Southern Ireland Steam Train Adventure

Join us for a unique steam train adventure across the beautiful Emerald Isle, in association with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland. Relive memories of a bygone era as two historic locomotives, No.4 and No.85 ‘Merlin’, along with vintage carriages, take us on wonderful steam-hauled journeys across southern Ireland’s unspoilt landscapes. From rugged mountains to lush green valleys, sit back, relax and enjoy the ever-changing vistas. Our rail journeys are interspersed with optional coach excursions to explore more of the breathtaking scenery and fascinating heritage that the Emerald Isle has to offer.


Travel Options


8 Days from just £

8 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • Return coach travel and ferry crossings
  • 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast in Ireland
  • Heritage steam train journeys from Dublin to Killarney, Killarney to Westport & Westport to Dublin
  • Free time in Dublin
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland

    Optional scenic coach tour of the Ring of Kerry (£19pp)
    Optional excursion to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden & Connemara National Park (£19pp)
    Optional guided city tour of Dublin (£10pp)
  • Return flights to Dublin*
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Ireland
  • 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast in Ireland
  • Heritage steam train journeys from Dublin to Killarney, Killarney to Westport & Westport to Dublin
  • Free time in Dublin
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland

    Optional scenic coach tour of the Ring of Kerry (£19pp)
    Optional excursion to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden & Connemara National Park (£19pp)
    Optional guided city tour of Dublin (£10pp)

    Prefer a slightly shorter tour? Why not book our 5-day Irish Heritage Steam & The Ring of Kerry by Air tour instead? 

Selection of hotels

We’ll stay at a selection of comfortable hotels during our tour such as the City West on the outskirts of Dublin, the Innisfallen close to Killarney and the Breaffy House near Westport. All are of a similar, well-appointed standard with en-suite facilities and in-house bar and restaurant.

Single Supplements Apply

Day 1
We catch the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and head to our overnight hotel in the Dublin area where we are met by our tour manager.   

Day 2 - Steam train journey from Dublin Connolly to Killarney
We board our heritage train at Dublin Connolly station and enjoy a scenic steam-hauled journey through the breathtaking Irish countryside, crossing the River Liffey on a six arch viaduct and passing through the Curragh, a 5,000 acre plain that has been associated with horse racing for centuries.  After the town of Mallow, we travel through the Valley of the River Blackwater, passing many megalithic tombs, standing stones and moated sites, before disembarking in the charming town of Killarney, on the edge of the Killarney National Park.

Later, we check in to our hotel close to Killarney where we stay for the next two nights.

Day 3 - Free day in Killarney or optional scenic coach tour of the Ring of Kerry (£19pp)
Our optional excursion takes us on a scenic coach tour of the Ring of Kerry, through some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes Ireland has to offer. From rolling hills, tranquil lakes and dramatic mountain passes to a rugged coastline and white-sand beaches, we drink in this glorious scenery, passing through charming towns such as Killorglin, Waterville and Kenmare.

Day 4 - Steam train journey from Killarney to Westport
On today’s scenic steam train journey, we retrace our steps as far as Portarlington where we change locomotives and head towards Westport in County Mayo. Along the way we pass through the town of Tullamore, which takes its name from the low flat-topped hill or tullacht mhor, past the ancient monastic site of Killomeenagh and across the River Shannon, the longest river in the British Isles. Once in County Mayo, the scenery ranges from lush green fields to also desert-like landscapes before we reach Westport on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.  

From here, we travel to our hotel near Westport, our base for the next two nights.

Day 5 - Day at leisure or optional excursion to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden & Connemara National Park (£19pp)
On our second optional excursion, we head first to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. We visit the restored rooms of the beautiful Gothic Abbey, home to a monastic community of nuns, and explore the six acre Victorian Walled Garden where only flower and vegetable varieties from that era are grown.

Afterwards, we explore the scenic mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands that make up the Connemara National Park. Covering around 3,000 hectares of scenic countryside, the park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including the famous Connemara ponies.

Day 6 - Steam train journey from Westport to Dublin with optional guided city tour (£10pp)
We head back to Westport station where we board our train for our final steam-hauled journey, heading back across the centre of Ireland, from west to east, enjoying the picture-postcard natural beauty along the way. We disembark in the Republic’s wonderful capital of Dublin.

