the west of Ireland. This is a result of its unique geographical landscape. Most importantly, you get to view the eroded planes which form the border between Galway and Mayo.
One of the standout features of our Connemara Private Tour must be Kylemore Abbey. Originally built as Kylemore Castle in 1867, Kylemore Abbey was founded in 1920 on the grounds of the castle for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. Today, Kylemore Abbey, the estate and it’s beautiful gardens are open to visitors all year round. Most importantly, If you find yourself in Connemara, Kylemore Abbey is a must-see.
The scenic meeting point of many of the roads that traverse the different parts of Connemara.
The Quiet Man Bridge and Cottage
Another popular stop-off for Hollywood Movie Fans; The famous bridge which was one of the settings for the 1950 film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.
OPTIONAL EXTRA – The Sky Road Clifden
Finally, our last stop takes us along the 16km circular route known as The Skyroad. This is one of the most picturesque areas in the Connemara region. It is of little wonder that the rugged scenery along the Kingstown peninsula; and likewise, back to Clifden (via the N59) is something to be experienced to be believed.
Cliffs of Moher Private Tour
Hazel Chocolate Mountian & Bell Harbour
Unique experience only 2% of the world’s chocolate made this way.
This Abbey is beautifully situated on the edge of the rocky hills of the Burren. The Abbey was founded for Cistercian monks in 1195 in order to serve as a link between the Abbey located at Inisloughnaght, Co. Tipperary.
The Burren & Ballyvaughan Village
Another popular stop off along the tour is The Burren National Park. The park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. Ballyvaughan village is an ideal base for visitors exploring the Burren
The Poulnabrone Dolmen
Located on the Burren limestone plateau, The Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of Ireland’s most iconic archaeological monuments. The Poulnabrone Portal Tomb is the oldest and one of the most photographed megalithic monuments in Ireland. This is mainly due to its superb sculptured form and easy access from the road.
Leamaneh Castle & Kilfenora Village
Built around 1480 by King Turlogh O’Brien, the name of the castle ‘Leamaneh’ is said to derive from the Irish ‘Leim an eich’ or in English, ‘The horse’s leap’. According to folklore, there is a number of haunted Irish castles. Surely one the most famous is Leamaneh Castle. Red Mary (the most famous inhabitant) is widely known in Irish folk culture for her notoriously bloody past.
Lisdoonvarna is rich in both history and Irish music and home to the world-famous Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival Europe biggest singles event. Furthermore, the village boasts a Victorian Spa Complex and Health Centre which is located in attractive parkland. The Spa’s therapeutic mineral waters of sulphur, iron and magnesium have been dispensed since the 18th century.
The Cliffs of Moher
The iconic Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. The Cliffs stretch for around 8km 5 miles along the Atlantic coast of Clare and they reach 214m 700 feet at their highest point. Therefore, if you would like to update your social media profile against an Irish backdrop, this is the place to do it. The cliffs are probably the most visited tourist attraction in the west of Ireland and the Second in the Country after Guinness.
Doonagore Castle & Doolin Village
Nearing the half way of our tour we will explore Doonagore Castle. This is Doolin’s iconic tower house castle located on the hill overlooking Doolin Point. A 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure, this castle is located about 1 km above the village of Doolin.
Gus O’Connors lunch stop
The lunch stop on The Cliffs of Moher Private Tour is Gus O’Connor’s Pub located in the heart of the picturesque village of Doolin beside the Cliffs. Established in 1832 and host to Legendary music sessions, delicious Irish food and a warm welcome. One of Ireland’s best-loved traditional pubs.
OPTIONAL EXTRA – Cliffs tour by sea.
Explore the cliffs from all sides with this guided ferry tour. We will take you to Doolin pier where you can set sail with the wonderfull Doolin Ferry Co. You will be in great hands with Bill O’Brien and his team. VIEW 300 MILLION YEARS OF HISTORY UP CLOSE.
