"As a first time visitor to Ireland, I appreciated having someone to take me to the correct train and reserved seating, and then to give me an overview of the town of Galway. We had 4 hours in Galway. Galway was charming once you got past the tourist shops. Good places to eat. I enjoyed seeing the bits of the old walls and Lynch's castle. I did enjoy the shopping, but you need to plan ahead and decide what is worth getting in Galway (I recommend Claddagh rings and Aran knits.) We then took a motorcoach to Bunratty. It was awesome to see the castle from the highway. The excursion price included the Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle. It was a good show with excellent musicians.
The next day, a couple of hours in the Bunratty Folk park was included before getting on the motorcoach to the Cliffs of Moher. The drive back to Galway passed more ruined castles and a lovely view of Galway Bay. We had plenty of time for dinner in Galway before boarding the train back to Dublin. I can't say enough about the friendly Railtours Hosts who looked after us. It made the trip more comfortable and fun."
I just wanted to send an email to say that we really enjoyed our recent trip with Railtours Ireland. We specifically had a wonderful tour with John Todd and Jonathan Beaumont. Jonathan was friendly, humorous, and personable. He really went above and beyond to make our experience meaningful and unique. He showed us places off the beaten path and helped us see the local side of Ireland in addition to all the must see sights.
We also had John Todd for one day of our tour and he was kind and willing to answer every question we had. He also took time in Galway to take us to the docks after we told him we wanted to see the water, which was very much appreciated.
Thank you to all for an incredible experience in Ireland!
John Todd was our tour guide and we had a phenomenal day! Everything was organized and well laid out and he was a fountain of knowledge! This was my first trip to Ireland and this was our first tour, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this far exceeded anything I could have imagined. Those areas are beautiful and we were able to just relax and enjoy our day. Railtours does a fantastic job and we would definitely use them again!
To All at Railtours,
We took one of your trips in October. Your guides were wonderful! We felt cared for and looked after. They enjoy what they do and it shows.
To Andy and Anthony Especially, thank you for your warmth and conversation. It meant a lot to us. Can't wait to come back!
Sally met us at the train and traveled with us to Galway. She was very informative and made sure we had everything we needed. Tony met us in Galway and provided us place to store our bags. Then he showed us to Eyre Square and the main strip where there is shopping, pubs, street performers, etc! The place was beautiful and Tony recommended a few places, so we hit them all in our four hour layover. Our bus arrived and John took us to Bunratty Village where we were able to check in and get ready for the medieval dinner, which was awesome and I highly recommend! The next day, we met the rest of our group for a tour of Bunratty Castle, then headed to the Cliffs of Moher. Beautiful spot! We headed back to the train and back to Dublin. All in all, it was a great trip and would highly recommend to anyone.
This tour was so much fun and we saw so many things in a short time, but got a real feel for the area, both by train and bus. The guides we had on each had us well prepared for the things we experienced. One was Robbie and the other Jim, bus driver was Mike. We saw Galway, a charming city, The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and even enjoyed a great medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, and explored Bunratty Village before we left the next day. Had lunch at a Pub in a little village and gorgeous scenery along the way. Viator is very well organized and take care of everything so you can just enjoy the trip. When I needed to change the day of a trip departure, I was able to reach someone quickly on the phone. They were very accommodating and took care of it right away.
My husband Oliver and I recently took a 2-Day Western Ireland Tour from Dublin and had a fabulous time. The train trip from Dublin to Galway was very comfortable and relaxing. We had about 4 hours to tour Galway and found it to be very compact and easy to get around. We also had lunch at a traditional pub and the food and atmosphere were enjoyable. We then met the coach for our trip to the Bunratty Castle Hotel. In fact, we were the only people on the coach! We arrived at our destination and checked into the hotel. We were very pleased with the quality of the room and the hotel itself. We walked the short distance to the Bunratty Castle for our medieval banquet. What a wonderful evening! The food was great and the entertainment wonderful. The next morning we met the rest of the group for our tour of the castle and grounds. It was very interesting to hear about the history of the castle and explore on our own. We then boarded the coach for our trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Our guide, Brendan was very knowledgeable and pleasant. He told us all about the Cliffs and about the town of Doolin where we would be stopping for lunch. We were then back on the coach on our way to the Cliffs. We were fortunate that we had a beautiful day for our visit as we learned that the previous day was rainy and overcast and not great for visiting. The Cliffs are spectacular and the Visitors Center very informative. We especially enjoyed the Postcard from the Edge exhibit. We then continued on our way to visit the Burren. What an unusual landscape. It felt like we were exploring the surface of the Moon. After a brief stop to see Galway Bay we were back in Galway for our train trip back to Dublin. Our guide, Brendan accompanied us on the train and continued to give us tidbits of information. We had an absolutely fabulous time and would highly recommend this tour to everyone.
This was the best tour to take if you have limited time in Ireland. My friends said the train trip was fantastic. They loved the dinner at Bunratty and the hotel accommodations were perfect. They loved the time in Galway and also were lucky with the weather. The lunch at the pub was perfect, with the waiter helping one of them charge their cell phone and he brought back candy to their table. What a perfect gentleman. Hard to find such superior customer, but this tour met all expectations and beyond. If you are visiting Ireland, do not miss this one!