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Galway Bay

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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Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
$74.35 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Cliffside Views with Irish Trivia
Stephen, our tour guide who looked like Santa, made the long drive in between stops entertaining which helped those long hours pass. He pointed out places along the way to share more history, and the views along the way, as well as the cliffs, were beautiful!
Kelsi_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

star-5
Wonderful tour!
Ainslie_L, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Scenery was beautiful and our tour guide Antonio was awesome. Friendly and knowledgeable. Pete was a terrific driver and we booked a second tour to Kilkenny later this week with him. Bus was comfy and clean and loved having wifi.
star-5
The tour guide and the...
Jamy_J, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
The tour guide and the driver were great! Never friendly and knowledgeable.the bus was very comfortable and clean.
star-5
Great trip.
Patrick_C, Apr 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Driver and the guide were fantastic. Bus was clean and comfortable. Plenty of stops to get out and strech your legs along the way.
star-5
Very good experience!
aparupa_s, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Lovely trip. Organization was great and the level of professionalism was fabulous. Very clean vehicle, regular breaks, knowledgable super friendly guide and a good balanced day out. Super.
star-5
All around worthwhile tour
Steven_H, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
John was a fantastic tour guide! Lots of background information was provided—we learned a lot!! The Cliffs of Moher were worth the trip alone but the other stops made for a great experience all around. Lunch in Doolin was excellent!
star-5
Cliffside Views with Irish Trivia
Kelsi_S, May 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
Stephen, our tour guide who looked like Santa, made the long drive in between stops entertaining which helped those long hours pass. He pointed out places along the way to share more history, and the views along the way, as well as the cliffs, were beautiful!
star-4
Very good! A guide makes all the difference.
Tony_G, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The driver, John, was excellent. Great knowledge which he departed in a fun and interesting way. The places were outstanding. Would recommend it to all.
star-5
Excellent value for money
margaret_d, Mar 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Trip was excellent. Our driver Joe and guide Richard were both superb. Enjoyed the cliffs. The coat was very clean and comfortable.
star-5
Great Day!
Michaela_B, Mar 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Extremely well organized and great tour guides (Melissa & Joe). I would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Dublin. The views are amazing and while it is a long day on the bus, it is very clean and plenty of stops. If you have long hair, I’d recommend bringing a hair tie, beanie hat and a hair brush. Braiding your hair would be smart if it’s really long as the wind is crazy there. Lots of walking on gravel/dirt paths so wear good shoes and bring a warm, rain jacket.
star-5
Great sampling of Ireland
Becky_A, May 2022
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
The trip was long but great. Well worth the time. Got to see so much of Ireland in a single trip and such a variety as well. Darragh was a great tour guide and our driver was awesome.
star-5
All worth it!
Elizabeth_B, Dec 2021
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
With COVID-19 still rampant and stricter traveling rules, I almost didn't want to travel. But finally seeing the Cliffs of Moher made it all worth it!
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Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Sabrina_B, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Easy, efficient way to travel, friendly tour guide Antonio. Very efficient and safe driver, Pete. Highly recommend as a way to see different parts of the country without having to worry about your own transportation.

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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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 Galway Bay?
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What else should I know about attractions in Galway?
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