3-DAY RAIL TOUR DAY TOUR: Cliffs Of Moher, Connemara & Aran Islands

Experience the delights of Galway Bay with 2 nights in Galway. You'll visit the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, and the Connemara coast.

3-DAY RAIL TOUR DAY TOUR: Cliffs Of Moher, Connemara & Aran Islands

Experience the delights of Galway Bay with 2 nights in Galway. You'll visit the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, and the Connemara coast.

Day Tour - Cliffs Of Moher, Connemara & Aran Islands

Enjoy the best of the West!

Experience the delights of Galway Bay surrounded by the Burren region and the Cliffs of Moher, facing spectacular Connemara across the water with the Aran Islands lying at the mouth of this world famous inlet. Staying in city center accommodation for two (2) nights in the heart of vibrant and cultural Galway City also known as "The City of the Tribes."

Tour includes

  • Two (2) night's accommodation in a 3* Galway hotel.
  • Full Irish breakfast.
  • All rail travel, with reserved seats on the train.
  • Tour host.
  • Escorted motor coach touring.

Additional Notes

Tour does not operate on Tuesdays, Sundays, or St. Patrick's Day.

Since this tour departs Dublin early in the morning and returns later in the evening, we suggest adding a pre and post night in Dublin if prior arrangements aren't already made.


Itinerary

Day 01: Cliffs of Moher

Check-in is 20 minutes prior to train departure time at the customer service desk at Heuston Station where our check-in representative will be in their yellow jacket!

Check-in for 7 am departure from Dublin Heuston. 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. We change trains at Limerick Junction for the Limerick bound train.

Arrive into Limerick where we will join our tour coach. Limerick has a population of about 90,000 and its city charter was granted in 1197 AD, making it older than London! As we cross the River Shannon, which is Ireland's longest river, you will see views of King John's Castle to the right. The castle was completed in 1200 and marks the origins of the city. Limerick is also the home of Irish Rubgy and we will pass Thomond Park, the Rugby stadium. After a brief city tour, we travel onto Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The castle was completed in 1425 and, after many years of neglect, has been restored to its former glory. There is also a folk park here which you will have time to explore.

After the visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, we make our way to Co. Clare. There is a lunch stop at O'Connor's Pub in Doolin before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher, among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. From here we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren. This is a national park and the word Burren comes from the Irish Language, it means ‘rocky place'. Today the Burren is noted for its diverse Flora with few parallels elsewhere in Ireland or indeed, Europe. We continue along the coast road to Black Head, passing the quaint coastal villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara before joining the main road to Galway. Overnight in Galway.

Day 02: The Aran Islands by Plane

Enjoy a full Irish Breakfast at your leisure. Depart via the Aer Arran mini-coach for transfer to Connemara Airport for your short flight to Inis Mór. Irish is the spoken language on the Aran Islands although the locals will be more than happy to speak to you in English. For many, the highlight of the tour is the formidable pre-Christian fort of Dún Aonghusa, with spectacular sea-cliffs on the western side and unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean. Flight times may vary occasionally to cater for the numbers flying.

Notes on Aran: Your tour of Inis Mór begins and ends at the island's airport and includes stops at 'Seven Churches' (15 minutes), Dún Aonghusa (75 minutes), and Kilronan for lunch (45 minutes).

Please note: Should weather conditions be such as to curtail flights you will be taken on an alternative tour to Connemara and refunded the difference. No further refund available should you decide not to go to Connemara for any reason. Overnight in Galway.

Day 03: Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast, check out your hotel.

At 10:05 am, 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 center. Now the gateway to Connemara opens, and the breathtaking colors of this unspoilt countryside are revealed in all their natural splendor. 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 colors 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 colorful town of Clifden has been one of Irelands leading holiday resorts for generations. It is an excellent touring center beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker, or the fisherman.

Our tour of Connemara heads homeward 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. After your day's touring, you will be returned to Galway Station. Upon arriving at Galway Station please present your ticket and at the ticket barrier and you will be directed to your reserved seats on the train, where you host will be waiting for you.

Depart Galway at 6 pm and arrive Dublin Heuston Station at 9:45 pm .

Rates & Hotels

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  $899

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This tour does not include:

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  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Additional transfers
  • Visitor attractions

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