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Grand Tour of Ireland by Train

Views across Co. Kerry

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Apr - Oct

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add a stay in Dublin at the start or finish?

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Views across Co. Kerry

Grand Tour of Ireland by Train

Best Time To Go

Apr - Oct

Why not...

add a stay in Dublin at the start or finish?

Prices From


No of Nights


Experience the best of the Emerald Isle by train on this thoughtfully designed grand touring holiday.

Starting from Dublin, one of Europe’s great capitals,  your tour of Ireland by train begins with a rail journey to Co Mayo on Ireland’s west coast, where the Wild Atlantic Way beckons. Enjoy a private guided road tour to Galway, and from Clare to Killarney, combined with further railway rides from Kerry to Cork, and all the way up the ancient East coast to the captivating city of Belfast. An unforgettable way to experience the Emerald Isle.

Interested in exploring Ireland car-free? Why not do so in the company of an expert local guide on our Dublin, Belfast & Causeway Coast Small Group Rail Tour.

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Day One – Go Westport!

Day Two – Getting to Know Westport

Day Three – Riding the Rails to Galway

Day Four – To the Aran Islands, Touring with an Engaging Local

Day Five – Continue Round Ireland by Train to County Clare

Day Six – The Best of County Clare

Day Seven – A Private Road Tour from Clare to Kerry

Day Eight – Out and About in Killarney

Day Nine – The Romance of Rail from Killarney to Kinsale

Day Ten – Out and About in Kinsale

Day Eleven – North by Rail to the Titanic City of Belfast

Day Twelve – Bustling Belfast – a City Transformed

Day Thirteen – Return Home

Sustainable Travel

This holiday is part of our ever-growing collection of public transport based holidays, enabling you to reach destinations around Ireland without the need to drive. We feel strongly that true sustainability also means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in areas where the economic benefit of tourism can make a genuine difference to the local community, which is why we have used locally owned small accommodation and local guides on this holiday.


Our self-guided tour starts from Dublin with a first stop on the west coast at Mayo, then to Galway, Clare, Killarney and Kinsale in County Cork, before a final stop in Belfast. You can then return to Dublin or complete the trip in Northern Ireland. We can then add nights in Dublin to the itinerary, as you prefer.

It is also possible to customise the itinerary to start from Belfast, Cork or Limerick, just let us know your preferences.


£2795 per person for departures in April & October, £2895 per person in May to September. 

Prices are based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for 12 nights – two on a room-only basis and 10  on a bed and breakfast basis, staying in our hand-picked selection of small hotels and guesthouses. This holiday includes train travel and transfers as described above, as well return ferry crossings to, and tour on the Aran Islands, a day taxi tour to see the famous Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, a guided history walking tour of Kinsale, a guided walking tour of Belfast, and  entrance to the Titanic Visitor Centre.

The price for a single traveller with sole occupancy of ensuite double rooms is £4250 for April & October, £4460 for May and £4670 for June to September.

Travel to Ireland

We would be delighted to book your travel to Ireland from Britain for this holiday. The holiday can be tailored to match the ferry routes from Holyhead or Fishguard in Wales, or to Belfast from Cairnryan in Scotland.

Flights to Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Belfast would also be ideal starting points.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All Ireland itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

We work hard to make sure the unexpected doesn’t affect your trip. On rare occasions, changes or cancellations may occur, affecting accommodation, transport or excursions. We are committed to informing you of any such circumstances and will use our knowledge and resources to offer suitable alternatives wherever possible.

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This tour of Ireland by train can be arranged from April to October.

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