Exclusive Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney

Excellent Experience
October 10, 2023
This was an excellent tour with a very informative, professional tour guide. The guide met us timely as stated. All directions given were very clear. It was a great day, a good memory and a wonderful experience. We have used Shore Excursions in the past and have always had a very positive experience. We were picked up from the pier on time and returned to the pier with plenty of time to board the ship. Special thanks to our tour guide!
Reviewer: Karen Vakil
5 Stars
Kinsale, Cork city and Blarney
October 02, 2023
Great destinations and affordable.
Reviewer: Tony Crisostomo
5 Stars
Great day trip
October 01, 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed this shore excursion to Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney. We had a great tour guide (thank you) with an interesting and humorous commentary and plenty of time to explore this beautiful part of Ireland.
Reviewer: Shirley
5 Stars
Just a fabulous day!
September 21, 2023
My sister, brother-in-law and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour in large part because our driver/tourguide, Billy, was so fabulous. He was so knowledgeable about Irish (and other) history, showed us so much more of the area than we expected and gave us excellent tips of things to do/places to eat for when we had our free time. He even re-arranged the tour order to lessen the tourist crowds for us. Thanks.
Reviewer: Ruth
5 Stars
Great Tour
August 24, 2023
Our tour guide and bus driver were very knowledgable. We were able to see a lot of areas within the all day tour. Blarney Castle was worth it even if you don't climb all the way to the top to kiss the Blarney Stone. The only drawback is that we just drove through Cork and didn't have time to stop so we didn't really see a lot. Even so, the tour is worth it.
Reviewer: Doreen Chonko
4 Stars
Kinsdale, Cork City and Blarney
July 21, 2023
Guide gave insights and stories about his country that made our time with him inspired and insightful.
Reviewer: Les Orth
5 Stars
Good tour
July 18, 2023
This was a really good tour! Enjoyed out your guide and was pleased with the amount of time at Blarney Castle. I do wish we could have had a little more time to shop when we stopped.
Reviewer: Jayne Hensley
4 Stars
Kinsale, Cork and Blarney
July 15, 2023
Enjoyed, definitely recommend.
Reviewer: harriett greenbaum
4 Stars
One of the Best Stops in Ireland
June 14, 2023
Our tour guide met us right outside the Port and walked us to our bus. We were given lots of information and time to visit the sites along the way. All of the places we visited were beautiful but the highlight was visiting Blarney Castle. We had time to stand in line and go to the top to kiss the stone. Please be aware that the castle to the top is a very narrow space and if clostrophobic you may want to reconsider this part of the adventure. There are plenty of other beautiful areas to visit on the grounds so it you don't do the climb there's plenty to see. This was well worth the cost and our tour company was amazing.
Reviewer: Kay Crawford
5 Stars
April 17, 2023
What an amazing tour, our guide was dressed in traditional Scottish garb and the instructions to meet him were to the tee! He was helpful, informative and had an amazing sense of humor!
Reviewer: Janet toland
5 Stars
An emerald isle gem!
November 02, 2022
So glad we visited these 3 spots....Kinsale was a highlight and worth a return visit. Our guide Pat was exceptional and a group of 6 was soooo much more pleasurable than a full large bus of tourists. Highly recommended and maybe ask for Pat!
Reviewer: Christine Cuff
5 Stars
Kinsale. Cork and Blarney Castle
September 30, 2022
Our guide was Theresa. we started a little late waiting for two people who never showed up. We were told we would make up the time and we did. Theresa told us much about the Irish culture. The tour was well planned with plenty of time at our stops and no feeling of being rushed. She asked us if we would like to make an extra stop where Broadchurch was filmed and it was a great addition.
Reviewer: Roger Miedema
5 Stars
Great Way to Experience Ireland
September 28, 2022
Excellent tour guide. Covers a lot of ground during the tour. Time at Blarney Csstle to eat/shop. Many options for photos. Well worth the cost.
Reviewer: Duane
4 Stars
Blarney Castle
August 16, 2022
Great tour, even though our cruise ship was very late getting in to port we were still able to take the tour. We were texted the new time for meeting and they altered our times at each location. The tour bus was clean and there was a lavatory onboard. Clare, our tour guide was energetic and very informative. They were smart to take us to Blarney first, we saved time in line to kiss the stone, which was nice to see that it was sanitized between each person. The bus driver was great as well. There was time for some shopping or a drink in Kinsale. The locations and times may be different on future excursions as ours was modified and shorter than anticipated because of our ships mechanical delay. But all in all a wonderful tour.
