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Notice: As per advice issued by the Irish Government, all tours are now suspended until 19th April. We will monitor the situation and update this information regularly as the situation evolves.

 

Update: Due to a nationwide lockdown which came into effect last Friday (27/03/20), there has been drastic reduction in the number of colleagues available to deal with enquiries. All enquiries will be dealt with, but under the circumstances our normally excellent response time may be delayed somewhat. We will be unable to deal with telephone enquiries until further notice. Please send all enquiries to info@railtoursireland.com. Stay Safe during this time, the Railtours Ireland Team.

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London-Dublin & The Grand Atlantic

  • Travel by train and ferry to Dublin & on to Cork, Kerry, Clare, Limerick & Galway.

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 four-day tour to Ireland's South and South West, taking in Blarney Castle, Cóbh, the Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Bay, and return to London – All in seven 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.
  • 1 Night Galway 3*/4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast.
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London-Dublin & The Grand Atlantic - TOUR CODE:LE09-DH37
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"We couldn't believe how amazing Railtour Ireland and its people are! Wow! Just simply wow!"

Mar 2015 by Jimmy, Malta

We couldn't believe how amazing Railtour Ireland and its people are! Wow! Just simply wow! We were treated so well we felt like royalty! From booking to pick ups, tour guides... amazing! Norman, Pat and Alan, you rock! Gerard who drove us from Killarney to Limerick; Honestly man, can we employ you? You're amazing! Knowledgeable, patient, calm all rolled up in one! Brendan, our dear guide! How do you do it? How can you be so prepared yet so funny at the same time! You have our admiration and heartfelt gratitude! John, who drove us while Brendan was the guide, you're epic! Fantastic! No other way to describe you! Michael at Deros - thank you for the amazing time, the views, the photography breaks, the dining suggestion! You are one incredible man!! Thanks ever so much guys!!!


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

  • 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.
  • 1 Night Galway 3*/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 for a 3-night stay.

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

Blarney Castle, Cobh and Killarney

Killarney Town Centre.

FREE UPGRADE TO 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 Tour

Killarney Town Centre.

FREE UPGRADE TO 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

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, the Burren & Galway Bay

Galway City Centre.

Full Irish Breakfast Included.


Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at Leisure.

 

07:30 Depart 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.

 

At the end of the day the coach will set you down at Eyre Square, in the centre of Galway City, adjacent to your hotel (and the railway station). You will be directed to your hotel by your host and your evening is free in Galway.

Day 5
DAY
6

Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

Dublin City Centre.

Full Irish Breakfast Included.


Enjoy your full Irish breakfast at leisure.

 

Depart Galway 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 1950s 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, a nineteenth-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 Gaeilge or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bilingual 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 limestone 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.

 

Depart Galway for Dublin Heuston Station at 19:20hrs.

 

Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.

Day 6
DAY
7

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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