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Attractions in West of Ireland and Galway Area

The following tours can be booked through Lally’s Tours, but even if you have your own transport they will give you a good idea of some of the local attractions.

 

The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

The Burren is unexpectedly beautiful, rich in the beliefs of old ways and a megalithic people who were renouned as some of the finest handlers of stone in the world. The guided tour includes the Cliffs of Moher one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe,The Burren with its expanse of limestone and home to rare plants, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna.

The BurrenIn many ways this fascinating tour takes us through parts of "the hidden Ireland," the mysterious Ireland of the poet Yeats and the moon-like land of the Burren. It is
also home to many rare species of plants. Accompanied by a Lally Tour professional guide the tour leaves Galway through the village of Oranmore, where the of Galway Bay unfolds and then heads slightly inland for a while, passing through the oyster famous village of Clarinbridge before heading seawards again at Kilcolgan.

From here, the tour takes the dramatic southern coastline of Galway Bay, through the pretty fishing village of Kinvara and the Medieval Banqueting castle of Dunguaire. With the broad expanse of the great Atlantic on the right hand side and the white-faced limestone rock of the Burren on the left, this is a truly striking panorama, a botanists paradise. This is a treasure house for geologists and lovers of the great outdoors.

A short climb provides a view of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Corcomroe before heading towards Galway Bay again via Bell Harbour. Beyond the village of Ballyvaughan, the winding coast road turns seaward again passing Black Head lighthouse. Out beyond in the blue Atlantic are the three Aran Islands of Inishmor, Inish Mean and Inisheer and the outline of the Connemara coast. Our tour now takes us through the village of Doolin, a wellspring of all that is best in Irish traditional music and song, home of the late Miko Russell.

Now we are at the awesome cliffs of Moher, rising a sheer 210 meters from the ocean below. After a sightseeing trip at the cliffs of Moher, the road winds down to Lisdoonvarna for a welcome lunch-break and an opportunity to visit a local pub.

Lisdoonvarna is the home of Ireland's annual match-making festival in September and was once a famous spa where its sulphuric waters were said to have curative and other benificial properties! Our journey back to Galway takes us along the main road and we arrive back at 4.45 pm approx.

 

The Aran Islands Tour

The Aran Islands are located off the west coast of Ireland at the mouth of Galway bay, approximately 22 miles west of Galway city the Aran Islands are renowned worldwide as the jewels in the crown of Galway bay.

Aran Islands TourThe Irish (Gaelic) speaking Aran Islands are famous for their unique way of life, where age old traditions co-exist comfortably with modern living.

Inis Mór the largest of the three islands is an ancient land, set in an endless sea where great labyrinths of limestone sweep upwards to the breathtaking cliffs with their panoramic views of Connemara and County Clare.

Visit Dún Aengus one of the most dramatic stone forts in western Europe or Dún Dúchathair (The black Fort) a promontary fort of great antiquity. See the striking limestone landscape of Inis Mór. A myriad of stone walls, small fields and a maze of bóithríns (small roads) will lead you to all corners of this majestic Island.

Inis Mór can be discovered by hiring bicycyles on the island, travelling by minibus, or in the more traditional way of Horse and Cart. There are also escorted island walking tours. Excellent restaurants will help satisfy your palate and most pubs offer traditional music entertainment. A wide range of accomadation is available including hostels, guesthouses and Bed and Breakfasts.

 

The Old Galway City Tour

This one hour tour is a must of all visitors to this ancient City of Galway, known as the City of the Tribes. This is one of the best ways to get to know Galway City. Old Galway City Just sit back in our Double decker vintage bus and hear of our great past and varied history.

We will take you through the streets of Galway and show you some of the sights. This is Galway's own tour company, owned and run by Galway People. a professional guide will accompany yon on each tour.

You may book a place on this day tour on our online booking page or just arrive on the the day if you prefer . Please contact us to find out when we are running this tour.

Places of interest on the One hour Galway City Tour:

Eyre Square, Court House, Salmon Weir Bridge, Cathedral, University College Galway Salthill,  Galway Bay, Claddagh village,Wolfe Tone Bridge, Spanish arch, O' Brien's Bridge

 

The Connemara Tour

Our conducted tour of Connemara leaves Galway along the leafy road to the village of Moycullen with glimpses of the Corrib river, on our right, as it winds its way to the sea in Galway Bay.

Connemara TourFrom Moycullen the road rises and falls towards the lovely village of Oughterard on the shores of Lough Corrib, traditionally regarded as Irelands premier angling centre.
Now the gateway to Connemara opens and the breathtaking colours of this unspoilt countryside are revealed in all there natural splendour. At Maam Cross, the Connemara "crossroads", there is a replica of the cottage used in the 1950's John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara film "The quiet man", which was filmed here locally.

From Maam Cross our tour heads out to Leenane, Kylemore Abbey and Letterfrack, in the shadow of purple mountains rolling down to blue, green rocky valleys sprinkled here and there with tiny lakes and pools shining like little pieces of broken mirror, reflecting the rich and varied colours of Connemara.

There is a lunch break at Kylemore Abbey - an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, giftshop and restaurant here. Letterfrack is one of Irelands major national parks. The colourful town of Clifden has been one of Irelands leading holiday resorts for generations.
It is an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919.

On the road out of Clifden the Dan O'Hara pre-famine farm (circa 1840) is on your left, fronted by a replica of an ancient Irish Crannog or lake dwelling. Further on is the fully integrated Clifden Glen Holiday Village. Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal.

We are now in the Gaeltacht or Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bi lingual people. Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port.

Our tour of Connemara heads homewards towards Galway City now, along the shores of Galway bay, through the Gaeltacht villages of Inverin and Spiddal and looking out across the blue waters of the Atlantic at the unique lime-stone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. In Spiddal there is a craft village and the Standun sweater shop.