The Far West of Ireland

Train 2243 to Dublin - © Irish Rail
Train 2243 to Dublin - © Irish Rail
Cobh Harbour, Co Cork - © Andrei Nekrassov
Dingle Peninsula
Foynes Flying Boat Museum - © Martin Shrubsole
Lartigue Monorail - © Martin Shrubsole
Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula
West Clare Railway - © Martin Shrubsole

Holiday Highlights

  • Free time in Dublin, Galway, Limerick & Cork
  • Reminisce at the West Clare Railway & Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Visits to Vandeleur Walled Garden & Blennerville Windmill
  • Experience an unusual form of rail travel at the Lartigue Monorail
  • Tour the attractive Dingle Peninsula
  • Opportunity to venture further afield by rail with your 5 in 15 Day Explorer Pass (3 of these 5 days can be used during free time)
  • 10 days from £1,895
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 23 June to Saturday 2 July 2022

Explore the 'Emerald Isle' and its sparkling scenery, on board Iarnród Éireann's modern fleet. Ride the Lartigue Monorail and indulge in a spot of nostalgia at the West Clare Railway and Foynes Flying Boat Museum.


Day 1 – Holyhead to Dublin

We meet at Holyhead for the afternoon ferry to Dublin where we have a 2-night stay. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel which is next to Heuston Station, overlooking the River Liffey.

Day 2 – Discover Dublin

A whole day to explore this lively, cultural city and the many attractions it has to offer. Why not visit St Patrick's Cathedral, view the Book of Kells at Trinity College or tour the Guinness Storehouse?

Day 3 – Head West to Galway

Depart on a morning train across the centre of Ireland to Galway for a 1-night stay. After passing Oranmore, the coastal stretch along Galway Bay affords views as far as the hills of the Burren on a clear day. Arriving at lunchtime gives us the opportunity to visit Galway's famous bustling street market.

Day 4 – West Clare Railway

We travel down the Western Corridor to Ennis before a road transfer takes us to Moyasta Junction, headquarters of the West Clare Railway. Here we immerse ourselves in steam, nostalgia and times past. Later, we continue on to Limerick for a 2-night stay, stopping off en route at the enchanting Vandeleur Walled Garden in Kilrush.

Day 5 – Limerick at Leisure

Limerick is a vibrant riverside city with a rich medieval past. Discover the city's most iconic landmark, King John's Castle, view an internationally important collection of art and artefacts at the Hunt Museum or have a leisurely stroll through the award winning People's Park.

Day 6 – Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Our private coach takes us to Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum this morning, where there is something for everyone. They are dedicated to preserving and telling the story of the pioneering days of aviation and passenger travel across the North Atlantic; the story of the creation of irish coffee, and the rich maritime history of the River Shannon and the Port of Foynes. This afternoon, we call at Lartigue Monorail in Listowel on our way to Tralee for a 1-night stay.

Day 7 – Dingle Peninsula

We take a tour of the scenic Dingle Peninsula by road this morning. Following in the tracks of the old Tralee & Dingle Railway, we stop off at the quaint town of Dingle and call at Blennerville Windmill en route. We return to Tralee for the train journey to Cork via Mallow. We have a 2-night stay in Cork.

Day 8 – Cork City

At leisure in Cork, there is plenty to see and do. The compact city centre is set on an island in the River Lee, surrounded by interesting waterways and packed with grand Georgian avenues, cramped 17th-Century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the opera house. Alternatively you may wish to take a trip by rail to Cobh Harbour and the excellent Heritage Centre located in the station buildings (admission extra). From here the Titanic departed on its fateful journey.

Day 9 – Via Waterford to Dublin

By rail to Limerick Junction, traditionally the most eccentric of Irish stations, where we change for the cross country route to Waterford. There is time for lunch before we board the afternoon train back to Dublin.

Day 10 – Ferry to Holyhead

A private transfer this morning to Dublin Ferry Port for a morning sailing to Holyhead.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

The Ashling Hotel, Dublin

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway

Clayton Hotel, Limerick

The Rose Hotel, Tralee

Jurys Inn, Cork

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return ferry journey from Holyhead to Dublin
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Group rail tickets on days 3 & 4
  • 5 in 15 Day Explorer Pass
  • Excursions as listed on days 4, 6 & 7
  • All road journeys listed by private coach
  • Services of a tour leader throughout

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,895
Single room supplement: £550
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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