OPTIONAL EXTRA – Aran Islands Day Tour.
Sail to the Aran Islands (Inisheer) all in the one day from Doolin. Our Driver tour guides will sail with you all the way to the Island and then provide you with a guided tour. The 1 hour Tour Boat trips from Doolin in order to see the Cliffs by Sea are available with The Doolin Ferry Company.
Built in 1843, This nineteenth-century Victorian mansion is set as a focal point within Killarney National Park, The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.
Sitting approximately 1 mile offshore from Ross Castle, Innisfallen Island is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey. Accessible via motorboats. The Islands ruined monastery hosts some of the most impressive archaeological remains from early Christian times to be found in Killarney.
Visit the stunning sheltered sandy beach with a natural harbour. With it’s Blue Flag, the Derrynane Beach is lifeguarded during the summer season. Along on the Ring Of Kerry, this beach is located near the village of Caherdaniel and Derrynane Abbey & Burial ground.
Locals describe this place as “a haven of tranquillity”. Kenmare Village is home to gourmet food, superb accommodation, Golf Courses, Riding & Trekking and breathtaking scenery in one of the most natural, unspoiled environments in Europe.
Stone Forts are a common element of the archaeological remains in the west of Ireland. One of the most famous stone forts is Staigue Fort in Co. Kerry. Stone Forts represent the best examples of non-ecclesiastical monumental architecture which survives in Ireland from the pre-Norman period.
Torc Waterfall (from Irish: Easach Toirc, meaning “cascade of the wild boar”) is a 20-metre high, 110-metre long cascade waterfall formed by the Owengarriff River as it drains from the Devil’s Punchbowl corrie lake at Mangerton Mountain. The waterfall, lies at the base of Torc Mountain, in Killarney National Park, is 4.3 miles (7 kilometres) from Killarney. The waterfall is a popular site on the Ring of Kerry and the Kerry Way tours.
Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass forged between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain by glacial flows. The river running through the gap is the river Loe from where the Gap gets its name. The Gap begins at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. The road is narrow in many places. Winds through the pass and descends into The Black Valley passing five lakes, Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough. Within easy walking distance from Kate Kearney’s cottage is a picturesque old bridge known as the ‘Wishing Bridge’. It is said that wishes made here really do come true!
Geokaun Mountain is the highest mountain on Valentia Island and the Fogher Cliffs are sea cliffs of 600ft on its northern face. It offers beautiful views of Valentia Island, the wild Atlantic ocean and the mainland just off the island. This attraction, first of all, includes a 1200 meter roadway/pathway from the public road to the peak. And then, a particularly spectacular viewing deck at Fogher Cliffs.
The Black Valley
The Black Valley or Cummeenduff (Com Uí Dhuibh, meaning “Black Glen”) is a remote valley at the southern end of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range in Kerry, situated south of the Gap of Dunloe and north of Moll’s Gap; with it’s primary use as a southerly access into the Gap of Dunloe. Usually accessed by driving to Moll’s Gap, and then, continuing east until a small side-road descends steeply north into the valley.
Skellig Michael Island
Dating back to 600AD, The largest of the Skelligs is Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhichil) and was once home to one of the earliest monastic settlements in Ireland. During the time of the Penal Laws, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig became a safe haven for Catholics whose beliefs and rights were being suppressed. In 2014, scenes from Star Wars (Episode VII) “The Force Awakens” were filmed at the islands.
The Blue Flag Inch Beach stretches for 5 kilometres and is the perfect place providing a safe environment for all types of water sports including Surfing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, Hangliding and Fishing. The area is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. In 1970, Inch Beach & Dingle were introduced to the world through the film Ryans Daughter. To this day film fans from all over the world flock to the area every year.
