3-DAY RAIL/COACH TOUR: Cork City, Blarney, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher

A 3 day tour to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story, and then from Killarney, touring the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way. The tour also takes in the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay.

3-DAY RAIL/COACH TOUR: Cork City, Blarney, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher

A 3 day tour to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story, and then from Killarney, touring the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way. The tour also takes in the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay.

Day Tour - Cork City, Blarney, Ring of Kerry & Cliffs of Moher

A three (3) day tour to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story, and then from Killarney, touring the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Ring of Kerry is a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, South Western Ireland. On this tour there are views of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star War 'The Force Awakens' was recently filmed. The tour also takes in the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay, returning to Dublin by train Galway. With two (2) nights in Killarney.

Tour includes

  • Two (2) night's accommodation in a B&B in Killarney (upgrade to 4* hotel available for a supplement).
  • Full Irish breakfast.
  • All rail travel, with reserved seats on the train.
  • Tour host.
  • Escorted motor coach touring.

Additional Notes

Tour does not operate on Friday, Sunday, or St. Patrick's Day. This package is based on B&B stay. B&B will be advised in Ireland. One can choose to upgrade to a 4* hotel at the time of booking, for an additional supplement.

Since this tour departs Dublin early in the morning and returns later in the evening, we suggest adding a pre and post night in Dublin if prior arrangements aren't already made.


Itinerary

Day 01: Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cobh

Check-in is 20 minutes prior to train departure time at the customer service desk at Heuston Station where our check-in representative will be in their yellow jacket!

Check-in for 7 am departure from Dublin Heuston. As your train departs, we travel in a south westerly direction, through Dublin's western suburbs and then through the lush fertile countryside of Co. Kildare. Our journey takes us through the Curragh which is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby, and there are many stud farms in the vicinity. The final approach to Cork station is through Ireland's longest railway tunnel, which is a rather modest 1.2km.

Arrive into Cork Kent Station, we transfer to our tour coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle, built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy. 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 center and a short city tour. 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. Cóbh was of course the final port of call of the RMS Titanic and this theme is well expounded. The center 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 center. The Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Cork –marking the United States’ entry to the First World War and the small number of survivors were brought to Cóbh for refuge. Cóbh is also the headquarters of the Irish Navy and you will most likely see some navy ships.

Depart Cobh 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 music entertainment. Overnight in Killarney.

Day 02: Ring of Kerry

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast at your leisure. You will be collected from your accommodation at 9:45 am 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 meters. 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 leader.

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 and overnight in Killarney for your second night. Overnight Stay: Killarney.

Day 03: Bunratty & The Cliffs of Moher

Enjoy your continental breakfast at leisure before departing Killarney by road to Limerick to join the Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.

Arrive into Limerick where we will join our 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 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 explore.

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. From here, we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren, which is a National Park. The word Burren comes from the Irish Language, meaning ‘rocky place.’ 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. Return by train from Galway.

Returning to Dublin Heuston at 9:45 pm.

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