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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:2 days / 1 night
Explore Cork, Blarney Castle and the stunning coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry at your leisure on this relaxed overnight rail and coach tour from Dublin. With an overnight stop in the lively town of Killarney, this is the ultimate opportunity to soak up the friendly Irish culture and enjoy the company of the charming locals.

Highlights

  • Two-day train and coach trip from Dublin to Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry
  • Travel through Ireland's scenic countryside
  • Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Free time to shop and have lunch in Blarney village
  • Short city tour of Cork
  • Moving Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh
  • Scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Overnight B&B accommodation in Killarney including full Irish breakfast
  • Hosted train travel
  • Information pack
  • Friendly, professional tour guide

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What You Can Expect

Best 2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin

This beautiful view is your reward for climbing to the top of Blarney Castle in Cork

Departing from Dublin Heuston Station, you'll catch the train to Cork and then travel by coach to the famous Blarney Castle. There'll be time here for you to kiss the famous stone, and enjoy some free time for shopping and lunch in the village of Blarney before returning to Cork for a short city tour.
You'll then transfer to Cobh, where the Queenstown Story Heritage Center is located in the beautifully restored Victorian railway station and transatlantic terminal. This was the embarkation point for generations of Irish emigrants from famine times to recent years.

Transferring back to Cork station, you'll catch the train to Killarney to stay in comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation (with en-suite facilities). Your evening in Killarney is free.

Next day, you'll take the lovely Ring of Kerry coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, flanked by Dingle Bay. The stunning mountain and coastal scenery includes the famous Lakes of Killarney.

Your return train to Dublin departs Killarney at 5:50pm and arrives at Dublin Heuston at 9:15pm.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin - Cork - Cobh - Killarney:
Depart from the Dublin Heuston Station on the InterCity train to Cork. On arrival, transfer to Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. After time for lunch and shopping, enjoy a short city tour of Cork and then visit Cobh Heritage Center home of the "Queenstown Story". Transfer back to Cork station for train to Killarney where you will be transferred to a comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation (with en-suite facilities). Evening free.

Day 2: Ring of Kerry - Iveragh Peninsula - Dublin:
At 10:00am, 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. Admire the stunning mountain, coastal scenery including the famous Lakes of Killarney. The return train to Dublin departs Killarney at 6:25pm and arrives at Dublin Heuston 10:20pm where your tour concludes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was excellent! Our tour guide,Jonathan, was awesome. He was full of knowledge regarding the region, myths, and history. We loved it! He gave us plenty of time to get our pictures, see the sites and do our shopping. We even stopped at a few extra sites. Thank you for a wonderful time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The tour was wonderful and the tour guides were very informative and helpful. They all had wonderful sense of humours. We loved visiting your beautiful Ireland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We enjoyed the tour, thanks to John, the tour leader, for taking such good care of us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Wonderful tour of the south of Ireland. My favorite town was Killarney and I wish I could have stayed there longer. Our guide for the Ring of Kerry was terrific -- Michael was well informed, personable, and did an outstanding job of giving us a wonderful experience despite the weather. We did have bouts of rain but that did not take away from all the sights.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This 2-day trip was the highlight of my stay in Ireland. I liked the Blarney Castle but because of a bad leg was not able to climb to the top to kiss the stone. Instead I walked over to the Woolen Mill and went shopping and ate lunch. Fair prices for good quality items. The B and B was the Fairview Guesthouse. A very lovely place to stay with breakfast and internet. There were many shops, restaurants, and pubs close by. There is also a nice woolen shop at the end of the street near the Pharmacy which I discovered when I had to get cold medicine. The second day was the Ring of Kerry trip and it was one full day of beautiful scenery. I enjoyed looking at the very green country fields plus seeing the mountains and bays together. This tour is a must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Everything went so smoothly. Peter, our tour guide, was wonderful and clearly passionate about his job. He took us to places that the tour normally doesn't stop, and the experience was that much better. The train ride is a bit lengthy from Dublin, so make sure you bring something to read or amuse yourself -- although the countryside is entertainment enough. We had enough time at each stop to explore and get a better sense of County Kerry, from the small villages along the Ring of Kerry to the bigger city of Cork. The B and B arrangements were awesome, Eugene at Noraville B and B was an awesome host who made sure we were taken care of. Overall, this is a great option for those who want to see the Ring of Kerry without making all the arrangements themselves. You'll be well taken care of and you'll have a terrific time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Our guides were warm, wonderful people who took good care of us. The grounds at Blarney were stunning as was the entire Ring of Kerry tour. We loved our hotel in Killarney. We loved all the quaint towns we stopped in along the way. We will return to Ireland and book trips through Viator again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

It was beautiful, great trains, great tour guides (except for one woman who spoke to fast, and did not seem to care about people understanding her) the scenary was beautifull

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

It was wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

It's interesting but a little challenge to change the train ride to bus or vice versa. The scenic view was fantastic. I would recommend this to my friends.

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