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London-Dublin, Blarney, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher

  • Travel by train and ferry to Dublin, Cork, Cóbh, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher.

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.

Slow travel is all the craze these days! Go Car Free, Carefree and travel in comfort and at a leisurely pace.

Travel to Ireland the classic route by rail through the heart of England, along the lovely North Wales Coast and then on the world’s largest cruise ferry to Dublin City Centre.

 

Spend three nights in a 3*/4* standard hotel in Dublin City Centre, enjoy a trip to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story and the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way and return to London – All in six days!

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Return Rail & Ferry London to Dublin.
  • Transfers from Dublin Ferryport to City Centre Hotel.
  • Dublin City Tour & Attraction Admissions.
  • 3 Nights Dublin 3*/4* Standard Hotel.
  • 2 Nights Killarney B+B / Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast.
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London-Dublin, Blarney, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher - TOUR CODE:LE09-DH36
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"Everything went great from beginning to end."

Feb 2018 by Lorna Banks

We returned home two weeks ago and I cant stop telling friends and family how much we enjoyed the trip. We took the London to Dublin trip along with the 3 day Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, and Galway tour. Our tour guide Brian D. was awesome . Looking forward to going on another excursion in 2 yrs. Everything went great from beginning to end. The ferry from Holyhead was fantastic. Thanks for the experience.


"2 nights in Dublin, plus 3 day rail tour was the selection. It proved to be an excellent experience"

Jun 2016 by Seattle, Washington

Our 3 week trip to London to visit our daughter and her husband needed an additional getaway for us, or it may have turned into a "GO AWAY" from them ! Our well-traveled daughter suggested an Ireland tour would be time well spent and she would organize it. 2 nights in Dublin, plus this 3 day rail/bus tour was the selection. It proved to be an excellent experience. The weather was delightfully cooperative, and we hit the jackpot in terms of our tour guide Jonathan Beaumont. He was consistently pleasant, able to impart his vast knowledge well and truly passionate about his land's history and culture. A published author and historian Jonathan kept our diverse group of nationalities and ages interested in the day's activities with his demeanor and insightful commentary. When it's time for another trip to Ireland, I'll be seeking out Mr. Beaumont for guidance.


"Really well organized"

Jul 2015 by Jerome, Canada

Great tour


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Visitor Attraction Admissions Included: Blarney Castle and Gardens, Cóbh Heritage Centre, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park & the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.

  • Return Rail & Ferry London to Dublin.
  • Transfers from Dublin Ferryport to City Centre Hotel.
  • Dublin City Tour & Attraction Admissions.
  • 3 Nights Dublin 3*/4* Standard Hotel.
  • 2 Nights Killarney B+B / Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast.
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

London to Dublin

Dublin City Centre.


Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time - look for our check-in hosts in the yellow jackets!

 

Check-in at London Euston Station at the Network Rail Mobility Assistance Reception for the 09:10 departure of your train direct to Holyhead. You will be met by your Railtours Ireland host and escorted into your reserved seats.

 

Your train, complete with snack car/bar will speed through the heart of England and along the North Wales coast to reach Holyhead in just 3 hours and 40 minutes. Holyhead rail station is also the cruise ferry terminal so after a short bus transfer to the berth you walk onto the ship – The Irish Ferries ‘Ulysses’ to Dublin.

 

Enjoy an invigorating 3 hours and 15 minute voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Facilities on board the ship include a range of restaurants and bars, a 2-screen cinema and a traditional promenade deck, from where you can enjoy the fresh sea air.

 

Arrive into Dublin at 17:25hrs where you will be welcomed by your Railtours Ireland host and transferred to your hotel in Dublin City Centre.

Day 1
DAY
2

Discover Dublin at your leisure

Dublin City Centre.

Full Irish Breakfast Included.


Free to discover Dublin with your 48hr Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour ticket.

 

The popular tour, the 2-day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, is offered with both live and multilingual commentary. All drivers are Fáilte Ireland approved, which means that not only are they great story tellers, they're also brimming with information and history of Dublin's past, and will have you laughing all the way around the tour route.

Day 2
DAY
3

Cork, Blarney Castle and Cobh

Killarney Town Centre.

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

Full Irish Breakfast Included.


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 3
DAY
4

Ring of Kerry

Killarney Town Centre.

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

Full Irish Breakfast Included.


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 4
DAY
5

Bunratty & the Cliffs of Moher

Dublin City Centre.

Full Irish Breakfast.


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.

Day 5
DAY
6

Dublin to London

Full Irish Breakfast Included.


Your Railtours Ireland host will transfer you to the Dublin ferry port.

 

Dublin – London (via Irish Ferries Ship - Ulysses):

Monday-Saturday: 08:05am Depart Dublin by cruise ferry.

11:30: Arrive Holyhead by ferry.

12:38: Depart HolyHead Direct.

16:38: Arrive London Euston Station

 

Sunday: 08:05am Depart Dublin by cruise ferry.

11:30: Arrive Holyhead by ferry.

12:38: Depart HolyHead and change at Crewe.

16:44: Arrive London Euston Station.

 

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