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Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher

  • Visit Cork, Cóbh, Killarney, Clare, Limerick and Galway on this 3-day tour to Ireland's South and Southwest.

FREE Upgrade in Killarney from B&B Guesthouse to 4* Hotel (subject to availability in our partner hotels).

FREE Breakfast on 07:00hrs Cork Train (Mon-Fri, excluding public holidays).

FREE 48hr Dublin Bus Hop-on-Hop-off City Sightseeing Tour tickets.

Enjoy the iconic sites of Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare.

A three-day tour to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story at Cóbh and then from Killarney, touring the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

The Ring of Kerry is a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, South Western Ireland. On this tour there are views of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars 'The Force Awakens' was recently filmed. The tour also takes in the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay, returning to Dublin by train from Galway.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Escorted Coach.
  • 2 Nights Killarney B+B with Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast in Killarney.
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Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher - TOUR CODE:DH036
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"Only way to tour Ireland!!"

Mar 2018 by Toni P

I absolutely loved both tours we took with Railtours. The guides were so friendly and knowledgeable about all areas we went to our were around. The trains were very comfortable with a dining car as well as a tea/ coffee trolley.
Hope to visit again and ALL our trips will be with this agency.


"3 Day Tour Absolutely OUTSTANDING!"

Oct 2017 by Glorya A

This tour is very highly recommended!!
I embarked on the tour alone after a work conference. it was easy going to the train station and they are set up and organized. Getting on the train all Railtour guides were great. I was with Brian for the 3 day tour and he is amazingly knowledgeable and funny he completely made the tour!
Ireland was on my bucket list to travel around and see and seeing the Blarney Castle (with some retail therapy) Cork, Killarney was amazing and the people are fantastic! , the ring of Kerry was beyond words! We made it on day that was clear and we could see everything! there are no words to describe the beauty! the 3rd day we went to the cliffs and Galway and although it was rainy and foggy Brian kept everyone laughing and continued on! Can't control the weather. Doolin was a super cute town.
If i could have stayed longer I would have. The drivers were great knowing where to go and a couple of them super friendly and funny. Brian our tour guide was fantastic!! really went above and beyond!


"Everything was wonderful"

Jun 2017 by Kelly T

Blarney Castle

My husband and I went on a three day tour to Blarney Castle, Cork, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, and Clifs of Moher with Brenden. Everything was wonderful, and we cannot recommend this tour enough. We stayed at a great hotel and got to see the wonderful sights of Ireland. Brenden was the best guide and must have kissed the Blarney Stone a few times because he definitely has the gift of eloquence! Very well organized!


"AMAZING tour guide!"

Nov 2016 by Michelle M

“3 Day tour of Cork, Blarney Castle, the Queenstown Story, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry”

Excellent 3 day tour of Cork, Blarney Castle, the Queenstown Story, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. Jonathan was AMAZING tour guide! He had an extensive knowledge and passion for his Ireland and show us his Ireland he did. If I ever get back to Ireland (fingers crossed) I would definitely use this company and hopefully would be able to get Jonathan again!

Visited October 2016


"Our guide was fabulous"

Nov 2016 by Jen S

“We LOVE Ireland!”

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the DH36 Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher three day tour. It was fantastic. Our guide was fabulous and knew all about Ireland and how to answer all of our questions. We especially loved visiting Cork, the Blarney Castle, and the picturesque villages around the Ring of Kerry. We would love to come back and visit Ireland for longer. This was the perfect tour for us to see so much of Ireland in a short time. Our guide gave us wonderful dinner recommendations and recommended the Celtic Steps show which we loved. Everyone on our tour was also lovely. Would highly recommend this tour and we would do it again. It was a great value.


"I am convinced that Railtours Ireland is the only way to see the country"

Jun 2016

"Only Way to See Ireland!!"

My wife and I are typically not thrilled about structured tours, but I am convinced that Railtours Ireland is the only way to see the country! We chose the 3 day tour seeing Cork, Cobh, Ring of Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher. Our guide, Andy, was fantastic and went above and beyond to make sure that everyone on the tour was comfortable and enjoyed their visit. We will definitely be using Railtours Ireland on our next visit and will be recommending Andy as our guide!