Killarney National Park
Ireland’s oldest National Park formed in 1932 when Senator Arthur Vincent and his family entrusted Muckross House & Estate into the care of the Irish State. Today, it’s the focal point for many visitors to Killarney, Muckross House & Gardens has been entertaining as a 19th-century mansion, containing all original pieces of furniture, artwork, trophies and many other furnishings from that period.
The world-famous Dingle is a small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. Known for its rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches, it’s the home of harbour resident Fungie the dolphin is by the waterfront. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium has penguins, otters and sharks. To the northwest, Gallarus Oratory is an ancient dry-stone church with sloping sides. Clifftop Dún Beag is a prehistoric promontory fort to the southwest.
Slea Head Drive
Located on Ireland’s western-most edge, Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula boasts a cluster of ancient sites, cozy villages, and breathtaking scenery. This quintessential Irish circular driving route starts and ends in the town of Dingle, where pubs, music, shopping have charmed generations of visitors.
The 1845-built Famine Cottages, once the home of the Kavanagh family, contains the primitive furniture and cooking utensils evoke the hardship of the famine in Ireland.
Fahan Beehive Huts
These ancient houses stand as humble testaments to the island’s medieval stonemasons. The exact age of the houses is uncertain, historians place them anywhere from the 8th to 12th centuries AD. At one point in history, more than 400 of these intriguing abodes dotted the hillside. While many have vanished over time, a significant number of them are still standing.
The Conor Pass
The Conor Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of crossing from the north to south coast of the Dingle Peninsula. This narrow, twisting road runs for 12kms between the town of Dingle on the south and Kilmore Cross on the north of the peninsula, where roads fork to Cloghane/Brandon or Castlegregory. The views from the road are breathtaking, with a glaciated landscape of mountains, corrie lakes and a broad sweeping valley spread out below.
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Blarney Castle (the third to have been erected on this site) was built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster. This medieval fortress draws visitors each year who wish to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. According to Irish folklore, anyone who kisses the stone receives the ability to speak with eloquence, or as the Irish say “The Gift of the Gab.” The stone, however, is not Blarneys only attraction, explore Badger’s Cave, The Court, The Dungeon, The Witch Stone, The Estate, The Battlements View, The Stone from Below, Wishing Steps, Witch’s Kitchen, The Lake, The North Wall.
Blarney Woollen Mills
Blarney Woollen Mills was built in 1823 and was used mainly for spinning and weaving wool. The mill briefly closed for two years between 1973 and 1975, after which it was re-opened as an Irish heritage shop.
Jameson Whiskey Distillery
The world-famous John Jameson and his passion, whiskey. From the day John Jameson walked through the doors of the Bow St. Distillery, there has been a relentless focus has been on producing the world’s best Irish whiskey. Today, every drop of Jameson is still produced here. Enjoy the world’s best Irish whiskey at the source. Take a tour of the Jameson distillery and enjoy a host of unique experiences, from a workshop at the state of the art Jameson Academy to developing a new appreciation of Irish whiskey, from grain to glass.
The historic port and fishing town of Kinsale has it all, great stories, gourmet food, amazing scenery, sailing and some of the best golf links in the world. With its significant military history, Kinsale has something for everybody.
Known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912, Cobh is a town on an island in Cork city’s harbour. Visit the Titanic Experience with a themed attraction in the former White Star Line ticket office. North of town, the iconic Fota Wildlife Park is located on Fota Island.
Desmond Castle was built by Maurice Bacach Fitzgerald, the 9th Earl of Desmond in 1500. The castle consists of a keep with storehouses to the rear and domestic offices on the first and second floors. Since 1997, Desmond Castle has housed the International Museum of Wine. This exhibition documents the fascinating story of Ireland’s wine links with Europe and the wider world.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Tour: The Castle it’s considered one of the most historic castles on the west coast of Ireland. It was built in 1425 and restored in 1954 to its medieval splendor, and now contains mainly 15th & 16th century furnishings, tapestries and works of art. Folk Park is set over 26 acres. Enjoy the sights of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street. Complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the local Pub.