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Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

Kylemore, Ireland
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14 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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
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.
After your roughly 3-hour trip, 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.


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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.

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.

Jon J
, 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.

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.

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!

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.

Dr Peter J S
, 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.

Louis N
, Apr 2016

Well, I absolutely loved this tour. Everything went extremely smoothly from the early rail trip to Galway to the return to Dublin in the evening. The tour guides were phenomenal Jim O'Keefe, Peter, and the stupendous driver of the coach, Martin. The guides had lots of interesting information to impart and struck a perfect balance of humour, information, and silence. Well done! The scenery was breathtaking. Quite unbelievable. I strongly recommend this very much surpassed my expectations!

James K
, Jun 2015

Great Rail Trip: Bus ride was a little rough Good commentary Our driver/guide seemed reluctant to
talk too much and I would have happily heard more those things which were shared and explained were

Joan W
, May 2015

Very organized and the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The description said a photo stop at the Abbey but we were there for 2.5 hours.

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