All Ireland Tour
7 days 6 nights
Travel South, Southwest and North by Train
Finally, a tour covering all our highlights - offering two nights in
Killarney, two nights in Galway and two nights in Dublin.
This tour covers a large part of the Wild Atlantic Way and Causeway
coast. We head South to visit Cork, Blarney Castle & the Ring of
Kerry, West to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, the Aran Islands in
Galway Bay and North to the Giants Causeway.
Return Rail Tickets
Reserved Seats on the train
Railtours Ireland Host throughout
Visitor Attraction Admissions
Flight to Inis Mór, Aran Island
2 Nights Killarney B+B
2 Nights Galway / 3*/4* Hotel
2 Nights Dublin / 4* Standard Hotel
Arrive on any day Except Tues,
Friday or Sunday
May - October
||Jan - May
||June - September
Closed dates: Jan 13 -31 and July 7
Cork, Blarney Castle and Cobh
Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train
Departure Time - look for our check-in hosts in the yellow
Check-in for 07:00 departure from Dublin Heuston Station
Arrive into Cork Kent Station for 09:35, we transfer to our
Railtours Ireland tour coach through Cork City to Blarney
Village and historic Blarney Castle and Gardens, built in
1446 by Dermot Mc Carthy. You will have time to kiss the
famous stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal
eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time
for shopping and lunch at Blarney and we recommend that you
have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity
during the day to have a substantial meal.
Depart Blarney Castle for Cóbh, via the city centre and a
short city tour.
On arrival at Cóbh we will visit St Colman’s Cathedral. We
will then proceed down along the sea front passing the
former White Star Line offices en route to the beautifully
restored Victorian railway station/transatlantic terminal.
This is now the Cóbh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown
Story. The centre also houses much information about the
Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration; 3 million
Irish people emigrated from Cóbh (principally to the United
States) including Annie Moore, whose statue is located in
front of the heritage centre.
Depart Cóbh by train to Killarney.
The rest of the evening is free and there is a large
selection of cafés, restaurants and bars in Killarney town
as well as many opportunities for live traditional Irish
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Blarney
Castle and Gardens & Cóbh Heritage Centre
Ring Of Kerry Tour
Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast at leisure
You will be collected from your accommodation at 09:45 (or
as directed by our Killarney representative) for your Ring
of Kerry tour.
There are plenty of stops along the Ring of Kerry for
morning tea, lunch and photo stops etc. Ireland’s highest
mountains are located in Kerry and Carrauntouhil, which can
be seen en route. It is the highest, standing at 1041 metres.
We will make a stop at the Kerry Bog Village Museum, which
gives people an insight into how people lived and worked in
rural Ireland in the 18th century. The village is the only
one of its kind in Europe. Later on the approach to
Waterville there are views (weather permitting) of the
Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars 'The Force Awakens'
was recently filmed. We will make several photo stops, a
stop for lunch and one final stop at the pretty village of
Sneem, for about 30 minutes, or as directed by your tour
An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour
circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks and runs through
its many passes and valleys along the shores of Dingle Bay
and Kenmare Bay. There is an unspoilt nature to Ireland's
most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many
unforgettable memories as it passes through the many
picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem
and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney
and through the Oakwoods of Killarney's magnificent National
Park. At the end of the tour you will be brought to the
railway station at Killarney.
Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway
Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at leisure
07:30 Depart Killarney by road to Limerick to join the
Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.
Arrive into Limerick where we will join our Railtours
Ireland tour coach. Limerick has a population of about
90,000 and its city charter was granted in 1197AD, making it
older than London! As we cross the river Shannon which is
Ireland’s longest river you will see views of King John’s
Castle to the right. The castle was completed in 1200 and
marks the origins of the city. Limerick’s most famous
author, Frank Mc Court, grew up here and was the setting for
his book, ‘Angela’s Ashes’. Limerick is also the birthplace
of celebrated BBC radio DJ, Terry Wogan and Hollywood star,
Richard Harris. We will pass the GAA grounds of Páirc na
nGael –the home ground of County Limerick’s Hurling and
Gaelic Football teams. Limerick is also the home of Irish
Rubgy and we will pass Thomond Park, the Rugby stadium.
After a brief city tour we travel onto Bunratty Castle and
Folk Park. The castle was completed in 1425 and, after many
years of neglect, has been restored to its former glory.