Reviewer: William Marsh
5 Stars
Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney
July 13, 2022
The excursion was one of our favorites. All three places have so much charm and beauty. The only thing that was frustrating was waiting for people - waiting at the beginning for those who were late - I think there were four, and then at one of the stops one couple was almost 30 minutes late. This put us behind schedule and shortened our trip.
Reviewer: Sharon Smith
4 Stars
Kissing the Blarney Stone
June 27, 2022
Our guide was great! Kinsale was a cute town. Not much about Cork City other than driving through. We were able to climb Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. Only drawback was that everything happened in the rain. Not much can be done about mother nature.
Reviewer: Kathy Updike
4 Stars
Blarney Castle Tour
June 19, 2022
Amazing tour around Kinsale, Cork & the castle. The instructions were perfect, our guide was waiting fir us and the tour was informative and fun! We were back to the ship with plenty of time to spare! The tour was fun and an excellent value for the money!
Reviewer: Janet Toland
5 Stars
Picturesque Kinsale
October 18, 2019
Kinsale was a lovely seaside town. We had a stop at a fort nearby. The town was colorful and the people were friendly. Cork City was vibrant and historic. We had free time to have lunch. Blarney castle and the grounds were beautiful. Our guide has very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of tips on how to make the best use of our time in each location
Reviewer: E. A. Grivas
5 Stars
Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney
October 04, 2019
Visited the Blarney Castle last which gave us the opportunity for less crowds and was able to go into the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. Beautiful grounds. The tour guide was excellent and waiting for us at the pier. It was a great excursion!
Reviewer: Connie J Morgan
5 Stars
Picturesque Irish countryside
September 04, 2019
This was a very nice excursion. Highly recommend it. If you haven't been to Barney Castle this is an excellent visit. Beautiful grounds and lost of time to kiss the stone. Kinsale and Cork City were both fun and interesting.
Reviewer: Thomas Charles Jones
5 Stars
cork city
September 02, 2019
Tour was very good. We had a very comfortable minibus as well and only 4 people on the tour. Kinsale nice quaint town. Blarney was nice but long line to go in the castle which we chose not to go in
Reviewer: ken Ordene
5 Stars
Kinsale & Blarney were great.
August 30, 2019
We enjoyed the excursion to Kinsale and Blarney. The driver was very interesting to talk to and Claire, the narrator, was very accommodating and provided a historical narrative while traveling to the stops on the agenda.
Reviewer: Christine
5 Stars
Very Happy
August 28, 2019
We were very happy with the tour. Sara was our guide and Dave was our driver. Both made this a very enjoyable day.
Reviewer: Laurie Ann Martel
5 Stars
Perfect day!
July 29, 2019
Our tour guide was so impressive! He was so knowledgeable about every place we visited. Kinsale was an enchanting place! People were so friendly. He had fresh homemade doughnuts that were delicious! Very also loved walking through the English Market in Cork City! This was our favorite tour of the cruise!
Reviewer: Tim and Cheryl Daniel
5 Stars
Beautiful Cork City
July 18, 2019
Cork and Kinsale are my favorite places visited this trip. Beautiful green fields, characteristic towns, historical castle.. I can see myself live there! Joan our tour guide has been fantastic! She is very warm and friendly, so sweet even bought a birthday gift to one of our members whose birthday is the tour day! We miss you Joan! Hope to visit Cork again and will stay there for longer time.
Reviewer: Jackie Sun
5 Stars
Cork, Blarney and Kinsale excursion
June 29, 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed this day excursion in Ireland. The bus was easy to find and we felt like we got a lot for our money. The guide and driver were great, the places we visited were very interesting and the pace was just right.
Reviewer: GZ
4 Stars
kindle cork city and blarney
June 12, 2019
Wonderful excursion. loved that we had a small group.
Reviewer: gladys russell
5 Stars
June 11, 2019
This was a great excursion. Very well done! I recommend to all!! Go to the top of the Castle. There were no lines!!!
Reviewer: Vicki
5 Stars
June 06, 2019
Great city choices. Our tour guides were a husband and wife team. They were a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the excursion
Reviewer: Mary Curtiss
5 Stars
Great overview; So much to see!
June 04, 2019
I could have ridden this tour bus for two more days! This was such a fun excursion. We were on a brand spanking new bus with the best tour guide. We were picked up at the statue off the port just as we were directed. We loaded the bus and went on a quick stop to the fort where we were able to grab some photos. Off to Kinsale where we wandered the town taking in the sites (joining up on some walking tours) and did a little shopping. We then went to Blarney which was SO MUCH MORE than just the stone. We toured the castle and grounds and did more shopping at Woolen Mills. It was a wonderful trip in awesome accommodations. I would do it again and again.
