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The Royal Atlantic

  • Visit Cork, Cóbh, Killarney, Clare, Limerick and Galway on this 5-day tour.

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.

Welcome to the Wild Atlantic Way! Travel South, Southwest and West by train.

This tour covers a large part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

We head South to visit Cork, Blarney Castle & the Ring of Kerry, West to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.

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.
  • 2 Nights Galway in 3*/4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast.
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The Royal Atlantic - TOUR CODE:DH3711
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"We have no regrets that we booked with Railtours"

Nov 2019 by eiblis2

Mark 4 Bridge

The Royal Atlantic Tour

The latter part of September, my husband and I toured with Railtours, 3 nights in Dublin and from there Cork, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Galway, and the Aran Island. We were impressed with most of the trip. The day before the flight, we got a call from Jonathan to confirm our tour and to assure us that a representative would be waiting for us upon arrival at the airport. Even though our flight arrived early, we were greeted by representative named Paddy, a very nice courteous man holding a sign with our names on it. We were transported to the North Star Hotel, our luggage taken to the front check-in desk and from there, we got checked in quickly. Our time in Dublin for those three days was self directed using the Hop on Hop Off bus around Dublin. It was a nice way to get around Dublin, learning history of the area and enjoying the Irish humor by a few of the bus drivers. Saturday morning at approximately 6:30AM, we arrived at Dublin Heuston station and greeted by Jonathan wearing his bright yellow vest. All was organized, and the train departed promptly to begin the Royal Atlantic Tour. It was Saturday morning so we missed out on the usual free breakfast on the train. The coffee on the train was the most expensive cup of coffee that we had throughout our stay in Ireland. It was nice having reserved seats on the train and that’s when we got to meet our tour guide David. David conducted the first 3 days of our tour. He was excellent with a great knowledge of history. Many other people taking tours got on at Heuston station, getting off at various locations to begin their particular tours. All the hotels were good, especially the Great Southern Killarney. We have no regrets that we booked with Railtours. The bus drivers, guides were all very pleasant.


"I am SO happy we didnt drive."

Jul 2018 by Melanie S

Great adventure! Perfect for first time travelers!

We went on a 5 day ireland rail tour, saw all the sites- ring of kerry, banratty castle, cliffs of moher, sky rd, conammara,galoway, aran islands and everything in between! Our guide Brian was VERY knowledgeable and kept things interesting. Sites were gorgeous and we were lucky visiting in a heat wave. We didnt see a drop of rain. It was beautiful! On day 4 we did manage to get an older bus with no A/C but our guide managed to get us off frequently for stops to cool down. As I said heat wave-29- 32degrees celceus was the norm. Sally was our final meet up to get us back to Dublin and she was very helpful pointing us in the right direction after the trip. She also had a treat for us on the train back! Over all staff was friendly and took safty very seriously when exiting the bus. Pick up times were very clear. Sites were great and we couldn't have asked for a better main guide. We saw a show while in Killarny which was called celtic steps. 11/10 would reccommend going!! They made a snap decision with the nice weather to do it outside and the view was stunning! (Attached a pic of that. ) Over all I would do this again, it being my first time in Ireland, I was glad to have all the info provided and I am SO happy we didnt drive. We got to enjoy pubs en route and not driving was great! Besides... the roads are completly different than Canada! 10/10! Ps if you like cider- orchard thieves is my new fav! Too bad its not back home!:(


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"The best part of our trip to Ireland!"

Feb 2018 by LannieBug

Blarney Castle

My review is long overdue but I still think about this trip on a daily basis. My friends and I did the Royal Atlantic Tour back in October and November and it was the best part of our trip to Ireland. Even though we had a large group (16!) our tour guides Bob and Andy handled us in stride and really made everything enjoyable. Considering the size of our group and the miles travelled, everything went smoothly (except maybe the ferry out to the Aran Islands but I blame the ocean for that, haha) along the entire trip. It really was an great, stress free way to see how amazing and beautiful Ireland is.

I really can't praise Bob and Andy enough for what they did for us. I'll remember this experience for the rest of my life and if I'm ever fortunate to go back, I'll be sure to book with Railtours again with no hesitation.


