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Exclusive Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney

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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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration
8 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, sensible flat-soled walking shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses. A rain coat or waterproof jacket and an umbrella is suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, cobblestone, and packed dirt surfaces, several of which are uneven and/or at an incline. Steps are required at several sites. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5Based On 31 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsPicturesque KinsaleOctober 18, 2019

Reviewer: E. A. Grivas
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

5 StarsKinsale, Cork City and BlarneyOctober 04, 2019

Reviewer: Connie J Morgan
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!

5 StarsPicturesque Irish countrysideSeptember 04, 2019

Reviewer: Thomas Charles Jones
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.

5 Starscork citySeptember 02, 2019

Reviewer: ken Ordene
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

5 StarsKinsale & Blarney were great.August 30, 2019

Reviewer: Christine
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.

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