Exclusive Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney
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: Gary Haskett
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: Ric Perry
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: Vince Murchie
The driver/tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. He filled in much background for us while navigating some narrow roadways. worth every penny!
Reviewer: Diane Jacobson
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: Ray Rudolph
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