"Really well organized"

Jul 2015 by Jerome, Canada

Great tour


"The Best Ever! 3-Day Tour"

Jul 2015 by Kyleih, North Carolina

This was one of the best things I've ever done! It is the only way I recommend traveling around the country of Ireland. I did a 3-day tour that's consisted of visiting many cities including Cork, Killarney, and Galway and visits to the Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, and Cliffs of Moher. That's all I expected to do upon booking but I got so much more. The hotel they put me in was astounding. The trains and coaches were clean and comfortable. But the best part of the trip was the guide, Jonathan. He made this the best trip ever and I highly recommend requesting to get on his tour if possible. You can tell when someone loves what their doing and he is an example of just that. On our "free evenings" which are intended to be spent individually shopping and dining, he got our group together for a fun dinner and brought us to a local place that had traditional Irish dancing and music. He is passionate knowledgable and so kind and went above and beyond as a tour guide. I cannot wait to come to Ireland again and tour with him. Thanks!


"A fascinating tour of Irish countryside"

Jul 2015 by Jan W, California

This is a MUST DO for anyone visiting Ireland!! We took the 3 day rail and coach tour of Cork and surrounding areas and it was truly the highlight of our entire vacation! Comfortable accommodations, lovely scenery, fabulous food, and terrific guide and drivers! Jonathan was knowledgeable in every aspect of Irish history, lore, and culture. He knew all the best places to eat and shop. We had a blast and will do it again---especially if we can again have Jonathan with us!


"Railtours Ireland was an amazing experience."

by Lisa L. Toronto

This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. I was visiting to present a paper at UCD and decided to stay a few extra days. I am so glad I did. Railtours Ireland was an amazing experience. Our host Andy was warm and engaging. He generously shared an abundance of cultural narratives and would break into song while touring the roads of Ireland. I highly recommend Railtours price is reasonable, accommodations are spotless and food is delicious.


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Visitor Attraction Admissions Included: Blarney Castle and Gardens, Cóbh Heritage Centre & The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.

  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Escorted Coach.
  • 2 Nights Killarney B+B with Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast in Killarney.
BOOK DIRECT TO ENJOY 3 FREE UPGRADES: UPGRADE TO A 4* HOTEL (FROM KILLARNEY B&B), FREE FULL IRISH BREAKFAST ON THE 07:00HRS TRAIN TO CORK (MORNING 1) & 48HR HOP-ON-HOP-OFF DUBLIN CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR TICKETS.
DAY
1

Cork, Blarney Castle and Cóbh

Killarney Town Centre

FREE UPGRADE TO A 4* HOTEL IN KILLARNEY, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY IN OUR PARTNER HOTELS AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.


Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.

Check-in beside the Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our representative will be waiting for you in their bright yellow jacket!

 

Check-in for 07:00 departure from Dublin Heuston Station.

 

Your departure station, Dublin Heuston, was opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway and is now the official principal station of Iarnród Éireann – Ireland’s national railway company.

 

As your train departs, we travel in a south westerly direction, passing Inchicore, railway engineering works and then some of Dublin’s western suburbs – soon we are in the lush fertile countryside of County Kildare, Ireland’s Kentucky. Look out for the many stud farms near the track. The train passes through the town of Newbridge, home to the famous Newbridge Silverware.

 

We now enter the Curragh of Kildare, which soon comes into view on both sides of the line. The Curragh (pronounced: Curra) is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby. At this time of the morning you are likely to see some of Ireland's finest bloodstock being put through their paces. The Curragh is also the headquarters of the Irish army and their buildings can be seen in the distance to the east.

 

We pass the town of Kildare, and the Church of Ireland (Protestant) Cathedral of St. Brigid’s – completed in 1223 – can be clearly seen to the south (left hand side when facing direction of travel). We cross the River Barrow at Monesterevin and enter Co. Laois.

 

Our train journey makes a stop at Portlaoise (pronounced: Port Leesh-eh). Departing Portlaoise, we soon enter Co. Tipperary and pass the town of Templemore. Shortly after, we pass Loughmoe Castle which can be clearly seen on the southern side of the train, built in the 15th century, the Purcell family lived there until 1760. The next stop is at the town of Thurles. At our next stop – Limerick Junction – a number of Railtours Ireland clients will be leaving the train for the Cliffs of Moher tour. Please remain on the train for the Cork, Blarney Castle and Cobh Heritage Day Tour! Our final stop before Cork is at the town of Mallow.

