5 DAY RAIL TOUR: KILLARNEY, COBH, GALWAY, ARAN ISLANDS

This tour covers a large part of the Wild Atlantic Way. 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.

5 DAY RAIL TOUR: KILLARNEY, COBH, GALWAY, ARAN ISLANDS

This tour covers a large part of the Wild Atlantic Way. 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.

The Royal Atlantic Way -  4 Night Rail Tour

This tour covers a large part of the Wild Atlantic Way. 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. 

Tour Includes

  • Two (2) night's accommodation in a B&B in Killarney (upgrade to 4* hotel available for a supplement).
  • Two (2) night's accommodation in a 3* hotel in Galway.
  • Full Irish breakfast.
  • All rail travel, with reserved seats on the train.
  • Tour host.
  • Escorted motor coach touring.

Additional Notes

This tour does not operate on Sunday, Friday, 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 and returns later in the evening, we suggest adding a post night in Dublin if prior arrangements aren't already made.


Itinerary

Day 1: Blarney Castle, Cobh, and Killarney

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 Station Arrive into Cork Kent Station for 09:35 am, we transfer to our tour coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle and Gardens, 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 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 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.

Day 2: Ring of Kerry Tour

Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast at leisure. At 9:45 am, you will be collected from your accommodation 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,t 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, in 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.

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. Evening free in Killarney.

Day 3: Bunratty Castle & The Cliffs of Moher

Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at leisure, and then at 7:30 am, depart 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.

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.

Day 4: Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

Depart Galway and enjoy our tour of Connemara towards 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. 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 Irelands leading holiday resorts for generations. It is an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker, or the fisherman.

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 lime-stone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. After your day's touring, you will be returned to Galway. Overnight.

Day 5: Aran Islands

Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at leisure. 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. Depending on your day of departure tours on Day 4 and Day 5 may be reversed.

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). Depart Galway for Dublin Heuston Station.

Return to Dublin Heuston at 9:45 pm.

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