Tour Overview

The best of Ireland by Rail 12 night tour is best accessed by Dublin airport.  On arrival in Dublin Airport, travel into the city and take a train from Dublin to Cork City. Cork City’s narrowed tapered streets and Georgian architecture give the city a continental feel. The city has fantastic shopping, sightseeing and entertainment opportunities and on this tour we will use it as a base to discover the seaside town of Cobh, the last port of call for millions of Irish emigrants and Blarney where the world famous Blarney Castle is located. From Cork travel west to the Kingdom County of Kerry! Here discover the amazing Ring of Kerry as well as the unspoiled Dingle Peninsula. After Killarney travel Galway where you will have ample time to explore this festival capital and see the city’s sites. A day trip to Inis Mór in the Aran Islands has been included for you, and you will have plenty of time to explore the festival city of Galway. After a one night stopover in Dublin, travel directly to Belfast by rail. In Belfast we recommend a visit to Titanic Belfast, the city’s newest and most popular museum and the Belfast murals which have become world recognised symbols of religious and political divisions. Finally, enjoy a 2 night stay in our capital city, Dublin. Here with your city sightseeing ticket you can see such places as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, The Guinness Storehouse and Christchurch Cathedral but to name a few places. 

What's included

  • Meet & greet at Dublin Airport with private transfer to Heuston Railway Station  
  • Train ticket from Heuston Railway Station Dublin to Cork
  • Train ticket from Cork to Killarney
  • Train ticket from Killarney to Galway 
  • Train ticket from Galway to Dublin Heuston 
  • Train ticket from Dublin to Belfast and return
  • 12 nights’ accommodation 
  • Cork City Hop on Hop off Tour Tickets
  • Cork Cobh & Blarney Tour
  • Dublin Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Tickets 
  • Ring of Kerry Coach Tour Tickets 
  • Dingle Peninsula Coach Tour Tickets
  • Return Shuttle bus from Galway to the port of Rossaveal for Aran Islands Ferry 
  • Return Ferry Ticket from Rossaveal to Inis Mór
  • Belfast City Hop on Hop off Tour Tickets

Tour highlights

  • Aran Islands
  • Belfast
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Killarney
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Trinity College & Book of Kells
  • Cork
  • Dingle

Overnights for this tour

  • Cork for 2 Nights
  • Killarney for 3 Nights
  • Galway for 2 Nights
  • Dublin for 1 Night
  • Belfast for 2 Nights
  • Dublin for 2 Nights 

Accomodation options

  • Superior & First Class Hotels 
  • Quality 3-Star Hotels & Luxury 4-Star Hotels
  • Any Combination of the above

Day 1 - Cork City

After arriving at Dublin Airport, travel by train to the City of Cork. Cork City’s narrow streets and Georgian architecture give the city a continental feel. The city has a great number of great places to visit including the well renowned Cork City Gaol, The Church of Saint Anne Shandon and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. First stop on your list of places to visit may be the English Market, a covered fruit and vegetable market established in the 1600s and a famous Cork meeting point. From here you can easily explore the city centre on foot perhaps making your way to Paul Street noted for its ethnic restaurants, chic bars, trendy bookshops and boutiques.

Day 2 - Cobh & Blarney Castle Day Tour

Travel to Blarney where you will have plenty of time to explore the Castle grounds at your leisure. A must see is the Rock Close area and Poison Garden where the world’s most poisonous  plants are kept behind large cage like structures. After, climb the ramparts of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone where legend says you will be awarded with the ‘gift of the gab’ which is the skill of great eloquence! After Blarney hop on the coach again and travel onward to Cobh. Cobh is famous for having been the last port of call for millions of Irish emigrants escaping their harsh lives here in Ireland and also for being the last port of call for the Titanic. Two excellent museums explore these events in greater detail; the Cobh Heritage Centre & the Titanic Experience. Saint Coleman’s Cathedral in the town is also well worth a visit. After free time in Cobh, your coach returns you back to Cork city where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. 

