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Cong, Ireland

The Basics

Surrounded by lakes, forests, and streams, Cong is a charming village near Connemara best known as the location for the 1952 movie The Quiet Man. Visitors can head to the Quiet Man Museum, which includes an exact replica of the White O’Morn cottage from the movie; take walks through the surrounding countryside; do some boating on the nearby river; and enjoy the village’s small shops and cafes.

The village of Cong sits next to the 350-acre Ashford Castle estate, which was once owned by the Guinness family and is now home to one of the country’s best five-star hotels. Several day trips from Galway City and multi-day tours from Dublin include Cong and the surrounding region on their itineraries.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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A great tour!
Karen P, Nov 2019
Galway to Cong Full Day Tour
Wonderful day, despite the rain! We have taken many tours over the years, but nothing tops this one! Doran s family roots are from this area and he is a fountain of information! It was only myself and my husband but the tour carried on. If you are in this area, this trip is a MUST! You will not be disappointed!
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Cong is definitely a piece of Ireland's hidden treasure.
Stephen D, Dec 2019
Galway to Cong Full Day Tour
Our day trip to visit Cong was wonderful. Doron picked us up at our hotel so we wouldn't have to try to find our meeting location. That's awesome. Doron was very informative and we learned so much about Ireland and Cong history from him. We were very impressed that most Irish are very very proud of being Irish like Doron and more than willing to learn about the family history from his ancestors. We were happy to have visited the Ashford Castle. We really wished we could have gone inside for a hot chocolate or coffee or lunch or something. Maybe Doron can do some magic and organize that for his future guests after the boat ride. That would be a wonderful treat!! :-)....We still had a wonderful time walking the grounds of Ashford Castle and had nice cruise on the lake. We enjoyed our lunch in town at a pub. We were there during the off season so not much was opened and we understood that. Cong was soooo quaint. We wish we had more time to explore and go hiking in the area where the Pigeon Hole was. It was very beautiful and peaceful. Thank you Doron for showing us around. We would totally recommend Doron and High King for your trip. We hope to revisit Ireland in the future....Steve & CeeCee
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Must book this tour
laelwood, Oct 2019
Galway to Cong Full Day Tour
Truly an amazing day with a local from Ireland. I read many reviews and it was the reason for why I booked this tour was that it was a small group tour and it was done by a local Irish man. That is absolutely the case. Not only was I the only person that booked that day and the tour still operated so it was a private tour for me, but Doron spoke about his hometown area and people with such passion that I feel this made the tour special for me when he spoke about the History of this area but then added in personal stories along the way. I definitely recommend this tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many of the streets in Cong are set up for one-way traffic, so pay close attention to street signs if you’re driving.

  • Local restaurants, cafes, and pubs may operate on limited hours, depending on the day of the week and the season.

  • Bring waterproof shoes if you plan to go boating or kayaking on the Cong River or Lough Corrib.

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How to Get There

Cong is located about 30 miles from Galway City, on the border between County Galway and County Mayo. To reach the town from Galway, take the N85 road to the R346; the drive takes about 40 minutes. You can also reach Cong from Calway by bus, but the trip requires transfers and takes 1.5 to 2 hours. You can also visit on a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit Cong is during the summer, when the long days offer more time to explore. To avoid crowds, opt to visit during shoulder seasons, in spring or fall. The town can also be charming in winter, especially when decorated for the holidays.

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Ashford Castle

The Ashford Castle estate, located next to Cong village, offers visitors a variety of upscale attractions. Even if you’re not staying in the luxurious castle, you can book experiences like a lesson at the falconry school, a boat tour of Lough Corrib, or zip-lining at the on-site ropes course. The castle also boasts a stunning spa and offers an elaborate afternoon tea. (All activities require advance booking.)

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