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Excellent day trip from Dublin with very early start. The Antrim coast is stunning and there is no way you are not going to enjoy this. There is also a bus that drives you down to the Causeway and back for £1 each way, which means you can enjoy the landscape even if you are not big on walking. We were greatly delayed at the stops due to very high number of visitors but our driver Eddie waited for us ever so patiently and eventually the tour overran by 2 hours and more. A little suggestion to the tour company: drop the visit to Belfast altogether and allow more time at Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Thanks a lot, Guys. Enjoyed myself thoroughly!
An excellent tour that takes you to the best of Ireland. In Cork and Limerick only a short orientation tour from the bus is included and you don't actually get to walk in the town. Also be aware that the visits to the 2 castles are very rushed (Blarney and Bunratty). Especially at Blarney be prepared for queues from hell. Having queued for 20 minutes to enter Blarney castle I gave up but the grounds are themselves worth exploring including a pre-historic site. Also the guided tour at Bunratty castle doesn't leave you with enough time to walk around the folk village as well so you might find that you have to choose what you do. However, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsula are the true highlights of this tour and there you do get the time with plenty of stops for photos and to take in the gorgeous scenery. The hotel in Killarney was also a good quality 3-star hotel. The only issue I had on this tour was that the Railtour hosts were sometimes in confusion as to who was doing what and it didn't look like anything you said to them could help. In Killarney when I arrived for the Dingle tour there was no host available to assist and when she eventually arrived she got busy on the phone dealing with other non-Railtour business so she was still not available to help. There seem to be communication/organisation issues with the hosts that don't inspire much confidence. However, they are very nice and friendly and I would go on this tour again.
Glendalough was magnificent. Monastic ruins in beautiful nature. Don't miss walking to the lake. There was also a stop at some dolmen (pre-historic tomb) which was a bonus and then we were off to Kilkenny. We were dropped at Kilkenny castle, which was very nice and definitely worth exploring, but overall not sufficient time was allowed at Kilkenny, as the town has manny attractions. The tour company should plan for an additional hour or two at Kilkenny with a later return to Dublin, as the itinerary the way it is doesn't really allow for much more than a visit to the castle or a quick lunch.
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