Check in for 07:35 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.
The train will depart northwards through the Dublin suburbs, which soon gives way to farmland. It 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 your train passes through the coastal town of Skerries, followed by the fishing village of Balbriggan. A few kilometres further on will be Gormanston, an Irish Air Corps military airfield – on the landward side. Red flags on the seaward side indicate military exercises are in progress.
You will travel through Drogheda. Immediately north of Drogheda, you will 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. At 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. Soon the train will begin to climb into the foothills of the Camlough Mountains and border country.
Arrive into Belfast, where there is a short transfer by coach from the Hilton Hotel (beside the train station) to Belfast city center, where you will join the Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off tour. The tour not only explores the city center, but also the Titanic Quarter, Falls and Shankill Roads and the Peace Wall. The Railtours representative will show you to the Belfast City Tour bus.
There is plenty of free time for shopping before returning to Dublin.
Guests can choose a number of return times to Dublin from Belfast.
You will be arriving in Dublin, Connolly Station, at 08:00pm.
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A day tour to the northern capital enjoying the Enterprise Express train to Belfast and then a Hop On-Hop Off City Sightseeing tour of all the city's major attractions including the Titanic Quarter and the newly opened Crumlin Road Jail.
Note: Check-in is 20 minutes prior to train departure time at the customer service desk at Connolly Station where the Railtours Ireland check-in representative will be in their yellow jacket!