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Connemara and Cong Village Day Trip from Dublin with Kylemore Abbey and Killary Fjord

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    Stop At: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara On the N59 between Clifden and Westport, Kylemore Ireland

    Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. Visit the largest walled Victorian gardens in Ireland

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ross Errily Friary, Headford Ireland

    Founded in 1351 AD, it represents one of the finest medieval Franciscan monasteries in Ireland. It is located just outside the small town of Headford, on the banks of the Black River, in area of rolling pasture-land. The friary contains an extensive range of buildings, most of which date from the 15th century.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Killary Fjord, Leenane Ireland

    Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls. It forms the border between Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland.

    Killary Harbour is also extremely deep, over 45m at its centre. This offers a very safe, sheltered anchorage, because of the depth and the mountains to the south and north. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length. To the north lies Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht and County Mayo. To the south are the Twelve Bens and the Maumturk Mountains of Connemara. Majestic views greet the visitor from all directions.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Royal Abbey of Cong, Cong Ireland

    Cong was also the filming location for the 1952 Oscar winning movie, ‘The Quiet Man’ which starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Filmed on the grounds of Ashford Castle, the movie has continued to resonate in the area and is still a major tourist attraction. Cong also has a fine example of a ruined medieval abbey, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, is reputed to have died. It also contains Celtic art in the form of a metal cross shrine called the Cross of Cong, which shows Viking influences. The 'Cross of Cong' is now held in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.It is now possible to discover the Monks fishing house which is renowned as a place for fishing and meditation. Underground streams connect Lough Corrib with Lough Mask to the north while for nature lovers, the Abbey grounds have many specimens of Yew.

    Duration: 40 minutes
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    Departure Point
    Dublin, Dublin, County Dublin
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Entry/Admission - Ross Errily Friary
    • Food and drinks
    • Entrance Fee to Kylemore Abbey & Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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    Reviewed 11 June 2019

    . . . and he took us to off-the-beaten track and saw some wonderful, mystical places. Highly recommend!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Kristen H
    Reviewed 3 May 2019

    We took the Connemara, Cong and kylemore abbey tour with Mike D and he was a delight. He was super funny (plus to all the history and facts he told us) and made the day for us. Saddly the Kilemore abbey was closed for restaurations,...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank trinidad f
    Reviewed 22 April 2019 via mobile

    Great tour with amazing guides! Connemara is breathtakingly beautiful and the guides just make the experience even more enjoyable if possible. The guides are hilarious and provide you with just enough historical information. I really enjoyed their stories and learning more about Ireland, Co Mayo...More

    3  Thank jekajanjic39
    Reviewed 8 March 2019

    Took my oldest son for a day trip to Connemara and was delighted not to drive! Enjoyed the luxury of being guided around the wonderful countryside. Connemara is definitely a place that should be visited when you come to Ireland.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank coopershillequine
    Reviewed 19 February 2019

    Michael O'Malley did a wonderful job He made the whole day very enjoyable . Worth his weight in Gold!!!!!

    Date of experience: February 2019
    2  Thank Elizabeth M
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    1 March 2019|
    Response from deborah s | Reviewed this property |
    I was by myself in Galway. Absolutely loved it. Great walking city.
    14 September 2018|
    Response from Patricia G | Reviewed this property |
    I would take the tour for sure. You can drive around on your own but the tour guide provided an incredible commentary. It was the best, most informative day of our entire trip.
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