2021: Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry & Dingle

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3 Days / 2 Nights
Availability : Daily (except Sunday)
Start: Dublin Heuston Station
End: Dublin Heuston Station

2 nts Killarney

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Enjoy the stunning peninsulas of the Southwest of Ireland.

A three-day tour to the South and South West of Ireland taking in Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story at Cóbh and then based in Killarney, touring the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Ring of Kerry is a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, South Western Ireland. On this tour there are views of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’ was recently filmed. The tour takes in a day touring the Dingle Peninsula.

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS / RAIL AND COACH TOUR

Tour Details
Highlights:
  • Travel South & Soutwest by Train
  • Cork
  • Cóbh
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kerry Bog Village Museum

Pick Up Location & TIme

Dublin: Heuston Station, St John’s Rd W, Saint James’ (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin (Google Map)
Tour departs at 07:00am.

Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.
Check-in beside the Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our representative will be waiting for you in their yellow jacket!

Drop off Location & Time

Dublin: Heuston Station, St John’s Rd W, Saint James’ (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin (Google Map)
Tour returns at 9:00pm.

Price Includes

  • 2 nights Killarney B' n B - 3 star
  • Full Irish breakfast
  • Return rail travel
  • Reserved seats on the train
  • Host throughout
  • Visitor attraction admissions
  • Escorted coach

Meals

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Fully hosted tour of Ireland by rail and luxury coach.

  • 3/4 star hotels with breakfast
  • Travel in a group
  • Travel with a host
  • Reserved seats on the train
  • Visitor attraction admissions included
Itinerary

Day 1Dublin - Cork - Blarney Castle - Cóbh - Killarney

Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.

Check-in beside the Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our representative will be waiting for you in their bright yellow jacket!

Check-in for 07:00 departure from Dublin Heuston Station.

Your departure station, Dublin Heuston, was opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway and is now the official principal station of Iarnród Éireann – Ireland’s national railway company.

As your train departs, we travel in a south westerly direction, passing Inchicore, railway engineering works and then some of Dublin’s western suburbs – soon we are in the lush fertile countryside of County Kildare, Ireland’s Kentucky. Look out for the many stud farms near the track. The train passes through the town of Newbridge, home to the famous Newbridge Silverware.

We now enter the Curragh of Kildare, which soon comes into view on both sides of the line. The Curragh (pronounced: Curra) is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby. At this time of the morning you are likely to see some of Ireland’s finest bloodstock being put through their paces. The Curragh is also the headquarters of the Irish army and their buildings can be seen in the distance to the east.

We pass the town of Kildare, and the Church of Ireland (Protestant) Cathedral of St. Brigid’s – completed in 1223 – can be clearly seen to the south (left hand side when facing direction of travel). We cross the River Barrow at Monesterevin and enter Co. Laois.

Our train journey makes a stop at Portlaoise (pronounced: Port Leesh-eh). Departing Portlaoise, we soon enter Co. Tipperary and pass the town of Templemore. Shortly after, we pass Loughmoe Castle which can be clearly seen on the southern side of the train, built in the 15th century, the Purcell family lived there until 1760. The next stop is at the town of Thurles. At our next stop – Limerick Junction – a number of clients will be leaving the train for the Cliffs of Moher tour. Please remain on the train for the Cork, Blarney Castle and Cobh Heritage Day Tour! Our final stop before Cork is at the town of Mallow.

We arrive into Cork Kent Station for 09:35 and we transfer to our tour coach, passing through Cork City en route to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle & 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.

We depart Blarney Castle for Cóbh, via the city centre, taking in some of the city sights while en route to our next destination.

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 Cóbh by train to Killarney, where the rest of the evening is free. There is a large selection of cafés, restaurants and bars in Killarney town as well as many opportunities for live traditional Irish music and entertainment.

Accommodation: Killarney B’ n B

Day 2The Ring of Kerry - Kerry Bog Village Museum - Sneem - MacGillycuddy Reeks - Killarney

Enjoy your Ful Irish Breakfast at leisure before departing on 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, 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 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, or as directed by your tour leader.

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.

At the end of the tour you will be brought to Killarney for your second night. (B)

Accommodation: Killarney B’ n B

Day 3Dingle Peninsula - Slea Head - Dublin

The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged Atlantic coastline in Kerry and is scattered with forts and pre-historic huts such as the Gallarus Oratory. Much of Irish heritage is maintained in this Irish-speaking region including traditional music and art forms.

Considered by many to have some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, the peninsula also supports both a rare and unique assortment of flora and fauna. Slea Head is the most westerly point in Europe and standing there, looking towards America, instils a feeling of excitement and empathy with the millions of emigrants who took this route. There are splendid views around Slea Head, especially of the Blasket Islands and the scattered rocks.

The Great Blasket Island, evacuated in the 1950’s, produced a number of books in Irish. The best-sellers, translated as 20 Years a Growing by Maurice O’ Sullivan, and The Island Man by Thomas O’ Crohan, were both produced here. In the 20th century some 60 books, mostly in Irish, have been written in the immediate area.

At the end of the day’s touring you will be returned to Killarney Station for your return train to Mallow and onwards to Dublin, which departs at 17:35. On arrival at Mallow, you will change to the intercity service to Dublin, departing from the adjacent platform, accompanied by your host.

Returning to Dublin Heuston at 21:00hrs. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: April to October – Daily (except Sunday) $880 $1,180
2021: November to March – Daily (except Sunday) $860 $1,160

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