Kylemore Abbey & Connemara Drive


Clifden is a vibrant and cosmopolitan town on the very edge of Europe. It has a population of 2,609 but the hinterland which it serves as the administrative and economic capital too has almost 10,000 inhabitants. The town is known as the “Capital of Connemara” boasts a thriving tourism industry as its unique and picturesque setting between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean.
Agriculture and fishing continue to play an important role in Connemara, and although Clifden doesn’t have a commercial fishing port it is an important center for agricultural activity in Connemara. Trading in cattle, sheep and Connemara ponies continues throughout the year in Clifden. In fact, the “Olympics” of Connemara Pony shows takes place in Clifden with breeders and enthusiasts traveling from around the globe to the famous agricultural show each August.

The Sky Road, famous for the views it affords, the road takes you up among the hills overlooking Clifden Bay and its offshore islands, Inishturk and Turbot. At the summit of Monument Hill, you will find a stone memorial to the town’s founder, John D’Arcy (1785-1839). This is a good vantage point to photograph the town of Clifden, with its two spires and perfect Twelve Bens backdrop.

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is the ideal destination for a day out in majestic Connemara at any time of year. Located about an hour’s drive from Galway City, a visit to Kylemore will rank as an unforgettable memory.
The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a gothic castle reflected in a Connemara lake have made Kylemore Abbey world-famous and it is now the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland.
The Benedictine nuns invite visitors to experience the Victorian atmosphere of the Abbey’s restored rooms, miniature gothic church, head gardener’s house, and garden boy’s house. Learn of the tales of tragedy and romance, the engineering initiatives, model farms, royal visits and Abbey’s former role as a girls boarding school.
Kylemore’s many nature trails, woodland walks, and the magical award-winning walled garden offer a wonderland to explore. Discover the Victorian heritage of the walled garden, where only flower and vegetable varieties from that era are grown. ) Enjoy refreshing walks and scenic views as every season has something different to offer at Kylemore.

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. Cong is located on the isthmus connecting Loughs Corrib and Mask.
Cong  was also the home of Sir William Wilde, historian, and father to the prominent playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer Oscar Wilde
Cong is the home of Ashford Castle, a luxury hotel, which was converted from a Victorian faux lakeside castle, built by the Guinness family. Ashford Castle is a tourist attraction in its own right. Cong also features a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, where Rory O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland, spent his last years. It also is the origin of a piece of Celtic art in the form of a metal cross shrine called the Cross of Cong. The ‘Cross of Cong’ is now held in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.
Cong was the filming location for John Ford’s 1952 Oscar-winning film, The Quiet Man, featuring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, and Barry Fitzgerald. Much of the film was filmed on the grounds of Ashford Castle. The town and castle area remain little changed since 1952, and Cong’s connection with the movie make it a tourist attraction. (The film is still celebrated by the local “Quiet Man Fan Club”).

DEPARTURE  LOCATION Your Hotel / Accommodation  7.30 AM
Transportation & All Tolls
Bottled Water & Refreshments
Driver/Guide Gratuity

Other Venues in the area that may be of interest to you.

  • Ballyconneely
  • Roundstone
  • Spiddal
  • Galway City

We can customise this or any tour to facilitate your interest and preferred destinations.


Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Admissions Fees:

(with online booking)
ADULTS* €13.00 €11.70
SENIORS** €10.00 €9.00
STUDENTS*** €9.00 €8.10
(aged 10 years and under)
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