Shannon, Dublin & The Wild Atlantic Way
The perfect tour for Shannon Arrival and Departure
THIS TOUR IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE ADULTS
Return Rail Travel
Reserved seats on the train
Railtours Ireland Host Throughout
Visitor Attractions Admissions
SNN Airport Meet & Greet
1 Night Limerick / 4* Hotel
2 Nights Galway / 3* Hotel
2 Nights Dublin / 4* Hotel
2 Nights Killarney / 4* Hotel
Full Irish Breakfast
FREE Upgrade in Killarney from Guesthouse to 4* Hotel (when available)
FREE Breakfast on Train– except Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays as dining car is closed.
FREE Dublin Bus Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Tour
Travel East & Southwest by train
Starting your tour in Shannon this is an 8 day itinerary that captures many highlights of a great Irish vacation. Discover the Norman history of Limerick City at King John's Castle, Kiss the famous Blarney Stone, stand in awe at the top of The Cliffs of Moher, and experience the Wild Atlantic Way on the Aran Islands, along the shoreline of Clare and Galway. Enjoy all that Dublin has to offer and end your journey touring the majestic Ring of Kerry
Shannon Airport to Limerickhide
Arrive into Shannon Airport on the Atlantic seaboard of Ireland. Meet and Greet at Shannon Airport and transfer to Limerick City Centre Hotel. Take time to recover from your transatlantic flight. Free time to discover the city of Limerick, setting for the famous movie"Angela's Ashes". Enjoy a visit to King John's Castle on 'King's Island' which has a stunning new exhibition bringing to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.
Why not visit:
St. Mary's Cathedral and enjoy the elegant Georgian architecture of Pery Square
The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: King John's Castle
Limerick City Centre Hotel
Bunratty Castle & Cliffs Of Moherview
Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast
09:30 Pick Up From Hotel to continue on your Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.
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, 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, it means ‘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.
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park & The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience
Galway City Centre Hotel
The Aran Islands by Planeview
Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at Leisure
Depart via the Aer Arran mini-coach for transfer to Connemara Airport for your short flight to Inis Mór. Irish is the spoken language on the Aran Islands although the locals will be more than happy to speak to you in English. For many, the highlight of the tour is the formidable pre-Christian fort of Dún Aonghusa, with spectacular sea-cliffs on the western side and unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean. Flight times may vary occasionally to cater for the numbers flying.
Notes on Aran: Your tour of Inis Mór begins and ends at the island's airport and includes stops at 'Seven Churches' (15 minutes), Dún Aonghusa (75 minutes) and Kilronan for lunch (45 minutes).
Please note: Should weather conditions be such as to curtail flights you will be taken on an alternative tour to Connemara and refunded the difference.
No further refund available should you decide not to go to Connemara for any reason.
Galway City Centre Hotel
Connemara & Kylemore Abbeyview
Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast, check out your hotel.
10:05 Depart from Galway Train Station and our conducted tour of Connemara leaves Galway to the village of Moycullen. From Moycullen the road rises and falls towards the lovely village of Oughterard on the shores of Lough Corrib, traditionally regarded as Ireland’s premier angling centre. Now the gateway to Connemara opens, and the breathtaking colours of this unspoilt countryside are revealed in all their natural splendour. At Maam Cross, the Connemara "crossroads", there is a replica of the cottage used in the 1950's John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara film "The Quiet Man", which was filmed here.From Maam Cross our tour heads out to Leenane, Kylemore Abbey and Letterfrack, in the shadow of purple mountains rolling down to blue and green rocky valleys, reflecting the rich and varied colours of Connemara. There is a lunch break at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant here. Letterfrack is one of Ireland’s major national parks. The colourful town of Clifden has been one of Irelands leading holiday resorts for generations. It is an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919.
Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal. Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port. We are now in the Gaeltacht or Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bi-lingual people.
Our tour of Connemara heads homewards towards Galway City now, along the shores of Galway bay, through the Gaeltacht villages of Inverin and Spiddal and looking out across the blue waters of the Atlantic at the unique lime-stone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. After your day's touring you will be returned to Galway Station. Upon arriving at Galway Station please present your Railtours Ireland ticket and travel pack at the ticket barrier and you will be directed to your reserved seats on the train, where you host will be waiting for you.
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
Dublin City Centre Hotel
Discover Dublin Dayview
Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast
Free to discover Dublin with your Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket
The popular tour, the Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, is offered with both live and multilingual commentary. All drivers are Failte Ireland approved, which means 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 too
Dublin City Centre Hotel
Cork, Blarney Castle & Cobhview
Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.
Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our Check-In represenative will be in their yellow jacket!
Check-in for 07:00 departure at Dublin Heuston, 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, through Dublin's western suburbs and then through the lush fertile countryside of Co. Kildare. Our journey takes us through the Curragh which is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby, and there are many stud farms in the vicinity. The final approach to Cork station is through Ireland's longest railway tunnel, which is a rather modest 1.2km.
09:35 Arrive into Cork Kent Station, we transfer to our Railtours Ireland tour coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle, built in 1446 by Dermot Mc Carthy. 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.
Depart Blarney Castle. for Cóbh, via the city centre and a short city tour. Cork’s population is approximately 150,000 (Ireland’s 3rd largest city after Dublin and Belfast) and is the only city centre in Ireland that actually stands on an island, the River Lee divides and rejoins and either end of the city centre. It is also home to Murphy’s and Beamish, the Southern Capital’s rival to Guinness.
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. When Queen Victoria visited Ireland in 1849 she came to Cóbh and the town was renamed Queenstown in her honour –it was renamed Cóbh after Irish independence in 1922. Cóbh was of course the final port of call of the RMS Titanic and this theme is well expounded. 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. The Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Cork –marking the United States’ entry to the First World War and the small number of survivors were brought to Cóbh for refuge. Cóbh is also the headquarters of the Irish Navy and you will most likely see some navy ships.
16:30 Depart Cobh by train to Mallow
17:25 Depart Mallow for Killarney.
18:15 Arrive Killarney
The rest of the evening is free and there is a large selection of cafés, restaurants and bars in Killarney town as well as many opportunities for live traditional Irish music entertainment.
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Blarney Castle and Gardens & Cobh Heritage Centre
Killarney City Centre Hotel
Ring Of Kerry Tourview
Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast at leisure
09:45 You will be collected from your accommodation (or as directed by our Killarney representative) for 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. It 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. 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.
Evening free in Killarney
Killarney City Centre Hotel
Departure Day from Shannon Airportview
Transfer to Shannon Airport from your Killarney Accommodation