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Ireland....Day tours of Ireland by train



These tours are ideally suited to clients who do not wish to drive around Ireland themselves and prefer a more leisurely adventure aboard iarnrod eireann.

Due to the speed and efficiency of Irish Rail Transport we would be able to base your visit to Ireland in Dublin City and take day trips when and where you want to discover the delights of the rest of Ireland.

Treat yourself to a day tour of Ireland by train and enjoy a great deal of Ireland’s natural beauty. From the mountains and lakes of Killarney and Connemara, to the rugged coastline of Galway Bay, the hills of Donegal and the Burren of County Clare. Visit the Titanic’s last port of call at Cobh, County Cork, stroll through historic Kilkenny (the Marble City), and Waterford’s Seafaring Viking heritage. Sit back and relax as your comfortable train glides through County Wicklow—the Garden of Ireland.


TOUR 1:The Waterford, Kilkenny and East Coast.

A leisurely day trip to the sunny southeast, visiting Kilkenny, Waterford and travelling along the incredibly scenic East Coast line through Wexford and Wicklow—the Garden of Ireland (all admissions and transfers included).


Check in Dublin Heuston station (customer service desk) 07:15 for Intercity train (snacks available) to Kilkenny where we have a guided walking tour of this ancient and historic city with ample time for lunch and shopping. We then continue to Waterford and visit either the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms or Waterford Treasures (Irish Museum of the Year 1999) and Reginald’s Tower. The tour continues, enjoying fine views of Waterford Harbour and gentle rolling countryside of South County Wexford and the East Coast before heading north towards Dublin. Sit back and enjoy this highly scenic journey from the Quays at Wexford Town through the Slaney Valley and the Vale of Avoca (of Ballykissangel fame) to the magnificent seascapes between Wicklow and Dublin arriving at Dublin Connolly at 21:30 (snack car on train).

NOTE: Departure and Arrival Stations in Dublin are different.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 2: Cork, Blarney Castle and the Queenstown Story.

A highly enjoyable trip to Ireland’s Southern capital, Cork, visiting the world renowned Blarney Stone and the Queenstown Story at Cobh, on Cork Harbour, famous as the Titanic’s last port of call (all admissions and transfers/tours included).


Check in Dublin Heuston at 07:10 (customer service desk) for Intercity service to Cork (full breakfast available). On arrival in Cork we transfer by road to Blarney Castle where we kiss the famous stone and thus acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. Time for shopping and lunch at Blarney Village before returning to Cork. Following a short city tour we depart Cork station by rail at 15:15 for a scenic run alongside Cork Harbour to Cobh where the "Queenstown Story" Heritage Centre is located in the beautifully restored Victorian railway station and transatlantic terminal. Depart Cobh at 17:55 arriving Cork at 18:20 thus allowing time for a drink and a snack in the celebrated Cork Station Buffet with its fine worldwide collection of railway company crests (many from the U.S.A.).

Depart Cork at 19:15 Intercity service to Dublin (Dinner service available). Arrival at Heuston Station is at 22:10 Hrs.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 3: The Hills of Donegal, Belfast & North Atlantic Coast.

A rare opportunity to experience Ireland’s east and northern coasts, the wild Atlantic, the cities of Belfast and Derry, the hills and lakes of Donegal with Yeat’s country included.


Check in Dublin Connolly station at 07:20 (at gate for platform 4) for morning "Enterprise" service (breakfast available). At Belfast we have a short walking tour before joining the 11:15 train to Derry via the spectacular North Atlantic coast. On arrival at 13:35 we transfer to our coach for a tour of "the Maiden City" before our journey into the highlands of Donegal. We follow the Valleys and Glens to the village of Fintown on glorious Lough Finn where we will have time for a pub lunch (included in the price). We rejoin our coach and continue our journey through Glenties, Donegal town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran before pausing at Drumcliffe churchyard and the grave of W.B. Yeats. Onwards then to Sligo town, in the shadow of Benbulben, for our return train at 18:05 (Dinner service available). We arrive in Connolly station at 21:30.

A minimum number is required for this tour.


Departs Saturdays only.


TOUR 4: Connemara and Galway Bay.

An enchanting day tour to the glorious west of Ireland, through Galway (the City of the Tribes), Clifden (the capital of Connemara) and Westport on island studded Clew Bay.


Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) at 07:00 for Intercity train to Galway (breakfast available) we traverse Ireland’s midlands with its vast tracts of peat (turf) boglands, crossing the mighty Shannon river at Athlone. On arrival in Galway we transfer to our waiting coaches and strike out into the magnificent scenery of this region known as Connemara. Lakes, mountains, stone walls and thatched cottages—all there for you to behold. We stop at Leenane on the shores of Killary Harbour (Ireland’s only Fjiord). Time for lunch and shopping at stunning Kylemore Abbey before continuing on to Clifden the capital of Connemara. We continue on through the Twelve Bens and Maamturk mountain ranges to Westport on island studded Clew Bay for our return Intercity train (snack car available) to Dublin arriving at 21:55.

