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From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Dunguaire Castle & Galway Tour

1. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Dunguaire Castle & Galway Tour

Explore some of the highlights of the west of Ireland on a guided day tour from Dublin. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, Dunguaire Castle, and the vibrant city of Galway. Start by meeting early in the morning in central Dublin. Stop for a break at The Galway Plaza for half an hour, enough time to stretch your legs, clear your heads, and have a coffee or a small breakfast to continue. Arrive at the first destination of the day, the Cliffs of Moher. Just the way to get to the Cliffs of Moher is fascinating, because this road, along the coast of the island, crosses The Burren National Park, with a lunar landscape that is fascinating. This is one of the main attractions and one of the essential visits in Ireland. Walk for 210 meters above the coast. Admire the strength of the sea that marks the character of the island and its inhabitants so much. Take some free time to explore the area. From the Cliffs of Moher, head next to Galway. This is one of the most popular cities in Ireland, known for its vibrant atmosphere and music scene. Stroll down Shop Street and see some of the musicians, and browse some of the bars and shops, before heading back to Dublin.

Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

2. Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

Check in at Dublin Heuston Station at 6:40 AM to take the InterCity train service to Limerick. Upon arrival, join your coach bus and have a short tour of the treaty city, the setting for "Angela's Ashes". From there, head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (admission included), then to a Doolin Pub for our traditional Irish lunch stop. Then, it's on to the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the country's wild Atlantic coast, one of Ireland's most famous and beautiful attractions.  After that, enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay to reach Galway, the city of the tribes. After taking some time to take in this beautiful city, board our Dublin-bound train, arriving at Heuston Station at 9:00 PM.

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based on 216 reviews

We loved our Rail Tours excursion! Our tour guide Terence reserved seats on the train, so all we had to do was show up. We stopped at the Bunratty Castle first, which we really enjoyed. We learned about the history of the castle, the Vikings and their banquets, the status of women at the time, and the reasons the castle was built narrowly and with many hidden rooms. We even got to see an actual dungeon. Our lunch at Joseph McHugh’s was great. We all loved our traditional Irish lunches. When we arrived at the Cliffs, we had plenty of time. We were there during a windy day, so one area was blocked off, but we still got the full beautiful experience. After, we experienced the Wild Atlantic Way route, which was very scenic. We drove through the Burren and Galway Bay, but were unable to stop due to the rain that made it unsafe. Then our brief but lovely stop in Galway we enjoyed a great dinner at An Púcán. The train ride back was smooth and easy. Overall a great day, highly recommend!

I am irish and have been to these places many times throughout childhood. However my 6 year old son and husband (who is American) have not. I picked this railtours as it was great value for money and we could see lots without having to rent a car or book accommodation and it was also child friendly. The guide was great he had loads of knowledge ,and we got to see loads in one day! I'm also 6 months pregnant, and it was great that there was loads of time to rest between each excursion due to the coaches and the time being allocated well at each place we visited. Every route the driver took had lots to see along the way also and the tour guide filled in about lots of the history. As someone who's irish, it's great to go on a tour that presents ireland in a way that made me proud and I'll recommend railtours to family and friends. Go raibh maith agat agus beannachtaí !

The trip is very good. super complete. You can not ask for more. We bought food the day before and thus we took advantage of the moment of the excursion. In Galway an hour and a half. And in the cliffs an hour and a half. Everything more than good.

Spectacular visit with a guide who was able to make a long-distance bus journey very enjoyable

John was great and made the tour more fun! Definitely worth every penny.