Enjoy Ireland’s spectacular southern and western coastlines on this 4-day rail and coach tour from Dublin. Visit highlights including Cork city, the Blarney Stone and Limerick; and take coach trips around the beautiful Ring of Kerry and Galway Bay, and to the epic Cliffs of Moher and Connemara. See wild beaches and fjord-like bays; visit pretty villages and castles, and absorb Ireland’s traditional rural charms on route. Three nights’ accommodation — two in Killarney, and one in Galway city — plus daily breakfasts, and all rail travel and coach trips are included.
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
Friendly, professional tour guide
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Taking the train means you get the best views of Ireland’s scenery and spend less time traveling.
Discover Ireland’s stunning south and west coasts on this 4-day rail and coach tour starting and ending in Dublin. Travel by rail to Cork city, and visit Cobh and Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. Then, travel by train to Killarney for two nights, and take in the gorgeous Ring of Kerry, before continuing to Limerick to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and other beauty spots. After overnight in Galway City, visit the beautiful Connemara region before returning by train to Dublin.
Your 4-day tour includes all rail and coach travel; two nights’ accommodation in a comfortable B&B in Killarney; an overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Galway city, and coach trips with an expert driver-guide to the attractions mentioned. Daily full Irish breakfasts are also included. Evenings are free to spend at your leisure.
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 (own expense) 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 (own expense). 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.
I was surprised how well organized and coordinated this 4 day trip was for me. From the representative at the train station to each location we visited everything was great. I specifically thought the Galway hotel was in a great location adjacent to the pedestrian street, music and restaurants. The Killarney B and B was quirky - but clean with an outstanding breakfast in a good location. I was pleased with each day of the trip and definitely recommend.
This was a great tour and our guide Bob Beatty was excellent. He was knowledge friendly and super nice. The trip was well coordinated but you are on the bus and the trains for long stretches of time. The trip included a 2 night stay at a bed and breakfast in Killarney. We found from others that they had an option for a hotel which we did not have. The B and B was not great, there was black mold in the shower and the owner was not that friendly. The other downside was lunch on day 4 in Commemara. The tour takes you to Kylemore Abey, which is beautiful, but lunch was at the cafeteria on the grounds and it was terrible. I better option would have a lunch stop in many of the cute towns along the one.
All in all this was a fun trip, the
country and the Irish people are fantastic.
We just took the 4 day tour and it was the perfect amount of time to see and do everything. All of our guides were great, humorous and knowledgeable. Brendan, Bart and Mike we thoroughly enjoyed our experience! The only feedback is we would have preferred the hotel over the B and B
Meeting our guide, Norman, at Heuston station went smoothly. Train ride to Cork was pleasant, a car is reserved for Rail Ireland travelers. Our visit to Blarney Castle and the woolen mills was very pleasant, weather was lovely, flowers in the gardens were magnificent. Not sure the reason, but we traveled by coach rather than train to Killarney. Killarney has grown quite a bit in the 18 years since my last visit. Our B and B was basic but fine, however it was not an easy walk to town. That probably depends on your age. Also it was located on a busy street where the coach couldn't stop. Our guide would walk from the coach to meet us, then together we would walk the several blocks back to the coach. Many people on the tour stayed at a hotel in the city. We weren't given the opportunity for this upgrade by Viator. The people we spoke with booked directly with Railtours. The Ring of Kerry was quite crowded. Weather at Cliffs of Moher was quite windy and cold, to be expected. There is a lovely new visitor center there. Most disappointing was the day we arrived in Galway, the viewing spot above the city had too many other coaches and we were prevented from stopping to see and photograph the beautiful Galway Bay. Our hotel was conveniently located downtown. Norman was our guide for the first 3 days of the tour. I marveled at how he was able to keep track of the number of travelers on the coach, as many were on day trips, and were picked up at different locations. He did a fine job. The fourth day we were scheduled to visit Connemara, but we were both very tired and decided to skip our prepaid tour and take the train back to Dublin. The train ride back was quite crowded, and our bags had to be stowed in the bike room, not the most convenient. These overnight tours are better suited to younger, more agile travelers, in my opinion.
Great way to see the other side of Ireland. Loved that it had rail components trains are faster and less swerving than the all-bus transport. The places we stayed were nice, the tours we took we great, and it always felt like we had enough time at each of the places we visited. Would definitely recommend!
Our 4 Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara trip was wonderful. Our tour guide for the first several days was Jonathan an he was one of the best we have ever had for guides. His knowledge of history, literature, politics, economics, folklore was excellent and we were delighted that he talked much of the time since he wasn't the driver too. His humor and caring attitude was excellent and we loved his quotations of poetry and music the whole trip. Our scenic views were spectacular and this made our vacation one of the best ever. I highly recommend this tour by Viator and Ireland Railtours. Their coordination and handling of all of us tourists was excellent.... they practically held our hands to guide us where we needed to be. It was a great vacation and I would love to do this trip again someday!