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Galway to Cong Full Day Tour

Galway, Ireland
Galway to Cong Full Day Tour

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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
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Spend the day exploring the tiny Irish village of Cong, best known as the filming location of John Wayne’s The Quiet Man, on a full-day guided tour from Galway. On this tour, you’ll visit the Ashford Castle, the Royal Abbey of Cong, the Pigeon Hole Cave, and enjoy a history cruise on Lough Corrib. This fully guided coach tour packs in more sights than you could see in a day exploring on your own and includes all admission tickets and guide fees so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
  • Spend an entire day exploring the Cong village on a day trip from Galway
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval Ashford Castle grounds and gardens
  • See the The Royal Abbey of Cong and enjoy a cruise around Lough Corrib
  • Round-trip transportation from Galway, all entrance and guide fees included
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Local guide throughout the day.
Transport by air-conditioned 15 seater bus
Bottled water

Departure Point

Fairgreen Rd, Galway, H91 C2VX, Ireland

Galway Coach Station is located within walking distance of the city centre and is opposite the Galway Tourist Office.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY High King Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "If you are in this area, this trip is a MUST!" See review
  • "The village of Cong is where the quiet man with John Wayne was filmed so you should definitely watch that movie before you go." See review
  • "There were only 5 passengers which made for a more personal tour." See review


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Cong is definitely a piece of Ireland's hidden treasure.
Stephen D
, Dec 2019
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
A great tour!
Karen P
, Nov 2019
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!
Must book this tour
, Oct 2019
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!
Great day in Cong with Doron
Tammy M
, Aug 2019
This was the best tour so far in Ireland. Our guide Doron was exceptional and since he grew up in Cong he was well informed and shared personal experiences and traditions. Made this a fantastic tour and a must do if in Galway!!! You will not be disappointed.
Charming full day tour
, Jul 2019
I would highly recommend this charming owner operated tour. The guide is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area. The village of Cong is where the quiet man with John Wayne was filmed so you should definitely watch that movie before you go. Lots of history and lots of beautiful countryside to be seen.
The Best Tour in Ireland
, Jul 2019
We just returned from a 10-day trip through Ireland. We traveled with a travel agency on a bus and a large group of people, we also booked couple private tours. The Cong tour was really the best of ALL! Small group of 15 people and a driver-guide. We saw and learned so-so much! Multiple historical points and beautiful nature sceneries. Doron was an amazing guide - he is proud to be local, he knows local history better than anybody else I heard, and at the same time, he presents it with humor, folk stories and myths, and makes it lively and not boring. I would certainly recommend this tour to everybody.
Cong full day tour
, Jun 2019
We had a great day weather-wise and tour-wise. Do Ron our guide was excellent.The grounds of Ashford Castle we beautiful. Cruise was very informative. We had 8 (of all ages) and had a great day.
Best Tour of the trip
Les B
, Jun 2019
This was a great tour. The guide was very passionate and informative about the area. He did not take shortcuts due to the rain. He completed the tour regardless of the weather. There were only 5 passengers which made for a more personal tour. This is not a big bus tour.
Cindy C
, Sep 2018
This was a great tour. Our tour guide was awesome, very knowledgeable about Ashford Castle and Cong Village. At Ashford Castle, he walked us around the gardens and provided the history of the Castle. We did not go in the Castle since only hotel guests are allowed inside (or if you have lunch/dinner reservations). He gave us plenty of time to walk around on our own, have lunch and do some shopping. The boat cruise on the lake outside of Ashford Castle was really nice and relaxing. The captain of the boat took us for a tour around an island which had a lot of history and was very interesting. I would highly recommend this tour.

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