• Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

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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Customer Reviews

ann b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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!

Louis N Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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 tour...it very much surpassed my expectations!

Patrice B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

An absolutely breathtaking, beautiful tour. Don't miss this picture book destination! Thank you!!!

Ruth and Robert Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

All aspects of the trip were marvellous. A great day out in beautiful Ireland.

Flavia Joanna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

A unique and really unforgettable experience!!! Really wish to stay there... Well done to the tour leader and even to Liam the train assistant who was such an interesting person to meet being so informative and nice!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

the tour was wonderful amazing views great tour guide would recommend it to all

Susan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Very good trip. It's a long day, but worth it. Kylemore Abbey is spectacular.

Carole S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2011

Our winter tour to Connemara and Galway Bay was terrific! Our train companion, Frank, was charming and informative. We were met at Galway station by the Coach and tour driver, whose wit and information was delightful. I'd recommend this tour to everyone!

Angela B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

I loved it! Kylemore Abbey makes the entire tour! The tour operator is really organized. I never felt like I was lost or left on my own to figure things out. For a beautiful tour, definitely take this one!

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