10 day Train with Day Tours

with options if you are available to stay extra days

Day 1: Dublin

Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Book of Kells
GPO (General Post Office – historical site)
Temple Bar
Ha’ Penny Bridge
Grafton Street
St Stephen’s Green

Guinness Storehouse

https://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/Kingship-and-Sacrifice
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral

Phoenix Park
Botanic Gardens

Overnight: Dublin

Day 2: Dublin

Mary Gibbons Newgrange & Tara tour (8am – 2pm): http://newgrangetours.com/

Brazen Head

Literary Tour?

Overnight: Dublin

Additional Day Option: Day trip To Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough

www.daytourswicklow.ie
Includes Optional: Guided walk, Horse Riding or Cycling instead of Powerscourt Gardens
Enniskerry (film location of “P.S. I Love You” and “Leap Year”)
Wicklow Mountain National Park
Sally’s Gap
Lough Tay, the Guinness Lake (film location of “Excalibur” and “Brave Heart”)
Glenmacnass Waterfall
Glendalough
Overnight: Dublin

Day 3: Train to Cork

irishrail.ie

2 hrs 30 min train ride.  I would not plan a scheduled tour this day since this could be complicated.  But you could take a taxi (30 min – 17 miles) or bus (1 hr) to Kinsale.

Day 4: Kilkenny & Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel day tour includes Kilkenny (2 hr stop -St Canice’s Round Tower and Cathedral, Kyteler’s Inn)
https://www.paddywagontours.com/Kilkenny-Cashel-Day-Tour-from-CORK

Overnight: Cork 

Additional Day Option: Blarney Castle and Cobh Heritage Centre

Blarney Castle
Cobh Heritage Centre and Titanic Exhibit
5 hours – return to Cork city center at around 17:30
https://www.getyourguide.com/cork-l1605/blarneycobh-day-tour-from-cork-t45317/?referrer_view_id=62b69e9cc52ce940f3ce7b79915c3678&referrer_view_position=3

Overnight: Cork 

Day 5: Train from Cork to Killarney

Train to Killarney ( less than 2 hours) and walking around seeing sites of Killarney.

Overnight: Killarney 

Day 6: Killarney

Drive along the famed Ring of Kerry and see the Skellig Experience Visitors Centre to learn about the wonders of the Skellig Islands.  http://www.classicirelandguidedtours.com/

 

Overnight: Killarney 

Day 6 alternate: Killarney-Dingle

A day trip to the Dingle Peninsula to see the rugged Blasket Islands and the ancient Fahan Beehive Huts on Slea Head. The return to Killarney includes a visit to the historic South Pole Inn – a pub opened in 1927 by Kerryman and unsung Antarctic Explorer hero Tom Crean – ending with a visit to the splendid Inch Beach.

Overnight: Killarney 

Day 7: Train to Galway

Train to Galway (6 hours with 1 change, 4 – 5 hours with 2 or 3 changes)  and walking around seeing sites of Galway.  (The train also stops in Ennis – although getting from Ennis to Doolin would have to be figured out.)

Overnight: Galway 

Day 8-9: Overnight on the Aran Islands

Galway Tour Company would probably drop you in Doolin and pick you up there the next day (noonish).  You would be able to see the Cliffs of Moher – I believe on the return. (I have used them before to pick someone up in Doolin who was arriving into Shannon, then had a private taxi to Doolin.)

doolin2aranferries.com (new ship)

Departure from Doolin Pier at 10:00 OR 13.00 DAILY

Leave Inis Mor the next day at 11.30 OR 16:00

Overnight: Inishmore, then Galway

Day 10: Back to Dublin

Train from Galway back to Dublin. See sites missed in the first 2 days.

Overnight: Dublin 

 DAY 11 additional:

Connemara, Cong & Kylemore Abbey