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A 3-Night/4-Day FULLY HOSTED PRIVATE RAIL TOUR FOR THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER.

Emerald Pullman – 3-Night/4-Day Private Rail Tour Option from Dublin

  • Private Rail Tour to Waterford, Cork, Killarney, Clare & Galway on a Private Tour Train! A staycation not to be missed!

Join the Emerald Pullman exclusive rail tour for a 3-night unique staycation experience. A Staycation with a Difference. Car Free, Carefree!

 

The Emerald Pullman, chartered from Iarnród Éireann for the exclusive use of our guests, offers a unique touring experience in Pullman style, including complimentary onboard service of all drinks and light snacks. Meals are not included, but our special train will include suitable lunch stops en route in some of Ireland's most attractive towns. Included in the price are tours by road to Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, Connemara, and the Giant's Causeway. Evenings are free in Waterford and Killarney. Your town centre and city centre four-star hotels are all very convenient to multiple dining and entertainment options.

Start your 4-day tour from Dublin, with 1 night in Waterford and 2 nights in Killarney. Enjoy optional side tours to Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle & Gardens, the Ring of Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Private, exclusive train.
  • x1 night 4* Hotel Waterford (B&B).
  • x2 nights 4* Hotel Killarney (B&B).
  • Breakfast in your hotel each morning.
  • All drinks and light snacks on board the Emerald Pullman.
  • All transfers, tours & admissions.
  • Services of Railtours Ireland First Class Hosts – throughout.
  • All taxes, including VAT.
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  • Private, exclusive train.
  • x1 night 4* Hotel Waterford (B&B).
  • x2 nights 4* Hotel Killarney (B&B).
  • Breakfast in your hotel each morning.
  • All drinks and light snacks on board the Emerald Pullman.
  • All transfers, tours & admissions.
  • Services of Railtours Ireland First Class Hosts – throughout.
  • All taxes, including VAT.

A 3-Night/4-Day FULLY HOSTED PRIVATE RAIL TOUR FOR THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER.

DAY
1

SUNDAY: DUBLIN TO WATERFORD (VIA ROSSLARE STRAND).

The Granville Hotel, Waterford City Centre.


Check-in at Dublin's Connolly Station 20 minutes before the train departure time. Our Railtours Ireland host will be in the station wearing a bright yellow jacket so that they are easily located. They will be located beside the Railtours Ireland check-in desk in the main concourse area of the station.

 

At 12.50, the Emerald Pullman departs Connolly Station and travels through the south inner city and the leafy suburbs of Dublin 4 before joining the coast of Dublin bay at Merrion. We pass through Dun Laoghaire harbour, we emerge from the Dalkey tunnel into stunning Killiney bay. We pass through Woodbrook Golf links, cross the river Dargle, into county Wicklow (the Garden of Ireland) and Bray station, where we begin the spectacular climb around Bray Head and into Greystones. The Emerald Pullman now runs along the beach for 20km on the approach to Wicklow where we turn sharply to the west and start the climb through the foot of the Wicklow Mountains.

 

After Rathdrum tunnels, we glide down into the bay of Avoca passing through Woodenbridge golf course and touch the sea briefly at Arklow where we head inland to Gorey and county Wexford (The Model County). Soon, we join the river Blackwater (which turns into the Slaney) and cross over at Enniscorthy. Another tunnel and we join the banks of the Slaney for the riverside journey to Wexford. Here we travel through the main street of Wexford town with the quays on our left (not so many years ago parked cars had to be regularly removed from the tracks to allow trains to pass).

 

Close to the coast, we travel through the renowned Wexford slob lands (home of many rare birds) and stop at Rosslare Strand where we transfer to our waiting coach for the 50-minute journey to Waterford city, crossing the recently opened Barrow road bridge into county Kilkenny. We arrive at the 4* Granville hotel on the quay at Waterford to check-in. At this point, we also offer a tour of Waterford crystal visitor centre (optional but included).

