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Hosted Railtours for the Independent Traveller
Travel West & SouthWest by Train
Tour SNN611DC10

The Wild Atlantic Way & Causeway Coast

The perfect coastal combination tour

CountrySide Train
Train through countryside
King Johns Castle, Limerick
Cliffs of Moher
Aran Islands
Halfpenny Bridge, Dublin
CountrySide Train
What's included?
  • Return Rail Travel
  • Reserved seats on the train
  • Railtours Ireland Host Throughout
  • Visitor Attractions Admissions
  • Escorted Coach
  • Shannon Airport Meet & Greet
  • 1 Night Limerick / 4* Hotel
  • 1 Night Galway / 3* Hotel
  • 3 Nights Dublin / 4* Hotel
  • Full Irish Breakfast
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Tour of Ireland Map - Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Galway, Dublin, Belfast, Giant's Causeway
Overview & Map

Travel West & SouthWest by Train

Starting your tour in Shannon this is a 6 day itinerary that allows you to discover the western Wild Atlantic Way and the famous Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland. Experience Ireland's capital city of Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, a bustling cosmopolitan hub where the mix of culture and fun is everywhere.


Full Itinerary
Day 1:

Shannon Airport to Limerick


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


Overnight Stay:

Limerick City Centre Hotel

Day 2:

Bunratty Castle & The Cliffs of Moher


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


Overnight Stay:

Galway City Centre Hotel

Day 3:

The Aran Islands


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).


On arrival back at Galway you will be brought to the Tourist Office. You now should have some time in Galway city centre for exploring and/or shopping.


Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.


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.


Overnight Stay:

Dublin City Centre Hotel

Day 4 :

Discover Dublin Day


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 Fáilte Ireland approved, which means not only are they geat 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.

Overnight Stay:

Dublin City Centre Hotel

Day 5:

The Causeway Coastal Tour


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


07:35 Depart Connolly Station, which was built in 1844 as the terminus of the Dublin & Drogheda Railway and is now the administrative headquarters of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s National Railway. We depart northwards through the Dublin suburbs, which soon give way to farmland. Soon we pass the exclusive coastal village of Malahide before we cross the wide Broadmeadow Estuary, followed by Rogerstown Estuary. Fine views of the sea appear as we pass through the coastal town of Skerries, followed by the fishing village of Balbriggan. A few kilometres further on we pass Gormanston, an Irish Air Corps military airfield –on the landward side. Red flags on the seaward side indicate military exercises are in progress. We travel through Drogheda. Immediately north of Drogheda we cross the historic river Boyne by a magnificent viaduct, with great views of the town. It was here that Oliver Cromwell put the entire population to the sword in 1649. At little further upstream is the site of the Battle of the Boyne, where [Protestant] King William of Orange defeated dethroned [Catholic] King James in 1690 –an event which is still celebrated annually by ‘Orangemen’ or ‘Northern Protestants’ on the ‘Twelfth’ of July. We now begin to climb into the foothills of the Camlough Mountains and border country.


Arrive into Belfast, Ireland’s second largest city, we will take a coach for the tour to the Antrim Coast and the Giant’s Causeway. One of the city’s principal landmarks can be seen upon arrival, the two Harland & Wolfe Cranes which are nicknamed Samson and Goliath. It was here that many great ships were built, most notably for White Star Line, whose ships included the Olympic, Britannic and (perhaps the most famous ship of all), RMS Titanic.


Leaving Belfast we proceed to the town of Carrickfergus for a short photo-stop and take the coast road north from here. Further north we arrive at the fishing village of Carnlough, where we stop for about 15 minutes. We continue on passing the coastal villages of Glenariff, Cushendall and Cushendun. There are stunning views of the sea to the right and the mountains or the Glens of Antrim to the left. Most impressive are the spectacular views of Mull of Kintyre, Scotland which are clearly visible on a fine day. Moving inland, we come to the town of Ballycastle, home to Ireland’s oldest town fair. The Laamas fair dates from 1606 and takes place over the August bank holiday weekend every year. Our next stop is the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. We then head for Dunluce Castle for a photo stop before arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, where we stop for about 2 hours. Leaving the Giant’s Causeway, we head back to Belfast via the main road for your return journey to Dublin.


Returning to Dublin Connolly at 20:15hrs.


Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge


Overnight Stay:

Dublin City Centre Hotel

Day 6:

Departure Day from Dublin Airport


Check out the All Ireland Tour for a more comprehensive itinerary

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