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Galway Bay

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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A wonderful day!
CarolynHL, Aug 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
This was a wonderful day trip! I was impressed by the COVID precautions and policies, the comfort of the bus, the skills of the driver (Teddy), and the history lesson provided by the guide, Kevin. From start to finish, this was professional, informative, and FUN!
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West coast
Melanie, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Great day with sunshine and discovery. Everything was exactly as described. Pavel is an excellent driver and it's needed in these small roads and Anthony was a perfect guide : great stories, historical facts and always advising us on where to go, what to see and visit. Pour les français : la visite se fait entièrement en anglais mais accessible avec un niveau courant. Melanie
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Moher
Jennifer_D, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Want to see more of Ireland.. Book this trip.. Special mention to Paul and Bryan who made this trip memorable and safe..
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An island to see for defo
Catriona_O, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
Seeing the seals and riding the bikes round the island. All the people were very friendly and we were blessed with the weather
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Brian and Paul rock
susan_b, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Great trip, great tour guide, great bus driver. We enjoyed it. Brian and Paul were a pleasure to be around!
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We had a lovely day at...
Monika_S, Aug 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We had a lovely day at Cliffs of Moher and Burren. The views were spectacular! The drive was pleasant as well thanks to our driver John who was telling intresting stories on the way.
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Great tour
Ayana_M, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
It was a long bus ride all day, but the Cliffs of Moher was fantastic! We had plenty of time to enjoy the place including the visitor centre. Galway was a pretty city. I wish we had more time to spend there, but the tour gave us maximum time considering the distance between Dublin and each spot.
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Magical day
Staycation_Dub, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
From start to finish whole trip was fabulous.Boat,crew & the island itself.Highly recommended for all ages.
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Fantastic tour (guide) definitely recommend
Heghine, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We had a lovely tour with John, the places were absolutely beautiful and he was a brilliant tour guide
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Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Gallway
AndyD, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
The Cliffs of Moher tour was fantastic as was our guide Brian and the driver also named Brian. I would recommend this tour to anyone else visiting dublin who wants a nice day trip.
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Perfect Day!
John_D, Aug 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay And Ireland's Oldest Pub Experience
When in Dublin, one absolutely must book this tour! Éamonn goes far above and beyond to ensure that you and your party have a wonderful time. Even before arriving in Ireland, he called me to get to know us and gain an understanding of our expectations. I was very impressed by this alone and then he continued to overachieve himself. After arriving in Dublin, he sent us several recommendations of things to do prior to our trip with him. Who does this? I simply cannot overstate how incredible our day was with Éamonn. His knowledge of his homeland’s history, culture, people, etc. is nothing short of amazing. Our day with Éamonn was without a doubt the highlight of our time in Ireland. Do yourself a favor and book this tour ASAP. Trust me, you will not regret it!
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Obviously, this excursion...
Ron_R, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
Obviously, this excursion had a lot of bus time, but they did a good job of breaking it up frequently. We thought the street musicians in Galway were great.

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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