Day 3 - Cork to Killarney by Rail

Begin the next stage on your Irish rail tour with a scenic train journey from Cork to Killarney in county Kerry. For your first day in Kerry we recommend that you take in Killarney and the surrounding attractions. You may decide to visit Muckross House and Gardens on the outskirts of the town or take a tour around Killarney national park by horse and carriage. One of the main attractions in Killarney is the town itself with its colourful shops, cute cafes and ample fine restaurants. There is always plenty of traditional Irish music on offer in Killarney in its many old style pubs! 

Day 4 - The Ring of Kerry

Today we have pre-booked a Ring of Kerry bus tour for you. On your tour discover landscapes of magnificent beauty alongside the backdrop of the grand MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, rivers and rolling countryside. Along the way, you will encounter larger bustling towns to the more traditional quaint Irish villages. Visit such places as Glenbeigh which holds the famous Kerry Bog Village, a cluster of reconstructed cottages dating back to the 1800’s, Cahersiveen,  the principal town of the peninsula and Sneem with its brightly painted buildings and quaint village green. Return to Killarney via Ladies View, a famous stopping point to view the three Lakes of Killarney in all of their splendour. 

Day 5 - The Dingle Peninsula

This morning hop on the coach to do a comprehensive day tour of the Dingle Peninsula which offers some of Ireland’s best scenery and spectacular views. The Dingle Peninsula or the Corca Dhuibhne as it is named in our native tongue is believed to have more than 2000 ancient monuments, the locals here speak fluent Irish and the town is well known for its fantastic traditional music and dance culture. On your travels you will discover Dingle Town with its brightly coloured shops and Slea head which is known to be the most westerly point in Europe and has astonishingly beautiful view especially of the nearby Blasket Islands. Your tour also takes in the countryside where David Lean filmed ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ and the landscape backdrops for the Irish scenes of film ‘Far and Away’.

Day 6 - Killarney to Galway by Rail

Set off early this morning and take a scenic train journey from Killarney to Galway. Galway is the principle city of the West of Ireland and a lively University City. In fact, Galway is often referred to as Ireland’s Festival capital due to the frequent festivals that the city holds. Due to its compact size, the city can be explored easily on foot and you will find many bars to quench your thirst as well as many great restaurants with an excellent food offering. We recommend that you take a stroll down Shop Street where on any given day you are sure to find a variety of buskers and other street performers. Shop Street contains Galway's best preserved ancient building, Lynch's Castle and numerous old brick buildings, bright storefronts and a great selection of excellent shops. 

Day 7 - Inis Mór, Aran Islands Day Tour

Depart early morning for your journey to Inis Mór, the largest of the three the Aran Islands. Protected from outside influence due to their remote location, the Aran Islands display the traditional Ireland that the rest of the country has largely left behind. Learn about the Aran Jumper and traditional crafts such Basket Weaving. On Inis Mór, you will still find the traditional horse and trap and hear the Gaelic language spoken as the first language.  There are more than 50 different monuments of pre-Christian importance on the islands, the most popular being the fort of Dun Aonghasa which stands dramatically against the cliff edge over the western part of the Island.  After a long day to explore the island at your leisure take the return ferry back to Rossaveal and the return shuttle back to Galway City.

Day 8 - Return to Dublin by Rail

This morning check out of your hotel and travel by rail back to Dublin City, arriving in time to take in some of its most famous visitor attractions. If the weather is nice you might decide to talk a walk in Dublin’s famous ‘Stephen’s Green’ or check out the shops and cafes on Grafton Street, stopping like many people do to take a picture with Molly Malone, one of Dublin’s most famous statues. You may feel like learning more about Ireland’s political history by taking a trip to Leinster House where the current parliament sits or Dublin Castle which was the seat of English rule from the 13th Century.

Dublin Castle also houses the Chester Beatty Library which displays manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings and early printed books from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Chapel Royal with its fine plaster decoration and carved oaks and galleries can also be visited at Dublin Castle. This evening, take another opportunity to check out Dublin’s traditional music and pub scene. The Cobblestone and the Auld Dubliner are famous venues and many of our past customers have enjoyed a drink or two in Kehoe’s Bar, one of last great heritage pubs of Dublin, this pub retains much of its Victorian trappings leaving the visitor feeling like they have stepped back in time! 

