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A 5-Night/6-Day fully hosted private rail tour for the independent traveller.

Emerald Pullman – 5-Night/6-Day Private Rail Tour Option from Dublin

  • Private Rail Tour from Belfast: Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Clare & Galway! A unique staycation!

Join the Emerald Pullman exclusive rail tour for a 5-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 Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, and Connemara. Evenings are free in Waterford, Killarney, and Galway. Your town centre and city centre four-star hotels are all very convenient to multiple dining and entertainment options.

Join the tour in Dublin Connolly for a 5-night all-island private rail touring experience, with 1 night in Waterford, 2 nights in Killarney, and 2 nights in Galway.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Private, exclusive train.
  • x1 night 4* Hotel Waterford (B&B).
  • x2 nights 4* Hotel Killarney (B&B).
  • x2 nights 4* Hotel Galway (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.
  • x1 night 4* Hotel Waterford (B&B).
  • x2 nights 4* Hotel Killarney (B&B).
  • x2 nights 4* Hotel Galway (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 5-Night/6-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 prior to 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 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).

THE HARDIMAN HOTEL, GALWAY CITY CENTRE.


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 4
DAY
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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 5
DAY
6

FRIDAY: GALWAY TO DUBLIN CONNOLLY STATION.


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.

 

Here is where we leave you after your 5-night unique staycation by rail. Time to bid farewell to those heading on to Belfast for the final two nights!

Day 6
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