Exclusive Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney

special offer banner Exclusive Kinsale, Cork City and Blarney Tour (Lee Tunnel, Charles Fort, St Finbar's Cathedral)
Price: $179.00   Sale Price: $149.00   Save: $30.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 8 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
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.

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 Cork City sights including the University, St Finbarr'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.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  38 ReviewsReview This Tour
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