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7 Night Best of Ireland by Rail
Overview for the 7 night Best of Ireland by Rail Tour
The best of Ireland by Rail 7 night tour is best accessed by Dublin airport. After spending some time checking out Dublin’s best visitor attractions including Trinity College and the Book of Kells exhibition, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin’s National Museums to name but a few, you will travel by train to Killarney in County Kerry. Killarney is often regarded as the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and it’s from this town that you will begin your own Ring of Kerry exploration! This long established route around the Iveragh Peninsula has been drawing visitors for centuries and is a true testament to Ireland’s natural beauty. After ample time in Kerry you will travel by rail to Galway, Ireland’s festival capital and a city that has a continuous buzz of excitement surrounding it! From Galway you will enjoy a spectacular journey to Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands. Protected from outside influence due to their remote location, the Aran Islands display the traditional Ireland that the rest of the country has largely left behind.
Included in This Tour
- Meet & greet at Dublin Airport with private transfer to your first accommodation
- Train ticket from Dublin Heuston to Killarney
- Train ticket from Killarney to Galway
- Train ticket from Galway to Dublin Heuston
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Dublin Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Tickets
- Ring of Kerry Coach Tour Tickets
- Return Shuttle bus from Galway to the port of Rossaveal for Aran Islands Ferry
- Return Ferry Ticket from Rossaveal to Inis Mór
Overnights for this Tour
- Dublin for 2 nights
- Killarney for 2 nights
- Galway for 2 nights
- Dublin for 1 night
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. The largest island is Inishmore; the middle and second-largest is Inishmaan and the smallest and most eastern is Inisheer. Irish is a spoken language on all three islands, and is the language used naming the islands and their villages and townlands. Take a short ferry ride to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, and island rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in its geology and archaeology and in its long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland, to touch the past, but with all the comforts and facilities of the present. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians....read more
Admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive, the 100-mile Ring of Kerry. Starting from Killarney, heading around the Iveragh Peninsula and passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville (favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin that now has a statue of him to commemorate his love of the place), Cahersiveen and Killorglin. Popular points include Muckross House (near Killarney), Staigue stone fort and Derrynane House, home of Daniel O'Connell. Just south of Killarney, Ross Castle, Lough Leane, and Ladies View (a panoramic viewpoint), all located within Killarney National Park, are major attractions located along the Ring. The complete list of major attractions along the Ring of Kerry includes: Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Rossbeigh B...read more
Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region. Founded as a Viking settlement, the city has been Ireland's primary city for most of the island's history since medieval times. Today, it is an economic, administrative and cultural centre for the island of Ireland and has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city. The city has a world-famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures, including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Other influential writers and playwrights from Dublin include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is ar...read more
Kilmainham Gaol (Irish: Príosún Chill Mhaighneann) is a former prison, located in Kilmainham in Dublin, which is now a museum. It has been run since the mid-1980s by the Office of Public Works (O.P.W.), an Irish Government agency. Kilmainham Gaol has played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the jail. The jail has also been used as a set for several films. When it was first built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol was called the 'New Gaol' to distinguish it from the old jail it was intended to replace - a noisome dungeon, just a few hundred metres from the present site. It was officially called the County of Dublin Gaol, and was originally run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin. Over the 140 years it se...read more
Known as one of the oldest and most famous universities in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin is located in the centre of our capital city, Dublin, Ireland, on College Green opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament (now a branch of the Bank of Ireland). The College was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 and among its famous graduates are Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift. The campus occupies 190,000m² (47 acres), with many buildings, both old and new, ranged around large courts (known as "squares") and two playing fields. The Library of Trinity College is a copyright library for Ireland and the United Kingdom, containing over 4.5 million books and significant quantities of maps, manuscripts and music....read more
We spent our last day in Dublin exploring the city and found ourselves at the Dublin Zoo (with the Flamingos). It was a beautiful and relaxing way for us to enjoy the afternoon!
After touring the Guinness Storehouse, we took a carriage ride to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The first stop on our full day in Dublin was the Guinness Storehouse! We learned the proper way to pour a Guinness and enjoyed our tour. Zack loved exploring Connor Pass and seeing the view from up there!
Thanks so much for everything! We had such a wonderful trip.
Zack and Emily Morgan
Zack and Emily Morgan, Gladstone, MI, USA