Map &
Directions

Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
Cliffs of Moher Private Tour from Killarney
"The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that will capture your heart and live in your memory forever. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atla we will start the Cliffs of Mohar tour from Killarney. On route we will visit Bunratty Castle which is a must on the itinerary and is your chance to experience a window into Ireland’s history. You can explore the castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk tapestries and works of art which capture the mood of those times.  You can explore at your own leisure and marvel at the fixtures and fittings. At night time the castle is the impressive setting for the medieval castle banquets which are held year round. During our visit to Bunratty Castle we will also visit the Folk Park. Here you will enjoy the sights sounds
From EUR440.00
 
"Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip Including Dunguaire Castle
"Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip Including Dunguaire Castle Aillwee Cave and Doolin from Galway""Your journey to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway will bring you through the exposed windswept landscapes of the Burren. Listen to your expert guide share the history and some interesting facts about this Western seaboard of Ireland. Exit the coach to explore the unique limestone terrain jagged coastline and rare flora. Travelling South from Galway you will visit the Dunguaire Castle an iconic 1520’s castle with a 75 foot tower. This picturesque castle is seated along the Galway Bay in Kinvarra. You’ll spend 15-20 minutes at this photo opportunity.Your tour will then continue to the Aillwee Cave
From EUR25.00
 
Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway
"Your full day guided tour departs from Galway you will then make your way to Connemara. A region which is famed for it’s natural beauty and landscapes. Listen to your expert driver/guide share there knowledge and the history of Connemara on your drive through the countryside. Climb off the c starring Richard Harris and John Hurt) and most recently Marley & Me (Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston).On your day trip you will be visiting Leenane Village this is a small mountain-side town which is full of Irish charm. This village was used for the setting for the film ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris and John Hurt. Your next stop will be in Killary Fjord this is Ireland’s only fjord which serves as the natural border between the counties of Galway and Mayo.Your tour will then move onto Kylemore Abbey which is situated on a lake in the midst of the mountains. This abbey was originally built in the 19th century by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife
From EUR25.00

On the Coast Tips (9)

Dunguaire Castle ~ A Literary Connection

In the previous tip about Bohermore Cemetery, you read a short bio of Lady Augusta Gregory who was known for being a leading member of the early Irish literary and theater renaissance movement, and her connection to important literary figures of the time. It was her passion for the literary rival which brought this influential lady to the doorstep of "Dunguaire Castle" or "Dún Guaire" outside of Galway which was to become a gathering place for literary figures of the day. It's name is attributed to King Guaire (d. circa 663), the legendary king of Connacht whose long list of descendants is said to include Diana, Princess of Wales.

The castle's namesake, King Guaire, has been the subject of legend ("The Road of Dishes") for his widespread charity. When the castle came under the ownership of Oliver St. John Gogarty and as previously mentioned, it became a gathering place for leading literary revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J. M. Synge. W.B. Yeats wrote a poem entitled, "The Three Beggars," which is closely tied to the legend about King Guaire (also known as St. Guaire).

Our first glimpse of Dunguaire Castle was as we drove the N67 which follows the shore of Galway Bay. Occupying a lovely position on the shore near the village of Kinvara, Dunguaire Castle was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan. It's most distinctive feature is a 75ft. tower which is flanked by a shorter tower, and all surrounded by lofty walls.

In the mid-20th century, the castle was acquired by Christobel, Lady Amptill, who thankfully completed restoration work begun by Oliver St. John Gogarty. Since the property is now in the hands of Shannon Development it is open to the public although we did not enter it. The restored castle is open to the public during the summer months from April to October, and a Medieval Banquet is held nearly every night with costumed actors and musicians who perform works from Irish literature and traditional Irish music. Admission can be booked through the www.shannonheritage.com site and there are two shows each evening -- 5:30 or 8:45pm.

2016 Prices: Adult - €50.00; Child 10-12 yr - €32.85; Child 6-9yrs- €21.95; Child 0-5yrs free

The fixed menu sounds very good: Aperitif - Mead, Entree - Irish Oak Smoked Salmon
with Traditional Soda Bread, Traditional Leek and Potato Soup, Supreme of Chicken served with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce, accompanied by Fresh Seasonal Vegetables & Potatoes, Apple Pie with Cream, Coffee / Tea. Vegetarian Option : Medley of stir-fried vegetables with wild rice.

We did not attend the banquet at Dunguaire Castle, but we did attend a Medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle later in our trip, and the menu at Dunguaire sounds exactly the same as we had at Knappogue (though I think there was an extra entree choice), and the meal was very good.

Directions: Located 300 yards on the coast road outside the village of Kinvara on the Galway side. OR: From Galway, take the Galway / Limerick Road (N18) from the city, through Oranmore and Clarinbridge to Kilcolgan. In the village of Kilcolgan, turn right and continue to Kinvara.

This is my final tip. Please click here to return to my Galway Introductory page to leave a comment!

starship's Profile Photo
starship
Nov 22, 2016

Lar Connacht - something you...

