COVID-19 Update (Mon. 06 July 2020):

 

Notice: As per latest advice issued by the Irish Government today, all tours are now suspended until further notice. However, our lockdown timetable has improved and it seems that tours will now resume later this summer (sooner than we envisaged). All future tours will be fully compliant with any government advised safety & hygiene protocols. Further updates will follow.

 

Update: Due to a nationwide lockdown which came into effect on Friday 27th March 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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Titanic Rail Trail & Wild Atlantic Way

  • Travel South, Southwest and North by Train

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.

All aboard our 9-day rail trail through Ireland!

We are delighted to offer a 9-day/9-night tour of Ireland which includes the highlights of Ireland and covers the theme of the ill fated Titanic story.

 

We visit Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cóbh near Cork City, the last port of call of the Titanic. We include Belfast where she was built, we explore Clifden in Connemara, where Jack Phillips, the Titanic's wireless operator worked for Marconi before the fatal voyage.

 

This tour also takes in Ireland's most famous attractions such as The Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, The Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, The Giant's Causeway, Inis Mór (Inishmore) - the largest of the 3 Aran Islands - and Galway Bay on the wild Atlantic Coast.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Tour of Inis Mór, Aran Islands.
  • 2 Nights Killarney B+B with Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel.
  • 2 Nights Galway 3*/4* Hotel.
  • 1 Night Clifden 3*/4* Hotel.
  • 3 Nights Dublin 3*/4* Standard Hotel.
  • 1 Night Belfast 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast Included.
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"Accommodations were excellent"

Aug 2019 by Saucysavory Brampton, Canada

What a lovely way to see this stunningly beautiful country. Hotel accommodations were excellent and in a couple of places we were upgraded. Tour guides were knowledgeable and fun. Well planned stops and lunch breaks. It’s amazing how quickly large numbers of people can be handled so smoothly. Amazing places to shop. The hop on and off Dublin bus tour works very well. Combination of city sight seeing, small towns and beautiful countrysides. We really lucked in with the weather as every place we went we got to see it all! A little bit of a short gentle rain one day. Described as angels tears and just enough to keep the dust down! This company will put together a tour to your liking. Try to see as much as you can and enjoy the well informed guides. The only thing I would do differently is add another day and take a break in the middle. We did on average 24000 steps a day! We certainly ate well and there is no shortage of great spots to eat. So much to see and experience!


"WORDS ALONE CANNOT EXPRESS OUR THANKS"

Sep 2018 by Michael Gallagher

Dear Jonathon - Tour Host

Thank you so much for the tour of Ireland. You really brought to life the issues, challanges, myths as well as the culture of Ireland. Words alone cannot express our thanks for all that you did for us during our time with you. We especially enjoyed the Irish Ceili and the Celtic Nights Show. It was nice of you to introduce me to Shaun and Matt before the show.

 

I feel that I really connected with my roots and have a whole new appreciation for everything Irish.


"We had an outstanding time.  The scope of the tour was splendid. "

Jun 2016 by Tormey Party

I would like to report for the Tormey party on our recent trip.    We were on the Titanic Rail Trail & Wild Atlantic Way -9 day tour plus the Welcome Package, starting June 7. We had an outstanding time.  The scope of the tour was splendid. We felt we got to see a broad variety of Ireland’s sights and attractions.  The pace was challenging but not too much even for our group including 8 senior citizens.  We can’t pick out what we liked best; so many fine sights.  The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel was outstanding and a welcome change of pace in the middle of the tour.  The owner Brian Hughes did a great job organizing our time there, making us welcome and even providing a souvenir group photo. The logistics for the many transfers, different hotels and attractions went very well.  We were impressed with the coordination, detail planning and execution.   We had no real problems.  We made good use of our free time to familiarize ourselves with various pubs and museums.   We got comfortable enough with your railroad and its people that several of us went off by train on our own to visit a new found distant cousin in Bunbrosna, County Westmeath.   His pub (Tormey’s Bar) could use some tourist traffic if you could add his place to some tours in that area. Your personnel were all very welcoming, knowledgeable and helpful.  Several standout for mention here.  First, Andy Gerrity, our first leg Host for Cork, Cobh, Killarney and on to Galway.  He was very welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining.   John O’ Halloran for the Connemara back county tour was very knowledgeable.  Jim (lost his last name, the ladies describe him as tall and handsome, perhaps it was the suit jacket) provided some very interesting history and background on our train ride to Belfast and took our picture at Kylemore. We have already recommended your firm to other potential travelers.   We are very pleased with the experience.  Keep up the good work


"The tour was fabulous...great staff..."

Jul 2015 by Gladys R

The tour was fabulous...great staff, friendly, and willing to make your day as memorable as possible..a no hassle, good time trip!


