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: 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
Reviewer: Shirin Gibson
The tour was a perfect taste of all 3 destinations. The driver was very informative, charming and caring. Loved this tour.
Reviewer: Linda Offenberg
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!
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.