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Galway Bay

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Galway Bay, Ireland

The Basics

Day tours of Galway Bay depart from Dublin and Galway City, and typically provide round-trip transport. Most excursions stop at key attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the Irish-speaking seaside village of Spiddal (An Spidéal), the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher. Multi-day voyages often combine a visit to Galway Bay with a trip to the Aran Islands, other parts of Ireland (e.g. County Limerick), or Northern Ireland.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Good Trip to start the summer
Sathish_G, Jun 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
It was a really good trip, Cliffs of Moher is a place you shouldn't miss if you are in Ireland. Rory is an amazing tour guide who makes the trip worthwhile with historical facts, humour and local suggestions. Highly recommended
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Cliff of Moher Trip
Shahnawaz_J, Jun 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
It was a memorable experience and we enjoyed a lot in the trip. Especially, I appreciate the tour guide D.Rock and driver Arthor who made the trip lively..
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Paddywagon never fails!
Tracy_K, Mar 2020
Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin
Excellent day trip. We were so lucky to have Darren as our tour guide. He made sure we saw every bit of the countryside and introduced us to locals along the way. He was so much fun and knowledgable! Paddywagon is always the way to go!
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Recommended!
Ravine_V, Jun 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Very pleasant tour of the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, along the wild atlantic way and ending on Galway city. The weather was absolutely perfect that day, making the landscapes even more stunning to discover. Derrick was an amazing tour guide, knowledgeable, funny and easy-going. He made the tour instructive and constructive by his knowledges of Ireland's history.
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Cliffs of Moher
Winnie_L, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Excellent tour, made even better by Rory, our tour guide's broad knowledge of history and geology, and great sense of humor. Highly recommend.
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West Coast Tour
Beth_H, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Fun day. Rory was very knowledgeable and nice. Schedule was good. Loved the drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. We packed sandwiches which worked well. No bathroom on the bus.
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Great day out
cmontebello63, Feb 2020
Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin
Had a fantastic day....Alex the coach driver was very informative and had a great sence of humour, which made the long drive seem shorter.
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A fun windy day!
Lindsey_D, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Minus the rain and wind, a very pretty tour! We saw a lot and had lots of time to warm up and dry off in Galway! Neil and Johnny were amazing tour guides!!!!!!!!!!
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Fantastic day trip
josegX8390GH, Jan 2020
Cliffs of Moher & Galway Bay Experience - History music & Ireland's oldest pub
This was the second tour I did with Eammonn and he truly treats you like a VIP, I think he even made the weather cooperate for us to get some spectacular views of the cliffs. He made a long day seem short and took us to great places to eat and a very nice tour of the history of Ireland and his knowledge of the music and history behind it is amazing. Highly recommend him for anyone traveling to Ireland.
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Day of fun
25yearsplus, Jan 2020
Cliffs of Moher & Galway Bay Experience - History music & Ireland's oldest pub
Éamonn was an amazing guide on a day of fun. It’s long but jammed packed with beautiful scenery great history and amazing pubs. A great Irish experience
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Must do Tour
BrendaC6567, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
What a great tour. We saw so many things and learned quite a bit of Irish history, songs, and language. Derrick was a fantastic tour guide and Liam did an awesome job driving and dealing with crazy turns and so much traffic leaving Galway City. We still made it back to Dublin at our scheduled time.
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Cliff moher
SuLing_L, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
The tour guide , Daniel was knowledgeable and explained to us certain sites and gave historical information on the places or buildings that we passed through during the bus journey. He even sang two songs to entertain us. On the tour, although it was cold and windy, we managed to saw the cliffs view, it was breathtaking..

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waters in the bay can be choppy, and ferries may be canceled during inclement weather.

  • Running along the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Salthill Promenade is accessible to wheelchairs and offers spectacular views of the glistening water.

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How to Get There

There are numerous access points for Galway Bay, with the easiest to reach being Galway City. Galway-bound trains leave regularly from Heuston Station in Dublin; buses also connect Galway to the capital.

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When to Get There

The bay, especially the parts in and around Galway City, is busiest and most vibrant in summer. Get there early in the day to experience the bay at its most peaceful. Sunrise and sunset are particularly pretty.

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Spotting Galway Hookers

Gaze out across the bay and you may spot a Galway hooker, a traditional boat native to the area. Identifiable by their black bases and dark red sails, Galway hookers were designed to withstand the bay’s often rough seas. During the Cruinniú na mBád festival in August, these distinctive local boats can be seen sailing a route between Connemara and Kinvara.

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