On certain days this tour will return via Galway with earlier arrival in Dublin Heuston at 21:00.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.

If you wish to linger longer in breathtaking Connemara, we offer a two day visit to Clifden—The capital of Connemara—overnighting (bed & full Irish breakfast) at the luxury Station House Hotel. (see tour 9).


TOUR 5: The Ring of Kerry.

An all day tour offering a unique opportunity to experience the world renowned Ring of Kerry, with its overwhelming mountains and seascapes.


Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) at 07:10 for Intercity train to Cork (breakfast available). After changing trains at Mallow, Killarney is reached at 10:55. Here we transfer to waiting coaches for our tour of the Ring of Kerry.

After a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, we return to Killarney for a 18:25 departure to Mallow, where we join our Dublin bound express (Dinner service available). Arrival in Heuston is at 22:10.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.

Overnight option: Bed and full Irish breakfast at the luxury Holiday Inn, Killarney.

€65.00 pps extra.

€80.00 pps extra (June—Sept.)


TOUR 6: The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay.

A day trip to Ireland’s rugged and unique mid-western coast, through Galway city, and Galway Bay, the Burren, the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the imposing Bunratty Castle with its lovely folf park. A flavour of Limerick on the River Shannon concludes the tour before our return to Dublin.


Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) 07:00 for Intercity train to Galway (breakfast available). On arrival at Galway, the City of Tribes, we head south along the shores of Galway Bay. Our first stop is at a seafood pub on the shore at Ballyvaughan. Here we leave Galway Bay and pass into the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, renowned for its scenery, flora and fauna. The majestic Cliffs of Moher on the wild Atlantic coast are our next stop. We drive to *Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (have a pint in Durty Nellies). We have a short city tour of Limerick famous as the location of "Angela’s Ashes" before departure on the 19:35 to Limerick Junction, where we join our Dublin bound express (Dinner service available). Arrival in Heuston is at 22:10.

On certain days our return will be from Galway instead of Limerick arriving back at the earlier time of 21:00.Our route will include the *Aillwee Caves instead of *Bunratty Castle.

* Admission not included.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 7: Historic Clonmacnois on the Shannon River and the Bog Railway.

A lovely day tour on the banks of the Shannon River visiting the magnificent monastic home of St. Ciaran—Clonmacnoise. Taking in the lovely village of Shannonbridge and the famous Blackwater bog renowned for flora and fauna (all admissions transfers/tours included).


Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) at 08:00 for Intercity train to Athlone (breakfast available). Here we join our tour to the magnificent ruins of the monastic city of Clonmacnoise dating from the 6th century on the banks of the majestic River Shannon. We continue down river to the lovely but strategic village of Shannonbridge where we have time for lunch at Killeens Traditional Bar/Grocery and have a view of the massive battery fortifications dating from the Napoleonic times. We then continue on to the Blackwater Bog (part of the Bog of Allen) for a unique tour of this working bog by narrow gauge train with even a chance to cut some turf!

Return to Dublin Heuston station by Intercity train (with snack car) arriving 18:10.


Departs Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 8: Ballykissangel and the Garden of Ireland.

A lovely half-day trip to Ireland’s most famous village, Avoca, otherwise known as "Ballykissangel" situated in the beautiful Vale of Avoca.


Check in Dublin Connolly station at 13:00 (gate for platform 4) for Intercity service to Arklow (with licensed snack bar on board). We head due south enjoying the magnificent seascapes for much of the way as far as Wicklow town, where we swing inland to experience the "Garden of Ireland" at its best.

On arrival at Arklow we join our coach for a journey through the Vale of Avoca, or Ballykissangel, and the Meeting of the Waters. We continue through the Avonmore Valley to the Village of Rathdrum, from where the train departs at 16:35 for the very scenic return journey to Dublin. Arrival at Connolly station is at 18:00.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 9: The Connemara Capital.

A two day tour to glorious Connemara, overnighting at the recently opened Station House Hotel in Clifden—the Capital of Connemara.


Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) at 07:00 for Intercity train to Galway (breakfast available). We traverse Ireland’s midland’s with its vast tracts of peat (turf) bogs, crossing the mighty River Shannon at Athlone. On arrival in Galway, we transfer to our touring coach before striking out into the magnificent scenery of Connemara, mountains, lakes, stone walls, and thatched cottages—all are there for you to behold. We travel via the Maam valley and Leenane, on the shores of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, to Kylemore Abbey, where there will be time for lunch and shopping.On to Clifden—the Capital of Connemara. Afternoon free. Overnight accommodation at the luxury Station House Hotel, with bed and full Irish breakfast.

