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Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

County Dublin, Ireland
Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

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Swap Dublin for the wild beauty of western Ireland on this rail and coach day trip to County Galway and Connemara. After traveling by train to Galway city, take a scenic coach tour around Galway Bay and the unspoiled Connemara region. Drive through breathtaking mountain-and-lakes scenery and visit the pretty coastal towns of Clifden and Roundstone. See romantic Kylemore Abbey set on a Connemara lake, and pass remote Atlantic beaches, thatched villages and deserted coves before returning to Dublin by train. Round-trip rail and coach travel are included.
  • Full-day rail and coach trip from Dublin to Connemara and Galway
  • Scenic drive through Connemara's magnificent scenery
  • Seafood lunch overlooking Roundstone Harbor
  • Clifden, Connemara's capital
  • Stunning Kylemore Abbey
  • Hosted train travel
  • Information pack
  • Friendly, professional tour guide
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Host on trains
Information pack
Reserved seats on trains
Qualified driver-guide on coaches
Visit Kylemore Abbey for a photo stop
All travel by rail and coach from Dublin Heuston Station
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Heuston Station, St John's Rd W, Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin, Ireland

Railtours Ireland Representatives will be waiting in the main concourse area of the station with your travel pack. They will be wearing bright yellow jackets so that they are easily located. Check in is 20 minutes prior to the departure time listed.

Departure Time

7:35 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Hop aboard your train at Dublin’s Heuston Station in the early morning, and settle into your reserved seat. As you journey west, gaze out over Ireland’s lush countryside with its rolling hills and expansive peat boglands, and see the Shannon River as you cross it at Athlone. A light breakfast service is available on board the train.

Meet your expert driver-guide at Galway rail station, and take a seat in your comfortable, air-conditioned coach or minivan for your scenic journey around the county of Galway and Connemara.

Have your camera ready and listen to the informative commentary as you head into western Galway and trace parts of one of Europe’s most spectacular coastal routes. Pass by steep cliffs, untouched beaches and sleepy villages, and visit the picture-perfect coastal towns of Roundstone and Clifden.

Stop for a seafood lunch (own expense) overlooking Roundstone harbor and drive through magnificent scenery to Kylemore Abbey, a 19th-century lakeside Benedictine abbey in Connemara famous for its romantic location and walled garden.

Venture further into Connemara, a region of rugged mountains, dark lakes and thatched villages hemmed by a stunning coastline. Drive by deserted coves and bays washed by the Atlantic Sea; stop for photos of remote peaks and valleys, and hear fascinating facts about the ancient, unspoiled landscapes around from your driver-guide. Later, return to Galway station to travel by rail back to Dublin, where your day trip ends when you leave your train in the late evening.
Stop At:  
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
We arrive in Galway at 10:05, off the train, and our conducted tour of Connemara (by tour bus) leaves Galway. At Maam Cross, the Connemara "crossroads", there is a replica of the cottage used in the 1950s John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara film ‘The Quiet Man’, which was filmed here. From Maam Cross our tour heads out to Leenane, Kylemore Abbey and Letterfrack, in the shadow of purple mountains rolling down to blue and green rocky valleys, reflecting the rich and varied colours of Connemara. There is a lunch break at Kylemore Abbey, an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant. Letterfrack is one of Ireland’s major national parks. The colourful town of Clifden has been one of Irelands leading holiday resorts for generations. It is an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. On the road out of Clifden the Dan O'Hara pre-famine farm (circa 1840) is on your left, fronted by a replica of an ancient Irish Crannóg or lake dwelling. Further on is the fully integrated Clifden Glen Holiday Village. Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal. Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port. We are now in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of Connemara where Gaeilge or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bilingual people – we rarely use the term Gaelic and usually say ‘Irish’ when referring to our national language. (For operational reasons, on certain days we will not travel to Clifden – please check with your host/driver) Our tour of Connemara heads homewards towards Galway City now, along the shores of Galway bay, through the Gaeltacht villages of Inverin and Spiddal and looking out across the blue waters of the Atlantic at the unique lime-stone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. In Spiddal there is a craft village and the Standun sweater shop. After your day's touring you will be returned to Galway Station.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour offers stops en route for photographs, shopping, etc.
  • Due to operational reasons it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries.
  • Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly however buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps onto the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Railtours Ireland First Class
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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45 Reviews

