This tour offers various aspects of the south of Ireland seeing the main sights of Ireland's second city with the experience of the fishing/sailing village of Kinsale and visiting the legendary village of Blarney with its famed castle.
As you begin, your guide will introduce to you Cobh which was the last sight of Ireland for so many people in the latter part of the 19th century when the Irish sought a new and "better" life in the "New World." Your tour proceeds to Kinsale, approximately one hour's drive, passing through the Lee Tunnel and a photo stop at Charles Fort.
During free time, enjoy a walk around the town of Kinsale with its very attractive harbor and yachting center.
Drive from Kinsale through rolling pasture lands to Cork City where you will view the main sights of the city including the University, St Finbar's Cathedral and the City's main streets. Free time will be taken for lunch on your own.
Continue to the village of Blarney, home to Blarney Castle - one of the most famous attractions in Ireland where the stone bestows the "gift of eloquence" to those who kiss it. The Blarney stone is housed on the summit of the ruin and is approached by climbing 100 steep steps. From the summit, one has fine vistas of parkland and Blarney House in the distance.
You will then have approximately one hour and 45 minutes of free time in Blarney to visit the castle, explore the village, or browse the well-stocked Blarney Woolen Mills shop. The shop houses a wide variety of quality Irish products including crystal, cashmere, crafts, candles, pottery, ceramics, and of course traditional woolen knits.
You will then return to Cobh via the Ring Road.
Reviewer: David Collins
This was a nice tour. Since we only had six on the tour from the ship, the guide was able to customize as we wished. He was very knowledgeable. The only issue was two people signed did not show up which meant we left about 45 minutes late while they tried to locate them.
This was a great tour. Liam was fantastic. We loved having a small group and saw the places at our leisure and on the schedule we wanted. Great suggestions for place to eat. Good sightseeing. This is the only way to go.