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Explore the highlights of Ireland by rail

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20212022
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2021 Tour code: IRS21

About the tour

Rugged coastlines, stunning rolling hills, dramatic castles, and a culture rich in legend; the Emerald Isle is as beautiful as it is fascinating, and we see the best of it on this holiday. Explore vibrant Dublin, see the iconic Blarney Stone, and admire the natural beauty of the dramatic Cliffs of Moher

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin

We meet at the ferry* port in Holyhead for the crossing to Dublin, Ireland's lively capital. We transfer to our hotel just outside of the city.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, rather than via our luggage
service.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 2 - Dublin

Today we transfer into Dublin for the train to Cork, where you have time to explore. The centre is surrounded by waterways, creating an island of Georgian streets packed with great shops, pubs, and cafés. This afternoon, we visit the Jameson Distillery for a tour. Whiskey is one of Ireland's most famous exports, and we learn about the method of triple distilling for a smoother taste before enjoying a tipple.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

We enjoy a scenic drive around the dramatic Ring of Kerry today. From the tumultuous sea to the windswept cliffs and mountains, this is one of the most scenic areas in Ireland.

Next we visit Kerry Bog Village Museum. We explore thatched cottages filled with antiques, gaining an insight into the culture, living conditions, and customs of 19th-century rural Ireland. Later, we take a horse and carriage ride on the Jaunting Cars of Killarney, a traditional mode of transport here since the early 19th century. This unique experience takes us back in time with tales of Irish folklore, accompanied by stunning views of Killarney National Park and the Lakes of Killarney. Finally, we call by a local pub where we have the chance to pull our own pint of Guinness - Ireland's iconic ale.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Cliffs of Moher

We make our way to Galway via the dramatic Cliffs of Moher - Ireland's most iconic natural attraction and a UNESCO Global Geopark. Here, towering cliffs rise up out of the sea, staggering into the distance. Over 20 species of sea birds, including puffins and razorbills, make their homes in the cliffs, and offshore, the waters are home to dolphins and sharks. We're indulged with a delicious traditional Irish seafood lunch before continuing to Galway, where we spend the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Connemara

We start today with a visit to the Celtic Crystal Factory in Connemara to learn about glass cutting. We continue to Glen Keen Farm where we watch a sheep dog trial, followed by lunch with traditional entertainment. This afternoon, we visit Kylemore Abbey. The abbey was founded in the 1920 and has served as a Benedictine monastery for nearly 100 years, and is a remarkable example of Victorian architecture. Later, we visit the Quiet Man Cottage, an exact replica of the cottage used in the 1952 film 'Quiet Man', starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Dublin

We return to vibrant Dublin by rail and check into our hotel. This is a gorgeous city steeped in history and tradition, with every turn revealing historic architecture, welcoming locals, and lively music.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Discovering Dublin

Our guided tour on today, includes a visit to the Book of Kells, an ancient codex believed to have been written in around 800 AD. We visit Trinity College before a guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison which was notorious in the 19th century. Later, we are treated to a farewell dinner at 'The Merry Ploughboys', known as one of the best traditional pubs in Dublin.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Home

Today, we return to Holyhead by ferry*, where our tour concludes upon arrival.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, rather than via our luggage service.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Hotels

Midleton Park Hotel

Midleton Park Hotel, Cork

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The Address Connolly Hotel

The Address Connolly Hotel, Dublin

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Oranmore Lodge Hotel

Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway

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Irish Railways

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Reviews

3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 16 reviews

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M Anderson

4 stars

Submitted 20/Oct

Had only been to Dublin before so enjoyed seeing and visiting some of the interesting places Ireland has to offer.

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Gerry Ridgley

3 stars

Submitted 4/Oct

A very interesting and well conducted holiday. However, the first, Bonnington Hotel, was very poor indeed and the very early starts were accumulatively very tiring.

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Brenda Sheldrake

4 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

The Irish landscape is beautiful and we covered a huge area on our trip. The hotels were good and our guide and driver were excellent. The only reason I have given 4* rather than 5* is it was exhausting. The trip packed so much in and we didn't have any free time. If the holiday had been extended by a few days it would have been so much better. We didn't have any time to sightsee.

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Mrs Cheryl Townsend

2 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

Not enough trains! Far too much by coach. Too many early mornings and not enough free time. One of the tour managers was passed the sell by date. Hotels not up to 4 star, food was poor. Bathrooms not clean enough. Dublin tour guides didn't turn up. Two or three events cancelled. Saved by lovely scenery throughout, and a brilliant Irish driver full of local knowledge.

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Jean Hook

4 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

A busy but very comprehensive tour of Ireland. Mostly good hotels and a very good coach driver and tour manager.

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Elizabeth Bowerman

4 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

The tour had long days with some early starts. If you were able to accept the pace you saw a lot of Southern Ireland in a short time. The county is full of history and has plenty of lovely countryside. I have marked my tour down as our tour guide was not the best, we had to rely on our wonderful coach driver Mike for a great commentary in the coach in regards what we were seeing and visiting. The second tour guide from GRJ who was running the same trip with another group, in the end had oversea our group as tour guide seemed not capable of doing it.

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