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Ireland Steam Railway Holiday


The Irish Craic

The best of Eire - to be sure!

Holiday date: Wednesday, 15th May 2024
10 days for  £1929 per person
£3858 for two people sharing
Single supplement £320
Tour reference: IC10/1
Price, based on 1.1 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause)

The word “craic” means – entertainment, fun – and that is, to be sure, what we will enjoy during this late summer trip to the Republic. To Kilkenny, Kerry, Connemara, Galway and the midlands of Eire – 10 days of full on “craic” awaits us.

Holiday Highlights

Discover Irish and Titanic heritage in Cobh at “Queenstown”
A whiff of horses at the world-famous National Stud
The unique Lartigue Monorail and Suir Valley Railway
Extensive travel on the Iarnrod Eireann network
Scenic coach travel around the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.
Plenty of typical Irish hospitality

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday

We meet at Holyhead Port and board our coach to be luggage free. We then board for the enjoyable afternoon sailing to Dublin Port. Once in Eire we make our way to Kilkenny, arriving in time for an included evening meal.

Meals: Dinner
Credit: Jimmy joe jazz
Day 2 - Thursday

No time to waste so let’s get going. We set off for a village, famous in all Ireland for its football prowess (Gaelic that is!) and for its 3’ gauge steam railway. Lunch is included as we sample traditional Guinness (optional) and soup & sandwiches in Dick Dunne’s bar. We can’t go to Eire without getting a whiff of the horses – so – to Kildare next for the National Stud & Japanese Gardens.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch
Day 3 - Friday

We are off to Kerry, by train from Kilkenny to Waterford, where we break our travels to visit the excellent Waterford and Suir Valley Railway.
Then on (by train) to the most famous
railway station in all Ireland (possibly
the world!), Limerick Junction. Finally to
Tralee via Mallow arriving comfortably
in time for a Guinness! Our Hotel arrangements in Tralee are on
a bed & breakfast basis allowing
you complete freedom in the

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Saturday

A relaxed day with time
for “local” stuff in the morning
before heading to Listowel for the
unique Lartigue Railway. This is a superb re-creation of the famous Ballybunion Railway and provides a fantastic insight into how this unusual railway operated.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 - Sunday

Today we head to Cork by train and on to
Cobh for the excellent “Queenstown” experience in the superbly restored old station building, telling the story of Irish emigration to America. We then head to Killarney for a superb boat trip and complete the day with a scenic drive back to Tralee.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 - Monday

The beautiful Dingle Peninsular is Kerry at its best and is the setting for one of Inside Track’s best days out. We will track the Tralee and Blennerville Railway, trace the line to Dingle, and marvel at the spectacular views around Slea Head. Today’s highlight visit will be hosted by Donal at the Blennerville Windmill which has railway connections including a model layout. A gem of a day on the Emerald Isle!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 - Tuesday

Reluctantly we are leaving this lovely area today, heading north to the “midlands” of Ireland. However, this is no ordinary transfer day, as we cross the Shannon at Tarbert, and break our journey in Ennis. Onwards then to Athenry with enough time to visit the castle before boarding a train to Athlone and the excellent Sheraton hotel for a three-night stay including two evening meals.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 8 - Wednesday

Think the scenic part of the holiday is over – no way (!). We set off by train to Galway City. Spend some time here to absorb the atmosphere in Eire’s most vibrant city outside Dublin, then head north through stunning Connemara towards Westport. This wonderfully scenic tour will include photo stops and a leg stretch at a remote railway junction. From Westport enjoy a terrific rail journey all the way back to Athlone.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 9 - Thursday

The craic just gets better and better. Today we head up to the north coast to catch the iconic branch line train from the middle of nowhere to Ballina. Our coach transfers us from Ballina to Sligo where we catch a train to idyllic Carrick. Let’s sing traditional songs as we sail on the Shannon and then head down to Dromod to meet Michael and his amazing collection of everything and anything including a steam train ride.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 10 - Friday

We are heading home today, but we will still have fun as we let the train take the strain heading back to Dublin, before our coach takes us onto the ferry so that we can enjoy the crossing luggage free.

Meals: Breakfast


Coming soon!

Our Hotel(s)

3 Star

The Grand Hotel, Tralee

One of our favourite Hotels to be sure, a warm welcome, lovely Irish food, traditional breakfast, and sited in the heart of Tralee’s historic town. Perfect for our four night stay. As in Kilkenny, there is no lift, but once again porterage can be arranged.

Features and Facilities

Complimentary Wifi
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
Complimentary Toiletries
Desk and Easy Chair
Direct Dial Telephone
Flat Screen TV with Satellite TV Channels and Radio
Pillow Menu
Laundry Service
Wake Up calls
Iron and Ironing Board on request
4 Star

The Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny

A truly up-market hotel located on Patrick Street in the very heart of Kilkenny. Luxurious rooms, concierge, lifts, spacious dining room and bar, this place has it all. It’s certainly not cheap but being so central means one can get out and about to be immersed in the atmosphere of this vibrant city. We will dine here together on the first night (included) and then the world is your lobster!

Features and Facilities

Bar / lounge
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Air conditioning
Complimentary toiletries
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Non-smoking rooms
4 Star

The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

This is modern establishment and a well know top-end chain. It boasts lovely rooms and full-on facilities including a gum and spa. Two evening meals out of three nights are included here to conclude our Irish Craic.

Features and Facilities

Indoor swimming pool
Spa and wellness centre
Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
Wired internet is available in the rooms and is free of charge
Free toiletries
Flat-screen TV
Non-smoking throughout
Allergy-free room
Soundproof rooms
Room service
Complimentary HSIA Wi-Fi

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday
Ferry travel to/from Ireland
Luggage transfers between hotels


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis


At least a couple of pub lunches

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Other porterage
Other lunches
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