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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
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Overview

Escape Dublin for day trip along Ireland’s majestic west coast, traveling by both train and coach to the scenic Cliffs of Moher. Take a city tour of Limerick, see Bunratty Castle, walk through the charming Folk Park, admire the Burren and drive along Galway Bay.
  • Full-day trip by train and coach from Dublin to Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Bay
  • Learn about Limerick on a guided city tour
  • See Bunratty Castle and Folk Village
  • Discover the Cliffs of Moher on the wild Atlantic coast
  • Explore The Burren's lunar landscape
  • Soak up a scenic drive along the shores of Galway Bay

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Participants on this tour travel by a mix of rail and bus for a more scenic experience.
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Host on trains
Information pack
Reserved seats on trains
Qualified driver-guide on coaches
All travel by rail and coach from Dublin Heuston Station
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Dublin Heuston , Heuston Station Saint John's Road West, Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin, Ireland

Check in is 20 minutes prior to the departure time. Railtours Ireland Representatives will be waiting in the main concourse area of the station with your travel pack. They will be wearing bright yellow jackets so that they are easily located.

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from Dublin Heuston Station in the early morning on your train to Limerick, and enjoy breakfast on board (own expense) while taking in Ireland’s lush central landscape. Upon arriving in the ancient city of Limerick, enjoy a tour of this city that was once the key settlement for Vikings in Ireland, and is more recently known as the setting of Frank McCourt’s harrowing memoir Angela's Ashes.

Following this rich bit of history, board your northbound coach to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Explore the fine medieval castle, complete with 15th- and 16th-century furnishings, tapestries and traditional works of art. Then tour Folk Park for a taste of Irish village life at the turn of the 20th century, including a schoolhouse, post office, doctor’s office and more. 

Next up, take a break for a traditional Irish pub lunch (own expense) at Gus O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin, where you’ll enjoy a steamy bowl of seafood chowder or some crispy fish and chips with a cup of tea (or a pint of Guinness). Then head for the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most famous natural sites.

After a stroll along the cliffs, sit back for a scenic drive along the rocky coastal edge of the Burren and Galway Bay before arriving in Galway. Depending on what time you get to Galway, you may have time for a quick walk through the cobbled streets before catching your evening train back to Dublin. Have a leisurely dinner aboard (own expense) before returning to the train station.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
After a brief Limerick city tour, we head out to Bunratty Castle. The castle was completed in 1425 and, after many years of neglect, has been restored to its former glory. There is a folk park here and many of the buildings – including the village – were dismantled at various locations in the region and rebuilt, brick by brick, at their present location.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Stop At:  
Cliffs of Moher
Enjoy some free time at the Cliffs of Moher - among some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
Duration: 2 hours 
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Pass By:  
The Burren
From the Cliffs of Moher, we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren. This is a national park and the word Burren comes from the Irish Language and means ‘rocky place’. It is a unique lunar landscape of limestone. Today the Burren is noted for its diverse flora with few parallels elsewhere in Ireland or, indeed, Europe. As time permits, we will make a short stop here for photographs.
Stop At:  
Eyre Square
Traffic dependent, there will be some free time upon your arrival in Galway to get some dinner and look at some shops, etc.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 onto 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
  • Check in is 20 minutes prior to the departure time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Railtours Ireland First Class
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "A heavy rain coat or wind jacket with attached hood is highly recommended." See review
  • "Please keep in mind, this will make for a 12 hour + day." See review
  • "This day trip starts at 640am and returns you at 9:47pm if the trains are on time which is hardly ever according to the guides." See review

