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.
Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Burren and Galway Bay
No Saturday departure
Day 1 - Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 3:25 PM departure of intercity train. On arrival in Limerick at 5:40 PM we transfer you to your four star standard hotel in Limerick City Centre. You have the evening free in "the Treaty City" - a vibrant city with a great selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. We include some suggestions in your travel pack.
Day 2 - We pick you up at your Hotel at 9:30 AM. We head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (admission included), then to a Doolin village 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. 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.
All tours have stops en route for Photography, shopping etc.
Connemara and Galway Bay
Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 1.25pm departure of the Intercity train to Galway (snacks and drinks available). Our train takes us the whole way across Ireland from east to west. On arrival in Galway you will be checked in to your comfortable hotel near the railway station and you have the evening free to explore.
Day 2 - We begin our tour by coach and strike out into the fabulous scenery in the region known 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 (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 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).
Itinerary subject to change on the day
Cork, Blarney Castle and the Queenstown/Titanic Story
Day 1 - Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for the 2 PM departure of Intercity train to Cork. On arrival in Cork at 3:40 PM, we transfer you to your 4 star standard Hotel in Cork City Center. You have the evening free in Ireland's "real capital" (as the locals would say!)
Day 2 - We pick you up at your Hotel at 9:20 AM where we will travel by road to Blarney Castle and its stunning gardens 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 including a stop at the English Market (traffic permitting). 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, including passengers for the Titanic in April 1912. Return to Cork for departure on InterCity service to Dublin (light meals available). Arrival at Dublin Heuston Station is at 8 PM.
Killarney & The Ring of Kerry
Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for the 3 PM departure of intercity train to Killarney. On arrival in Killarney at 6:15 PM we transfer you to your 4 star standard hotel in Killarney very close to the bustling centre of this most traditional of Irish towns. Your evening is free for exploring Killarney's quaint pubs and Restaurants.
Day 2 - The next morning at 10 AM you will be picked up from your Hotel to join the Ring of Kerry tour. We have a wonderful day ahead viewing some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. We also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain Carrauntoohil, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the world famous Lakes of Killarney. Return to Killarney for train departure to Mallow, where we will join our Dublin bound express (light meals available). Arrival in Dublin Heuston is at 9 PM.
Belfast City & The Giant's Causeway
Day 1 - Check in at Dublin Connolly station (information desk) for the 1:20 PM departure of the enterprise train to Belfast. On arrival in Belfast Central Station we will transfer to a local train service to Belfast Great Victoria Street which is situated directly underneath your 4 star standard Hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for exploring the exciting Northern Capital.
Day 2 - After your Ulster Fry, you will be picked up at your Hotel at 9:30 AM. We will travel by coach on 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 train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 10:15 PM (snacks available on board).
Please Note: Sterling (£ British) Currency is required in Northern Ireland.