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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:15 hours (approx.)

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

Escape Dublin for day trip along Ireland’s majestic west coast, traveling by both train and coach to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. You’ll also take a city tour of Limerick, see Bunratty Castle, walk through the charming Folk Park, admire the Burren and drive along Galway Bay. Lunch at a traditional Irish pub is included. 


  • Full-day trip by train and coach from Dublin to Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Bay
  • Limerick city tour
  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Village
  • Lunch at Doolin Pub
  • Cliffs of Moher on the wild Atlantic coast
  • The Burren's lunar landscape
  • Scenic drive along the shores of Galway Bay
  • Hosted train travel
  • Information pack

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What You Can Expect

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

The Burren, Clare

Depart from Dublin Heuston Station in the early morning on your train to Limerick, and enjoy breakfast on board (own expense) while taking in Ireland’s lush central landscape. Upon arriving in the ancient city of Limerick, enjoy a tour of this city that was once the key settlement for Vikings in Ireland, and is more recently known as the setting of Frank McCourt’s harrowing memoir Angela's Ashes.

Following this rich bit of history, board your northbound coach to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Explore the fine medieval castle, complete with 15th- and 16th-century furnishings, tapestries and traditional works of art. Then tour Folk Park for a taste of Irish village life at the turn of the 20th century, including a schoolhouse, post office, doctor’s office and more. 

Next up, take a break for a traditional Irish pub lunch at Gus O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin, where you’ll enjoy a steamy bowl of seafood chowder or some crispy fish and chips with a cup of tea (or a pint of Guinness!). Then head for the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most famous natural sites.

After a stroll along the sweeping cliffs, sit back for a scenic drive along the rocky coastal edge of the Burren and Galway Bay before arriving in Galway. Depending on what time you get to Galway, you may have time for a quick walk through the cobbled streets before catching your evening train back to Dublin. Have a leisurely dinner aboard (own expense) while recounting your favorite moment from the day. Your tour ends when you return to the train station. 

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Customer Reviews

Ellen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was the best tour I took for scenery. The west coast is unbelievably beautiful.

Kevin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A wonderful excursion. The weather was a bit nasty with a strong January wind and mist off the ocean, but somehow it added to the atmosphere, and I'm glad I got to experience it. The trip was really made by our Viator guides Brendan and Paddy, who are two charming Irish gents. They shared history and stories of the sites we visited that one could never get through a self-guided tour. Even the train trip back to Dublin was a load of fun as the boys shared a bit of Irish spirit with us. Highly recommended.

Rachel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We did this tour over the New Year's break, and from start to finish were very happy with our experience. The app was easy to use, and the entire trip was well organized. My husband and I were particularly happy to get to know our guide, Andy, who was not only extremely knowledgeable but also very funny and engaging. The scenery and experiences would have been great on their own but Andy made them especially memorable. We highly recommend this tour.

Piyul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Well taken care of. Completely relaxing. A day to remember forever - stands apart from usual sightseeing in its leisurely pace that yet, packed in so much. Loved Ireland. It touched me in a raw and basic way. Timeless yet rooted.

Would I recommend it? Of course, cause I would love to go back again. Perhaps for a longer duration trip.

Pamela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great trip and great guide- Brendon, and great driver-Victor. They made the trip fun, and were very informative and explained things well and answered our questions. Very interesting sights to see on this trip and you get to see and do more than listed. We went in December and had a very small group and they made it special for us. I would highly recommend using Viator to book your trip.

Also Viator was very accommodating when I didn't used one of my tickets and they refunded my money for a bus trip. They are awesome to work with!

robert j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our trip was great. The train ride was shorter than expected and more enjoyable. The guide was thorough and interesting and made sure we saw everything here was to see! His commentary was interesting and engaging and fun. I was very pleasantly surprised at how great of an experience it was. We had never done a group tour before, just private, and I would do tours from this company again without hesitation.

Kimberly F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Perfect tour for a short trip to Ireland. Our guide Peter was fun and informative. Very well run and great sites to see!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great trip, had a blast.

Douglas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very quick paced tour. Recommended only if you have a short stay in Dublin. The tour is extremely well organized. Our tour guide, Jonathan Beaumont was knowledgeable, entertaining, witty, polite and regimented all skills necessary to keep a group from wandering especially with the time constraints we had. The sights were beautiful, the local pubs charming and the experience memorable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

If you are not in Ireland for a long time and want to see a lot, this is the tour to take. While it does mention Limerick, you really don't get to see Limerick You simply change trains in Limerick but, regardless, excellent tour. Tour guide Brendan was fantastic with both knowledge, humour and, of course, his typical Irish gift of the gab. Cliffs of Moher is a must see and be prepared, it is extremely windy. Stopping in Dolan for lunch was great, typical Irish pub. Beef stew was excellent. Overall, 5 star rating.

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