Reviewer: Victoria P
5 Stars
Don't need to kiss the stone to enjoy this tour.
October 05, 2018
The historic Cobh/Cork immigration docks reminded us of the desperate plight and courageous people who fled Ireland for the new world. The bus trip to Kinsale was scenic and relaxing. Kinsale is most charming and picturesque. Took lots of photos and did some shopping. Try the ice cream! Ate great fish and chips in Cork before traveling to Blarney Castle. The castle grounds are beautiful. Enjoyed shopping at the woolen mills.
Reviewer: Gary Haskett
5 Stars
Could not have been better
October 04, 2018
We stopped here on a cruise and met this driver at the port. The day could not have been better. The car and driver were both terrific. Due to his extensive experience we were able to see so many sites and avoid the crowded feeling that comes with typical tour bus type excursions.
Reviewer: Ric Perry
5 Stars
a great excursion
September 21, 2018
The driver/tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. He filled in much background for us while navigating some narrow roadways. worth every penny!
Reviewer: Vince Murchie
5 Stars
Very Picturesque!
September 10, 2018
We only had 5 people on this private tour and it was very picturesque. The driver was knowledgeable and personable. We especially loved the gardens and village at Blarney Castle. If you love to take photos, that is the spot. We would highly recommend this tour if you want a small personal tour.
Reviewer: Diane Jacobson
5 Stars
Fun Day in Ireland
September 10, 2018
Excellent driver and guide. Got us into Blarney Castle ahead of the crowd and fast trip to kiss the stone. When we came out the line was a mile long. Great tour
Reviewer: Ray Rudolph
5 Stars
Great Tour
August 20, 2018
The tour was a perfect taste of all 3 destinations. The driver was very informative, charming and caring. Loved this tour.
Reviewer: Shirin Gibson
5 Stars
Great Day
July 30, 2018
Our guide, Lar, was waiting for us when we got off the ship. We were pleasantly surprised to find that this was a private tour. The day was as described. Lar was a wonderful guide. He gave us the pertinent information without feeling the need to fill every moment with chatter; that allowed us to focus on the fabulous scenery! Thanks for a great day!
Reviewer: Linda Offenberg
5 Stars
Excursion Bargain
July 30, 2018
This excursion provides the same experience as the cruise line excursion at a significantly lower price. Our tour guide PJ was knowledgeable and personable. The tour was well-paced, allowing plenty of time for exploration at each site. We lunched at the seaside town of Kinsale and kissed the Blarney Stone at the Castle. Time was provided for shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills and we still arrived back at the ship well before the departure time.
Reviewer: Larry
5 Stars
Would have loved more time!!!
July 30, 2018
This excursion was fantastic! Our driver/tour guide (Phillip) could not have been more knowledgeable telling both historical and funny stories. The area was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our time learning about the beautiful coast of Ireland.
Reviewer: Denise L Rose
5 Stars
4 stars
July 02, 2018
We had a great visit to Kinsdale, Cork City and Blarney. Thank you
Reviewer: Adriana Dase
4 Stars
June 25, 2018
Good trip
Reviewer: Catherine Miller
5 Stars
April 09, 2018
Our guide "Christine" was very knowledgeable about the towns. Really enjoyed Kinsale and Cork City. We needed the entire time allotted to get through the crowds at Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney stone!
Reviewer: Patricia Debnam
5 Stars
Kinsale, Cork and Blarney
September 13, 2017
Great tour guide who grew up in the area. She read Irish poetry and passed out locally made chocolate caramels. Took us to one of her favorite pubs for lunch. Great day
Reviewer: Nancy Jordan
5 Stars
Cork City
September 01, 2017
the tour guide was great, and the scenery was fantastic
4 Stars
Cobb excursion
August 19, 2017
Didn't get to see much in Kinsale, most of the shops were closed, but very beautiful. Cork was nice but short had a great lunch at Oliver Plunkett. Barney Castle was great. The 5 stars is truly for the tour guide who got us through the queue so fast so we could truly enjoy it.
Reviewer: Susan Brown
5 Stars
small group tour was good!
August 17, 2017
this turned out to be a very small group tour! we had a delayed start, because we waited for two other people who had signed up for the tour and they never showed up! so it was just my husband and i on the tour. the vehicle was very comfortable. the pace was nice. the sights seen were lovely and interesting. tom did a good job sharing his thoughts about his country with us.
Reviewer: flora bokma
4 Stars
Good tour
June 19, 2017
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.
Reviewer: David Collins
4 Stars
Best of Ireland
August 29, 2013
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.
Reviewer: Cruiser
5 Stars