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Hosted Railtours for the Independent Traveller
Travel West By Train
Tour DH04AN

Day Tour Plus - Connemara & Galway Bay

Sleep in with an Afternoon Departure and Overnight in Galway City

Galway City
Traditional Music Session
What's included?
  • All Rail Travel
  • Reserved Seats on the train
  • Railtours Ireland Host Throughout
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions
  • Escorted Coach
  • 1 Night Galway / 3* Hotel
  • Full Irish Breakfast in Galway
Tour of Ireland Map - Galway & Connemara
Overview & Map

Travel West By Train

An overnight tour to the glorious West of Ireland, including a comfortable overnight located in the City Centre of Galway, also known as the City of the Tribes. You will have the evening free to experience this most exciting city full of really good pubs and restaurants, many with traditional Irish music, and to hear the Irish language - Gaeilge - being spoken. The next morning, after a full Irish breakfast, you will be taken on a great tour of one of Ireland's most scenic regions - Connemara.


  • 2 Day Hop on Hop Off Dublin Bus Sightseeing Ticket
Full Itinerary
Day 1:

Dublin to Galway


Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.

Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our Check-In representative will be in their yellow jacket!


11:25 Depart Dublin Heuston Station to Galway

13:45 Arrive Galway Station


Transfer to your city centre hotel where you will then have the evening free in Galway to explore the city.

Overnight Stay:

Galway City Centre

Day 2:

Connemara and Kylemore Abbey & Gardens


Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast, check out of your hotel.


Depart from Galway Train Station and our conducted tour of Connemara leaves Galway to the village of Moycullen. From Moycullen the road rises and falls towards the lovely village of Oughterard on the shores of Lough Corrib, traditionally regarded as Ireland’s premier angling centre. Now the gateway to Connemara opens and the breathtaking colours of this unspoilt countryside are revealed in all their natural splendour. 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 and Gardens, an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant here. Letterfrack is one of Ireland’s major national parks. The colourful town of Clifden has been one of Ireland's leading holiday resorts for generations. It is an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919.

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 or Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bilingual people.


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 limestone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. After your day's touring you will be returned to Galway Station for your return journey to Dublin.


Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.


Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Kylemore Abbey and Gardens

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