Galway Walking Festival July 2021

Galway Tour Guides Association in partnership with Galway City Council will host the first ever walking festival in the county this July. The walking festival runs from the 9th to the 25th of July with 16 tour guides telling stories on 35 walks, from Coole Park in Gort through the streets of Galway City and onto the Western Lakes Geo Park. To book a tour visit

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 About the GTGA

The Galway Tour Guides Association is a collective of Fáilte Ireland / Irish Tourist Board accredited tour guides. Our professional accredited tour guides are located in Galway City and across the Wild Atlantic Way, Co. Clare, Co. Galway and Co. Mayo.
The Galway Tour Guide Association was set up in 2009 by Paul O Donnell and has since gone from strength to strength, today numbering 30 guides from diverse backgrounds. We are first and foremost storytellers, always anxious to share our knowledge with visitors to the west of Ireland.

We Aim to Please

“Our mission is to fulfil your expectations by providing a personal, professional and friendly tour guiding experience.”

Our professional Guides come from various backgrounds – Historians, Tutors, Writers, Artisans, Farmers, Archaeologists and much more. Our guides have both Regional Tour Guide badges and National Tours Guide accreditation and guide throughout the 32 counties. We provide a full range of experiences including guided City tours, countryside trekking adventures, luxury coach rental, language specific tour guides and guided limousine hire. We have the knowledge and the knowhow to make your Irish adventure special and unique.

What we offer 

Galway City Walking Tour – We operate a daily Walking Tour of Galway which departs at 11.30am from the Failte Ireland Tourist office on Foster Street. We also provide walking tours of Galway at any times to suit our clients and will can facilitate bespoke tours upon request
Friendship breaks – We offer walking and coach tours of Galway City, Connemara, The Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren Geopark and Lowlands, Cong and The Joyce Country Geopark, Achill Island and The Wild Atlantic Way.

Trekking and Pilgrim Paths

Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s unique early Christians monastic settlements and have tailored tours to suit.

Tour Management

Corporate Events – Incentives, Site inspections, Sports & Social Clubs.

Multilingual Guides – We have several multi-lingual guides who guide in Irish, Italian, German and French.

Driver Guides and Limousine Hire – Our Driver Guides offer private tours from 1–16 people. We also provide 52-seater coaches and many of our Driver Guides are multi-lingual.

We work closely with several corporate companies in Galway providing private transfers and tailor-made experiences.

The Galway Tour Guide Association are dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in the tourism sector and are committed to continual self-development, regularly organising training, and activities to further our knowledge of Ireland’s rich heritage.

All GTGA Guides have undertaken the Covid 19 training with Failte Ireland and are fully insured

Accommodation can be arranged upon request and transfers provided.

Galway Tour Guides Association is your one stop shop to unique Irish experiences and adventures!


The GTGA are committed to supporting and advocating for self-employed tours guides in the west of Ireland.
Our Team
Chairman: Derek Spillane


Secretary: Kathleen Reid


Treasurer: Fiona Brennan


Public relations: James Walsh


Committee member: Rosemary

Committee member: Billy Murray