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Galway City's TIO (tourist information office) has details of walking tours of Galway, including Neil Wilson's "Gore of Galway," an entertaining and interactive walking tour taking an hour and a quarter, which is based on Galway's hidden history—and promises "murder and mayhem," including the dramatic story of the Lynch family who gave the world the verb "to lynch"—departing from the TIO April to October 4 times a week (confirm schedule by phone).

Barratt Tours offers a day trip by coach visiting the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Galway Bay (€27). Book at Ennis Tourist Information Office, which is also the departure point. The tour runs on Saturdays only from February to April, and daily from early May to mid-September.

Burren Wild runs a daily bus tour from Galway Bus Station that travels through Kinvara and along the coast of Galway Bay to a farm (with shop and café) in the village of Oughtmama in the Burren (€25). Here you stop for a one-hour guided walk of this unique landscape (included in tour price) before returning to the bus and continuing to the Cliffs of Moher. Burren Wild also has daily guided walks starting from their farm at 10:40 am lasting 1½ hours (€10). Longer afternoon walks with qualified guide John A. Connolly, starting at 12:15 and lasting 2½ hours (€25), can be booked by appointment. Several companies including Lally Tours (€25) and O'Neachtain Day Tours (€20) run daily tours to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren (each €25), returning to Galway around 4:30. Healy Tours offers historical sightseeing tours with professional guides, including the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Tickets, €20 each, can be purchased from the Galway Tourist Information Office or on the tour bus.

All tours run from mid-March to late September only. Book in advance or from 9 am on the day at Galway City's TIO. Buses leave from the bus station opposite. Heart of Burren Walks has guided walks leaving the Burren Display Center in Kilfenora with author Tony Kirby between April and August on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 and lasting more than two hours (€20), visiting local antiquities and exploring the region's geology, including the Burren's biggest turlough (seasonal lake). Phone or check the website to confirm the schedule. Lally Tours also operates a vintage double-decker bus, departing from Eyre Square, which runs hourly tours of Galway City from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm from mid-March to October; tickets cost €12.

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Barratt Tours. Barratt Tours offers a day trip by coach visiting the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Galway Bay (€27). Book at Ennis Tourist Information Office, which is also the departure point. The tour runs on Saturday only from February to April, and daily from early May to mid-September. 087/237–5986. www.4tours.biz.

Burren Wild Walks. Burren Wild Walks runs a daily bus tour from Galway Bus Station that travels through Kinvara and along the coast of Galway Bay to a farm (with shop and café) in the village of Oughtmama in the Burren (€25). Here you stop for a one-hour guided walk of this unique landscape (included in tour price) before returning to the bus and continuing to the Cliffs of Moher. Burren Wild Walks also has daily guided walks starting from its farm at 10:40 (see website for directions) lasting 1½ hours (€10). Longer afternoon walks with qualified guide John A. Connolly, starting at 12:15 and lasting 2½ hours (€25), can be booked by appointment. 087/877–9565. www.burrenwalks.com.

Ennis Tourist Information Office (Arthur's Row, Ennis, Co. Clare. 065/682–8366. www.discoverireland.ie/Places-To-Go/Clare.)

Galway City Tourist Information Office. Come here for details of walking tours of Galway. Forster Pl., Center, Galway City, Co. Galway. 091/537–700. www.discoverireland.ie/Places-To-Go/galway.

Gore of Galway (086/727–4888. . www.goreofgalway.com.)

Healy Tours. Healy Tours offers historical sightseeing tours with professional guides, including the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Tickets, €25 each, can be purchased from the Galway TIO or on the tour bus. All tours run from mid-March to late September only. Book in advance or from 9 am on the day at Galway City’s TIO. Buses leave from the bus station opposite. 091/770–066. www.healytours.ie.

Heart of Burren Walks. Heart of Burren Walks has guided walks leaving the Burren Display Center in Kilfenora with author Tony Kirby between April and August on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 and lasting more than two hours (€20), visiting local antiquities and exploring the region's geology, including the Burren's biggest turlough (seasonal lake). Phone or check the website to confirm the schedule. 065/682–7707. www.heartofburrenwalks.com. €20.

Lally Tours. A vintage double-decker bus, departs every 90 minutes from Eyre Square, offering hourly tours of Galway City from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm from mid-March to October; tickets cost €12. They also offer daily tours to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren (each €25), returning to Galway around 4:30. 091/562–905. www.lallytours.com.

O'Neachtain Day Tours. Daily tours (€25) with professional guides are available to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren (each €25), returning to Galway around 4:30. 091/553–188. www.ontours.biz.

Salthill TIO (091/520–500.)

Galway City Walking Tour and Pub Crawl. Enthusiastic young locals offer a free two-hour tour departing daily at 12:30 from the Skeff Bar in Eyre Square, and will show you their city and tell you its tales—including the dramatic story of the Lynch family who gave the world the verb "to lynch." It’s a taster for the Galway Pub Crawl, a great introduction to Galway’s nightlife, run every evening by the same outfit, departing from the same venue at 8 pm (€15 per head, including drinks, entries, and entertainment). 087/784–9035. www.galwaypubcrawl.ie. Walking tour free; pub crawl €15.

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