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Escape Dublin for day trip along Ireland’s majestic west coast, traveling by both train and coach to the scenic Cliffs of Moher. Take a city tour of Limerick, see Bunratty Castle, walk through the charming Folk Park, admire the Burren and drive along Galway Bay.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip by train and coach from Dublin to Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Bay
  • Learn about Limerick on a guided city tour
  • See Bunratty Castle and Folk Village
  • Discover the Cliffs of Moher on the wild Atlantic coast
  • Explore The Burren's lunar landscape
  • Soak up a scenic drive along the shores of Galway Bay

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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 (own expense) 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 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) before returning to the train station.

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Customer Reviews

Beverley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderful experience! The rail tour was well organized and our guides Paddy and Jonathanwere attentive, knowledgable, and great story tellers. Michael was very skilled and friendly driver on the bus part of the journey. The scenery by rail was breathtaking, and the historical and geographical information given was very interesting. We would recommend this type of tour and this particular trip highly.

Beverley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderful experience! The rail tour was well organized and our guides Paddy and Jonathanwere attentive, knowledgable, and great story tellers. Michael was very skilled and friendly driver on the bus part of the journey. The scenery by rail was breathtaking, and the historical and geographical information given was very interesting. We would recommend this type of tour and this particular trip highly.

Marilyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We very much enjoyed the train and coach trip and felt well cared for by the guides. Jonathan was an excellent guide and explained history and place descriptions very capably. This made the day very enjoyable along with the good weather.

Diana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent Tour guide and driver. Jammed packed with lots of sights and places to see. A lot of walking. Wear your sneakers!

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful countryside and the cliffs were wonderful

alangweil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip with lots to see. Well organized and loved the itinerary.

frenchbay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Ireland's beauty shined through on this day trip but it was John's knowledge of history and folklore, hospitality, and storytelling ability that really made this trip!!! Thank you John. He really took care of his group and we would love to come back and take a multi-day tour with him.

Peggy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great value for the money. The scenery was awesome and the guide was very informative.

Alice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Cliffs of Moher awesome. Tony is a great tour guide. Full of useful information. O'Donnel's pub is good and fast. The desserts are delish.

laurenkim1013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This all day tour was well worth it. The train and bus tour was a great way to see the countryside and sneak in a few naps. Although we didn't stop in Limerick, the tour guide provided great commentary about the city. Bunratty castle was very cool and we enjoyed touring the grounds for 2 hours--it goes by very fast. We then went to Doolin and had lunch not included but very good and inexpensive and then to Cliffs of Moher. It rained which was a disappointment but not the fault of the tour. We braved the weather and went up the path to take pictures, marvel and then return to the museum until it was time to leave. We stopped briefly at Burren to walk along the rocks and take photos then continued to final stop in Galway. Galway is a smaller version of Dublin. We shopped, had a drink in the pub then boarded the train back to Heuston station. Make sure to get a table in the train car if you are traveling with 2-4 people. They have a dining car on the train if you want more food than just a snack from the cart, but you can always bring food on the train. I highly recommend this tour for a full day of exploring the Irish coast.

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