The afternoon is spent at leisure in Dublin. Just some of the sights here include the historic Temple Bar area, known as the entertainment and cultural quarter of Dublin, and Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland set in 40 acres of cobbled squares, gardens and parks. There’s also the chance to join an optional guided city tour of Dublin to see some of its highlights.

Afterwards, we head to our hotel in the Dublin area where we spend the last two nights of our stay.

Day 7 - Day at leisure in Dublin

Day 8
After an early breakfast, we catch the morning ferry back to Holyhead and continue our journey home.

Please note:
Due to ferry times, coach pickup times may be very early in the morning. On the last morning in Ireland, breakfast may be a packed takeaway breakfast due to early sailing schedules.

Day 1
We fly to Dublin airport where we are met by our tour manager and transfer to our overnight hotel in the Dublin area.

Day 2 - Steam train journey from Dublin Connolly to Killarney
We board our heritage train at Dublin Connolly station and enjoy a scenic steam-hauled journey through the breathtaking Irish countryside, crossing the River Liffey on a six arch viaduct and passing through the Curragh, a 5,000 acre plain that has been associated with horse racing for centuries.  After the town of Mallow, we travel through the Valley of the River Blackwater, passing many megalithic tombs, standing stones and moated sites, before disembarking in the charming town of Killarney, on the edge of the Killarney National Park.

Later, we check in to our hotel close to Killarney where we stay for the next two nights.

Day 3 - Free day in Killarney or optional scenic coach tour of the Ring of Kerry (£19pp)
Our optional excursion takes us on a scenic coach tour of the Ring of Kerry, through some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes Ireland has to offer. From rolling hills, tranquil lakes and dramatic mountain passes to a rugged coastline and white-sand beaches, we drink in this glorious scenery, passing through charming towns such as Killorglin, Waterville and Kenmare.

Day 4 - Steam train journey from Killarney to Westport
On today’s scenic steam train journey, we retrace our steps as far as Portarlington where we change locomotives and head towards Westport in County Mayo. Along the way we pass through the town of Tullamore, which takes its name from the low flat-topped hill or tullacht mhor, past the ancient monastic site of Killomeenagh and across the River Shannon, the longest river in the British Isles. Once in County Mayo, the scenery ranges from lush green fields to also desert-like landscapes before we reach Westport on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.  

From here, we travel to our hotel near Westport, our base for the next two nights.

Day 5 - Day at leisure or optional excursion to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden & Connemara National Park (£19pp)
On our second optional excursion, we head first to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. We visit the restored rooms of the beautiful Gothic Abbey, home to a monastic community of nuns, and explore the six acre Victorian Walled Garden where only flower and vegetable varieties from that era are grown.

Afterwards, we explore the scenic mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands that make up the Connemara National Park. Covering around 3,000 hectares of scenic countryside, the park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including the famous Connemara ponies.

Day 6 - Steam train journey from Westport to Dublin with optional guided city tour (£10pp)
We head back to Westport station where we board our train for our final steam-hauled journey, heading back across the centre of Ireland, from west to east, enjoying the picture-postcard natural beauty along the way. We disembark in the Republic’s wonderful capital of Dublin.

The afternoon is spent at leisure in Dublin. Just some of the sights here include the historic Temple Bar area, known as the entertainment and cultural quarter of Dublin, and Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland set in 40 acres of cobbled squares, gardens and parks. There’s also the chance to join an optional guided city tour of Dublin to see some of its highlights.

Afterwards, we head to our hotel in the Dublin area where we spend the last two nights of our stay.

Day 7 - Day at leisure in Dublin

Day 8
We transfer to Dublin airport for our return flight home.

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

Holiday operated by Just Go! Holidays under ATOL No.10889

Please note: Just Go! Holidays and the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) will make every effort to supply the trains as indicated but cannot be held liable for non-appearance due to mechanical failures, industrial disputes, line closures or other circumstances beyond their reasonable control.

This tour operates on a mega coach. Please see our FAQ’s page for more details on mega coaches.

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Departure Date Pickup Points Hotel Price  
02/09/2018 Selected Overnight hotel, Dublin £1350.00 Book Now
Date Airport Duration Price Availability
02/09/2018 8 Days £1450.00