Tour Ireland without having to drive.
Railtours Ireland offer visitors to Dublin the chance to see a great portion of Ireland that they would not ordinarily be able to experience comfortably in one or more days. At speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, sit back and relax as your train glides through the heart of Ireland, an ancient landscape littered with castles.
Choose from any of the tours below that range from half a day all the way up to nine days. Most tours begin and end in Dublin but you do have the option of spending an extra night or ending your tour in areas such as Galway or Killarney.
All tours depart daily (Monday - Saturday) from Dublin unless stated.
The West Coast Explorer (including Galway Bay)
Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Heuston station Customer Service Desk) for the 7 AM departure of InterCity train to Cork. We join our coach at Limerick where we have a short tour of the treaty city and setting for "Angela's Ashes". We head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (admission included), then to a Doolin Pub for our lunch stop and on to the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the wild Atlantic coast. We enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay to Galway the city of the tribes. Check in to your 4 Star standard (Hotel Grade subject to availability) city center Galway Hotel, which includes a full Irish Breakfast. The evening is free to enjoy this really exciting city with its huge selection of traditional bars some with music and a wide variety of restaurants and cafés.
Day 2 - At 10 AM, we depart Galway and strike out into the fabulous scenery of Connemara (inlets of the ocean). On our journey we passed the house where Bruce Ismay (director of the white Star Line) retired to in disgrace after surviving the Titanic sinking until his death in 1932. Mountains, lakes and deep inlets are there to behold. We also visit the lovely fishing village of Leenane on Ireland's only fjord - Killary Harbour. We visit the World famous Kylemore Abbey & Garden (admission to Abbey & garden included). This is also our lunch stop (not included). See the Twelve Bens and Maamturks mountain ranges. Plenty of shopping and photo opportunities en route. We continue on along the shores of Galway Bay and arrive in Galway at around 6 PM. We depart Galway by train at 7:20 PM to Dublin Heuston by InterCity train (bar & snacks available on board) arriving at 9:50 PM.
Belfast & The Giant's Causeway
Day 1 - Check in Dublin Connolly station (information desk) for 7:35 AM departure of Enterprise Service (Light breakfast available). At Belfast we join our tour and head to the famous Antrim Coast Road crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant’s Causeway next, seeing Dunluce Castle (photo stop only). We return to Belfast and our four star city center hotel for overnight.
Day 2 - 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 center but also the Titanic Quarter (see the original dock where the great liner was built), and Belfast Castle. Plenty of time for shopping etc., in Belfast city centre and return at either 4:10 PM or 6:10 PM arriving in Dublin Connolly Station two hours and ten minutes later. (bar and snacks available)
Please Note: Sterling (£ British) Currency is required in Northern Ireland.
Belfast City, Game of Thrones & The Giant's Causeway
Departs Tuesday, Friday & Saturday
Day 1 - Enjoy a relaxing train ride along the east coast of Ireland. On arriving at Belfast your Railtours host provides you with a City Tour – hop-on hop-off ticket and an admission voucher to Titanic Visitor Centre. You are then free to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. See the world famous political murals depicting "The Troubles" or visit Crumlin Road Gaol. Sign your name on the Peace Wall leaving your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama. Visit The Titanic Exhibition where you can stroll through a reconstruction of some of its most famous rooms including the State Rooms, Promenade, Boiler Room and a First-Class Parlour Suite. You can also see the last remaining White Star Line ship "The Normadic" (reduced admission). Overnight 4* Hotel, in downtown Belfast including full Irish breakfast.
Day 2 - Giant's Causeway: At 9 AM we depart for Belfast and travel north along the scenic Causeway Route on our Game of Thrones tour where we visit seven iconic sites from Series 1 to 4. At Cushendun we walk to the Caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her "shadow baby" who then slayed Renly Baratheon. Then on to Ballycastle to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities. Travel along the natural tree arches of Dark Hedges on Kings Road, one of Ireland's most photographed locations, where Arya Stark escaped from Kings Landing dressed as a boy. We break for lunch (not included) at the cosy Fullerton Arms in Ballintroy Harbour where several major scenes were filmed. You might even hear a story or two from the staff who have played host to some of the biggest stars in the show! The last stop is at the renowned Giant's Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a must see on any visit to Northern Ireland before heading back to Belfast in plenty of time of our train arriving back in Dublin at 10:20 PM.
Please note: Sterling (British £) Currency is required in Northern Ireland.
Cork, Blarney Castle, Queenstown Story, Killarney and Ring of Kerry
Day 1 - Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7 AM departure of Intercity train to Cork. We transfer by road to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone. After time for lunch and shopping, and a flavour of Cork City we visit Cobh Heritage Centre home of the "Queenstown Story" We depart Cork by train to Killarney where we are transferred to our comfortable Bed & Breakfast accommodation with en-suite facilities. We are based here for 1 night. The evening is free in Killarney.
Day 2 - Enjoy a full Irish Breakfast before we embark at 10 AM on the famous Ring of Kerry tour which is a largely coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula - lots of stunning mountain and coastal scenery, including the famous Lakes of Killarney. The evening is free in Killarney. Your host can give you plenty of suggestions and ideas. Return train to Dublin departs Killarney 5:36 PM and arrives Dublin Heuston at 9 PM.
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet & Cliffs of Moher
No Saturday departure
Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 11:25 PM departure of Intercity train to Galway. Arrive in Galway at 1:40 PM. Enjoy almost four hours exploring Galway City. Depart Galway at 6 PM by road to Bunratty Village and check in to our comfortable hotel. There is an 8:45 PM Irish Mead reception in Bunratty Castle before medieval banquet (including wines) and legendary Irish entertainment. Afterwards perhaps enjoy a nightcap in Durty Nellys famous traditional pub beside the castle. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 - 10:00 AM – meet Railtours Ireland host for tour of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, then set off by coach for the coastal village of Doolin for our lunch stop at Gus O’Connors famous bar. We then visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Continuing through the lunar landscape of The Burren we drive around Blackhead and along the shores of Galway Bay (our route is regarded as one of Europe’s top ten coastal drives) ending up in Galway the city of the tribes. Free time in Galway for shopping or to grab a bite to eat. We then join our Dublin bound train (light meals available) at 7:15 PM arriving in Heuston at 9:45 PM.
This tour is subject to availability of the Banquet and/or the Hotel accommodation