"If I could give ten stars I would "

Dec 2017 by Sydnie

On October 31st 2017 my group, which consisted of 16 people (14 adults and 2 kids both 11 years old) embarked on a tour with the Rail Tours for a five-day excursion through Cork, Galway, Kilarney, and the Aran Islands. Bob was our first tour guide leader and we adored him. Bob has a wealth of knowledge that he enjoyed sharing with us. It was unbelievable how a person could retain all of that knowledge and be able to share it with us and in an interesting way. I fell in love with Ireland and I owe that to Bob. We had Bob for three days of our tour and after that came Andy. Andy, aka the singing tour guide, was also wonderful. We had a lot of fun with him singing on the bus. Overall, our experience far exceeded our expectations. It was such a beautiful trip and everything was so smooth and seamless. From our transportation to the train station and also on the tour bus and back to our train station and then the airport, there were never any problems. If I could give ten stars I would and I truly mean that.


"We had a wonderful time"

Jun 2017 by R. Lawlor

We are just home after a five day tour with Railtours. We had a wonderful time, and our guide Andy went out of his way to make our trip memorable.  What a wonderful tour guide...a real gentleman.  Thank you again, everything was very well organized and I would recommend your company to anyone.

 


"The most enjoyable, amazing holiday we have ever had"

Nov 2016 by Helga P

Just got home from what has to be the most enjoyable, amazing holiday we have ever had. We travelled the five day Wild Atlantic with the Railtours Ireland booking. It was the best way to go and it took all the worry out of our travel. It was like having a totally independent tour but having all the details taken care of. Staff handed us off from one 'yellow jacket' to the next making sure we were where we needed to be when we needed to be there, had all our tickets, and let us focus on enjoying. I have never been so well taken care of when travelling. We saw so much, met so many amazing people, and had such personable and knowledgeable support from the 'yellow jacketed' personnel. I just loved how each staff shared deeply of themselves. We did not just see Ireland's tourist spots; we learned its story and saw the country through the eyes of its people. The stories were rich and profound, some making us laugh while others caused us to cry. Andy, you were the absolute best and we thank you. Honestly, I wish I could take you along everywhere we go. Would surely simplify things for me.

Visited November 2016


"5 Day Royal Atlantic Tour "

Jul 2015 by Russ, Carolina

Railtours Ireland is the way to see Ireland. They set up all the travel, tours, lodging - they take care of everything. We visited Dublin, Cork, Cove, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Connemara and Galway over 5 days. The guides are excellent - very knowledgable and fun. We loved our experience with Paddy from Railtours and contracted tours with Tony from Deros and Tony from Lally. If you can only do a Day Trip do the Cliffs of Moher. If you have a week the Royal Atlantic is fantastic.


"5-day Royal Atlantic Tour: Great Guides and Great Tour"

Jun 2015 by R Loomba, Waterford

A student in Ireland, I was looking for a tour that allowed me and my sister to see most of the country in the shortest and most convenient way possible. We did not have a car and planning to reach every city and then figuring out buses to take us to tourist attractions was quite a pain. The 5-day Royal Atlantic Tour offered by Rail Tours proved to be the best solution to our worries. With convenient online booking where they managed our itinerary, lodging etc, our only task was to turn up on time! Breakfast and entrance to all locations was included along with Dublin Hop-on Hop Off tour tickets. The hotels chosen were very comfortable and our hosts/guides were very considerate about everyone. There were stops every 30-40 mins to ensure that no one got travel sickness. Apart from this, our host Peter shared interesting stories about his own experiences in the country and advised us on places/restaurants to visit in the evening to get most out of the experience. The personal touch was highly appreciated by all. In conclusion, a brilliant tour for anyone who wishes to make most out their vacation time in Ireland. The money spent on the tour is worth it!!


"Highly Recommend"

by Stefanie H

Blarney Castle

My husband and I traveled from Montana to Ireland and wanted to get as much in as possible in the time that we had. We didn’t feel like we missed out on anything, and the stops that we made allowed ample time for exploring.
Our guide, Norman, was a lovely gentleman who has a great sense of humor and kept our group on track.


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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 and Kylemore Abbey & Gardens.

  • 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.
  • 2 Nights Galway in 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

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.


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

Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our Check-In representative will be in their 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 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 Castle & The Cliffs of Moher

Galway City Centre


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 3
DAY
4

Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

Galway City Centre


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 your Galway hotel.

Day 4
DAY
5

Aran Islands


Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at Leisure.

 

Depart Galway City for transfer to Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands. 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 Aonghasa, with spectacular sea-cliffs on the western side and unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean. Transfer times may vary seasonly.

 

Notes on Aran: Your tour of Inis Mór includes stops at 'Seven Churches' (15 minutes), Dún Aonghusa (75 minutes) and Kilronan for lunch (45 minutes).

 

After your tour of Inis Mór you will be transferred back 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 your host will be waiting for you.

 

Depart Galway for Dublin Heuston Station at 19:20hrs. Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.

 

Depending on your day of departure, tours on Day 4 and Day 5 may be reversed.

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