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Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

1. Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day tour south to the vibrant city of Cork. Kills the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle, admire Georgian buildings in the city center, and visit Cork Harbor to see a Victorian era train station and transatlantic terminal.   Depart by train from Heuston Station in the early morning for the InterCity service to Cork City. Upon arrival, head to Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. Relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Head to Cork for a short city tour of Ireland’s southern capital, famous for its arts, music and literature scenes.  Built on the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement, the city center is full of Georgian buildings, 17th-century alleys, and dynamic new architecture. Continue your journey along Cork Harbour to Cobh, location of the Queenstown Story Heritage Center.  Set in a beautifully-restored railway station of the Victorian age, it was also the transatlantic terminal that served as the point of departure to the New World for generations of Irish emigrants, from the time of famine up to recent years. Transfer back to Cork City center to catch your return InterCity train back to Dublin, with a scheduled arrival at Heuston Station at in the evening. 

Rail Tour from Dublin: The Ring of Kerry

2. Rail Tour from Dublin: The Ring of Kerry

Take a full-day tour of the Ring of Kerry. Check-in to Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for 07:00 departure on InterCity train to Killarney. There is a breakfast service available on board the train from Dublin. On arrival in Killarney, you will begin a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. You'll also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain, Carrantoohill, Moll's Gap, Ladies View, and the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. Return to Killarney for your return train to Dublin (with light meals available on board). Arrival in Dublin is at 21:15. Departs daily (Monday - Saturday).

Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

3. Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Cork (breakfast available). We visit Blarney Castle, the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then train to Killarney for two nights B & B with en-suite facilities. Day 2 10.00 depart Killarney on Ring of Kerry tour. We have a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. We also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the world famous Lakes of Killarney. Overnight in Killarney. Day 3 07.30 transfer from Killarney to Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher Tour, visit Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, O'Connors Pub at Doolin, Galway Bay, overnight Galway City in 3 star Hotel (2 nights). Day 4 10.30am transfer to Connemara Airport for flight and tour of Inishmór, largest of the Aran Islands Day 5 10.00 depart Galway for tour of Connemara, including Kylemore Abbey after which we depart Galway by train, arriving Dublin Heuston 20.45 transfer by tram to three star hotel for two nights (room only). Day 6 Check in Dublin Connolly Station at 07.10 departure for the Giants Causeway tour. At Belfast we join our tour and head to the famous Antrim Coast Road crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede* rope bridge (Mid March - October only. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway next, seeing Dunluce Castle (photo stop only). We return to Belfast and our train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 22:20 for second night in three star hotel. Depart Monday/Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (March to October only) * Price is per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

4. Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

Check in at Dublin Heuston Station at 6:40 AM to take the InterCity train service to Limerick. Upon arrival, join your coach bus and have a short tour of the treaty city, the setting for "Angela's Ashes". From there, head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (admission included), then to a Doolin Pub for our traditional Irish lunch stop. Then, it's on to the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the country's wild Atlantic coast, one of Ireland's most famous and beautiful attractions.  After that, enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay to reach Galway, the city of the tribes. After taking some time to take in this beautiful city, board our Dublin-bound train, arriving at Heuston Station at 9:00 PM.

2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and the Ring of Kerry

5. 2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and the Ring of Kerry

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00am departure of the InterCity train (breakfast available) to Cork. We transfer to Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. After time for lunch and shopping we have a short city tour of Cork and then visit Cobh Heritage Centre home of the "Queenstown Story". We travel back to Cork station for train to Killarney where we are transferred to our comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation (with en-suite facilities). Evening free. Day 2 10.00am we embark on the famous Ring of Kerry tour, which is a large coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, on one side of which is Dingle Bay. Lots of stunning mountain and coastal scenery including the famous Lakes of Killarney. Return train to Dublin departs Killarney 17.50 and arrives Dublin Heuston 21.15. Departs Daily (Monday - Saturday)

5-Day Tour of West Ireland: Blarney Stone & Cliffs of Moher

6. 5-Day Tour of West Ireland: Blarney Stone & Cliffs of Moher

Spend five full days in Western Ireland, a landscape studded by breathtaking cliffs and seaside towns. Kiss the Blarney Stone and get the Gift of Gab, take the Ring of Kerry tour, stand on the majestic Cliffs of Moher, and explore the Aran Islands on this 5-day guided tour. Today, visit the famed Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck. See the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then hop on the train to a charming bed and breakfast in the town of Killarney. Day 2: Ring of Kerry, Dingle Bay (Meals: B) Embark on the breathtaking Ring of Kerry tour, where you will get to view Ireland's most spectacular scenery along the Dingle Peninsula and bay. See the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Carrantouhill (Ireland's highest mountain), Ladies' View, and the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. Day 3: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay (Meals: B) Head down to Limerick to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher, jutting out over the Atlantic Ocean. Pay a visit to Bunratty Castle, then stop in at O'Connors Pub in Doolin before seeing Galway Bay. Day 4: Inishmór, Fort Dun Aengus (Meals: B) Fly to Inishmor and explore the largest of the Aran Islands. After lunch in Kilronan, enjoy a tour of the ancient fort Dun Aengus, admiring its sharp cliffs and dramatic seascapes. Day 5: Kylemore Abbey (Meals: B) Visit the district of Connemara, flanked by a coastline full of peninsulas, and tour Kylemore Abbey, home to a community of nuns that has resided there since 1920. Explore this site, the oldest benedictine abbey in Ireland, before departing for Dublin.

