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The Enchanting Emerald Isle

(Tour code: IRS17)Explore the highlights of Ireland by rail in 10 days

Rugged coastline, beautiful rolling hills and dramatic castles are all within reach on this tour of the Emerald Isle. Our highlights include the Ring of Kerry, Cork and Killarney, the legendary Blarney Stone, the Cliffs of Moher and Ireland's wonderful capital, Dublin.


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Tour Highlights
  • Dublin and The Merry Ploughboys Pub
  • Galway
  • Jameson Distillery
  • Barney Castle & the Blarney Stone
  • Cork
  • Kinsale
  • Killarney and the Celtic step show
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Cliffs of Moher, The Burren & Galway
  • Tour of Connemara National Park
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Return ferry from Holyhead

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Days 1

Holyhead to Dublin

Our tour begins in Holyhead, where your Tour Manager meets you at the ferry port for the crossing to Dublin.

  • Dinner
  • Ferry crossing
City Hall, Cork
Days 2-3

Discovering Cork

We leave Dublin behind and take the train to Cork, travelling in First Class. On arrival in Cork we take an excursion to the famous Blarney Castle - one of Ireland's greatest treasures. We then travel back into Cork, and check in to our hotel. On Day 3 we are transferred to Cork city centre for a visit to the Jameson Distillery after which we have free time to explore.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Blarney Castle
  • Day 3 - Free Day
Days 4-5

Kinsale, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

This morning we travel to the harbour town of Kinsale, where you are at leisure. We continue to Killarney, situated amongst the sublime scenery of Killarney National Park. After dinner we are whisked away to the Celtic Steps Show, a spectacular evening of Irish song, music and dance. On Day 5, we enjoy a drive around the beautiful Ring of Kerry, taking in truly dramatic mountain scenery and superb seascapes, followed by a horse and carriage ride on the Jaunting Cars of Killarney.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Kinsale at leisure
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Horse and carriage ride
Cliffs Of Moher
Days 6-7

Iconic Ireland

We travel to Galway via the famous Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most dramatic natural attraction, before continuing along the coastline of County Clare.

On Day 7 we make visits to the Celtic Crystal Factory in Connemara, Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park, where we enjoy a drive through the lush landscapes.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
  • Day 7 - Connemara Tour
Days 8-10

Dublin and home

After a leisurely morning, we return to Dublin by standard class train. We enjoy a panoramic tour on Day 9, including a visit to the world famous Guinness Storehouse for a guided tour and tasting before dinner at 'The Merry Ploughboys'.

On Day 10 we return to Holyhead by ferry where our tour concludes.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Tour of Dublin
  • Day 10 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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