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star-4
Too close for Covid
Tonya_B
, Jun 2022
I would’ve given a five star rating except for one reason. First, I knew that it was an all day train ride but I didn’t know that there was going to be a several-hour bus ride also. Not sure if I missed that in the description or not, but we left at 7 a.m. and returned to Dublin at 10:00 p.m. Due to Covid still being out there, I figured on the train that we would at least be able to spread out a good bit and could get up and walk around easily. But what I didn’t know is that there was a several hour bus ride to the cliffs and then to Galway in which there was a woman sitting in front of me and my daughter coughing the entire time. And this is one of those huge 40+ passenger buses. Every time we got on and off the bus everybody got back in their same seats so we were stuck behind the same lady coughing. What I didn’t like is that Viator didn’t take steps prior to the excursion to notify people that they should not come if they are symptomatic. And even if they did, it wasn’t where it was very noticeable. Also, masks were not asked or required or recommended on the bus at all. There were only a handful of people who had masks on. My daughter and I had our masks on the entire time because of the lady coughing in front of us. She had a mask on, but her husband did not and he was coughing a little bit too. There were so many people coughing it was ridiculous! Nonetheless, what I’m getting at, is that now my daughter and I both have Covid while we are still on vacation and can’t get out to do anything! What a big waste of money! I feel this could’ve been handled much better if the situation had been addressed on the front end. Or at least the coughing people should have been turned away or asked to take a taxi back. With that said, the whole tour was amazing, seeing the countryside, the shopping, eating in the pubs, seeing the cliffs, castles and more! I’m not sure if I just missed this in the description of the tour or not, but I was not aware of the bus ride being part of it. I thought it was just a day long train ride. Great trip for the sites though!
star-5
A long day of adventure and education
Inge_H
, Jun 2022
Brian the tour guide was excellent. He informed us of Irish history, described the scenes as we drove by them and throughout was humorous, helpful and thoughtful.
star-5
Highly Recommend this Tour!
Stacey_H
, Jun 2022
This tour was very organized and allotted the time among the various stops very well. Our guide was Bryan and he was funny and very helpful for the day trip. It was a long day but there was so much to see and the Cliffs were beautiful! Highly recommend this tour!
star-3
Not my cup of tea
Briana_B
, Jun 2022
First of all, the Cliffs of Moher were gorgeous and the whole reason we took this trip. However, the rest of the trip was a pain. There was supposed to be breakfast on the train on the way there and light dinner/snacks on the way back and there was neither. We spent the majority of the day on a bus that was REALLY hot. The older crowd seemed to enjoy it but we didn’t like being so overscheduled and constantly having to check the time. We had never done a tour like this before and this will definitely be the last.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Day Trip!
Jahna_D
, Jun 2022
Awesome experience, would highly recommend! Norm was great tour guide. Stunning views…..you won’t be disappointed!
star-5
Beautiful green island
Karina_V
, Apr 2022
Thanks to a very knowledgable guide called Brendan we had an amazing day and a wonderful experience of Ireland from coast to coast.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Cliffs
Mike_T
, Apr 2022
Outstanding. Long day but the sites snd the tour guide were fabulous. Had a great time. Very memorable.
star-4
Had a great time
Eric_R
, Apr 2022
This was an excellent first step into traveling around Ireland. The weather was a bit cold but we made the best of it. We wish we had more time in Limerick. Time restrictions a for travel are hard.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Simply remarkable
heather_b
, Apr 2022
My mother and I took this trip together, and what an experience. Firstly, our tour guide Norman was the most lovely man. He was knowledgeable, funny and took the utmost care of each one of us the trip. Making sure we were looked after til the last stop on the train. He made the trip something we will remember forever. We were blessed with good weather to view the cliffs and the Bunratty Castle and folk park were simply amazing. The stop at the Burren was unreal. Plus all the tidbits and stories he told of each town really gave you an experience you just wouldn't get driving yourself. Thank you so much Norman for being the greatest guide we could have asked for. Bless you!
star-5
Gorgeous locale
Jason_P
, Mar 2022
Beautiful tour. Very professional and informative. Great lunch stop choice. I would definitely recommend it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Rail Motor Coach Rail Cliffs and Castle
Lorraine_T
, Mar 2022
We enjoyed all parts of the tour. The Cliffs were exceptional and we had beautiful weather. The guide was great!
star-5
Highly, highly recommend doin this
Caitlin_D
, Mar 2022
It’s a long day, but if you want to see more of Ireland- I could not recommend this more. It’s mouth-dropping beautiful and I feel like I got to see a good snapshot of the country. Pictures of the Cliff of Moher do not do it justice. Definitely go.
star-5
Rail tour
Brittany_K
, Mar 2022
The tour was absolutely Amazing!!! We had a blast and the sites were beautiful!!! Brandon was a great tour guide!!! Can’t wait to come back and visit Ireland again 🇮🇪
star-5
Excellent trip out of Dublin
Shelley_K
, Feb 2022
Ian was our guide and he was fabulous! You couldn’t get a better guide- so smart and informative- great trip- David was our driver and he and Ian got along well- David was very good at driving and commentary. Thank you for a memorable trip- we even did a few things not on the tour because of the castle being closed- which was nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour of the west coast
Shaun_D
, Nov 2021
Great train ride with very knowledgeable guide, David. Enjoyed the bus ride up the coast and everything was well-paced. It's a long day but easy to relax on the train.
star-5
Lovely day
Jennifer_K
, Nov 2021
David was a great host, and full of information. This was a lovely way to see the Irish county side.
star-5
Best day in Ireland!
Lindsey_B
, Jul 2020
Fantastic tour!!! Incredibly organized and we had such a great tour guide!! It was an action packed day that took us to some of the best site in the country but we also had plenty of time to explore on our own.
star-5
Exploring Ireland
Katherine_R
, Mar 2020
Amazing day out small group and the guide was great.Lots if information offered sight seen overall an amazing adventure through parts of Ireland
star-5
Excellent
Kathy_H
, Feb 2020
Terence was a terrific guide. We enjoyed the explanations and history. We also had conversations about politics.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Kathy, Many thanks for your five star review. We are delighted to hear that you had an excellent time on tour with us recently to the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, The Burren and Galway Bay. Terence is a terrific host who always makes sure everyone on board has an enjoyable experience. Thanks once again, Kind Regards, Jennifer
star-5
Great tour!
rinconsandrac
, Jan 2020
Our experience with Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail tour was amazing. We had a great time, our tour guide Terence was very knowledgeable, nice and friendly. Not only did he give us great info on the places we visited, he also had great input about any question I had on our stay in Dublin. Also, I appreciate Terence retrieving my son's game console that we left on the bus in Galway. If your time is limited in Ireland or if you don't feel like driving around, then this is the tour for you. In a day, you'll get to see most of the breathtaking views and awesome cities Ireland has to offer.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your review. It is fantastic to receive such positive feedback regarding our most popular tour to the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, The Burren and Galway Bay and we really appreciate you taking the time to write. Terence is a wonderful tour host who always looks after our guests so well. I will pass on your kind sentiments to him. Thanks and Kind Regards, Jennifer

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