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5-9 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.

The Royal Atlantic Tour - 5 Day

Departs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday  

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 in Galway Bay.

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 its amazing gardens (Admission included) and kiss the famous stone which bestows the gift of eternal Eloquence! We have time for lunch and shopping and a flavor of Cork City including the famous English Market, recently made famous by the visit of Queen Elizabeth II on her first visit to Ireland. We visit the port of Cobh and its Heritage Centre, home of the "Queenstown Story". Experience the history of Irish famine and emigration. It was also here that the Titanic made her last port of call. We depart Cork by train to Killarney arriving 6:30 PM where we are transferred to our comfortable Bed & Breakfast accommodation with en-suite facilities.

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. Evening 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 at least 1 hour and half or so here. 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). Check in to your 4 Star standard (Hotel Grade subject to availability.) city centre Galway Hotel, which includes 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 4 - 10:00 AM: We meet our host and transfer by road to Connemara Airport for flight to Inishmore, largest of the Aran islands, last land before America. 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 (Adminission 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 at about 5:30 PM.

Day 5 - 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 en route. We continue on along the shores of Galway Bay and arrive in Galway at around 5:00 PM. We depart Galway by train at 8:20 PM to Dublin Heuston by InterCity train (bar & snacks available on board) arriving at 9:50 PM.

All Ireland Tour - 6 Day

Departs Monday/ Wednesday/Thursday and Saturday

Finally a tour covering all our highlights - offering two nights in Killarney, two nights in Galway and two nights in Dublin. This tour covers a large part of the Wild Atlantic Way and Causeway coast. We head South to visit Cork, Blarney Castle & the Ring of Kerry, West to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, the Aran Islands in Galway Bay and North to the Giant Causeway.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7:00 AM departure of Intercity train (Breakfast included Monday to Friday) to Cork. We transfer by road to Blarney Castle and its amazing gardens (Admission included) and kiss the famous stone which bestows the gift of eternal Eloquence!! We have time for lunch and shopping and a flavour of Cork City including the famous English Market, recently made famous by the visit of Queen Elizabeth II on her first visit to Ireland. We visit the port of Cobh and its Heritage Centre, home of the "Queenstown Story". Experience the history of Irish famine and emigration. It was also here that the Titanic made her last port of call. We depart Cork by train to Killarney arriving 6:30 PM where we are transferred to our comfortable Bed & Breakfast accommodation with en-suite facilities.

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. Evening 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 at least 1 hour and half or so here. 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). Check in to your 4 Star standard (Subject to availability) Galway Hotel. 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 4 - 10:00 AM: We meet our host and transfer by road to Connemara Airport for flight to Inishmore, 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 at about 5:30 PM.

Day 5 - 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 (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. We transfer to 4 star (standard) hotel for two nights (room only).

Day 6 - Check in Dublin Connolly Station (Information desk) for 7:35 AM departure of Enterprise service. 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. Lunch stop at Bushmills Distillery (Not Included). You can avail of tutored whiskey tastings! (unfortunately there is insufficient time for a full tour of the distillery.) We continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway next, seeing Dunluce Castle (photo stop only). We return to Belfast and our train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 10:20 PM (snacks available). 

Please note Sterling (British) Currency is required in Northern Ireland.

The Titanic Rail Trail and the Wild Atlantic Way - 9 Day

Departs Monday / Wednesday / Thursday and Saturday [February to October]

We are delighted to offer a nine day (nine nights) tour of Ireland which includes the highlights of Ireland and has the theme of the ill fated Titanic story. We visit Cork and Blarney Castle, and Cobh near Cork City, the ships last port of call. 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 and Galway Bay on the wild Atlantic Coast. This escorted tour, like all our extended tours, includes all rail and coach travel, quality hotel accommodation, admissions where stated and transfers.

Day 1 - Blarney castle: Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7 AM departure of Intercity train to Cork. We transfer to Blarney Castle, (admission included) kiss the Blarney Stone and thus acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. After time for lunch and shopping we have a short city tour of Cork and we have a scenic journey alongside Cork Harbour to Cobh where the Titanic made its last port of call and where generations of Irish emigrants left for the new worlds. We visit the Cobh Heritage Centre home of the Queenstown Story and The Titanic Story (admission included). We travel by train from Cobh to Killarney where we are transferred to our comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation with en-suite facilities in the center of Killarney. The evening is free for exploring the traditional pubs and restaurants and maybe walking to the famous lakes

Day 2 - 10:00 AM: we embark on the famous Ring of Kerry tour which is a largely coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, on one side of which is Dingle Bay. Lots of stunning mountain and coastal scenery. We pass through Sneem Village and see The Skellig Rocks, The Macgillicuddy Reeks including Ireland's highest mountain, Carrantuohill. Our route includes Molls Gap and Ladies View over the world famous Lakes of Killarney. We return to our comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation with en-suite facilities in the center of Killarney, and enjoy an evening at your leisure.

Day 3 - Bunratty Castle: 7:30 AM transfer by road from Killarney to Limerick passing through the lovely village of Adare. In Limerick we have a short tour of the treaty city and setting for the movie "Angela's Ashes". We head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village, we include admission and a guided tour of this wonderful medieval castle and the accurate recreation of Irish Country life in the adjacent Folk Park. Our next stop is at a traditional Irish pub, O'Connor's of Doolin, with its reasonable priced seafood and pub grub - try the chowder (lunch not included). It is a short drive from here to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, (admission included) from here we enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay (our route is regarded as one of Europes top ten coastal drives). Overnight in Galway City in three/four star hotel. The evening is free.

Day 4 - 10:30 AM transfer to Connemara Airport for flight and tour of Inismór, the largest of the Aran Islands, where we join our tour of the Island with time for lunch at Kilronan before our visit to the magnificent ancient fort Dún Aengus with its sheer cliffs and dramatic seascapes. Return flight and transfer back to Galway City with time for exploring and shopping. The evening is free.

Day 5 - 10:00 AM: depart Galway for tour of Connemara including Kylemore Abbey and its wonderful Victorian gardens (admission to Abbey & garden included). On our journey through Connemara we pass 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. During this tour we see many Connemara ponies in their natural habitat. Transfer to Clifden, the capital of Connemara and The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Station House Hotel or Foyles Hotel in the center of the town. The evening is free to explore this beautiful little town on the Atlantic Coast with wonderful pubs and seafood restaurants. Dinner and overnight in Clifden.

Day 6 - 10:00 AM: depart Clifden for morning tour of the Sky Road, Coral Beach - 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 also is 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 where we join our train to Dublin arriving at 9:45 PM. Overnight at a Dublin city center hotel.

Day 7 - This is your leisure day in Dublin during which you can use your Hop On- Hop Off Dublin city sight seeing tour ticket (included in your pack). This Hop On-Hop Off tour will take you to Dublin's most famous attractions including The Guinness Brewery, Trinity College (see the book of Kells), Kilmainham Jail, and Christchurch and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, plus lots lots more. Overnight Dublin city center hotel.

Day 8 - Check in at Dublin Connolly station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7:35 AM departure of Enterprise train to Belfast. On arrival, we join our coach and head north along the famous Antrim coast road, crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway next (admission included), then a photo stop at Dunluce Castle. We return to Belfast and your four star hotel in the city center for overnight.


Day 9 - 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 doomed liner was built). We also visit the new Titanic Visitor Centre (admission included) 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. You will join the Railtours Ireland group returning to Dublin at 8:10 PM from Belfast Central Station arriving Dublin Connolly at 10:20 PM and overnight in Dublin City Centre Hote.

Sterling (British £) Currency is required in Northern Ireland 

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