Ha'penny Bridge spanning the Liffey in Dublin (photo © Anyaivanova / dreamstime.com).
A journey by boat and train
Beurs metro station in the busy heart of Rotterdam is the improbable starting point for this journey which takes in four countries and ends in south-west Ireland on the edge of the country’s first national park. The contrasts between start and end points couldn’t be sharper. Along the way, we take in ferries across the North Sea and the Irish Sea and some nicely rural rail routes through England, Wales and Ireland.
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Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.