Fintown Railway
Fintown Railway
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10:00 - 15:30
Thursday
10:00 - 15:30
Friday
10:30 - 15:30
Sunday
11:30 - 16:00
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Take a trip along the scenic shores of Lough Finn this summer! We are delighted to announce that Fintown Railway scenic train service will reopen for the Summer Season 2023 on Thursday, 1st June will run until mid-September. The Fintown Railway is the only operational railway in Co. Donegal. Set amidst spectacular highland scenery overlooking Lough Finn, the railway (3 m/5km) is a restored section of the former County Donegal Railway. What is on offer is a unique journey along the shores of a lake as grand as any in Switzerland or Minnesota.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Niamh
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
I was extremely disappointed when I visited the railway the first week of reopening.

I expected some sort of jovial manner from the 'train conductors' but there was nothing. Not even all board. The train tooted on the way out of the station and on return and to be honest it was the height of the experience.

The scenery is beautiful but unless your on the right side of the train its difficult enough to appreciate.

There wasn't even a voice over playing the history of the railway on in the background.

I visited with my husband and 2 children and I have to say it was a waste of a precious half leave of my holidays!
Written 31 July 2021
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Laurence Laughoffimov
Cork, Ireland2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Truly abysmal experience. Possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever done in my life. It felt - in a lot of ways - like a form of euthanasia.

Firstly, the train travels at approximately 10kph… which would be depressing enough if it was going forward but, alas, it doesn’t go forward until the half way point. I’m not joking, this train quite literally reverses for 20 minutes and then goes forward back to where it came from…

There were three men on our trip. They didn’t speak to us. They closed the door of the cabin and we all reversed along the train track.

Never in my life have I ever wanted a vehicle to move quicker. Based on a quick head count at least 50% of the train was asleep before we even got to the half way point. The only saving grace was that there were some sheep in a field at one stage and my girlfriend and I decided to name all of them. Unsurprisingly because of the pace of the train we were able to name all 312 of them.

Dodge this at all focus. Lest you wish to waste 40 minutes of your life away.
Written 30 July 2021
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Aoife M
Ireland44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Had a lovely visit today with my mum and two sons (6 and 7). The train was good fun, with lovely close up views of the lough and mountains. The adjacent playground was a big hit with my boys. Soccer, sand pits and three tree house/climbing sets, slides and swings. Little shop for coffees and snacks. Very clean toilet. Staff very friendly and very Covid conscious. Highly recommend for younger kids. Booking ahead is necessary.
Written 20 August 2021
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johnmurphyDublin
dublin117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Lovely day out for all ages. Turn back the clock and experience an old narrow gauge railway from 18th century. This is locally operated attraction and should be experienced in that light. Beauiful views all along the trip. Maith sibh.
Written 7 March 2020
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Irish M
Torquay, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Friends
Two friend's and myself decided to go on a day trip to Ireland from Somerset (UK). An early start we flew from Bristol to Belfast international. We hired a car and drove to Derry/Londonderry and then across the border to Letterkenny and from there to Fintown.
The day was sunny and warm for this time of year in the hills of County Donegal.
Fintown , a lovely little Irish village with friendly people and the smell of turf (peat) smoke lingered in the still morning air, as we drove along people would wave to you as if they knew you. We didn't make any forward plans to ride on the train but as it was later in the year there were only a few other passengers waiting for the train. There was plenty of parking for cars and coaches, there was also a play area for childern. A waiting area was attended by a lovely lady who served tea and coffee and food if required. The journey along the banks of Lough Finn was tranquil, the train driver and the conductor were friendly answering any questions we asked.
Overall a thoroughly delightful day we spent in Ireland.
We caught our flight back to UK and were back in Somerset by 11pm.
Written 1 April 2014
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Newryone
240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
The Fintown Railway is now the only operational railway in Co. Donegal. It's set in spectacular scenery overlooking Lough Finn, the railway (3 m/5km) is a restored section of the former County Donegal Railway. Their advertising says that the setting prompted international playwright Brian Friel to say “What is on offer is a unique journey along the shores of a lake as grand as any in Switzerland or Minnesota” but I think this is a bit of exaggeration; poetic licence. The railway certainly runs deep in the heart of grand mountainous scenery in an area steeped in tradition, myth and folklore. It runs along the brown trout waters of Loch Finn. It's a noisy three mile return trip right along the shores of Loch Finn, the wooden carriage is very old and it's very creaky too. It's worth the €8 price and the novel return journey takes about 40 minutes.
Written 4 July 2014
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cris P
Yeovil, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
I decided to go on this interesting Railway on a visit to Fintown last year. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and would certainly go on it again. It's important to support such attractions or they will cease to be. I recommend this Railway 100%.
Written 3 April 2014
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almaden2013
San Jose, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
This is a unique opportunity to experience history. I took this train ride with my daughter, her husband and teenage grandchildren. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. This is in the heart of Gaelic speaking Donegal. The scenery is spectacular and the people are extremely hospitable.
Just so a previous reviewer should note the lake is in fact Lough Finn - 3 miles long and absolutely pristine. Well worth a visit !
Written 11 December 2013
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DL Patterson
Belfast, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
This was a very enjoyable journey on an old train, which travelled along Lough Lynn. Halfway through the journey we listened to a commentary telling us the history of the train, which was very amusing!
Written 11 August 2013
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JORDAN B
Ballynahinch, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
Me and my family went to Fintown railway during July 2012, very disappointing and the journey only lasts for 20 minutes. The train journey is expensive and the distance is a kilometre long and the train then goes back to the station.
Written 12 June 2013
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