Galway Bay (photo © James Byard / dreamstime.com)
A chance to travel the Heart of Wales line
One of the great things about Galway is that the Irish city doesn’t have a working airport. It closed in 2011, and since then visitors have been forced to travel to Galway by road or rail. It’s perfectly possible to travel from London to Galway
in a day by the rail-sea route via Holyhead. But Route 5 is the way to do it if you want to see some of the finest scenery in England, Wales and Ireland along the way. It’s a chance to savour a journey for its own sake.
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Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.