Belfast & Giant's Causeway: 2-Day Rail Tour from Dublin

7. Belfast & Giant's Causeway: 2-Day Rail Tour from Dublin

Your Northern Ireland tour departs daily from Dublin, returning the following day. In January-February and November-December, departures are available Monday-Saturday. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 At 07:35 you’ll check in at Dublin’s Connolly Station for your departure on the Enterprise Service to Belfast. On arriving in Belfast the tour will head to the famous Antrim Coast Road, crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim on the way to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. This part of the tour is possible from mid-March through October only. On a clear day you’ll enjoy glimpses of the coast of Scotland. Afterwards you’ll continue to the stunning Giant’s Causeway, and make a photo stop at Dunluce Castle before returning to Belfast for an overnight stay at your 4-star city center hotel. Day 2 (B) After enjoying a full Irish breakfast, known here as the famous Ulster Fry, you’ll join a hop-on/hop-off bus tour of Belfast which will take you around the city and to its major attractions. The tour stops at the Titanic Quarter, where the great but ill-fated ocean liner was built. You’ll also see Belfast Castle and have time for shopping. You can return to Dublin on any scheduled train service or join the group leaving for Dublin at 20:10, arriving at Dublin’s Connolly Station at 22:15.

From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Bay Day Tour

8. From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Bay Day Tour

Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 07:30 departure of InterCity train to Galway (light breakfast available). On arrival in Galway we transfer to our waiting coach and strike out into the magnificent scenery of this region known as Connemara. We experience the lovely village of Leenane at the head of Killary Harbour Ireland only fjord. Our lunch stop is at the world famous Kylemore Abbey Visitor Center and Victorian Garden after which we travel through the Inagh Valley. See Twelve Bens and Maamturks mountain ranges. Plenty of shopping and photo opportunities en route. We continue on along the northern shores of Galway Bay and arrive in Galway for our return Intercity train to Dublin Heuston station arriving at 21.00. Departs Daily (Monday - Saturday).

Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Glens of Antrim Day Tour

9. Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Glens of Antrim Day Tour

Meet your group and your tour representatives at Dublin’s Connolly Station at 7:10 AM for the 7:35 AM departure of the Enterprise Service to Belfast. Your tour begins when the train arrives in Belfast and you head to the famous Antrim Coast Road, crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim. Stop at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and cross if you are brave enough! You’ll be able to look out over the horizon, maybe even getting a glimpse of the Scottish coast on a clear day! From here, the tour takes you to the stunning Giant's Causeway, with a photo stop to admire medieval Dunluce Castle. Afterwards, you’ll return to Belfast, where you’ll board the train to Dublin, arriving at Connolly Station at approximately 10:15 PM.

Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands Rail Tour

10. Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands Rail Tour

DAY 1 Check in at Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for a 7:00 AM departure with the InterCity train to Limerick (breakfast available). Join your coach here for a short tour of Limerick City and then to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (admission included). Onto the village of Doolin for O'Connors Pub. Next, visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Black Head, the Burren, and Galway Bay with an overnight stay in the heart of Galway City (3-star hotel with bed and full Irish breakfast) DAY 2 10:30 AM transfer to Connemara Airport for a flight to Innismor where you'll join a tour of the islands, time for lunch at Kilronan before a visit to the magnificent ancient Fort Dún Aengus. Return flight and transfer. Back to Galway city late afternoon. Overnight as before. DAY 3 At 10:00 AM, head into magnificent Connemara where John Ford filmed "The Quiet Man" in 1951, taking in Clifden, Kylemore Abbey (reduced admission rate applies to Abbey itself), Leenane and Killary Harbour or Roundstone, the Coral Beach and the Sky Road. Take in views of the breathtaking, wild Atlantic Coastline. Return to Galway for an InterCity return train to Dublin Heuston arriving at 8:45 PM (snacks and full bar available). Prices are per person sharing - single room supplement applies Departs Daily (Monday-Saturday)

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3.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

This tour was great! I most enjoyed time spent exploring the Cliffs of Moher (even though it was rainy and windy) and the stories our guide Terence told throughout the bus ride. It was a long day as many other reviewers mentioned so come expecting that. Consider bringing cash, a rain jacket, snacks, water your phone charger, and something to read or a game to play to pass the train commute time. You'll enjoy it!

A great guide. Draft animal to the west coast and from there by bus to cool spots. Then return to Dublin by train. A complete day trip, which has a great price-performance ratio.

It was great. We thank Brian who was our Guide the first 3 days, in a very good mood and very interesting. this excursion really allowed you to discover all of Ireland

O’Brian was awesome. We got to see the cliff which he said only 38% get to see it. He’s very knowledgeable and made the tour a great experience . I recommend it.

The castle was very interesting. The cliffs offered stunning views. An excellent lunch was served at the little pub in Doolin.