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Day trips

Cong Abbey

Also known as the Royal Abbey of Cong, Cong Abbey's ruins mostly date to the 13th century and have been described as featuring some of finest examples of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in Ireland. The grounds of the abbey also contain a monk's fishing house, built on a platform of stones over a small arch which allows the river to flow underneath the floor.

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Connemara National Park

Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.

Diamond Hill

Diamond Hill is a two-hour loop walk in Connemara, this route follows gravel paths, wooden boardwalk and steps up the slopes of Diamond Hill itself. Strenuous but satisfying, the trail through Connemara National Park climbs up to Diamond Hill’s summit at 400m and showcases the breadth of Connemara’s coastline.

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Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are three rocky islands guarding the mouth of Galway Bay in western Ireland. You can reach the Aran Islands by passenger ferry from Rossaveal, which is about an hour west of Galway City. Weather permitting; the ferry runs year-round but cars are not permitted. 

Killary Harbour

Killary Harbour is a fjord located in northern Connemara, and the border between counties Galway and Mayo runs down its centre. Killary Fjord Boat Tours sail an 9-mile inlet and enjoy uninterrupted views of some of the finest scenery in the west of Ireland.

Local area guides

Explore County Mayo

County Mayo is a place of breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With its rugged coastline, rolling hills, and pristine lakes, Mayo boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in all of Ireland. Mayo is also steeped in history, with ancient ruins, castles, and heritage sites that tell the story of Ireland's past. The area’s deep connection to Gaelic culture, make County Mayo a truly special and welcoming destination for travellers seeking an authentic Irish experience. 

Explore County Galway

County Galway is a captivating blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Known as the 'Land of the Tribes', Galway city is a cultural hub renowned for its lively arts scene, bustling streets, and traditional music sessions. With its friendly locals, ancient heritage, and breathtaking scenery, County Galway is a place where every corner offers a new adventure and a warm welcome.