Great stuff and everything was done brilliantly well by the tour organisers. Starting with the Tour guides (Mr Norman for 3 days and Ray Furlong for 1 day) who shared great tid-bits of information, the bus ride, the photo-stops, the scenery itself and of course the pubs and inns where good food was always available (though a little bit restricted in terms of choice for strict vegetarians). The routes chosen were stunning leaving us panting for more...wishing that this tour never ended !!
I had the most wonderful time on my tour. My guide for day one and four was Norman and he was truly fantastic! His stories and wealth of information made for a truly enjoyable tour. My only request was that I wish our tour was able to spend more time at Cliffs of Moher and in Galway.
A wonderful tour of Ireland! And if are lucky enough to have Tim Tim as your guild, all the better for you!!!! He made the journey for us. This trip gives you a wonderful taste of the country--and we cannot wait to return to see more.
Very interesting tour and lovely areas to visit!! The tour guide on the Ring of Kerry was absolutely fantastic. My only wish was to have been allowed more time to spend in each area as opposed to short stops. I do highly recommend the trip and staying in B and Bs. Beauty's Home in Killarney was so welcoming!!
This was a well organised trip, with good B&B accomadation. The scenery was spectacular well worth going even if the weather is not good.
Geraldine H Canada
I would definitely recommend this tour. Fantastic - over exceeded my expectations.
Rebecca P USA
Great. The B&B was very nice. The tour guides were kind and knowledgeable.
Our guide Jonathon was spectacular. We had so much fun with him. My biggest complaint was that in Kilearny our B and B was so far from town and it made it hard to get around. It took 30-40 min to walk to town. Other than that it was great.
I didn't reailize that the trip was basically 4 day trips, but it worked out well. There was just a bit of a different flow because I basically had a different tour guide for the different days. I had Dave as my guide two days who was stellar. He went above and beyond, and was a treasure chest of information. He was very helpful with questions as well. Was a great way to see the scenic parts of Ireland packed into 4 days. Stayed at a great B and B in Kilarney with this tour called Robeen House. It was nice to see have the different day trips but have them all coordinated for me.
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.
Beautiful sites, nice bed and breakfast convenient to town, spent too little time on train and toooo much time on bus.
Ivor S USA
The hosts were wonderful! Rail schedules were a bit erratic, but the hosts took it in stride and made sure we were taken care of. B&B's were great. We were allowed time to take in the local color of the sites. Wish we could have had more time in Galway.
Cheryl C Canada
The tours were very good. The train trip from Dublin went very well. Catching the train in Galway was a bit chaotic, as there was very little time to spare between arriving at the station and the departure of the train. The bed and breakfast in Killarney was very nice with a wonderful breakfast. However, it was too far from the center of town. For people who don't mind the lengthy walk, it would be okay, but when you are traveling with people who can't walk that far, it makes for very long evenings. Three nights in Killarney is one night too many. For a first time visit to Ireland, this is an excellent way to see this part of the country if you don't rent a car.
Marianne D United Kingdom
Great part of Ireland, with knowledgeable tour guides. It would be better to have a B&B right in Killarney, so we could see more of the town.
Bruce B USA
Each day's venue was different and exciting, the country-side was breathtaking, the guides were all excellent, knowledgeable, friendly & very helpful, and our B&B owner was great. Killarney is a nice town to visit. Be prepared for the high cost of food & beverage. Otherwise this is a fabulous trip which covers many beautiful vistas in a short period of time.
I felt this was a good trip. Wish we could have stopped in a couple places a bit longer. This is a great thing to do if you want to see all the big attractions. I did feel altough it was tourist central... "and make sure you stop at the gift shop before you leave" kind of thing. But the tour itself was nice. Nice people, helpful staff, good accomodation, transportation. I just dont like being on a schedule so much.
We generally enjoyed the tour. However, on day 2, to the Ring of Kerry, it was raining all day, and we would have preferred to be taken somewhere else, perhaps a museum. We were unable to see most of the sights that day, due to the rain. Our other complaint is this: despite requesting to the bus driver to turn down the air-conditioning blower so that we could hear him, he didn't do this. We were disappointed we could not hear him, and it was uncomfortably cold in the bus.
Manisha C USA
Most of the tour was excellent. Unfortunately, some parts were poorly organized. We often had no idea where we were supposed to be or when. Very frustrating. On the whole it was a pleasant experience, but we really had to work hard in order to know what was going on due to the poor organization.
Jason S USA
The first part of this tour was wonderful! They got us out to Blarney Castle and Cove on our first day. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and kept us entertained throughout our journey. At the end of the first day we were met by the person who runs the B&B. The B&B that is included in this tour package is about 15-20 minutes walk outside of Killarney. The B&B was fine except that it doesn't have enough hot water for showers in the morning.
The reason why I give the overall tour a 2 star rating is because the tour company that does Dingle and the Ring of Kerry tours is pretty bad. On these tours the bus driver was the tour leader and he didn't really provide any good information on the areas we visited. In fact in 8 hours of touring a day we only got about 3-4 paragraphs out of this person. Also this tour driver brings his rather smelly dog along on the tour.
On the last day we were back on the rail tour. Once again the tour was very good although the schedule was very tight. The Cliffs of Moher was the highlight of the whole tour. Again the tour leader made all the difference was very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend the rail tours and they do a number of one day tours on Viator. If you are stopping in Killarney overnight and will be doing tours with the other tour company, you will be disappointed.
Judith K USA
While the scenery was spectacular, there was a lot of waiting around, the B&B was average, and on some segments of the trip, we went for extended periods while on the bus with no commentary from the tour guide. This was particularly annoying when we were passing sites of interest. We did not have reserved seats on the train on the return trip to Dublin, and the temperature in the back of the bus was hot, and the bus driver said there was nothing he could do.