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London-Dublin & Connemara

  • Travel by train and ferry to Dublin & visit Connemara, Kylemore Abbey & Galway Bay.

Slow travel is all the craze these days! Go Car Free, Carefree and travel in comfort and at a leisurely pace. While in Ireland, venture West to the beautiful Connemara for a full day tour. 

Travel to Ireland the classic route by rail through the heart of England, along the lovely North Wales Coast and then on the world’s largest cruise ferry to Dublin City Centre.

 

Spend three nights in a 3*/4* standard hotel in Dublin City Centre, visit Connemara on a full day tour, and return to London – All in four days!

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Return Rail & Ferry London to Dublin.
  • Transfers from Dublin Ferryport to City Centre Hotel.
  • Dublin City Tour & Attraction Admissions.
  • 3 Nights Dublin 3*/4* Standard Hotel.
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London-Dublin & Connemara - TOUR CODE:LE09-DH04
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"An absolutely breathtaking, beautiful tour"

Sep 2014 by Patrice B

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


"Amazing Trips!!!"

by Alicia, Maryland

We took several day trips with Railtours including, Belfast/Blarney Castle, Giant causeway, Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry. All of these trips were well organized, great tour guides with amazing knowledge of the areas, and the scenes were breathtaking. The train and the buses were comfortable, and they chose great places to stop and eat. VERY VERY pleased!!!!


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Visitor Attraction Admissions Included: Kylemore Abbey & Gardens.

  • Return Rail & Ferry London to Dublin.
  • Transfers from Dublin Ferryport to City Centre Hotel.
  • Dublin City Tour & Attraction Admissions.
  • 3 Nights Dublin 3*/4* Standard Hotel.
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London to Dublin

Dublin City Centre


Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time - look for our check-in hosts in the yellow jackets!

 

 

Check-in at London Euston Station at the Network Rail Mobility Assistance Reception for the 09:10 departure of your train direct to Holyhead. You will be met by your Railtours Ireland host and escorted into your reserved seats.

 

Your train, complete with snack car/bar will speed through the heart of England and along the North Wales coast to reach Holyhead in just 3 hours and 40 minutes. Holyhead rail station is also the cruise ferry terminal so after a short bus transfer to the berth you walk onto the ship – The Irish Ferries ‘Ulysses’ to Dublin.

 

Enjoy an invigorating 3 hours and 15 minute voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Facilities on board the ship include a range of restaurants and bars, a 2-screen cinema and a traditional promenade deck, from where you can enjoy the fresh sea air.

 

Arrive into Dublin at 17:25hrs where you will be welcomed by your Railtours Ireland host and transferred to your hotel in Dublin City Centre for a 3-night stay.

Day 1
DAY
2

Discover Dublin at your leisure

Dublin City Centre

FULL IRISH BREAKFAST INCLUDED


Free to discover Dublin with your 48hr Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour ticket.

 

The popular tour, the 2-day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, is offered with both live and multilingual commentary. All drivers are Fáilte Ireland approved, which means that not only are they great story tellers, they're also brimming with information and history of Dublin's past, and will have you laughing all the way around the tour route.

Day 2
DAY
3

Connemara and Galway Bay

Dublin City Centre

FULL IRISH BREAKFAST INCLUDED


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!

 

Itinerary for Departures on Tuesday and Friday:

Check-in for 07:35 departure from Dublin Heuston Station, opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway and is now the official principal station of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s national railway company.

 

As your train departs, we travel in a south westerly direction, through Dublin's western suburbs and then through the lush fertile countryside of Co. Kildare. Our journey takes us through the Curragh which is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby, and there are many stud farms in the vicinity. Your route takes you into the midlands and the Bog of Allen, vast tracts of peat-land. Before then, we pass through the country town of Tullamore and then to Clara across the gentle farmlands of north Offaly. The train crosses the River Shannon, which marks an historic border between the province of Leinster and Connacht – the historic province of the West of Ireland. You are now heading due west, surrounded by peat bog on both sides of the line. On the last few kilometres before Galway, you will get your first glimpse of Galway Bay.

 

Our tour today departs from right outside Galway Railway Station, named in 1966 after one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising – Eamon Ceannt. We go around Eyre Square (John F Kennedy Park) in the centre of Galway City before crossing the River Corrib on the Salmon Leap bridge, passing University College Galway, through the Galway suburbs and then striking out in a north-westerly direction towards the savage beauty of Connemara. We catch glimpses of the mighty Lough Corrib (Ireland’s second largest lake) on our right hand side.

