Experience raw Celtic beauty along The Wild Atlantic Way. This traditional Irish Cultural Experience in the heart of the Gaeltacht (The Irish language speaking) region of Ireland will take you on a majestic journey as you explore castles, abbeys and rugged landscape.
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.