 

We arrive into Cork Kent Station for 09:35 and we transfer to our Railtours Ireland tour coach, passing through Cork City en route to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle & Gardens, built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy. You will have time to kiss the famous stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time for shopping and lunch at Blarney and we recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.

 

We depart Blarney Castle for Cóbh, via the city centre, taking in some of the city sights while en route to our next destination.

 

On arrival at Cóbh, we will visit St. Colman’s Cathedral. We will then proceed down along the sea front passing the former White Star Line offices en route to the beautifully restored Victorian railway station/transatlantic terminal. This is now the Cóbh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown Story. The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration; 3 million Irish people emigrated from Cóbh, (principally to the United States) including Annie Moore, whose statue is located in front of the heritage centre.

 

Depart Cóbh by train to Killarney, where the rest of the evening is free. There is a large selection of cafés, restaurants and bars in Killarney town as well as many opportunities for live traditional Irish music and entertainment.

Day 1
DAY
2

Ring Of Kerry Tour

Killarney Town Centre

FREE UPGRADE TO A 4* HOTEL IN KILLARNEY, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY IN OUR PARTNER HOTELS AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.


Enjoy your Ful Irish Breakfast at leisure before departing on your Ring of Kerry tour.

 

There are plenty of stops along the Ring of Kerry for morning tea, lunch and photo stops etc. Ireland’s highest mountains are located in Kerry and Carrauntouhil, which can be seen en route, is the highest, standing at 1041 metres.

 

We will make a stop at the Kerry Bog Village Museum, which gives people an insight into how people lived and worked in rural Ireland in the 18th century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe. Later on the approach to Waterville there are views (weather permitting) of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars 'The Force Awakens' was recently filmed.

 

We will make several photo stops, a stop for lunch and one final stop at the pretty village of Sneem, for about 30 minutes, or as directed by your tour leader.

 

An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks and runs through its many passes and valleys along the shores of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay. There is an unspoilt nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney's magnificent National Park.

 

At the end of the tour you will be brought to Killarney for your second night.

Day 2
DAY
3

Bunratty & The Cliffs of Moher


Enjoy your continental breakfast at leisure before departing Killarney by road to Limerick to join the Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.

 

Arrive into Limerick where we will join our Railtours Ireland tour coach. Limerick has a population of about 90,000 and its city charter was granted in 1197AD, making it older than London! As we cross the river Shannon - Ireland’s longest river - you will see views of King John’s Castle to the right. The castle was completed in 1200 and marks the origins of the city.

 

Limerick’s most famous author, Frank McCourt, grew up here and the city was the setting for his famous book Angela’s Ashes. Limerick is also the birthplace of celebrated BBC radio DJ, Terry Wogan and Hollywood star, Richard Harris. We will pass the GAA grounds of Páirc na nGael –the home ground of County Limerick’s Hurling and Gaelic Football teams. Limerick is also the home of Irish Rugby and we will pass Thomond Park, the Rugby stadium.

 

After a brief city tour we travel onto Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The castle was completed in 1425 and, after many years of neglect, has been restored to its former glory. There is also a folk park here which you will have time to explore.

 

After the visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk park we make our way to Co. Clare. There is a lunch stop at O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher, which are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. There is plenty of time to visit Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and your host will advise you of the departure time. From here, we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along the Burren. This is a national park and the word 'Burren' comes from the Irish Language, meaning ‘rocky place’. It is a unique lunar landscape of limestone which was described in 1649 by one of Oliver Cromwell’s men as: “No tree to hang a man, no water deep enough to drown him and no soil deep enough to bury him”. Today the Burren is noted for its diverse flora with few parallels elsewhere in Ireland or, indeed, Europe.

 

We continue along the coast road to Black Head, passing the quaint coastal villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara before joining the main road to Galway. There will be some free time in Galway to explore the streets around Eyre Square or grab a bite to eat before catching the train back to Dublin Heuston.

 

We depart from Galway by train and return to Dublin by a different route, via Athenry, Tullamore and Athlone, where we cross the mighty river Shannon once more.

 

Arrival into Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.

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