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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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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
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$37.04 per adult
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Mike deserves a rise!
We just came back from the Kylemore abbey tour from Galway and loved it! Mike, the tour guide, is an authentic national treasure. He gave lots of information, details and excellent jokes, and with him the tour was a true pleasure. He solved all our doubts and questions. Please give him a rise! He deserves it :)
Elsa_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

star-5
Wonderful excursion into Connemara
brendaknightgrove, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The tour into Connemara was excellent. The coach was comfortable and clean. Our driver/guide Michael was knowledgeable and entertaining. The Connemara countryside is stunning, and Kylemore Abbey is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
star-4
Mike is funny and gentle....
BeatrizGonzagaBurke, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Mike is funny and gentle. He knows the history well and it’s always ready to tell you more about it if you show interest. He also cares about people’s safety during the trip.
star-4
Nice overall but a lot of bus
BRA_F, May 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Nice day overall and the places seen/visited are great but it’s a lot of bus, and the shock absorber are not ideal which makes it a bit bumpy. The driver was nice and the comments were interesting.
star-5
A truly magical trip!
Liana_H, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The most amazing driver, funny, witty and with so much history and folklore knowledge. The landscapes were incredible, a place of surreal peace and beauty. Kylemore Abbey is unbelievable. Made me feel like a princess of times gone by.
star-5
Outstanding Landscapes
Tiago_C, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Our driver/guide was extremely funny and put a smile on everyone in the group. The stops were perfect and very well timed. The landscapes of this tour are a must see. You have more than enough time to see everything.
star-5
It's a great experience,...
Leslie_C, Mar 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
It's a great experience, though kylemore abbey was not included still had great time exploring connemara. Thanks a million Eamonn and Emily from Paris (i meet her during this tour.God bless!
star-4
It was pretty nice, but...
Zummar_A, Jan 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
It was pretty nice, but it was more of a sightseeing trip than an exploring one. Nice and slow with beautiful scenery.
star-5
Our tour guide Michael...
Matthew_R, Jan 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Our tour guide Michael was terrific. I have been to Connemara a few times before but he took us to spots I have never seen and he had knowledge of the area I was unaware of.
star-5
Beautiful trip and our...
Franca_C, Jan 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Beautiful trip and our guide Eamonn was very nice and professional. I'm sure that if I'll come back to Galway I'll do again
star-5
100% Amazing Day!
Heidi_H, Dec 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The Quiet Man was my dad's favorite movie and I was thrilled to be able to go to the town where it was filmed. Kylemore Abbey was so beautiful and filled with history. I didn't know what to expect from Connemara in general but Dubliners told me this is the real Ireland. And it was! Dry stone fences, sheep crossing the road, and the ocean. Mike was an awesome tour guide and driver!! His history lessons came with his fantastic sense of humor!!
star-5
Great tour in Connemara!...
francesca_m, Dec 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Great tour in Connemara! We enjoyed the tour very much! Mike is a very friendly guide who shared lots if historical insights.
star-5
The trip was lovely and...
Madison_S, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The trip was lovely and Mike was a fantastic tour guide! We got to see all of the highlights and learn a lot along the way.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Cong?
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