An experience not to be missed! Stay overnight in Galway City Centre.
Enjoy a medieval Banquet in a 16th Century castle and visit Connemara.
Dunguaire Castle, situated on the shores of Galway Bay, was once the splendid home of a noble lord and one of Ireland’s most picturesque strongholds.
Enjoy a 4-course meal with wine and honey mead in a traditional medieval-themed banquet hall.
Engage with the live entertainment celebrating the works of some of the great Irish literary writers such as Synge, Yeats, Shaw and O’Casey, in a truly intimate setting.
On day 2 enjoy a tour of Connemara and visit Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Garden.
Day 1: Dublin to Galway: Medieval Banquet in Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay
Stop At: Dunguaire Castle’s Medieval Banquet, N18 Kinvarra Village, Galway Ireland
Experience a 4 course meal in the 16th Century Castle’s Banquet hall with wine while enjoying traditional live entertainment including Irish music, story telling and folklore.
Listen to beautiful harp music as the King and Queen are crowned.
We return to Galway by coach arriving at 23:00
Duration: 3 hours
• Dinner: Enjoy a four-course meal in the 16th century Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3*/4* hotel in Galway city centre.
Day 2: Connemara Day Tour
Stop At: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara On the N59 between Clifden and Westport, Kylemore Ireland
Our tour today departs from right outside Galway Railway Station. We go around Eyre Square (John F Kennedy Park) in the centre of Galway City before crossing the River Corrib on the Salmon Leap bridge, passing University College Galway, through the Galway suburbs and then striking out in a north-westerly direction towards the savagely beautiful Connemara. You might catch a glimpse of the mighty Lough Corrib (Ireland’s second largest lake) on our right hand side. We soon pass through the village of Moycullen and enter Ireland’s Gaeltacht, or Irish speaking area. We continue through the lovely village of Oughterard and start smelling the aroma of Ireland – the peat or turf fires and their unique blue smoke which has a wonderful fragrance! We now emerge into the spectacular scenery of Connemara – mountains, lakes – all there to behold!
In the summer of 1951 the Irish American Hollywood film director, John Ford (his real name was John O’ Feeney), fulfilled his lifetime ambition to film ‘The Quiet Man’ using the wonderful backdrop of Connemara as his Mainstage. We now visit one of the locations – Leam Bridge, better known now as The Quiet Man Bridge, where Barry Fitzgerald and John Wayne stopped on their way from Castletown railway station to the mythical Innisfree!
From here, you will start to notice the remains of the much missed Galway to Clifden railway line which ran parallel to our route. This spectacular branch line was closed in 1935.
Shortly after we visit Leam Bridge, we stop at Peacockes hotel and Tavern at Maam Cross, the Crossroads of Connemara. Here we have a comfort stop with time for perhaps an Irish Coffee and/or some shopping. You might have time for a quick look at the former Maam Cross railway station, which is now the location of a very exciting restoration project aiming to restore the station and a section of the old Galway to Clifden railway line.
We then proceed towards the hamlet of Maam and make our way down the Maam Valley between the majestic Twelve Bens and the Maamturk mountains! This area is known as Joyce Country and is where anyone in the world called Joyce has their roots! We pause next at the pretty little village of Leenane, magnificently situated at the head of Killary Harbour – Ireland’s only true fjord, nine miles from the ocean.
We continue on through fabulous scenery to stunning Kylemore Abbey, built by Mitchell Henry as a home for his Bride in the mid-nineteenth century. It is now a Benedictine Convent and is open to visitors. We stop here for almost two hours with time for lunch (not included) and exploring – including the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden, and the Gothic Church.
We continue through the Kylemore Pass and the village of Letterfrack and start skirting Bays and inlets of the sea/ocean which adds to Connemara’s attractiveness! Soon we are back on the Wild Atlantic Way and making our way around Streamstown Bay before climbing steeply up the really spectacular Sky Road, where we will have a truly satisfying photo stop with phenomenal views of the wild Atlantic Ocean! We then descend into the lovely town of Clifden, ‘Connemara’s Capital’, for a comfort stop where there will be time for some shopping – or even a pint!
We leave Clifden and start making our way back to Galway through more breathtaking scenery with a comfort stop at Maam Cross, if required. We arrive back in Galway, the City of the Tribes, by 18:00pm.
We will arrive back to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.
Duration: 2 hours
• Breakfast: Enjoy a full Irish breakfast in your 3*/4* hotel in Galway city centre.
No accommodation included on this day.