 

Evening Free in Waterford.

Day 1
DAY
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MONDAY: WATERFORD TO KILLARNEY (VIA LIMERICK JUNCTION AND CÓBH).

The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney Town Centre.


At 09:15, we are transferred by coach the very short distance across the River Suir to Waterford Plunkett station (which is actually in county Kilkenny) to join our special train – The Emerald Pullman.

 

At 09:40, our exclusive private train departs Waterford along the river bank and heads west into county Tipperary for the relatively little used, but very scenic, Suir Valley rail route to Limerick Junction passing through Carrick on Suir, Clonmel, Cahir and Tipperary. At Limerick Junction, we reverse and head Southwest through the Golden Vale, (and into county Cork) as far as Mallow where we have a luxury coach waiting to offer you an optional (but included) tour to Blarney Castle and its stunning gardens.*

 

Should you prefer to continue on your journey on the Emerald Pullman, we will turn south for Cork city and, after passing through the longest railway tunnel in Ireland, emerge into Cork Kent station. We pass through this tunnel and travel east along the banks of the River Lee to Glounthaune (formerly Cóbh Junction) where we turn due south crossing a viaduct onto Fota Island. We then cross another long viaduct across one of the many channels of Cork Harbour and onto Great Island on which the historic port of Cóbh is situated. We arrive here at 13.05 and leave again at 15.15 so there is plenty of time to enjoy lunch in one of the many cafés, pubs and hotels close to the station. We depart Cobh at 15:15 and retrace our route across Cork Harbour and into Cork Kent station where our guests from Blarney will re-join us at 15:33.

 

Departing Cork Kent station at 15:38, we begin the long climb through Cork tunnel back towards Mallow where we reverse and head due west to Killarney. We pass through Banteer, Millstreet where the scenery begins to improve with some mountains on the left. At Rathmore we have left county Cork and entered the Kingdom of Kerry. Kerry’s great mountain range, the Mcgillycuddy Reeks, is visible on the last few kilometres on our approach to Killarney. On arrival here, we simply walk off the train and into the adjacent Great Southern Hotel where we check-in and enjoy our free evening in Killarney, the town centre of which is some 100 metres from the hotel.

Day 2
DAY
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TUESDAY: OPTIONAL TOUR OF THE RING OF KERRY OR FREE DAY IN KILLARNEY.

The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney Town Centre.


At 10:00, enjoy a luxury coach tour of the Ring of Kerry with several stops en route, including a lunch stop at a nice pub.

 

Alternatively, feel free to enjoy Killarney and/or the Killarney National Park, the entrance of which is around 100 metres from our hotel.

 

Evening free in Killarney.

Day 3
DAY
4

WEDNESDAY: KILLARNEY TO GALWAY (VIA MALLOW, LIMERICK JUNCTION AND ENNIS).


At 08:55, the Emerald Pullman departs Killarney for Mallow and Limerick Junction where we head west again and into Limerick city’s Colbert Station. Here, we reverse and head north, along phase one of the Western Rail Corridor. We cross the river Shannon at Longpavement and enter County Clare (the Banner County). At Ennis, we stop for lunch and also offer an optional (but included) tour to the Cliffs of Moher. Those who avail of this option will have a lunch stop at Gus O’Connor’s bar in Doolin before visiting the Cliffs of Moher and then enjoying the magnificent coastal drive through the Burren, around Blackhead and east along the shores of Galway Bay to Galway city.

 

For those who have enjoyed lunch in the historic town of Ennis, they will continue by train into county Galway through Gort and into the famous town of Athenry where our special train reverses and heads into Galway Ceannt station at 15:51.

 

Upon our arrival to Galway at 15:51, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers who will be spending a few nights in Galway before venturing across to Belfast.

 

Your train back to Dublin will depart Galway Ceannt Station at 19:20 and will arrive at Dublin Heuston Station at 22:00.

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