There is also a folk park here which you will have time to
After the visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk park we make
our way to Co. Clare. There is a lunch stop at O’ Connor’s
Pub in Doolin before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher, among
the highest sea cliffs in Europe. There is plenty of time to
visit Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and
your host will advise you of the departure time. From here
we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with
time for photos along The Burren. This is a national park
and the word Burren comes from the Irish Language, it means
‘rocky place’. It is a unique lunar landscape of limestone
which was described in 1649 by one of Oliver Cromwell’s men
as: “No tree to hang a man, no water deep enough to drown
him and no soil deep enough to bury him”. Today the Burren
is noted for its diverse Flora with few parallels elsewhere
in Ireland or, indeed, Europe. We continue along the coast
road to Black Head, passing the quaint coastal villages of
Ballyvaughan and Kinvara before joining the main road to
Galway. At the end of the
day the coach will set you down at Eyre Square in the centre
of Galway City adjacent to your hotel (and the railway
station). You will be directed to your hotel by your host
and your evening is free in Galway.
Visitor Attraction Admissions included:
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park & The Cliffs of Moher Visitor
Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast, check
out of your hotel.
10:05 Depart from Galway Train Station and our
conducted tour of Connemara leaves Galway to the village
of Moycullen. From Moycullen the road rises and falls
towards the lovely village of Oughterard on the shores
of Lough Corrib, traditionally regarded as Ireland’s
premier angling centre. Now the gateway to Connemara
opens, and the breathtaking colours of this unspoilt
countryside are revealed in all their natural splendour.
At Maam Cross, the Connemara "crossroads", there is a
replica of the cottage used in the 1950s John Wayne and
Maureen O'Hara film "The Quiet Man", which was filmed
here. From Maam Cross our tour heads out to Leenane,
Kylemore Abbey and Letterfrack, in the shadow of purple
mountains rolling down to blue and green rocky valleys,
reflecting the rich and varied colours of Connemara.
There is a lunch break at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, an
18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns
who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant
here. Letterfrack is one of Ireland’s major national
parks. The colourful town of Clifden has been one of
Ireland's leading holiday resorts for generations. It is
an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the
biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at
Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was
made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their
historic transatlantic flight in 1919.
Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards
now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal.
Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the
Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port. We are
now in the Gaeltacht, or Irish speaking area, of
Connemara, where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday
spoken language of a bilingual people.
Our tour of Connemara heads homewards towards Galway
City now, along the shores of Galway bay, through the
Gaeltacht villages of Inverin and Spiddal and looking
out across the blue waters of the Atlantic at the unique
limestone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. After
your day's touring you will be returned to Galway
Station. Upon arriving at Galway Station please present
your Railtours Ireland ticket and travel pack at the
ticket barrier and you will be directed to your reserved
seats on the train, where you host will be waiting for
Attraction Admissions included: Kylemore Abbey and
The Aran Islands tour
Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at
Depart Galway City for transfer to Inis Mór, the
largest of the three Aran Islands. Irish is the spoken
language on the Aran Islands, although the locals will
be more than happy to speak to you in English. For many,
the highlight of the tour is the formidable
pre-Christian fort of Dún Aonghusa, with spectacular
sea-cliffs on the western side and unspoilt views of the
Atlantic Ocean. Transfer times may vary seasonally.
Notes on Aran: Your tour of Inis Mór includes stops at
'Seven Churches' (15 minutes), Dún Aonghusa (75 minutes)
and Kilronan for lunch (45 minutes).
Please note: Should weather conditions be such as to
curtail transfer to the island you will be issued a
refund for this portion of the tour.
No further refund is available for any reason.
Depart Galway to Dublin Heuston Station. Returning to
Dublin Heuston at 21:45hrs.
Depending on your day of departure tours on Day 4 and
Day 5 may be reversed.
Giants Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope
Check-in is 20 minutes prior to
Train Departure Time - look for our check-in hosts in
the yellow jackets!
Check in for 07:35 departure from Connolly Station
Arrive into Belfast Central Station for 09:45 where we
will be met by our tour coach to continue on our journey
along the Causeway Coastal Route, along Northern
Ireland’s Antrim Coast. Upon arrival, guests can see one
of Belfast’s most well-known landmark, the two Harland &
Wolfe Cranes which are nicknamed Samson and Goliath.
Leaving Belfast, we proceed to the town of Carrickfergus
for a short photo-stop and take the coast road north
from here. Further north we arrive at the fishing
village of Carnlough, where we stop for about 15
minutes. We continue on passing the coastal villages of
Glenariff, Cushendall and Cushendun. There are stunning
views of the sea to the right and the mountains or the
Glens of Antrim to the left; you can even glimpse the
Scottish coast on a clear day.
Lunch stop is at Bushmills Distillery – lunch is not
included and a tour of the distillery is not possible
due to time restrictions.
Our next stop is the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede
Island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their
salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to
take the rope bridge challenge!
We then head for Dunluce Castle for a photo stop before
arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World
Heritage site, where we stop for about 2 hours. Leaving
the Giant’s Causeway, we head back to Belfast city to
return to Dublin, arriving at 22:15 (20:15 November -
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Carrick-a-Rede