Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time. Customer Service Desk at Connolly Station where Railtours Ireland Check-In representative will be in their yellow jacket!
Check-in for 07:35am departure from Connolly Station, which was built in 1844 as the terminus of the Dublin & Drogheda Railway and is now the administrative headquarters of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s National Railway. Depart northwards through the Dublin suburbs, which soon give way to farmland. Soon you will pass the exclusive coastal village of Malahide before crossing the wide Broadmeadow Estuary, followed by Rogerstown Estuary. Fine views of the sea appear as you pass through the coastal town of Skerries, followed by the fishing village of Balbriggan. A few kilometers further on, pass Gormanston, an Irish Air Corps military airfield – on the landward side. Red flags on the seaward side indicate military exercises are in progress. Travel through Drogheda. Immediately north of Drogheda, cross the historic river Boyne by a magnificent viaduct, with great views of the town. It was here that Oliver Cromwell put the entire population to the sword in 1649. A little further upstream is the site of the Battle of the Boyne, where [Protestant] King William of Orange defeated dethroned [Catholic] King James in 1690 – an event, which is still celebrated annually by ‘Orangemen’ or ‘Northern Protestants’ on the ‘Twelfth’ of July.
You will now begin to climb into the foothills of the Camlough Mountains and border country.
Arrive into Belfast, Ireland’s second largest city, where you will be given Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tickets to join the Belfast Hop-On/Hop-Off tour, which not only explores the city center but also the Titanic Quarter (see the original dock where the great liner was built), and Belfast Castle. Railtours Ireland Hop-on Hop-off city tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this very special city. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours, to allow you to explore every area and district of this unique place. Rain, hail or shine, you'll stay comfortable on this tour - Belfast's only fully enclosed tour bus on wet days!
Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Hop on Hop Off City Bus Tour & Titanic Visitor Center.
Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast (the famous Ulster Fry) at your leisure.
09:00am - Depart Belfast and travel north along the scenic Causeway Route on Railtours Ireland Game of Thrones tour* where you will visit seven iconic sites from Series 1 to 4.
At Cushendun, walk to the Caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her "shadow baby" who then slayed Renly Baratheon.
Then on to Ballycastle, to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities. Travel along the natural tree arches of Dark Hedges on Kings Road, one of Ireland's most photographed locations, where Arya Stark escaped from Kings Landing dressed as a boy. Break for lunch (not included) at the cozy "Fullerton Arms" in Ballintoy Harbor where several major scenes were filmed. You might even hear a story or two from the staff who have played host to some of the biggest stars in the show!
*This tour is independently operated by Railtours and it is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.
Return to Belfast for train back to Dublin. Arriving at Dublin Connolly at 10:15pm (08:15pm during November - February and 09:15pm on Sundays all year).
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