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The Far West of Ireland

The Far West of Ireland

The Far West of Ireland Overview

We return to the “Emerald Isle” to again tour the Irish Republic by Iarnród Éireann's modern fleet. Indulge in steam and nostalgia at the West Clare Railway, experience a unique form of rail travel at Lartigue Monorail and visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Holyhead to Dublin

We meet at Holyhead for the afternoon ferry to Dublin. The Irish ferry port is located on the outskirts of Dublin so transportation will be waiting to take us to our central hotel for a 2-night stay.

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

Journey by train through the centre of Ireland to Galway for a 1-night stay. As we approach Galway 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. Dinner included.

Day 4 – West Clare Railway

We travel south 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. Both 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

A tour of the scenic Dingle Peninsula by road this morning en route to Killarney to catch the train to Cork via Mallow. 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 have a 2-night stay in Cork.

Day 8 – Cork City

At leisure in Cork where 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.

Day 9 – Via Waterford to Dublin

By rail to Limerick Junction – a most eccentric railway station – 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.

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
  • Dinner on day 3
  • 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
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