- 4-day coach and rail tour from Dublin to Ireland's southern and western coasts
- Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
- Short city tour of Cork
- Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh
- Scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry
- Limerick city tour
- Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
- Stunning Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Bay
- Overnight B&B accommodation in Killarney and Galway including full Irish breakfast
- Hosted train travel
- Information pack
- Friendly, professional tour guide
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What You Can Expect
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 is not to be missed, and includes the famous Lakes of Killarney.
After another night in Killarney, you'll tour Limerick City before continuing to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. After a pub lunch in the village of Doolin, it's time to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Black Head, the Burren and Galway Bay.
After starting the day with a full Irish breakfast, you'll head into magnificent Connemara, visiting Clifden, Kylemore Abbey (reduced admission rate), Leenane and Killary Harbor (Ireland's only fjord) or Roundstone, the Coral Beach and the Sky Road.
After admiring the wild Atlantic coastline, it's time to return to Galway to catch your train to Dublin Heuston, arriving at 8:50pm.
Depart from the Dublin Heuston Station on the InterCity train to Cork (breakfast available). Upon arrival you will visit 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: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Iveragh Peninsula:
At 10:00am depart Killarney and spend a day travelling on the scenic route around the county's Iveragh Peninsula, otherwise known as the Ring of Kerry. Its enchanting mountain and coastal scenery is unmissable! Overnight in Killarney.
Day 3: Bunratty Castle - Galway City - Cliffs of Moher:
At 7:30am transfer from Killarney to Limerick. Upon arrival, take a short tour of Limerick City and then continue on to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Continue on to the village of Doolin for a pub lunch. Next visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher then Black Head, the Burren and Galway Bay. Spend overnight in the heart of Galway City at a 3 star hotel including a full Irish breakfast the following morning.
Day 4: Connemara - Kylemore Abbey - Dublin:
At 10:00am head into magnificent Connemara where John Ford filmed "The Quiet Man" in 1951, taking in Clifden, Kylemore Abbey (reduced admission rate applies to the Abbey itself), Leenane and Killary Harbor (Ireland's only Fjord) or Roundstone, the Coral Beach and the Sky Road. Admire the breathtaking wild Atlantic coastline. You will return to Galway for your train to Dublin Heuston arriving at 8:50pm.
This tour was amazing! Rail Tours staff were organized and went above and beyond to make sure we all knew where to be at which time. This tour was fabulous due to the tour guide 'John Beaumont' who suggested extra things to do and even arranged transportation to do them sheep herding and The Spirit of Ireland show. The only complaint I would have is in the B and B in Killarney 2 nights. It was musty and had mould in the shower. If you have a chance to pay more, I would suggest the 'International Hotel' as it was beautiful and it was the meeting place for all activities while in Killarney.
We absolutely loved this tour. The hotels were much better than expected. Our tour guide for the first three days was Norman who was a wealth of information. He would recommend eateries and things to do during our evenings in addition to providing stories and legends about various sites we visited. We can't wait to return to Ireland and will definitely take another Viator Tour.
Excellent. We were disappointed with nature as we could not see anything ,Cliff of Mohr, due to
The entire trip from start to finish was professionally done and beautiful. For those considering travelling in the winter months I can tell you it is still worth it. This tour was certainly a highlight of our trip to Ireland. Thank you Rail tours for making it all so easy.
This was a terrific tour of Ireland! The tour guides were incredibly well informed and fun. My favorite part was the Connemara Rail Tour. I tried to put this tour together on my own but I could not match the price. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling alone or in a group.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! From start to finish, we loved this tour! Our Rabbies tour guide, "Wee" Peter Falconer (last name?), was amazing and really made our tour truly special. He was always super entertaining, informative, and helpful. The scenery was spectacular(!), and the tour was run very well.
Great staff, awesome trip, good experience
Had beautiful weather so scenery was outstanding! Driver/Tour Guide Denis very nice, well versed in local history and tidbits...really funny. Very enjoyable day
Great trip for someone traveling solo and not wanting to do all the driving myself. Well organized. Good traveling and hotel accomodations. You can choose to take these as single day-trips from Dublin or combine them in a multi-day trip which I would recommend as it gives you a chance to spend more time in the smaller towns outside the crowds of Dublin.
Met a good friend of mine in Ireland just last week, she is currently backpacking through Scotland and England and needed a break. I told her not to worry about a thing, I’d book everything. I found a site in the US called Viator and started to read their reviews of trips in Ireland and decided to pre-book Railtour’s Grand Atlantic Tour and in addition made a last minute decision to book their trip to Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway. I couldn’t be happier with my trip. Dave was our tour guide the first day and once we departed the train, John became our bus driver. Dave was extremely knowledgeable about all our stops and was more than willing to take photos for us. Michael ended the tour on the first night getting us on the proper train into Killarney. Catherine picked us up at the train station and brought us to our accommodations for the evening. The next morning we boarded a bus for the Ring of Kerry tour. Dennis was the bus driver, he too was very knowledgeable. The third day of our tour had us meeting up with Dave again to do the Cliffs of Moher. Tom was our bus driver on this tour. Our fourth day was suppose to be to Connemara, but the company needed to cancel it due to construction, etc. in that area. In turn we were offered the Aran Island tour at no extra cost. The fifth day of our tour we met up with Branden at Connolly station and boarded the train to Belfast. Allen met us at the pickup sight with his bus and off we went. If you’re going to Ireland you’d be foolish not to take a Railtour tour. The company and their employees, especially those mentioned, will make your trip a memorable one. Thanks to all who assist making our trip a fantastic and memorable experience.