• Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
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Discover the Ireland of old with this unforgettable day trip to Galway from Dublin, including a flight to the Aran island of Inis Mor. Travel to Galway city by train and enjoy a scenic flight to the largest Aran island, set in Galway Bay. On an island tour, admire Inis Mor’s stark- but-beautiful landscapes, dry stone walls and thatched villages; visit prehistoric, clifftop Dun Aengus fort, and learn about Inis Mor’s rich heritage. Then, fly back to the mainland and enjoy free time in lively Galway before returning to Dublin.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip from Dublin to the Aran Islands and Galway
  • Scenic flight from Connemara to Inis Mor
  • Island tour of Inis Mor, including the magnificent Dun Aengus fort
  • Island seascapes and cliffs
  • Free time in Galway City to shop, explore or visit a typical Irish pub
  • Hosted train travel
  • Information pack
  • Friendly, professional tour guide

What You Can Expect

Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from Dublin

Inis Mor, Aran Islands

Board your early morning train in central Dublin, settle into your reserved seat, and relax on your roughly 3-hour journey to Galway city. As you travel, admire Ireland’s peat boglands and rolling hills, and catch views of the Shannon River at Athlone. A light breakfast service is available on the train.
On arrival in Galway, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to nearby Connemara Airport for your flight to Inis Mor, the largest of Ireland’s Aran Islands, set at the mouth of Galway Bay. Hop into your small plane and marvel at the bird’s-eye views on your 10-minute flight. Gaze down over Galway’s rugged coast and the Atlantic, and catch tantalizing glimpses of Inis Mor’s villages and fields, a patchwork of greenery criss-crossed by dry stone walls.
After landing, set off for a scenic island tour, following the winding lanes through barren-but-beautiful limestone landscapes. Pass thatched cottages, sandy beaches, medieval churches and Celtic stone crosses; and hear about the island’s age-old Celtic mythology and Gaelic linguistic heritage from your guide.
Stop for a pub lunch (own expense) in Kilronan, the main village; and visit Inis Mor's star attraction: Dun Aengus fort. Wander around this semi-circular prehistoric fort, whose crumbled stones edge a 300-foot (90-meter) sea cliff, and enjoy the thrilling views down over the island, sea and Ireland’s mainland.
After your island tour, fly back to Connemara and transfer to Galway city. Enjoy some free time to stroll around the charming streets, shop for souvenirs or perhaps enjoy a glass of Guinness (own expense) in one of the friendly pubs.
Then, relax on your train ride back to Dublin, where your trip concludes.

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Customer Reviews

Lauren M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great tour! All of the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and made sure we knew where to go for each portion of the journey. Most of the time we were personally handed off from guide to guide. The train is a great way to get around and when we got to the train station, we were met by another guide who took us to the waiting van to get us to the Connemara airport. I highly recommend the scenic flight, it really is an unbelievable experience. Once on the islands, we toured around in a bus to various sights and hiked to the top of a fort. Everything was included in the price of the tour transportation, fort, etc except meals which made it easy. We had a couple hours in Galway before meeting our train back to Dublin, that is a really nice town with lots of shops and restaurants.

Gwendelyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

One of our favorite experiences during our trip. Amazing.

Kitty

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great day-long trip. Paddy, our guide from Dublin to Galway, was informative and friendly. The 8-minute flight to the Aran Islands was great fun - I even got to sit in the co-pilots seat on the way out! I would have appreciated knowing that it was a 45-minute walk to Dun Aengus fort. Beautiful day on the Island and terrific weather.

Roland M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was a long and beautiful journey. The Railtours company really knows how to run things. We had a scenic ride of more than two and a half hours across the country with a host from the company who was friendly and informative. From the railway station to the air field was in a van. Very easy. Then we had our rather thrilling 8 minute flight to Innishmore. This Island, with its stark beauty, was a place I've wanted to visit for a long time. So glad I did. In late afternoon we flew back to Galway. A few hours there, then the train to Dublin. All like clockwork.

Paula P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Beautiful scenery on a spectacular day. Dun Aengus Fort was a fun hike rich in history.

Andrea L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Absolutely recommendable, auch a great tour!

Andrea L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Absolutely recommendable, such a great experience!

Joe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great day - views, history and island persons very friendly at cafe - time in Galway for walks, pubs

Anna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very well planned and organised. Lovely guides, it's was over all expectations.
And lots of thanks to Irish Railtours.

Helen T C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

your guides were engaging and helpful Everything was on time and the Aran Islands were a great experience.

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