With just about everywhere in Ireland reachable by train from Dublin, the capital makes a great launch pad for exploring the country’s highlights. Whether you’re looking for a high-speed train to whisk you around the sights or a slow-chugging steam train to take you the scenic route, there are plenty of options for day and multi day rail trips from Dublin.
Less than 3 hours away by train, Cork makes a popular day trip destination with many travelers stopping off to kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, along the way. Further south, trains also link Dublin and Cork to Killarney where you can explore the rugged wilderness of the Killarney National Park and combine it with a coach trip around the iconic Ring of Kerry scenic route. Or why not head north into Northern Ireland, with a rail trip to see the famous Giant’s Causeway, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site?
Alternatively, take the westbound train over to Ireland’s Atlantic coast and explore the sights of County Clare and County Galway. West Ireland is home to many of the country’s most popular natural attractions, like the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, the rocky plateau of the Burren and the tranquil beaches of Galway Bay. From here, hop back on the train to Connemara or the Dingle Peninsula, where you can travel out to Slea Head, the westernmost point in Europe.
You don’t even have to go that far from Dublin to have a rail adventure – travel to the nearby Wicklow Mountains on the scenic coastal railway and visit the ancient monastic site of Glendalough.
Even if you’re planning a longer trip, why bother dealing with timetables and train connections, when you could book a multi day train tour and travel the country hassle free? A 2, 3, or 4 day rail tour could combine sights like Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Connemara and the Dingle Peninsula, with all your travel needs taken care of so you can concentrate on sitting back and soaking up the scenery.