Ireland: Dublin - Galway - Limerick
Ireland fascinates us all with picture-book landscapes, green meadows, steep coasts, vast beaches, and beautiful towns and villages that characterize the “Green Island”. Countless magnificent manor houses, charming farms, and romantic ruins scatter the countryside.
On this Ireland itinerary, you will explore three fascinating cities. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is an ancient yet modern and young metropolis. Limerick is the third-largest city in Ireland and Galway is the cultural heart of the country.
Price Range: $$$
Recommended Days: 5-7 Days
Riding Hours: Approx. 6-7 hr
Distance: 473 km
Dublin: Dazzling Capital With History
Dublin is the dazzling, cosmopolitan and, modern capital of Ireland. With cathedrals from the 13th century and ages-old ivy league, Trinity College Dublin shows its age.
Two streets away there are often chic boutiques and new restaurants. A favorite bridge of many Dubliners is the Ha’penny Bridge over the Liffey which conveniently pops you directly onto the medieval streets of Temple Bar. Here you can find bountiful amounts of pubs and live music.
If you can’t find your fill of Guinness there, you can visit the 7 storey tall Guinness Storehouse to learn the history of the beer older than the USA itself. And also see over the whole of Dublin from their Gravity Bar.
Other attractions in the city include Kilmainham Gaol, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jameson Distillery, Book of Kells, the National Museum of Ireland, and Dublin Castle.
Dublin Heuston → Galway (Ceannt) | Duration: 2:15 h | Transfers: 0
From Dublin Heuston station you can travel to Galway. On weekdays there are nine direct train connections daily between Dublin and Galway. On Sunday there are six direct connections. You can get more information about departure times and tickets online at the Irish Railway.
Galway: Center Of Gaelic Culture
Next on our Ireland itinerary is Galway. Located on the west coast of Ireland the city feels relatively small as it is extremely walkable. You’ll be able to find plenty in a short distance! It’s trendy, young, and lively and all the best pubs and live music are scattered from the Latin Quarter to pub mile on Quay Street.
On the high street, the original jeweler of the infamous Claggagh ring offers a short movie of the ring’s history as well as a variety of their iconic rings. Tours leave daily to visit the Cliffs of Moher which is reachable by bus and by boat. Plenty of tour companies allow enough time to walk along the cliffs regardless of your mode of transportation there.
Tips for great restaurants: Dela offering fantastic breakfast options, The Dough Bros serving up super tasty pizzas, and Il Vicolo which is situated in an old water mill and has a patio alongside the riverbank where you can enjoy a 5-star meal.
Galway (Ceannt) → Limerick Colbert | Duration: 1:51 h | Transfers: 0
Between Galway and Limerick, 3 direct trains leave daily with a journey time of about 2 hours. There are 4 other journeys to Limerick where you will need to transfer. You can get more information about departure times and tickets online at the Irish Railway.
Attention! There are two stations. Limerick Colbert is the city railway station and Limerick Junction is located far outside the city, make sure to book Colbert to see the most of Limerick by foot.
Limerick: Middle Ages Meets Modern Times
Limerick is probably best known to everyone for its five-line rhyme, but there’s more to the city than the wit of its poetry! The city is located in Shannon in the province of Munster and the medieval center of the city is on Kings Island.
On the island, you can find the magnificent King John’s Castle, a pentagonal castle fortress that was built in 1202. The St. Mary’s Cathedral from the year 1172 is also magnificent.
When your stomach starts rumbling, head over to the Milk Market pick up some local foods. You’ll be able to pick up some locally made crafts here too or a must is the Fox’s Bow Alley with its craft and Celtic silver jewelry shops. Limerick is a proud sports town and rugby takes the spotlight here.
Limerick Colbert → Dublin Heuston | Duration: 2:05 h | Transfers: 0 – 1
Trains depart hourly from Limerick Colbert Station to Dublin. There are four direct connections or several options where you have to transfer at Limerick Junction.