Walking tour of tidal Omey Island in Connemara. Galway. Private guided.

2 hours and 30 minutes
Join a local history guide on a privately guided walk across to fascinating tidal Omey island in scenic Connemara. Hear the story of the island and its peoples, gain insights into the natural and human history and see the remnants of its past. Max 20.

Omey Island lies 600 metres offshore of the of the Aughrus peninsula and has a wealth of ancient history and stories from the past. Your local guide will walk you across to this tidal island and share its rich history and the stories of St Feichin’s sacred island. The ruins of Feichin’s Church, a medieval church built on a 7th century Christian settlement. The church is surrounded by the remains of a semi-sunken village that was devastated by the Famine. St Feichin’s Holy Well can also be found to the west. Fahy Lough takes up one third of the interior of the island.

The island is now largely abandoned, with some part-time residents during the summer months. In the mid 19th century it supported a population of over four hundred people who lived off the rich fishing around the island and from cattle raised on the fertile, lime-rich soils. It is now the main burial ground for this region, utilizing an ancient monastic burial ground associated with Brendan the Navigator.

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Guided private walk of Omey Island

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Our experienced local guide will walk you across to this tidal island which lies off Claddaghduff in north west Connemara, County Gaway. The guide will walk you around this magical island explaining its fascinating natural and human history and show you the remnants of its past.

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