DAY 2: Morning free in Clifden. After lunch we travel via Recess to Maam Cross, from where we travel into south Connemara and the Gaeltacht or Irish speaking area, before returning to Galway. We depart Galway on the 18:05 evening Intercity train to Dublin (dinner service available). Arrival in Heuston station is at 21:00.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 10: The Giant’s Causeway, The Glens of Antrim and Wild Atlantic Coast.

A fascinating day out to the famed Antrim coast with its spectacular seascapes taking in Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the old Bushmills Distillery. Rail travel Dublin—Belfast—Dublin by "Enterprise Express" (all admissions, transfers/tours included).


Check in Dublin Connolly station 07:20 (gate for platform 4) for Enterprise Service (Breakfast available). At Belfast we join our tour and head to the famous Antrim Coast Road crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant’s Causeway next visiting Dunluce Castle concluding with a tour of the famous Old Bushmills Distillery sampling a "drop of the hard stuff". We return to Belfast and our train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 20:10.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 11: The Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

A unique opportunity to visit Inishmore the largest of the legendary Aran Islands facing the wild Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of Galway Bay.


Check in Dublin Heuston at 07:00 for Intercity service to Galway (breakfast available). We transfer by road to Connemara Airport for *flight to Inishmore where we join our tour of the Island with time for lunch at Kilronan before our visit to magnificent Dun Aengus. Return flight and transfer back to Galway City with time for exploring and shopping before our return train to Dublin Heuston arriving at 21:00.

*Should weather conditions be such as to curtail flights we will make our best endeavours to offer an alternative tour either Tour 4 or Tour 6 and refund the difference.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 12: Glendalough and the Vale of Clara.

A beautiful half day trip into the Wicklow mountains to the majestic ancient monastic home of St. Kevin, enjoying beautiful coastal scenery en route (transfer/tour and admission included).


Check in Dublin Connolly 13:00 (gate for platform 4) FOR Intercity service to Rathdrum (with licensed snack bar on board). We head sue south enjoying the magnificent seascapes for much of the way as far as Wicklow Town where we swing inland to experience the Garden of Ireland at its best.

On arrival at Rathdrum we join our coach for a journey through the Vale of Clara taking in the village of Laragh. On arrival at historic Glendalough we have a guided tour of this famed monastic site complete with traditional Round Tower. We rejoin our train at Rathdrum for a very scenic journey to Dublin arriving in Connolly station at 18:00.


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


Tour 13: The Millennium Double: Dublin City Tour & Ballykissangel.

See the City and the Garden of Ireland in One day. Dublin City Tour and Ballykissangel (see Tour 8).

A great chance to make the most of your day with the renowned Dublin Bus City Tour (Hop on/Hop off) in the morning* and the spectacular "Ballykissangel" and Garden of Ireland Tour in the afternoon.

Dublin Bus Tour departs every 15 minutes from 09:30.

Ballykissangel tour check-in 13:00 Connolly Station (gate for platform 4).


Departs daily Monday—Saturday.


TOUR 14: Bus Tours from Dublin's Central Bus Station, Store Street, Dublin 1.

We also operate as Agents for Daily Guided Bus tours around Ireland. But generally are closer to Dublin due to a bus being much slower and less efficient than Train travel.

The Boyne Valley and Newgrange.

The Royal County of Meath, north of Dublin, contains many great historical sites including Newgrange (older than the pyramids), Hill of Tara (seat of the Kings of Ireland) and many other burial mounds and historical places of interest.

Leave’s Central Bus Station, Store Street, Dublin 1 for a full days tour in Bus with very experienced Driver/Guide.


Extra Information on Train Tours:

  • No departures on Sundays or Bank Holiday Mondays.
  • All prices quoted are per person and Include:
  • All travel by rail/rail & coach from appropriate Dublin station.
  • Reserved seats on trains.
  • Walking/local tours as appropriate.
  • Information Pack.
  • Qualified Driver/Guide on coaches. Host on trains.
  • Children under 16 price, children under 5 token charge. (On Train Tours.)

Prices do not include meals/admissions unless otherwise stated.

Prices are subject to change.

Celtour is dedicated to providing a professional and personalised service. It is our intention to operate all tours as advertised. However, due to operational reasons it may, on occasions, be necessary to alter certain itineraries and prices.

We reserve the right to cancel tours if industrial or other action affects any of the components which make up our tour. Celtour acts as agents only and can not be held responsible for any damage, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, injury to person or property whatsoever or howsoever caused arising out of or in connection with excursion, tour or transfer. Passengers travel at their own risk and our liability for any claim whatsoever is limited only to the price of the ticket.

Normal Celtour Terms & Conditions apply otherwise.

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