"I would recommend this company to anyone wishing to have a very comprehensive tour of Ireland"

Mar 2015 by Denise, Wisconsin

9 day Wild Atlantic Titanic tour .6 people ranging in age from early 50’s with a disability to 76. First I have to say this is our first trip to Ireland and our first experience with a tour group. We didn’t know what to expect but the itinerary that was sent to us via email and then also given to us when we met the Railtours rep at the train station in Dublin was very detailed. We never were left to flounder on our own. We were handed from guide to guide be it train or bus. We had a person with us that is disabled and much care was given to make sure he was comfortable when he could not join us on some of the site seeing along the way.
Things we learned about touring.One, wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Ok you don’t want to look like a tourist , well you are getting off a bus or train and following a guide , you are a tourist. Dress comfortable and wear shoes you can hike in. I am very athletic and some of the sites are a climb. The steps up Blarney castle & Bunratty castle very doable for most. The fort on Inés Mor , the Cliffs of Moher, the access to the rope bridge and the Giants Causeway.. all will give you a work out. Second thing we learned , take a break. We did the nine day tour and having a day off in Dublin was very much needed. This tour you are on the go, and do a lot of site seeing. Allowing yourself a day off is not wasting time, its recharging for the next adventure. Every hotel we stayed was prepared for us, welcomed us and were all very comfortable. Those that were exceptional were the North Star Hotel in Dublin. Claire went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. She is the best and will take great care of you. John , Kevin and Sean the bartenders, well , what can I say they also took great care and were lovely to chat with. The Abbeyglen Castle hotel in Clifden.. lovely place , interesting and very relaxing. If I had it to do again , I would take a 2 day break at the Abbeyglen Castle vs. the overnight stop. Third thing, find a way to spend more time in Northern Ireland. The guided tour is one day , you are then on your own for the next day, with hop on hop off bus passes and a ticket to the Titanic site.And that is fine but I think there are more things to do and we just didn’t have the time to research it and find out. Suggestions, on this 9 day tour , the day we landed in Galway, was a Saturday night, finding a place to eat was a challenge, do a bit of research and book a restaurant ahead on the weekends so you do not have to go door to door to get some food after a long day of travel. This tour gave us many lasting memories, many laughs and just an overall great experience.Railtours, Jim, Fiona, Shane, from the emails and phone calls setting this up to every single person we came into contact with you were all professional, friendly , accessible. Your guides, both the Railtour people and the subcontracted again , all very well versed in the local history , fun and ready to help and answer questions.
I would recommend this company to anyone wishing to have a very comprehensive tour of Ireland. Thank you for all the help, and a wonderful experience.


"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, Cobh Heritage Centre, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Dún Aonghasa, the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Belfast Hop-on-Hop-off City Bus Tour & Titanic Visitor Centre.

  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Tour of Inis Mór, Aran Islands.
  • 2 Nights Killarney B+B with Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel.
  • 2 Nights Galway 3*/4* Hotel.
  • 1 Night Clifden 3*/4* Hotel.
  • 3 Nights Dublin 3*/4* Standard Hotel.
  • 1 Night Belfast 4* Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast Included.
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.
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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.

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 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

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher & Galway

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

Aran Islands Tour

Galway City Centre


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.

Day 4
DAY
5

Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

Clifden Hotel


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.

 

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

Day 5
DAY
6

Clifden

Dublin City Centre


Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast at leisure.


Depart Clifden for a morning tour of the Sky Road and Coral Beach, which has spectacular coastal scenery. We visit Derrygimlagh Bog, the site of the Marconi transmitting station where Jack Phillips worked as a wireless operator. He left in 1911 and joined the Titanic, and went down with the ship as he sent the final distress messages.

 

This is also the site where Alcock and Brown landed in 1919 after the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. We return to Kylemore for our lunch stop (not included).

 

We continue our tour through Connemara enjoying spectacular mountain and lake scenery on our way back to Galway.

 

Depart Galway for Dublin Heuston at 19:20hrs.

 

Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.

Day 6
DAY
7

Discover Dublin Free Day

Dublin City Centre


This is your leisure day in Dublin, during which you can use your Hop-on-Hop-off Dublin City Sightseeing Tour ticket.


This Hop-on-Hop-off tour will take you to Dublin's most famous attractions including the Guinness Brewery, Trinity College, which houses the Book of Kells, Kilmainham Jail, Christchurch and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, plus lots lots more.

Day 7
DAY
8

Giants Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Belfast City Centre


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

Check-in is located in the main concourse area of Connolly Station where our representative will be waiting for you in their bright yellow jacket!

 

Check in for 07:35 Departure from Connolly Train Station.

 

Arrive into Belfast Central Station for 09:45 where we will be met by our tour coach to continue on our journey along the Causeway Coastal Route, along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. Upon arrival, guests can see one of Belfast’s most well-known landmark, the two Harland & Wolfe Cranes which are nicknamed Samson and Goliath.

 

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. You can even glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day.

 

Our next stop is the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!

 

We then head for Dunluce Castle for a photo stop before arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we stop for about 2 hours. Leaving the Giant’s Causeway, we head back to Belfast for your overnight stay.

Day 8
DAY
9

Belfast City & Titanic Belfast

Dublin City Centre


After enjoying a full Irish breakfast (the famous Ulster Fry) at your leisure, you will join the Belfast Hop-On-Hop-Off tour which not only explores the city centre but also the Titanic Quarter (see the original dock where the doomed liner was built). We also visit the new Titanic Visitor Centre and you can see the last surviving White Star Line Ship The Nomadic. You will also see the murals of the Falls and Shankill Roads with plenty of free time for shopping and exploring.


Return to Dublin on any scheduled train departure and make your own way to your Dublin hotel.

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