The Connemara day tour takes you to the wild west of Ireland, with its lakes, mountains and bogs, where the traditions of yesteryear are still very much a part of daily life. This scenic country tour includes a photo stop at the romantic Kylemore Abbey, a 90 minutes boat cruise on the Killary fjord in summer, or traditional sheepdog trials and turf cutting in winter, and an hour stop in the university town of Galway.As part of your scenic drive through the rural areas, made famous in the Michel Sardou song, “Les lacs de Connemara”, The tour takes you through the glaciated Inagh Valley with reflections of the Twelve Bens (mountain peaks) on the dark lakes, Scottish blackhead sheep grazing along the road, and logs of cut turf that is being dried for the fireplace neatly stacked around the countryside. Romantic Kylemore Abbey, situated breathtakingly on a lake in the heart of Connemara, was built in the 1870’s and took 100 men 4 years to complete this magnificent granite and limestone castle, which was to become a monastery to an order of Benedictine nuns that had lost their abbey in Ypres, Belgium during the First World War. Today it is a landmark site, and a reminder of the stately homes that once formed the main source of income and prestige to entire communities.In the summertime there is a 90 minute sightseeing cruise on the Killary, Ireland’s only fjord, where you can listen to the history of the area, eat lunch or sip an Irish Coffee in the warm and spacious viewing lounge of the Connemara Lady. Otherwise you can stand outside, braving the elements, while enjoying the panoramic views Mother Nature offers. In the wintertime, a visit to a traditional farm that hosts approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely across the fjord. These herds of Scottish blackhead sheep - the lone wanderers of the bogs- are best suited to survive in the harsh mountain conditions. Farmer Tom Nee will show you how you herd them with sheepdogs, and you will have the unique opportunity to observe turf being cut fresh from the land, maybe trying it out yourself?Galway is a vibrant town, with streets filled with students, buskers and quaint shops disguising the historical significance of this once formidable walled town. Learn about the Claddagh ring - representing love, loyalty, and friendship - still being worn today to indicate if some-one is already in a relationship, or available for courting, or chillax at the Spanish arch, situated next to the scenic river Corrib.
Office 37, College Green, Dublin
1 Jan - 31 Dec
(subject to change)