This style of tour is wonderful and allows respectful travellers to reduce their footprint and support local infrastructure whilst comfortably travelling around Ireland. Liam, our guide, was a delightful gentleman who genuinely enjoys people. He was organised, checking on each traveller to outline the stages of our adventure...everything allowed the traveller to relax and take it all in. He respected photographers desire to capture moments and supported us to engage in opportunities to learn more about our destinations! Young and old travellers will enjoy Liam's and Railtours Ireland's innovative approach to day trips - and there are toilets everywhere - something that can pose a challenge when travelling with children. The train snacks (alcoholic beverages available too), power to charge devices, free wifi and clean, organised stations makes this a great way to enjoy Ireland.
The need to be up early is so worth being on this tour! We saw the absolutely breathtaking Irish country side via rail and coach bus. First stop was at Bunratty Castle - loved the tiny spiral stone steps and the beautiful grounds. The highlight was the Cliffs of Moher of course!! The views were breathtaking! Wear comfy walking shoes and bring a jacket...the wind almost blew the glasses off my face, but that didn't spoil anything! The Burren provided many photo ops as well. Caught some traditional Irish music at a pub in Galway to end the tour. It was a fabulous day! Norman, our tour guide, was personable, knowledgable, and completely adorable!! We were exhausted after a full day of adventure. You won't be disappointed
From train to tour guide driver and all the stops between- what a fantastic experience! Patrick our driver (and Belfast native) had a stream of useful tips and interesting tales all related in that musical accent. Hints- take some snacks and water on the bus as Carrick a Mere and the Causeway can be strenuous and there's no time for relaxed meals. If traveling with children come up by train the afternoon before, get a pastie from a local chipper and soak up the sights of Belfast after a supper in a the gardens of City Hall. Take £ in small change for the shuttles and other little expenses. And if you cross the Carrick a Mere bridge spare a pound to have your name printed on a certificate and help conserve the area too.
This trip was fantastic! Beautiful views, very interesting places, amazing nature. Many thanks to Sally for her help! Sally is very friendly, helpful, hospital, with a great sense of humor. She has provided me with some good advices about surrounding area and gave me valuable information about other excursions. I had a very enjoyable time, thank you very much!
We took the Irish Rail 7 day independent tour. We absolutely could not believe how wonderful these people are!! From booking our tour on phone till the end of our tour. They met us at airport, made all hotel & train ticket reservations (just as their itinerary stated). Hotels and breakfasts in each hotel were great. Train trips were great. We were met at Dublin train station and actually "put on" train. Unfortunately I can't remember the gentleman's name). He settled us on train & gave us a packet with all our train tickets & Vouchers for our next hotels, even tickets for coffee on train! We could not believe how smooth and easy they made everything for us. And always with a smile. From Peter & Fiona in the office to Jim who met us at airport - they were all wonderful. Two of our hotels accommodated us with early breakfasts since we had to leave earlier than their dining rooms opened for breakfast! We would definitely use Irish Rail Tours again. We hope we can return to beautiful Ireland!! Please don't hesitate to use this wonderful tour company!!! This particular tour had the beauty of having all details arranged for us, along with being able to be on our own!
We just completed an amazing 6 day rail tour with Railtours. What an amazing company! Our guide for the first three days was Peter W. who was super friendly and organized! He kept us all on track and was super informative on all the landmarks and locations we saw. We originally planned to try to see everything by driving but this was so much better. No stress of trying to figure out travel by car, bus, train or even airplane (to the beautiful Aran Islands). Lodging was also taken care of with convenient and lovely accommodations (especially the International in Killarney). Even the tickets for all of the attractions were already handled. Plus a 2 day hop on hop off bus ticket for Dublin. The only downside to the tour was that you really want to spend a month visiting all these wonderful sites! Not the tours fault, they do the best they can in the time allotted. They are also very good and helping you avoid tourist traps as well as finding the best places to eat. Highly recommended! Visited June 2015
Railtours Ireland is the way to see Ireland. They set up all the travel, tours, lodging - they take care of everything. We visited Dublin, Cork, Cove, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Connemara and Galway over 5 days. The guides are excellent - very knowledgable and fun. We loved our experience with Paddy from Railtours and contracted tours with Tony from Deros and Tony from Lally. If you can only do a Day Trip do the Cliffs of Moher. If you have a week the Royal Atlantic is fantastic.
A student in Ireland, I was looking for a tour that allowed me and my sister to see most of the country in the shortest and most convenient way possible. We did not have a car and planning to reach every city and then figuring out buses to take us to tourist attractions was quite a pain. The 5-day Royal Atlantic Tour offered by Rail Tours proved to be the best solution to our worries. With convenient online booking where they managed our itinerary, lodging etc, our only task was to turn up on time! Breakfast and entrance to all locations was included along with Dublin Hop-on Hop Off tour tickets. The hotels chosen were very comfortable and our hosts/guides were very considerate about everyone. There were stops every 30-40 mins to ensure that no one got travel sickness. Apart from this, our host Peter shared interesting stories about his own experiences in the country and advised us on places/restaurants to visit in the evening to get most out of the experience. The personal touch was highly appreciated by all. In conclusion, a brilliant tour for anyone who wishes to make most out their vacation time in Ireland. The money spent on the tour is worth it!!
Our four day tour was a blast. We agree with the majority of the reviews regarding the excellent service. Everything was organized perfectly. Our tour guide for the first three days was Jonathon Beaumont. Just as others have said, he is extremely knowledgable and a lot of fun to be around. He made everyone feel special. His stories about the history of Ireland were great. We would never tire of hearing them. When on a tour such as this, what you hear is just as important as what you see. We will always remember the history of the Irish famine. Please consider Railtours Ireland if you ever visit Ireland. What a wonderful and extremely beautiful country.
We actually booked our vacation with another company and were put on the day tour of Blarney Castle. It was a wonderful tour with Edmund as our guide and Teddy as our driver. We had a wonderful day and Edmund was very knowledgeable!! It was a really lovely day and we even kissed the Blarney Stone!!