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.
Titanic & Belfast City
Check in at Dublin Connolly Station (Information Desk) for the 7:35 AM departure of the Enterprise Express train (snacks available) to Belfast. Experience crossing the border at Milepost 59 and after arrival at Belfast Central we will take you by local train to Belfast Great Victoria Street Station in the heart of the city where you pick up your Hop On - Hop Off tour. This takes you right around the city including The Titanic Quarter - we include admission to The Titanic Visitors Centre. There is an optional visit to the newly refurbished and acclaimed Crumlin Road Jail - see the eerie condemned cell and adjacent gallows. Drive the famous Falls and Shankill Roads and see their murals! Plenty of time for shopping etc, in Belfast city centre and return at either 4:10PM or 9:35 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
Waterford Crystal & Kilkenny City
Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Information Desk) for the 7:25 AM(snacks available) departure of intercity train to Kilkenny. We arrive at 9:00 AM after a scenic rail journey and we take a guided tour of Kilkenny City known as The Marble City, after the tour you will have plenty of time to explore and perhaps visit Kilkenny Castle overlooking the River Nore (admission not included) and the nearby Kilkenny Design Centre. We depart Kilkenny at 11:40 AM and arrive in Waterford Crystal on the banks of the River Suir in the heart of Waterford City at 12:20 PM. On arrival we have time for lunch (not included) followed by a tour of the Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre (included).
The tour departs Waterford by train at 4:25 PM arriving in Dublin Heuston at 8:00 PM (snacks available). Our return journey by train is via the scenic Suir Valley through the heart of County Tipperary. We change trains at Limerick Junction to join our express back to Dublin.
Cork, Blarney Castle and the Queenstown/Titanic Story
Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7 AM departure of the Intercity train to Cork (breakfast available ). On arrival in Cork we transfer by road to Blarney Castle where we kiss the famous stone and thus acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. There is time for shopping and lunch at Blarney Village before returning to Cork and a short city tour. We have a scenic journey alongside Cork Harbour to Cobh where the "Queenstown Story" Heritage Centre is located in the beautifully restored Victorian railway station and transatlantic terminal. This was an embarkation point for generations of Irish emigrants to the new worlds from famine times to recent years. Return to Cork for departure on InterCity service to Dublin (light meals available). Arrival at Dublin Heuston Station is at 8 PM.
Cork and Blarney Castle
Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7 AM departure of Intercity train to Cork (breakfast available). On arrival in Cork we transfer by road to Blarney Castle where we kiss the famous stone and thus acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. Time for shopping and lunch at Blarney Village before returning to Cork and take our train departing at 2:20 PM and arriving in Dublin at 4:55 PM. If you wish to spend more time in Cork and take a later train back to Dublin, your return tickets are valid all day.
The Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, The Burren and Galway Bay
Check in at Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7 AM departure of InterCity train to Cork (breakfast available Monday to Friday). We join our coach at Limerick and 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. You have 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. The drive from the Cliffs of Moher to Galway city is regarded by the AA Automobile Association as one of the top 10 coastal drives in Europe.
All tours have stops en route for Photography, shopping etc.
The Giant's Causeway Glens of Antrim and Wild Atlantic Coast
Check in at Dublin Connolly Station (Information desk) for the 7:35 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 9:20 PM (snacks available).
Please note Sterling (British) Currency is required in Northern Ireland.
The Ring of Kerry
Check in at Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7 AM InterCity train to Mallow County Cork . Here we transfer to Killarney and thence our tour of the Ring of Kerry. We have a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. We also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the world famous Lakes of Killarney. We return to Killarney for train departure to Mallow, where we join our Dublin bound express(light meals available). Arrival in Heuston is at 9 PM.
Connemara and The Wild Atlantic Way
Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:30 AM departure of Intercity train to Galway. On arrival in Galway we begin our tour by coach and strike out into the fabulous scenery of Connemara and into the region know as Connemara. Mountains, lakes and deep inlets are there to behold, we visit the lovely fishing village of Leenane on Ireland's only fjord. We visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey Visitor Centre* and Victorian Garden which will be our lunch stop (not included). See Twelve Bens and Maamturks mountain ranges. Plenty of shopping and photo opportunities en route. We continue on along the northern shores of Galway bay and arrive in Galway for our return Intercity train to Dublin Heuston Station arriving at 9:45 PM (snacks available).
*Visit to Abbey and Garden included.
Itinerary subject to change on the day
The Aran Islands with scenic flight over Galway Bay
Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 7:35 AM departure of Intercity train to Galway city. (Snacks available on board). After crossing Ireland b:56y train to Galway City we take a short coach transfer to Connemara Airport for our 10 minute* return flight to Inis Mór (meaning big island). We enjoy a tour of the island including a visit to the fortress of Dún Aengus, the most magnificently and dramatically situated Celtic Stone fort in Western Europe standing precariously on the edge of a 100 meter high cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This stone fort was described by 19th century archaeologist George Petrie as "the most magnificent barbaric monument extant in Europe". We arrive back at the village of Kilronan with time to lunch (not included) or visit the Aran Sweater Market and Museum to learn the origins and history of the world famous Aran Sweater. We return to Galway with some time to explore the city centre before catching our train back to Dublin Heuston arriving at 9:45 PM (light meals and refreshments available)
* should weather conditions be such as to curtail flights you will be taken on an alternative tour to Connemara and refunded the difference.
The Wicklow Mountaineer, East Coast, Avoca and Glendalough
Check in Dublin Connolly station (information desk) for 9:40 AM departure of train to Arklow. A fantastic tour during which you will enjoy a spectacular train journey south by Killiney Bay, around Bray Head and along the beautiful East Coast to Wicklow where we swing west into the Mountains. Visit the famous village of Avoca (Ballykissangel in the hit TV series). See hand weaving at the Woollen Mills which offer great shopping & time for lunch. Visit the ancient Monastic city of Glendalough (Glen of the two lakes) all draped in beautiful mountain scenery! We return to Dublin Connolly station which is adjacent to Dublin's Docklands at approx. 4:35 PM
Cork, Blarney Castle and the Queenstown/Titanic Story
This tour departs from Cork
Check in at Cork Kent Railway Station (Steam Locomotive 36 in the concourse) for the 9:40 AM departure of tour. We transfer by road to Blarney Castle where we kiss the famous stone and thus acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. There is time for shopping and lunch at Blarney Village before returning to Cork and a short city tour. We have a scenic journey alongside Cork Harbour to Cobh where the "Queenstown Story" Heritage Centre is located in the beautifully restored Victorian railway station and transatlantic terminal. This was the embarkation point for generations of Irish emigrants to the new worlds from famine times to recent years. Return by train from Cobh to Cork City - Kent Station, arriving at 5 PM.
The Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Burren & Galway Bay
This journey is all by bus from Limerick
Check in at 9 AM at Limerick (Colbert) Railway Station with Railtours Ireland Host with bright yellow jacket in station concourse. We have a short tour of Limerick City, and head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (admission included). For Customers joining our tour at Bunratty, check in is at admission's desk Bunratty Castle at 9:45 AM with Railtours Ireland Host with bright yellow jacket. (Admission to Castle & Folk Park included). After a tour of Bunratty Castle and time to explore the Folk Park we continue on to the Atlantic Coast and O'Connor's Traditional Irish Pub in Doolin for our lunch stop (lunch not included). Next we visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher. The next part of the tour is said to be the part of one of the top ten coastal drives in Europe. We enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, rounding Blackhead before heading along the shores of Galway Bay to Galway the city of the tribes. We depart Galway for a direct run back to Bunratty arriving at 7:45 PM.