We fully appreciate that some of the standard tours may not suit everyone, especially if time is a factor. That is why we provide you the customer with an opportunity to tell us where you would like to visit while holidinng in Galway. Your custom tour can include any of the following, and of course we will always listen to you and try to best guide you in any decision making.
• Day Trips to any place of interest in Galway city and County
• Ancestry – Retracing your family roots
• Golf Outings - Galway has many well known golf clubs
• Shopping tours - While Galway city offers all the shopping experience of a great city.Our drivers can take you to the shops located in the county, where you can sample local cusine, crafts and clothing that is native to the area.
Our mini tours are available on a one to one basis, or groups of 2 to 8 people
As we travel from Galway we take the scenic coast road along the coast of Galway bay. One can see across the bay the Burren and the Aran islands unfold. Passing through Spiddeal our first stop is at Standun’s sweater and souvenir shop for a coffee and refreshment. The tour then heads down to the Deserted famine village, an area heavily populated before the Great Famine.
Take a leisurely drive along the Atlantic Coast, the route taken by those who were leaving Connemara during the reat Famine. Our professional driver will take you through the villages of Bearna, Furbo and Spiddal into the heart of Connemara, often referred to as “The Gealtacht” where Irish is still the first language. We will then follow the coast road to Baile n hAbhann, home to the Famine Village and here you will have a 30 minute walk through the ruins of the Famine Village.
Travelling through the Connemaras rugged landscape, the stacks of turf, the Connemara ponies and the crannogs begin to appear. Arriving at Maamcross, the replica of “The Quiet Man cottage” unfolds starring John Wayne was filmed near here. From Maamcroos we head towards Leenane, where the mountains start to rise and there are vast open breath taking scenes of the Maam Valley, a spectacular region that divides up the Maamturk mountains of Connemara. Dropping down into the village of Leenane where the film “The Field” directed by John B. Keane was filmed, Killary Fjord (Ireland’s only fjord) unfolds. Arriving now at the highlight of the tour, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens,one can absorb the tranquil atmosphere while walking in one of Ireland’s most peaceful scenic areas.
An optional lunch stop is offered here, where one can sample the local cusine.
Heading back to Galway by the Inagh Valleyan area of scenic and unsurpassed beauty, the lakes of Inagh which are rich for fishing begin to unfold in amongst the twelve Bens mountains, the tour follows the leafy banks of Lough Corribin by the village of Oughterard, often referred to as “the gateway to Connemara” arriving back in Galway.