Day 9 - Travel to Belfast by Rail & Belfast Sightseeing

This morning check out of your hotel and travel by rail back to Dublin City, arriving in time to take in some of its most famous visitor attractions. If the weather is nice you might decide to talk a walk in Dublin’s famous ‘Stephen’s Green’ or check out the shops and cafes on Grafton Street, stopping like many people do to take a picture with Molly Malone, one of Dublin’s most famous statues. You may feel like learning more about Ireland’s political history by taking a trip to Leinster House where the current parliament sits or Dublin Castle which was the seat of English rule from the 13th Century.

Dublin Castle also houses the Chester Beatty Library which displays manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings and early printed books from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Chapel Royal with its fine plaster decoration and carved oaks and galleries can also be visited at Dublin Castle. This evening, take another opportunity to check out Dublin’s traditional music and pub scene. The Cobblestone and the Auld Dubliner are famous venues and many of our past customers have enjoyed a drink or two in Kehoe’s Bar, one of last great heritage pubs of Dublin, this pub retains much of its Victorian trappings leaving the visitor feeling like they have stepped back in time! 

Day 10 - Belfast Sightseeing

Today, the remnants of Belfast’s troubled past make it an interesting destination for tourists from all over the world. The Belfast Murals are another must see in Belfast, these have become famous symbols of Northern Ireland, depicting the religious and political divisions. Other major areas of interest in Belfast include St Anne's Cathedral, City Hall, The Belfast Wheel and of course in the evening, pay a visit to the Crowne Liquor Saloon. Previously known as The Liquor Saloon, it was one of the most popular Victorian gin palaces that once thrived in the industrial cities and towns of the British Isles in the Victorian era.  

Day 11 - Return to Dublin by Rail & Dublin Sightseeing

After travelling by train from Belfast to Dublin, use your Dublin sightseeing tickets to bus your way around Dublin city. The Dublin sightseeing ticket lasts for two days and includes stops close to all of Dublin’s main attractions including The National Museums, Trinity College and The Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral to name just a few places. On one night of your time in Dublin, we would certainly recommend that you visit Dublin’s busy Temple Bar to check out its famous traditional Irish music and vibrant nightlife! 

Day 12 - Dublin City Sightseeing

After travelling by train from Belfast to Dublin, use your Dublin sightseeing tickets to bus your way around Dublin city. The Dublin sightseeing ticket lasts for two days and includes stops close to all of Dublin’s main attractions including The National Museums, Trinity College and The Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral to name just a few places. On one night of your time in Dublin, we would certainly recommend that you visit Dublin’s busy Temple Bar to check out its famous traditional Irish music and vibrant nightlife! 

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Tour Prices

12 NIGHT BEST OF IRELAND BY RAIL

Accomodation Type 3 Star Hotels 4 Star Hotels Combination
Jan - Mar & Nov - Dec €1,558 €2,221 €1,928
April & October €1,577 €2,267 €1,954
May - June €1,829 €2,668 €2,218
July - September €1,829 €2,668 €2,218
Single Supplement €1,280 €1,867 €1,552

Notes

  • Please note prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included.
  • Meet & greet at Dublin Airport with private transfer to Heuston Railway Station included
    Rail tickets included from Dublin Heuston to Cork, Cork to Killarney, Killarney to Galway, Galway to Dublin and Dublin to Belfast Return.  
  • Prices include Dublin Sightseeing Tour Tickets, Ring of Kerry Coach Tour Tickets, Dingle Peninsula Coach Tour Tickets,  Aran Islands Shuttle Bus and Ferry Tickets, Belfast City Sightseeing Tour Tickets
  • The Combination package includes 6 Nights in 3 Star Hotels & 6 nights in 4 Star Hotels
  • Children Sharing with 2 adults (aged 2-11) pay 40% of the Adult option.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free when sharing with 2 Adults.

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