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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:  4 days (approx.)
Want to explore Ireland outside Dublin? This leisurely four-day rail tour shows you the best of Ireland's southern and western coastal regions, crammed with fabulous seascapes and mountain scenery. You'll visit Ireland's premier tourist attractions including Cork, Cobh, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Connemara.

Highlights

  • 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

4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

Killarney Lakes, Co Kerry

Departing from Dublin Heuston Station, you'll catch the train to Cork and then travel by coach to the famous Blarney Castle. You'll then transfer to Cobh, where the Queenstown Story Heritage Center tells the story of Ireland's emigrants to the New World.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin - Killarney:
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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

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.

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