Titanic Rail Trail & Wild Atlantic Way 9 Day Tour

9 Days Starts in Dublin, Heuston Station & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

Travel South, Southwest and North by Train

Railtours Ireland are delighted to offer a nine day / nine night tour of Ireland, which includes the highlights of Ireland and has the theme of the ill fated Titanic story. Visit Cork and Blarney Castle, and Cobh near Cork City, the ship's last port of call. Travel to Belfast where she was built, and explore Clifden in Connemara, where Jack Phillips, the Titanic's wireless operator worked for Marconi before the fatal voyage.

This tour also takes in Ireland's most famous attractions such as The Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, The Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, The Giant's Causeway and Galway Bay on the wild Atlantic Coast.

Itinerary

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Blarney Castle, Cobh and Killarney

Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time. Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where the Railtours Ireland Check-In representative will be in their yellow jacket!

  • Check-in for 07:00am departure from Dublin Heuston, opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway, which is now the official principal station of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s national railway company. As your train departs, it will travel in a south westerly direction, through Dublin's western suburbs and then through the lush fertile countryside of Co. Kildare. This journey will take you 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.
  • 09:35am - Arrive into Cork Kent Station, then transfer to your Railtours Ireland tour coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle, built in 1446 by Dermot Mc Carthy. 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 it is recommended 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. Cork’s population is approximately 150,000 (Ireland’s 3rd largest city after Dublin and Belfast) and is the only city center in Ireland that actually stands on an island, the River Lee divides and rejoins and either end of the city center. It is also home to Murphy’s and Beamish, the Southern Capital’s rival to Guinness.
  • On arrival at Cóbh, visit St Colman’s Cathedral. You 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 Center, home to the "Queenstown Story." When Queen Victoria visited Ireland in 1849 she came to Cóbh and the town was renamed Queenstown in her honor –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 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.

Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Blarney Castle and Gardens & Cobh Heritage Center.

Overnight Stay: Killarney City Center

Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel in Killarney subject to availability.

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Ring of Kerry Tour

  • Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast at leisure. 
  • You will be collected from your accommodation at 09:45am (or as directed by the Railtours Ireland Killarney representative) for your Ring of Kerry tour.
  • There are plenty of stops along the Ring of Kerry for morning tea, lunch and taking photos, etc. Ireland’s highest mountains are located in Kerry and Carrauntouhil, which can be seen en route, is their highest peak, standing at 1041 meters. The tour will make a stop at the Kerry Bog Village Museum, which gives 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. The tour 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's Reeks and runs through its many passes and valleys along the shores of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay. There is an unspoiled 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 your hotel in 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 Stay: Killarney City Center

Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel in Killarney subject to availability.

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Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway

  • Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast at leisure. 
  • 07:30am - Depart Killarney by road to Limerick to join the Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.
  • Arrive into Limerick where you will join your Railtours Ireland tour coach. Limerick has a population of about 90,000 and its city charter was granted in 1197AD, making it older than London! As you 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’s most famous author, Frank Mc Court, grew up here and used this place as the setting for his book, ‘Angela’s Ashes’. Limerick is also the birthplace of celebrated BBC radio DJ, Terry Wogan and Hollywood star, Richard Harris. Your tour will pass the GAA grounds of Páirc na nGael – the home ground of County Limerick’s Hurling and Gaelic Football teams. Limerick is also the home of Irish Rubgy and you will pass Thomond Park, the Rugby stadium. After a brief city tour, 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, make your 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. There is plenty of time to visit Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and your host will advise you of the departure time. From here, take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren, Ireland's famous national park. The word Burren comes from the Irish Language, it means ‘rocky place’. It is a unique lunar landscape of limestone which was described in 1649 by one of Oliver Cromwell’s men as: “No tree to hang a man, no water deep enough to drown him and no soil deep enough to bury him”. Today, the Burren is noted for its diverse Flora with few parallels elsewhere in Ireland or indeed, Europe. 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 center of Galway City adjacent to your hotel (and the railway station). You will be directed to your hotel by your host and your evening in Galway is free.

Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park & The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.

Overnight Stay: Galway City Center

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Aran Islands Tour

  • 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 unspoiled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Transfer times may vary depending on the season. 

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).

Please note: Should weather conditions be such as to curtail transfer to the island you will be taken on an alternative tour to Connemara and refunded the difference. No further refund available should you decide not to go to Connemara for any reason.

Overnight Stay: Galway City Center

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Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

  • Enjoy your full Irish Breakfast, check out of your hotel.
  • Depart from Galway Train Station on your conducted tour of Connemara, which leaves Galway to 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 colors of this unspoiled countryside are revealed in all their natural splendor. At Maam Cross, the Connemara "crossroads", there is a replica of the cottage used in the 1950's John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara film "The Quiet Man", which was filmed here. From Maam Cross, your 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 colors 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 colorful town of Clifden has been one of Ireland's leading holiday resorts for generations. It is an excellent touring center beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919.
  • Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal. Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port. You are now in the Gaeltacht or the Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of all bi-lingual people.
  • Overnight in Clifden.

Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Kylemore Abbey and Gardens.

Overnight Stay: Clifden Hotel

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Clifden

  • Enjoy your Full Irish Breakfast at leisure.
  • Depart Clifden for morning tour of the Sky Road, Coral Beach - spectacular coastal scenery. Visit Derrigimlagh Bog, the site of the Marconi transmitting station where Jack Phillips worked as a wireless operator. He left in 1911 and joined the Titanic, and went down with the ship as he sent the final distress messages. This also is the site where Alcock and Brown landed in 1919 after the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. Return to Kylemore for your lunch stop (not included).
  • Continuey our tour through Connemara enjoying spectacular mountain and lake scenery on your way back to Galway. 
  • Depart Galway for Dublin Heuston. Returning to Dublin Heuston at 09:45pm.
Overnight Stay: Dublin City Center
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Discover Dublin Free Time

This is your leisure day in Dublin, during which you can use your Hop On- Hop Off Dublin city sightseeing tour ticket. This Hop On-Hop Off tour will take you to Dublin's most famous attractions, including The Guinness Brewery, Trinity College (which houses the Book of Kells), Kilmainham Jail, and Christchurch and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, plus many more.

Overnight Stay: Dublin City Center
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Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time. Customer Service Desk at Connolly Station where the Railtours Ireland Check-In representative will be in their yellow jacket!

  • 07:35 Depart Connolly Station, which was built in 1844 as the terminus of the Dublin & Drogheda Railway and is now the administrative headquarters of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s National Railway. Depart northwards through the Dublin suburbs, which soon give way to farmland. Soon you will pass the exclusive coastal village of Malahide before you cross the wide Broadmeadow Estuary, followed by Rogerstown Estuary. Fine views of the sea appear as you pass through the coastal town of Skerries, followed by the fishing village of Balbriggan. A few kilometers further on pass Gormanston, an Irish Air Corps military airfield – on the landward side. Red flags on the seaward side indicate military exercises are in progress. Travel through Drogheda. Immediately north of Drogheda, cross the historic river Boyne by a magnificent viaduct, with great views of the town. It was here that Oliver Cromwell put the entire population to the sword in 1649. At little further upstream is the site of the Battle of the Boyne, where [Protestant] King William of Orange defeated dethroned [Catholic] King James in 1690 – an event which is still celebrated annually by ‘Orangemen’ or ‘Northern Protestants’ on the ‘Twelfth’ of July. Now you will begin to climb into the foothills of the Camlough Mountains and border country. 
  • Arrive into Belfast, Ireland’s second largest city, where you will take a coach for the tour to the Antrim Coast and the Giant’s Causeway. One of the city’s principal landmarks can be seen upon arrival, the two Harland & Wolfe Cranes, which are nicknamed Samson and Goliath. It was here that many great ships were built, most notably for White Star Line, whose ships included the Olympic, Britannic and (perhaps the most famous ship of all), RMS Titanic.
  • Leaving Belfast, proceed to the town of Carrickfergus for a short photo-stop and take the coast road north from here. Further north, arrive at the fishing village of Carnlough, where your tour will stop for about 15 minutes. Continue on passing the coastal villages of Glenariff, Cushendall and Cushendun. There are stunning views of the sea to the right and the mountains or the Glens of Antrim to the left. Most impressive are the spectacular views of Mull of Kintyre, Scotland which are clearly visible on a fine day. Moving inland, come to the town of Ballycastle, home to Ireland’s oldest town fair. The Laamas fair dates from 1606 and takes place over the August bank holiday weekend every year. Your next stop is the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Then head for Dunluce Castle for a photo stop before arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, where the tour will stop for about 2 hours.
  • Return to Belfast City Center for your overnight in Belfast City.

Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Overnight Stay: Belfast City Center
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Belfast City and Titanic Belfast

  • After enjoying a Full Irish Breakfast (the famous Ulster Fry) at your leisure, you will join the Belfast Hop-On-Hop-Off tour, which not only explores the city center but also the Titanic Quarter (see the original dock where the doomed liner was built). You will also visit the new Titanic Visitor Center (admission included) and you can see the last surviving White Star Line Ship "The Nomadic". See the murals of the Falls and Shankill Roads with plenty of free time for shopping and exploring.
  • Return to Dublin on any scheduled train departure and make your own way to your Dublin Hotel. 

Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Hop on Hop Off City Bus Tour & Titanic Visitor Center.

Overnight Stay: Dublin City Center

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  • Return Rail Travel
  • Reserved Seats on the train
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions
  • Tour of Inis Mór, Aran Islands
  • 2 Nights Killarney B+B / Free Upgrade to 4* Hotel
  • 2 Nights Galway/3* Hotel
  • 1 Night Clifden / 4* Hotel
  • 3 Nights Dublin / 4* Standard Hotel
  • 1 Night Belfast / 4* Hotel
  • Full Irish Breakfast Included

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