... MUST see!
This is a part of Ireland (West Coast) where people still speak mostly Gaelic & there are at least 5 different types of landscape on the Connemara peninsula.

Important: if you have, get a Irish/Gaelic dictionary to learn about various road-signs ;o) - otherwise you might end up on a total different spot than you'd planned...

Also: never put your camera too far away - lot's of great photography-opportunities!!!

Mauzl's Profile Photo
Mauzl
Nov 29, 2002

Lar Connacht

... I'm an absolute "water-lover" - water intrigues me big time & the Lar Connacht/Connemara area was almost like heaven for me, because of the many lakes everywhere and the open sea close by... ;o)))

Mauzl's Profile Photo
Mauzl
Nov 29, 2002

If you can get the chance do...

If you can get the chance do drive along the coast road at sunset. It is well worth seeing the sight of the setting sun reflecting off the sea and spreading the last rays of light over the rocky burren, a majestic sight indeed. The shadows amongst the rocks creating a lunar landscape of mystical beauty.

greebo's Profile Photo
greebo
Aug 25, 2002
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Galway

Hotels
Queen St, Galway, Ireland
Show Prices
Hotels
Merchant's Road, Eyre Square, Galway, Western Ireland, Ireland
Show Prices
Hotels
Victoria Place,, off Eyre Square,, Galway, Western Ireland, Ireland
Show Prices
Hotels
Frenchville Lane Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
Show Prices
Hotels
Forster Street, Galway, Western Ireland, Ireland
Show Prices
Hotels
Eyre Square N1, (formerly Great Southern Hotel Galway), Galway, Western Ireland, Ireland
Show Prices

Once a small seaside resort...

Once a small seaside resort 3km west of Galway, Salthill is now an important suburb of this expanding city. Salthill seems to have grown in importance as a result and, today, it is the premier resort in Ireland. While it may have lost some of its simple rural charms.The giants Leisureland complex, with its host of children's entertainments, including an indoor heated swimming pool proves very popular. There is a golden half mile of casinos, pubs and restaurants.

Kozzmozz's Profile Photo
Kozzmozz
Aug 25, 2002

You can take a ferry from here...

You can take a ferry from here to get yourself to the aran islands, home to some of the most ancient pre-Christian remains in Ireland. Of the three islands - Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer. Inishmore- dun aengus, is the most popular with the tourists. The islands' isolation had allowed Irish culture to survive when it had all but disappeared elsewhere.
Also,...from galway, you can drive on to the cliffs of moher.

husain's Profile Photo
husain
Aug 25, 2002

Cleggan Harbor

Cleggan is a small fishing village nestling at the head of Cleggan Bay, on Connemara's Atlantic Coast. This village is the departure point for ferry services to the islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk.

jckim's Profile Photo
jckim
Feb 26, 2005

Ballyvoghan Bay - Blackhead

Wonderful contrasts of rugged stones & the rough sea - and it changes "faces" with the weather - you can never get bored of it :o)

Mauzl's Profile Photo
Mauzl
Dec 18, 2002
sourbugger's Profile Photo

sourbugger

"A walk around Galway"
View Member
BillNJ's Profile Photo

BillNJ

"The Far West of Europe"
View Member
lina112's Profile Photo

lina112

"GALWAY"
View Member
Cruefan's Profile Photo

Cruefan

"Galway.. City of Tribes"
View Member
starship's Profile Photo

starship

"Galway ~ City of Tribes"
View Member
 
 

Lar Connacht

... amazing panorama's everywhere...
I get "holiday-Connemara-homesick" whenever I look @ my photographs...
As I already mentioned, I love water and this area is just made for brilliant pictures!

Mauzl's Profile Photo
Mauzl
Nov 29, 2002

Things to Do Near Galway

Things to Do

Poulnabrone Dolmen

We made a 15 minutes stop at Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of many Neolithic toms that can be found in the area. The tomb is more than 5000 years old and when it was excavated in 1986 the remains of 33...
View More
Things to Do

Aillwee Cave

There is a great scene in Father Ted where Ted and Dougal meet Victor Meldrew or the actor who plays Vicrtor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave at these caves. Ted thinks it would be great to go up to...
View More
Things to Do

The Burren

Ballyvaughan is a village in the north western corner of the Burren. It is situated on the south shores of Galway Bay and lots of tourists pass here on their way to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. We...
View More
Things to Do

O'Connors Pub

Doolin is one of the places most tourists are heading to and mostly it is for the famous music-pub of Gus O'Connor, that made this tiny village at the west-coast of Ireland world-famous. Gus...
View More
Things to Do

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and it is easy to understand why. It is a spectacular sight to see the high steep cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. At the highest...
View More
Things to Do

Dun Dúbhchathair

This fort is also located on the edge of a high cliff, it’s situated at the southern side of Inis Mór. The construcion consists of a extended part which was defended by a bended wall and a “chevaux de...
View More

Getting to Galway

Address

We don't yet have an address for this Off The Beaten Path. Help us improve our info!

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Off The Beaten Path. Help us improve our info!

Map