The Connemara Capital
Departs Monday - Friday from Dublin Heuston Station
Travel West By Train
A fantastic opportunity to overnight in the capital of Connemara, the beautiful town of Clifden. Staying at the famous Abbeyglen Castle Hotel or the Four Star Station House Hotel. Experience two days of touring in this most beautiful region with 24 hours in Clifden.
Check-in for 07:35 departure from Dublin Heuston, 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 County Town of Tullamore and then to Clara across the gentle farmlands of north Offaly. The train crosses the Shannon 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.
Arrive Galway we transfer to our waiting coach and strike out along the shore of Galway Bay and into the magnificent scenery of this region known as Connemara. Our lunch stop is in the pretty little fishing village of Roundstone with its fabulous views over the bay to the Twelve Bens mountain range. Our next stop is at unique Coral beach on this wild Atlantic Coast. We see the bogs where Alcock & Brown crash landed in 1919 after the first ever Transatlantic Flight. We arrive in Clifden, view the spectacular Sky Road. Arrive to Hotel Accommodation for Overnight
Overnight Stay: Clifden Town Centre Hotel
The Twelve Bens
Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at leisure and free time in the morning.
15:00 Depart Clifden where you will be picked up from your hotel and continue our tour to Connemara. We experience beautiful mountain scenery though Letterfrack and pass by Kylemore Abbey and lakes.
We take the Inagh Valley with the Twelve Bens on one side and the Maamturks on the other. Thru' Recess and enjoy lovely views all the way back to Galway. After your day's touring you will be returned to Galway Station to return to Dublin.
Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45 train.
- Galway Bay
- The Twelve Bens
- The Sky Road
- Return Rail Travel
- Reserved seats on the train
- Railtours Ireland Host throughout
- Visitor attraction admissions
- Escorted coach
- 1 night in Clifden / 4* Hotel
- Full Irish breakfast in Clifden