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The Connemara Capital

  • Connemara, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey

FREE 48hr Dublin Bus Hop-on-Hop-off City Sightseeing Tour tickets.

Explore Connemara, the edge of Europe.

A fantastic opportunity to overnight in the capital of Connemara, the beautiful town of Clifden.

 

Stay at the famous Abbeyglen Castle Hotel or the Station House Hotel and experience two days of touring in this most beautiful region, with 24 hours in Clifden.

 

This tour offers exceptional value with a dinner, bed and breakfast offered as part of the package.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Escorted Coach.
  • 1 Night Clifden in 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast in Clifden.
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The Connemara Capital - TOUR CODE:DH09
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  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Escorted Coach.
  • 1 Night Clifden in 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast in Clifden.
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DAY
1

Connemara

Clifden Town Centre


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!

 

Check-in for 07:35 departure from Dublin Heuston, opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway, 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 the 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.

 

Depart Galway 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, a nineteenth-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 Irelands 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.

 

You will be brought to your Clifden hotel for your overnight stay which includes dinner.

Day 1
DAY
2

The Twelve Bens - Connemara

FULL IRISH BREAKFAST INCLUDED


Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast at leisure.


Depart Clifden for a morning tour of the Sky Road and Coral Beach, which has spectacular coastal scenery. We visit Derrygimlagh Bog, the site of the Marconi transmitting station where Jack Phillips worked as a wireless operator. He left in 1911 and joined the Titanic, and went down with the ship as he sent the final distress messages.

 

This is also the site where Alcock and Brown landed in 1919 after the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. We return to Kylemore for our lunch stop (not included).

 

We continue our tour through Connemara enjoying spectacular mountain and lake scenery on our way back to Galway.

 

Depart Galway for Dublin Heuston at 19:20hrs.

 

Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.

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