3 Day Railtours | Ireland Escorted

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.

Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher

Departs Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat 

A three day tour to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story and then from Killarney, touring the Ring of Kerry the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay, returning to Dublin by train from Galway. This tour features part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7 AM departure of Intercity train (Breakfast included Monday to Friday) to Cork. We transfer by road to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone. After time for lunch and shopping, and a flavor 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 two nights. The evening is free in Killarney.

Day 2 - At 10 AM, we embark on the famous Ring of Kerry tour which is a largely coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula. Take in lots of stunning mountain and coastal scenery, including the famous Lakes of Killarney. The evening is free in Killarney. Perhaps enjoy a traditional night entertainment; your host can give you suggestions and ideas.

Day 3 - 7:30 AM: After another Full Irish Breakfast we transfer to Killarney by road to Limerick. After a short tour of this historic Viking city, famous as the setting for the movie Angela's Ashes on the mighty river Shannon, we visit Bunratty Castle and its lovely folk park. After a couple of hours here we strike West for the tiny fishing village of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Coast. We have lunch here in Gus O'Connor's traditional bar (not included). Next, we visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher highest sea cliffs in Europe, and enjoy the best part of 2 hours.Perhaps take some of the cliff walk if you dare. We continue Northwards along the Atlantic coast and experience the unique limestone desert of Burren, famous for its unique flora and fauna. We round Black Head and make our way along the stunning south shore of Galway Bay to Galway city arriving around 6:15 PM (depending on traffic conditions). Here we have some time to explore and perhaps have an evening meal before our 7:20 PM to Dublin Heuston by InterCity train (bar & snacks available on board) arriving at 9:50 PM.

All timings are approximate due to local conditions. Train departures are exact.

Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, & Dingle Peninsula

Departs Daily (Monday - Saturday) [March to October Only]

A three day tour to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story and then based in Killarney, touring the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for a 7:00 AM departure of Intercity train (Breakfast included Monday to Friday) to Cork. We transfer by road to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone. After time for lunch and shopping, and a flavor 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 two nights.

Day 2 - 10:00 AM: We embark 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.

Day 3 - 10:00 AM: we tour the Dingle Peninsula made famous as the location for the movie "Ryan's Daughter". We return by train from Killarney at 5:36 PM arriving in Dublin Heuston 9 PM.

The Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands

Departs Daily (Monday - Saturday)

Experience the delights of Galway Bay surrounded by the Burren region and the Cliffs of Moher, facing spectacular Connemara across the water with the Aran Islands lying at the mouth of this world famous inlet. Stay in a 4 star (standard) hotel for 2 nights in the heart of vibrant & Cultural Galway City (the City of the Tribes).

Itinerary

Day 1 - Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7:00 AM departure of InterCity train to Cork. (Free full Irish breakfast available Monday to Friday if tour booked directly online on this site). We join our coach at Limerick, 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 - 10:00 AM: We meet our host and transfer by road to Connemara Airport for our flight to Inishmore - the largest of the Aran islands. We join our tour of the Island with time for lunch at Kilronan (Not included) before our visit to the magnificent ancient fort Dún Aengus (Admission included) with its sheer cliffs and dramatic seascapes. The word Dun means fort of a king or chieftain.This massive fort is perched on 100mt high cliffs and offers commanding views of the Island. This prehistoric fort is enclosed by 3 huge dry stone walls and was further protected by Chevaux-de-frise, tall blocks of limestone set vertically into the ground. After seeing more of the island, we get our return flight and transfer back to Galway City arriving 17.30hrs approx. Evening 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 3 - 10:00 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 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 (price not included). See the Twelve Bens and Maamturks mountain ranges. Plenty of shopping and photo opportunities are 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.

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