The Best Day Trips from Galway
Top 10 Day Trips from Galway
Step on to the edge of the world, quite literally! The Cliffs Of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with over one million visitors every year. Standing 214m at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. They have a fantastic Visitor Center which is open daily from 9am-5/5:30pm (June, July & August open until 9:30pm). Atlantic Edge Exhibition area in the visitor center is open daily from 9am and last entry is 30 minutes before the visitor center closes. O’Brien’s Tower is open daily from 10am with access to the viewing area on the top and the exhibition on the first floor. Admission €6 / Children under 16 Free / Seniors, Students & Disabled €4 (prices subject to change). Distance from 75km - 1 hour 40 minute drive
1. Cliffs Of Moher
2. Kylemore Abbey
Always a highlight for guests here at The House, Kylemore Abbey is one of the most wonderful day trips you will take while in Galway. Kylemore is home to a community of nuns of the Benedictine Order who arrived in 1920 after their abbey in Ypres, Belgium was destroyed in World War I. Settling at Kylemore, the Benedictine Community opened a world renowned boarding school for girls and began restoring the Abbey, Gothic Church and Victorian Walled Garden to their former glory. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden welcomes visitors to discover the magic, beauty and peacefulness of Kylemore Abbey. Visit Kylemore Abbey and discover what makes Kylemore the no.1 must-see attraction in Connemara and the west of Ireland. Located just a few minutes from Letterfrack and 25 minutes from Clifden, Co. Galway on the N59. It is open November to March 10am to 4:30pm, March to June & September to October 9:30am to 6pm, July & August 9am to 7pm. Distance 77km - 1 hour 30 minute drive
3. Aran Islands
The rugged Aran Islands lie just outside Galway Bay and a few miles from the Clare coast and the Cliffs of Moher. Travel to the island by Ferry or Air. Ferries operate to the Islands from Doolin in Co. Clare and Rossaveal in Co Galway. Flights leave from Inverin in Connemara. Loved by every visitor, the Aran Islands are 3 of the most unspoiled Islands in the Atlantic. Each of the Islands, Inis Oírr, Inis Meain and the largest Inis Mór has its own individual character. All natives speak Irish. You’ll find ancient forts, churches and monuments on all 3 Islands. Rent a bike and explore whichever island you choose at your own pace. House Tip - pay a visit to the crew at Tigh Joe Watty's on Inis Mór for great food, drink and plenty craic! Distance 40km – 50 minutes drive to the Ferry to Aran Islands
4. Brigit's Gardens
Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows. In addition to the Celtic Gardens visitors can enjoy the nature trail, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), thatched roundhouse and crannog, and the calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland. Brigit’s Garden is very family-friendly with a kids’ discovery trail, a natural playground and lots of opportunity to explore. A wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It is located off the main Galway – Clifden road (N59) about 20km from Galway City.
5. Corrib Princess Cruise on Lough Corrib
The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city. The journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake providing visitors with unsurpassed views and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest. You can enjoy this natural wonderland either as a member of a group, with your family or friends or, simply by yourself. 90 minute cruise May - September 14:30 & 16:30 with an extra sailing in July & August at 12:30.
Cong is a village straddling the borders of County Galway and County Mayo. Cong is situated on an island formed by a number of streams that surround it on all sides. Main sites include Ashford Castle, Cong Abbey and the Quiet Man Cottage. In 1951 John Ford’s filmed “The Quiet Man” in Cong starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Distance 45km - 45 minute drive
7. The Burren
The word "Burren" comes from an Irish word "Boíreann" meaning a rocky place. This is an extremely appropriate name when you consider the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed Limestone Pavement. However it has been referred to in the past as "Fertile rock" due to the mixture of nutrient rich herb and floral species. The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/hazel woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying springs, cliffs and Fen. Some House suggestions for stop-offs, Hazel Mountain Chocolate, the Burren Perfumery, and the Burren Smokehouse. Distance 80km- 1 hour 30 minute drive
Clifden is a town on the coast of County Galway, Ireland and being Connemara's largest town, it is often referred to as "the Capital of Connemara". Places to stop off en-route: Glenowla Mines, Recess Church, Quiet Man Bridge on road out to Clifden & Ballynahinch Castle. In Clifden enjoy the wonderful selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Distance 80km - 1 hour 30 minute drive
Offering a variety of activities and sights to see, Westport is often times compared to Galway as one of Ireland’s best holiday locations. Our top tips include Westport House, climbing Croagh Patrick, and the ultimate highlight, cycling the Great Western Greenway! Distance 80km – 1.25 hours
Leenane is on the shore of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, on the northern edge of Connemara, and is on the route of the Western Way long-distance trail. A film adaptation of John B. Keane's famous play "The Field", directed by Jim Sherdian, was made in Leenane in 1989. Well-known stars taking part included the late Richard Harris, John Hurt and Tom Berrenger. Visitors can visit many of the locations used as sets in the film. 65.5km - 1 hour 15 minute drive
If you're not in the mood for driving, don't worry! Lally Tours and Galway Tour Company have an array of options for day trips and can all be booked with our team at Reception.
Galway city sits proudly on the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. Our location lends itself to numerous day trips from our city. With so many options, we have narrowed them down to make it easier for our guests!