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Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin provided by Railtours Ireland First Class - Day Tours

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Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 07/28/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Heuston
    Heuston Station, St John's Rd W, Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin, Ireland
    Railtours Ireland Representatives will be waiting in the main concourse area of the station with your travel pack. They will be wearing bright yellow jackets so that they are easily located. Check in is 20 minutes prior to the departure time listed.
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    Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    We arrive in Galway at 10:05, off the train, and our conducted tour of Connemara (by tour bus) leaves Galway. 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, an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant. 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. On the road out of Clifden the Dan O'Hara pre-famine farm (circa 1840) is on your left, fronted by a replica of an ancient Irish Crannóg or lake dwelling. Further on is the fully integrated Clifden Glen Holiday Village. 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 (Irish-speaking area) of Connemara where Gaeilge or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bilingual people – we rarely use the term Gaelic and usually say ‘Irish’ when referring to our national language. (For operational reasons, on certain days we will not travel to Clifden – please check with your host/driver) 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 lime-stone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. In Spiddal there is a craft village and the Standun sweater shop. After your day's touring you will be returned to Galway Station.
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  • You'll end at
    Heuston
    Heuston Station, St John's Rd W, Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin, Ireland
    Railtours Ireland Representatives will be waiting in the main concourse area of the station with your travel pack. They will be wearing bright yellow jackets so that they are easily located. Check in is 20 minutes prior to the departure time listed.
    See address & details
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Important Information
Departure Point
Heuston Station, St John's Rd W, Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin, Ireland
Duration
14h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Host on trains
  • Information pack
  • Reserved seats on trains
  • Qualified driver-guide on coaches
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey for a photo stop
  • All travel by rail and coach from Dublin Heuston Station
  • Entry/Admission - Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour offers stops en route for photographs, shopping, etc.
  • Due to operational reasons it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries.
  • Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly however buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps onto the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mike wrote a review Sep 2019
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Frank our bus driver/tour guide did an excellent job. Kylemore Abbey looks like something out of Dowtown Abbey. The food at the restaurant is super good. It would have been nice to have a little more time to visit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Susan M wrote a review Sep 2018
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Started off a wonderful day with Frank on the train to Galway, very pleasant man, informative, jovial a credit to the company, unfortunately very bad weather meant we had to make the best of a bad day, a little disappointed that we didn't seem to actually have a guide, so
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from InfoRTIFC, Manager at Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Responded Sep 14, 2018
We are sorry that you did not seem to enjoy the end of tour with us. When we investigated your allegations we found that you repeatedly attempted to draw our Host into a debate regarding Brexit putting him in an awkward situation and when he refused to be drawn you became frustrated, unhappy and angry, thus the atmosphere surrounding your party deteriorated somewhat resulting in your one star review.
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