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DEPARTURE TIME: 6:30AM (Arrive 10mins before)
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street - MAP HERE
KYLEMORE ABBEY * CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK * KILLARY HARBOUR CRUISE * KILLARY SHEEP FARM (WINTER) * GLENGOWLA MINES * INAGH VALLEY
6:30am : Depart Dublin
We meet at the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk street (sitemap is available within the link to the booking page). We then set off on our adventure to the wild west coast of Ireland! We take the scenic route to Oughterard, considered the gateway to Connemara. You are now in an Irish (Gaeltacht) area. We will pass through many quaint towns and enjoy gorgeous scenery before we enter the national park. It has no boundary lines but is marked by its truly outstanding beauty and panoramic, unspoiled views. This truly unique part of Ireland is filled with specatacular views that give the impression of a flawless painting.
10:30am : Killary Fjord Cruise / Sheep Farm
We visit the only Fjord in Ireland, Killary Fjord. Enjoy the views across the water of Mweelrea, the highest mountain range on the west coast and marvel at the mussel beds in the harbour. During the high season (April - October) this tour includes a one and a half hour boat cruise around Killary harbour. Your lunch stop will be on the boat during these months. During the winter season (November - March) the boat cruise does not run but we will visit the Killary Sheep Farm, a traditional farm with approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely around the fjord. You will be given a skilled sheepdog demonstration and learn about how the people and livestock cope with the barren land and the harsh weather.
We will then pass through the village of Leenane where the iconic film "The Field" was shot - a must see for any film buff. The story of Bull McCabe captures the Irish mindset of the value of land above all things. From here, we will continue in a circular route towards Galway taking in views of the Sheefry Hills.
12:15pm : Kylemore Abbey
Next stop is Kylemore Abbey, where we will stop for some photos and lunch (entry to the abbey is not included). Once a prestigious girls boarding school, it now homes nuns on retreat and welcomes tourists from around the world. The abbey is situated at the base of the Druchruach mountains with views out to the northern shore of Lough Pollacapall. Enjoy the views, history and the pure beauty of this place. The impressive and sprawling abbey nestled against the mountain with lake views is a scene that leaves many visitors mesmerised.
2:00pm : Inagh Valley
We will travel through the fabulous Inagh Valley, which was featured in the mobile phone advertisement known as "Can you hear me now?" It's a line every Irish person says when reception is poor and is also not limited just to the Irish! This is a drive with breathtaking landscape, one of the most scenic in Ireland. Every bend in the road leads to more dazzling views. If you can't get a good photograph here, you can't get one anywhere!
3:15pm : Glengowla Mines
We visit the intriguing Glengowla silver mines which were abandoned in 1865 and is now run as a museum and a fascinating insight into life back then It's our last port today before driving back to Dublin.
7:00pm : Arrive Back in Dublin
We return to Dublin after a long, yet full day of seeing and experiencing Ireland's finest scenery.