- Return Rail Travel
- Reserved Seats on the train
- Flight to Inis Mór
- Railtours Ireland Host throughout
- Visitor Attraction Admissions
- Escorted Coach
The Aran Islands Railtour from Dublin
Off to Inis Mór (Inishmore) - meaning 'the big island'
WHAT TO EXPECT
Travel West By Train
This one-day tour from Dublin offers a unique opportunity to visit Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands and one of the most popular vacation destinations in Ireland. Set on the West Coast of Ireland in the mouth of Galway Bay, Inis Mór is a bastion of the traditional Irish language, culture, and music, unique in its geology, archaeology, and history.
Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.
Check-in is located close to the Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our Railtours Ireland representative will be waiting for you in their bright yellow jacket!
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. We pass through the County Town of Tullamore and then to Clara across the gentle farmlands of north Offaly. The train crosses the Shannon River 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 kilometers before Galway, you will get your first glimpse of Galway Bay.
Arrive into Galway where you will be brought to the Aer Arann 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 its spectacular sea-cliffs on the western side and unspoiled 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 'The Seven Churches' (15 minutes), Dún Aonghusa (75 minutes) and Kilronan village for lunch (45 minutes).
On arrival back at Galway, you will be brought to the Tourist Office. You now should have some time in Galway city center for exploring and/or shopping.
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 is available should you decide not to go to Connemara for any reason.
Can I leave the tour before it returns to Dublin?
Yes. For example, if you wish to leave one of our tours in Galway, you are free to do so. However, please advise your Railtours host on the day, otherwise, they will be worried about you! Please note that there is no refund for any unused portions of the tour.
If you wish to extend your tour and spend an overnight in Cork, Killarney, Galway, and Belfast we can arrange accommodation, subject to availability.
Do you use first class on the train?
We do not use first class on the train as first-class rail transport is extremely limited and available only on certain trains on three routes in Ireland. For operational reasons, all Railtours Ireland customers sit together in a specially reserved car or portion of a car with their host.
I want to go on one of your extended tours – what about luggage?
There are luggage facilities onboard trains & coaches and we try to keep luggage transfers between the trains and coaches to a minimum.
It is recommended that large excess amounts of luggage be stored, perhaps, at your Dublin hotel for the duration of your rail tour. We advise that you only bring what you are comfortable lifting on/off trains & coaches. However, there is no luggage restriction.
How do I get to Ireland?
Getting to Ireland is easy. While we do not offer flights, we recommend Aer Lingus for the widest selection of routes and best value from North America, the UK, Europe, and Australia.
Remember, if you are returning to the USA from Ireland you can take advantage of pre-clearance, which is unique to Ireland, and arrive home as a domestic passenger avoiding the queues at immigration.
You can also take the ferry from The United Kingdom to Ireland.
What sort of people travel on your tours?
Railtours Ireland First Class is what’s known in the travel/tourism industry as a FIT tour product. This means that it attracts “Free Independent Travellers” of all ages and nationalities. What these travelers have in common is a desire to have a unique touring experience in Ireland, one in which they are free to explore Ireland's towns, cities, countryside and attractions at their own pace, while also availing of a wonderfully constructed itinerary and knowledgeable hosts.
Our tours also offer a comfortable and eco-conscious way to explore the island of Ireland without having to drive.
What language are your tours conducted in?
Our tours are conducted in English only. However, we can provide detailed itineraries in all major European languages if we are informed of your requirements in advance. Also, at key visitor attractions in Ireland, multiple language literature is generally available.
Are your tours wheelchair friendly?
As long as you have some mobility, our tours would be suitable for you.
The trains are wheelchair friendly in Ireland however, most coaches are not wheelchair accessible so you would be required to get on and off the coach unaided by Railtours Ireland staff.
If you need extra walking assistance, you may bring a light-weight foldable wheelchair that can be stowed in the luggage compartment. It is with regret that we cannot accommodate mobility scooters on our tours.
Please ensure that you advise us when booking a tour, that you will be using a wheelchair or other medical equipment so that we can make the necessary arrangements in the train stations ahead of time.
Tours visiting Northern Ireland - Any special requirements for tours visiting Belfast, Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones?
On any tour to Belfast or the Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones, you will be leaving the Republic of Ireland and entering the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Please ensure that your visa requirements are in order, and it is essential that you carry your passport.
We are dedicated to providing a professional and personalized service. It is our intention to operate all tours as advertised. However, due to operational reasons, it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries. We cannot be held liable in the event of an attraction being closed.
We cannot be held responsible for customers not having the correct visa documentation to enter Ireland or Northern Ireland.
We do reserves the right to cancel tours if industrial or other action affects any of the components which make up our tour or if there is insufficient demand. However, all tours that include accommodation are guaranteed departures (unless under very exceptional circumstances).
For any tours that include a flight to the Aran Islands ( Tour - DH11 / DH11AN) the following condition applies: Should weather conditions be such as to curtail flights or ferries, 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. Please note that all tours that include a flight to The Aran Islands are subject to availability.
Please note that all guests on extended tours (all tours that include accommodation) are taken to and from Inis Mór by ferry.
We cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, injury to person or property whatsoever or howsoever caused arising out of or in connection with excursion, tour or transfer. Passengers travel at their own risk and our liability for any claim whatsoever is limited only to the price of the tour.
DAY TOURS: 24 hours’ notice prior to the tour departure time must be given in order to get a refund on any day tour.
EXTENDED TOURS: 48 hours’ notice prior to the tour departure time, if the tour includes accommodation (Except for The Emerald Isle Express Tour where 60 days’ notice is required).
GROUP TOURS: 60 days’ notice is required for the cancellation of tours for groups of 10 or more.
ALTERATIONS: Once reservations are confirmed by RTIFC, and after a grace period of 72 Hours (3 days), any alterations to the reservation of extended tours (any tours with accommodation) including but not limited to, change of date, tour change, etc. will be subject to a fee of EURO 49.00 per booking.
"If you miss the train, you miss the tour"
All refunds are subject to a 10% administration charge. We reserve the right to refuse admission to any tour and to terminate a tour if circumstances demand.