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Galway by Rail
, Sep 2019
Wonderful way to see the Countryside of Ireland and then bus tour of Connemara and Galway! Wonderful staff and lovely travel mates🍀🇮🇪
Missed the Tour Bus
, Sep 2019
When our train arrived in Galway, there was some confusion with our reservation and the bus did not wait for us. We were promised a taxi ride to catch up with the bus, but learned that this was not possible. The tour company offered the On Off Bus as an alternative, which we enjoyed in spite of the rainy and windy day. We took an earlier train back to Dublin.
Neill F
, Aug 2018
Great bus driver/guide who gave the best history of Ireland that I heard among the many that I had heard!
This rail tour was well worth the...
Cathi H
, May 2018
This rail tour was well worth the money. The RailTours staff were easy to locate in the train stations and were so helpful and friendly. My elderly mom traveled with us and she has some mobility issues. The staff were helpful and always made sure she was comfortable. The stops were really meaningful and its was a tremendous way to see the country side. The only downfall was the coach driver once we were out of RailTours hands wasnt very attentive to our coach seat reservations causing two of our traveling companions to not get to sit together even though our seats were reserved together. Overall a great way to see the west coast of Ireland which shouldnt be missed.
This was the best tour though I...
Kathleen M
, Aug 2017
This was the best tour though I would have liked it better with actual time in Galway. It did get a little confusing with the return trip because of the races. We had to take a bus and the drivers seemed very confused bout loading up the train orphans and it got tense especially in the rain. But otherwise the trip was very nice. Least amount of on and off hassles.
Fog, high winds, driving rain. It's...
, Oct 2016
Fog, high winds, driving rain. It's what you expect in northwestern Ireland. Michael, our driver, kept apologizing for the weather, but it made for a great adventure. Wish we could have walked at Kylemore Abbey and seen the chapel and gardens, but it will be a reason to return .It was nice to have some pub time before boarding the train. Frank kept us engaged during the morning train ride and Big Brian created a party atmosphere on the way back to Dublin after dark, even guiding us to the appropriate public transportation back to our apartment. Overall, a day well spent.
I had a blast - 3 hours' train...
Ann F
, Sep 2016
I had a blast - 3 hours' train across gorgeous green countryside, then a coach tour of Connemara with Darren of Lally Tours - very personable and knowledgeable about Irish history and culture. I look forward to more tours of this kind on my next visit!
Gorgeous relaxing train ride west to...
ann b
, Sep 2016
Gorgeous relaxing train ride west to the opposite shoreline. Nicely organized by the tour group. A bus ride through the landscape with the driver giving history, and information. Loved it all.
This was a great trip from Dublin...
John E
, Jun 2016
This was a great trip from Dublin across the beautiful Ireland countryside to Connemara. It was a wonderful experience and our guides made the trip memorable. It was a great way to see the beauty and experience the flavor of Ireland if you are limited on time. We only had two days to spend in Ireland and this trip was definitely worth the effort.
The organisation of this tour, by...
, Jun 2016
The organisation of this tour, by Railtours Ireland, was immaculate. Meet the guide in the yellow fleece 20 minutes before the train departs, get reserved seats from Dublin to Galway with the guide offering commentary and advice. On the outbound rail journey, there were just six of us, of which we were the only two joining the Connemara tour. On arrival, the guide took us out into the station car park where our tour bus was waiting. It was here that the arrangements broke down or, rather, the coach did! Since there were insufficient takers for the tour, we were consolidated with the same tour, but by Lally's, a different company. A brand new Volvo luxury coach - looked good, but the sensors that confirm the main passenger door is locked failed. So the furthest we went for 75 minutes was round the corner, to await another bus to come from the depot. OK, no one can legislate for such mechanical/electronic problems, but what an initial waste of the morning. When we got going, we did cover the same ground - hills and mountains, dark brooding lakes, rhodedendron covered hillsides, Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian gardens, lakes, etc. But by then the edge was taken off the day. The second part of the drive was more of the same, then rocky coastline, views of the Arran Islands, and a drive along Galway Bay. It even seemed the driver's attention had been upset by the ealier difficulties because the commentary was factual but not over-informative. Then we had about an hour in Galway for a very good ice cream, and back on the train to Dublin. This time there were so many Railtours' guests we had a complete coach reserved for us, and were entertained to a small taster 'nip' of one of Ireland's whiskeys.

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