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4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour
Departs From: County Dublin,
Ireland

Local Information: Co. Dublin

About 4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

  • 4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

Tour Code: 3310DH37

Duration: 4 days

Want to explore Ireland outside Dublin? This leisurely four-day rail tour shows you the best of Ireland's southern and western coastal regions, crammed with fabulous seascapes and mountain scenery. You'll visit Ireland's premier tourist attractions including Cork, Cobh, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Connemara.

Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin - Cork

Stop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Monacnapa, Blarney, Cork T23 Y598 Ireland
On arrival in Cork at 09:35, we transfer to our Railtours Ireland coach to travel through Cork City to Blarney Village and Castle – which is over 600 years old.

Explore the beautiful gardens and 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 Village.

TIP! We recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.

You depart Blarney at 13:30 hrs. Approximately – or as directed by your Host – for Cóbh, via the city centre and a short city tour.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Cobh Cathedral, Cathedral Terrace, Cobh None Ireland
On arrival at Cóbh (pronounced: Cove), 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 to which your entrance is included.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, Cobh P24 CY67 Ireland
When Queen Victoria visited Ireland in 1849 she came to Cóbh and the town was renamed Queenstown in her honour – it was renamed Cóbh after Irish independence in 1922. Cóbh was of course the final port of call of the RMS Titanic and this theme is well expounded.

The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and the subsequent Irish Emigration.

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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at your Killarney B&B. **Hotel upgrades are available at €49 pps/night.**

Day 2: The Ring of Kerry

Stop At: Ring of Kerry, Ireland
You will be collected from your accommodation at 09:45 (or as directed by our Killarney representative) 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 Carrantuohill – which can be seen en route – is the highest, standing at 1041 metres tall.

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.

The beautiful nature of the Ring of Kerry provides many photo opportunities, as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem. We return 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 returned to your accommodation where, again, the evening is free.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast before departing on your tour.
Accommodation included: Overnight at your Killarney B&B. **Hotel upgrades are available at €49 pps/night.**

Day 3: Limerick - The Cliffs of Moher - The Burren - Galway Bay

Stop At: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty Ireland
Between 07.00 and 07.15 you will be collected from your accommodation and transferred by road to Limerick City, where you will join the coach for the Cliffs of Moher & Galway Bay tour. We arrive in Limerick shortly after 9am, where we will join our Railtours Ireland tour coach.

After a brief city tour, we head out to Bunratty Castle and admission is included. 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 and many of the buildings – including the village – were dismantled at various locations in the region and rebuilt, brick by brick, at their present location.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North Latitude: 52.9714578 Longitude: -9.4247540, Liscannor Ireland
There is a lunch stop at O’ Connor’s Pub in Doolin before arriving at the majestic Cliffs of Moher – among the highest sea cliffs in Western Europe. There is plenty of time to visit Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and your host will advise you of the departure time.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: The Burren House Farm County Clare, Ireland Ireland
From the Cliffs of Moher, we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren. This is a national park and 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. As time permits, we will make a short stop here for photographs.

We continue along the coast road to Black Head, passing the pretty coastal villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara before joining the main road to Galway, where we will arrive shortly after 17:00. Ask your host if there is time to explore the streets around Eyre Square.

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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to Limerick and the Cliffs of Moher.
Accommodation included: Overnight at your Killarney B&B. **Hotel upgrades are available at €49 pps/night.**

Day 4: Connemara - Galway - Dublin

Stop At: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara On the N59 between Clifden and Westport, Kylemore Ireland
We head out to Connemara – one of Ireland’s Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) regions and visit Kylemore Abbey – an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant here. We stop here for lunch.

Our tour of Connemara heads homewards towards Galway City, along the shores of Galway bay, through the Gaeltacht villages of Inverin and Spiddal. There are splendid views of Galway Bay, and across the bay the Burren and the hills of County Clare can be seen, which you visited on Day Three.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast before your Connemara tour.
No accommodation included on this day.

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