 

We soon pass through the village of Moycullen and enter Ireland’s Gaeltacht, or Irish speaking region. We continue through the lovely village of Oughterard and start smelling the aroma of Ireland – the peat or turf fires and their unique blue smoke which has a wonderful fragrance! We now emerge into the spectacular scenery of Connemara – mountains and lakes - all there to behold!

 

In the summer of 1951 the Irish-American Hollywood film director John Ford (his real name was John O’ Feeney) fulfilled his lifetime ambition to film The Quiet Man using the wonderful backdrop of Connemara as his mainstage. We now visit one of the locations – Leam Bridge, better known now as 'The Quiet Man Bridge' where Barry Fitzgerald and John Wayne stopped on their way from Castletown railway station to the mythical Innisfree!

 

From here, on our journey today you will start to notice the remains of the much missed Galway to Clifden railway line which ran parallel to our route – this spectacular branch line was closed in 1935. Shortly after, we stop at Peacockes hotel and Tavern at Maam Cross – the Crossroads of Connemara. Here we have a comfort stop with time for perhaps an Irish Coffee and/or some shopping. You might have time for a quick look at the former Maam Cross railway station – now the location of a very exciting restoration project which aims to restore the station and a section of the old Galway to Clifden railway line.

 

We then proceed towards the hamlet of Maam and make our way down the Maam Valley between the majestic Twelve Bens and Maamturk mountains! This area is known as Joyce Country and is where anyone in the world called Joyce has their roots! We pause next at the pretty little village of Leenane, magnificently situated at the head of Killary Harbour – Ireland’s only true fjord, nine miles from the ocean. We continue on through fabulous scenery to stunning Kylemore Abbey, built by Mitchell Henry as a home for his Bride in the mid-nineteenth century. It is now a Benedictine Convent and is open to visitors. We stop here for almost two hours with time for lunch (not included) and exploring. There is also a beautiful Victorian Walled Garden and a Gothic Church - both worth a visit after a bite to eat!

 

We continue through the Kylemore Pass and the village of Letterfrack and start skirting bays and inlets of the sea/ocean which adds to Connemara’s attractiveness! Soon we are back on the Wild Atlantic Way and making our way around Streamstown Bay before climbing steeply up the really spectacular Sky Road, where we will have a truly satisfying photo stop with phenomenal views of the wild Atlantic Ocean! We then descend into the lovely town of Clifden, "Connemara's Capital", for a comfort stop where there will be time for some shopping – or even a pint!

 

We leave Clifden and start making our way back to Galway through more breathtaking scenery – with a comfort stop at Maam Cross – if required. We arrive back in Galway, the City of the Tribes, by 18:30hrs (6.30pm).

 

We depart Galway at 19:20hrs.

Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.

 

Itinerary for Departures on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday:

Check-in for 07:35 departure from Dublin Heuston Station, opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway and is now the official principal station of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s national railway company.

 

As your train departs, we travel in a south westerly direction, through Dublin's western suburbs and then through the lush fertile countryside of Co. Kildare. Our journey takes us through the Curragh which is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby, and there are many stud farms in the vicinity. Your route takes you into the midlands and the Bog of Allen, vast tracts of peat-land. Before then, we pass through the country town of Tullamore and then to Clara across the gentle farmlands of north Offaly. The train crosses the River Shannon, which marks an historic border between the province of Leinster and Connacht – the historic province of the West of Ireland. You are now heading due west, surrounded by peat bog on both sides of the line. On the last few kilometres before Galway, you will get your first glimpse of Galway Bay.

 

Upon arrival in Galway, our conducted tour of Connemara leaves Galway city centre and heads towards 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 1950's 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, a nineteenth-century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant here.

 

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 region of Connemara where Gaeilge or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of the 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 to return to Dublin.

 

Depart Galway at 19:20hrs.

Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.

Day 3
DAY
4

Dublin to London

FULL IRISH BREAKFAST INCLUDED


Your Railtours Ireland host will transfer you to the Dublin ferry port.

 

Dublin – London (via Irish Ferries Ship - Ulysses):

Monday-Saturday: 08:05am Depart Dublin by cruise ferry.

11:30: Arrive Holyhead by ferry.

12:38: Depart HolyHead Direct.

16:38: Arrive London Euston Station

 

Sunday: 08:05am Depart Dublin by cruise ferry.

11:30: Arrive Holyhead by ferry.

12:38: Depart HolyHead and change at Crewe.

16:44: Arrive London Euston Station.

Day 4
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