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A 4-NIGHT/5-DAY FULLY HOSTED PRIVATE RAIL TOUR FOR THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER.

The Emerald Pullman - 4-Night/5-Day Private Rail Tour Option from Killarney

  • Enjoy a 4-night private rail tour from Killarney to Galway and Belfast!

Join the Emerald Pullman exclusive rail tour for a 4-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 the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, and the Giant's Causeway. Evenings are free in Galway and Belfast. Your town centre and city centre four-star hotels are all very convenient to multiple dining and entertainment options.

Join the tour in Killarney for a 4-night all-island private rail touring experience, with 2 nights in Galway and 2 nights in Belfast.

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

A 4-NIGHT/5-DAY FULLY HOSTED PRIVATE RAIL TOUR FOR THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER.

DAY
1

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

THE HARDIMAN HOTEL, GALWAY CITY CENTRE.


Check-in at Killarney Rail 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 in the main concourse area of the station.

 

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 in the city centre (of the City of the Tribes). Here, we simply walk off the platform through a door at the back of the station and we are in the Hardiman hotel (formerly the Great Southern Railway Hotel).

 

Evening free in Galway.

Day 1
DAY
2

THURSDAY: TOUR OF CONNEMARA OR FREE DAY IN GALWAY.

THE HARDIMAN HOTEL, GALWAY CITY CENTRE.


At 10:00, our luxury coach departs from outside the hotel and heads out into Connemara passing through Moycullen, Oughterard, where we enter the magnificent region of Connemara.

 

We pause at the Quiet Man Bridge, made famous by John Wayne and Barry Fitzgerald in the famous movie directed by John Ford and filmed in this area in the summer of 1951. We stop at Maam Cross for a break and have an opportunity to visit the nearby Maam Cross station on the former Galway to Clifden railway line opened in 1895 and closed in 1935. The station is currently being restored as a heritage railway.

 

We continue along the Maam Valley (Joyce Country) through the village of Maam Bridge and down to lovely Leenane at the head of Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Harbour. After a stop here we continue on to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens where we have time for lunch.

 

We continue through the Kylemore Pass and loop around the spectacular Sky Road before a stop in Clifden, the capital of Connemara. We return along the N59 back to Galway city arriving at approximately 18:00.

 

Evening free in Galway.

Day 2
DAY
3

FRIDAY: GALWAY TO BELFAST (VIA DUBLIN CONNOLLY STATION).

THE EUROPA HOTEL, BELFAST CITY CENTRE.


At 08:55, the Emerald Pullman departs Galway for the unique journey to Belfast. From Athenry, we are on new ground for the tour and continue east through Ballinasloe and after crossing the River Suck we are in County Roscommon until we reach Athlone, cross the Shannon, and enter county Westmeath.

 

Our journey from Ballinasloe through Athlone and as far as Clara, County Offaly is interesting in that we cross a lot of raised bog. We continue through Tullamore and enter county Laois briefly, at Portarlington, where we head northeast and into County Kildare before revisiting county Dublin around Hazelhatch. Branching off just before Heuston Station, we take the Phoenix Park tunnel, pass Glasnevin junction, Croke Park, and arrive into Dublin Connolly Station. Here we have a lunch break and we invite guests to try the station bar and buffet - Madigan’s - or the many cafés, pubs, and hotels just outside the station on Amien St. / Talbot St.

 

The Emerald Pullman, having reversed here, now heads north through Malahide and hugs the coast from Skerries, passing Balbriggan, Gormanston, and Laytown (County Meath) before crossing the River Boyne at Drogheda and into County Louth. We pass through the border town of Dundalk and begin the long climb through the ancient pass – The Gap O’ The North, into the province of Ulster and County Armagh.

 

From Newry, County Down we shadow the remains of the Newry/Ulster canal as far as Portadown. From Lisborn, we are in the Lagan Valley and after passing through the southern suburbs of Belfast we arrive in Great Victoria Street Station and again walk the short distance into the adjoining Europa hotel.

 

Evening free in Belfast.

day 3
DAY
4

SATURDAY: OPTIONAL TOUR OF THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY OR FREE DAY IN BELFAST.

THE EUROPA HOTEL, BELFAST CITY CENTRE.


At 09:15, we depart Belfast Great Victoria Street Station by scheduled service train to Larne Harbour. We will have a reserved carriage on this service with our own catering trolley.

 

Our train passes through Belfast Lanyon Place Station (formerly Central Station) and then, using the Cross Harbour route, passes over the River Lagon with great views of the Belfast docks, the Titanic Centre, and the famous Harland and Wolfe cranes, Samson and Goliath.

 

We head along the north shore of Belfast Lough and out of the city. There is a nice coastal section on our route from Kilroot to Whitehead, County Antrim and another very scenic section of this line at Glynn on the approach to Larne Harbour. Here, we transfer to our luxury coach for the lovely drive of the Antrim coast road passing Carnlough, the Glens of Antrim, Cushendall and Ballycastle. There are great views of Ratlin Island and indeed Scotland on a clear day.

 

We visit the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge *subject to it being open* and the Giant’s Causeway, which doubles as our lunch stop. We get a view of Dunluce castle before heading back directly by coach to Belfast and our hotel arriving at approximately 17:00.

 

Evening free in Belfast.

Day 4
DAY
5

SUNDAY: BELFAST TO DUBLIN CONNOLLY to Killarney.


At 09:55, we depart Belfast Great Victoria Street Station for our last journey on our exclusive Emerald Pullman special train and arrive in Dublin Connolly at 12:05.

 

It is here that we bid farewell to those with whom we have enjoyed a week (or a few days) of touring!

 

Board the 15:00 train to Killarney from Dublin Heuston Station.

Day 5
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