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3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour

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icon3 days  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

See the highlights of southwest Ireland on a 3-day Cork City, Ring of Kerry, and Dingle Peninsula tour from Dublin. Travel by train to Cork, and visit the Cobh Heritage Centre and Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone—said to bless you with eloquence. Continue by rail to spend two nights in pretty Killarney, and admire the stunning scenery of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula by coach before returning by rail to Dublin. All coach and rail transport and two nights’ accommodation in Killarney are included.
  • 3-day train and coach trip from Dublin to Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, and Dingle Peninsula
  • Travel through Ireland's scenic countryside
  • Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Free time to shop and have lunch in Blarney village
  • Short city tour of Cork
  • Moving Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh
  • Scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula scenery
  • B&B accommodation in Killarney including full Irish breakfast
  • Hosted train travel, information pack and friendly, professional tour guide
Host on trains
Information pack
Reserved seats on trains
Qualified driver-guide on coaches
All travel by rail and coach from Dublin Heuston Station
2 nights B&B accommodation including full Irish breakfast
Breakfast (2)
Gratuities
Food and beverages, unless specified

Departure Point

Heuston Station, St John's Rd W, Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin, Ireland

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Soak up the rural and historical charms of southwest Ireland on this leisurely 3-day rail and coach tour from Dublin. Leave Dublin by rail for the historical university city of Cork on Ireland’s south coast, and visit the Blarney Stone and Cobh before traveling onward by train to Killarney, your base for two nights. On the following days, enjoy two scenic full-day coach tours around the magnificent Ring of Kerry and picturesque Dingle Peninsula, famous as the location of the 1970 movie 'Ryan's Daughter,' before returning by rail to Dublin, where your trip ends.

Your tour includes round-trip rail transport, plus two nights’ comfortable B&B accommodation in Killarney, including a full Irish breakfast. Also included are two full-day Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula coach tours, and coach trips to Cobh and Blarney Castle, all with a qualified driver-guide, plus a tour of Cork city. Evenings are free for you to spend as you wish.
Itinerary
Blarney Castle & Gardens
On arrival in Cork at 09:35, we take our Railtours Ireland coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle – which is over 600 years old and was built by one of Ireland’s Great Chieftians, Cormac Mc Carthy. Explore the beautiful gardens and take the 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 Village. TIP! We recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal. You depart Blarney at 13:30 hrs. Approximately – or as directed by your Host – for Cóbh, via the city centre and a short city tour.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story
On arrival at Cóbh (prenounced: Cove), 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 to which your entrance is included. When Queen Victoria visited Ireland in 1849 she came to Cóbh and the town was renamed Queenstown in her honour – it was renamed Cóbh after Irish independence in 1922. Cóbh was of course the final port of call of the RMS Titanic and this theme is well expounded. The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration. The Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Cork – marking the United States’ entry to the First World War – and the small number of survivors were brought to Cóbh for refuge. Cóbh is also the headquarters of the Irish Navy and you will most likely see some navy ships.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at a your Killarney B&B. **Hotel Upgrades are available for €99 pps/night. Please enquire for further info.**
Meals:
  Not Included
Ring of Kerry
You will be collected from your accommodation at 09:45 (or as directed by our Killarney representative) for 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 Carrantuohill – which can be seen en route – is the highest, standing at 1041 metres. This tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks and runs through its many passes and valleys along the shores of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay. The nature of the Ring of Kerry provides many photo opportunities, as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem. We return 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 returned to your accommodation where, again, the evening is free.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at a your Killarney B&B. **Hotel Upgrades are available for €99 pps/night. Please enquire for further info.**
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Dingle Peninsula
You will be collected at 09:45 for your days’ touring, taking in the lovely vistas of the Dingle Peninsula. Listen out for Irish speakers, as Dingle is one of Ireland’s Gaeltacht, or Irish speaking regions. (We rarely use the term Gaelic to describe our national language). 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, instills 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 – a best-seller, translated as 20 Years a Growing by Maurice O' Sullivan, and a masterpiece, The Island Man by Thomas O’ Crohan. In the 20th century some 60 books, mostly in Irish, have been written in the immediate area. This is also the countryside in which the David Lean film, Ryan's Daughter, was made. The film, Far & Away, was also made here. At the end of the day's touring you will be returned to Killarney Station for your return train to Mallow and onward 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.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are booking a double occupancy room, please specify in 'Special Requirements' whether you prefer a double or a twin-bed room (subject to availability).
  • This tour offers stops en route for photographs, shopping, etc.
  • Due to operational reasons it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries.
  • Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly however buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps on to the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Children U16 cannot book independently. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Railtours Ireland First Class

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour.

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I was very disappointed with our...
Karen E
, May 2017
I was very disappointed with our accommodations in Killarney, not that the B and B wasn't adequate, but we were told that first morning before boarding the train that we would be staying at a Hotel. Then just before we got to Killarney another chaperone told us that we would be at a B and B. I questioned it since we had been told differently. She said she would check about changing us but it was probably too late. She made a phone call and said it was too late however, another couple a few rows behind us told her they wanted a refund and a ride back to Dublin if they had to stay at a B and B. She made some phone calls and changed them to the very nice Hotel. She then came back to us and one other lady and said oh your B and B has been changed to a different one. Now if it was too late to make a change, how and why did she change us to a different one. The lady who owned the B and B we were sent to said she really wasn't even open yet but they had called her and asked if she would take us. We had to drag our luggage upstairs. When we went downtown we saw the very nice hotel that everyone else was staying in. The chaperone told us we got the B and B because we had not booked direct with the tour company. I thought Viator was the tour company. This is very misleading.
icon Response from Host , May 2017
Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear you experienced some confusion regarding the identity of the tour company. Please be aware for future reference that the Local Tour Operator's name and contact information can always be found on your voucher ticket. This will ensure you have immediately contact with them prior to your travels, as needed. Of course, as the booking agency, Viator is always more than happy to assist you with any questions or booking details you may need as well. We hope this did not affect the overall enjoyment of your tour experience and that your stay at the scheduled B&B was still a pleasant one.
star-5
We loved this trip. Our guides were...
Sandra W
, Aug 2015
We loved this trip. Our guides were continually checking on our needs and travelled on the trains with us at all times. I would definitely suggest this as an awesome tour. We stayed in the bed and breakfast which was a four star beautiful guest house and was within walking distance to Killarney.
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I'll start with the positive. The...
Indrijani S
, Jun 2013
I'll start with the positive. The train was clean and on time. The tours covered lots of places of interests. The local tour that Railtours engaged in Killarney was well organised. The accommodation (I opted for B and B) was excellent. The negative part of this was that the Railtours itself seemed to be dis-organised. There was no introduction at the station so people were confused on what/where/who to do/follow. The tour guides from Railtours didn't introduce themself and let us know what the plans were. We found out by asking other tour participants. It's probably worth mentioning by the Railtour staff at the station that each has their own individual itinerary based on the type of tour that they chose. Luckily the tour participants had great sense of humour so we were just happy to tag along.
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Not great. It is not an organized tour...
Nancy L
, Feb 2008
Not great. It is not an organized tour as one would think it is, with a tour guide with you at all times. You are left to your own to take trains with transfers to and from Dublin. The Dingle portion of the trip was canceled because they did not get enough people, which left us to scramble for an additional night at a hotel in Dublin at the last minute. It was just a poorly organized tour.

Product code: 3310DH03D

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