Blarney Castle has long been an enchanting symbol of the Emerald Isle and continues to delight thousands of visitors to Ireland year after year. You’ll enjoy a picturesque drive from Cork City and a leisurely visit to the castle and its immaculate gardens on this day trip from Cork. We’ll take you on a journey that combines the castle with some of the region’s most renowned highlights including the historic village of Cobh, Co. Cork – where RMS Titanic last saw dry land before famously sinking on her maiden voyage. Sit back, relax and let your knowledgeable, local guide give you an in-depth experience of Cork’s most famous sights!
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- Experience the beautiful landscapes of rural Co. Cork as you depart Cork City on this enchanting tour.
- Visit the historic Blarney Castle – long featured in Irish song and verse. Enjoy a leisurely stop here – taking in the surrounding gardens, gift shop and café.
- Visit the historic coastal village of Cobh, Co. Cork – final departure point of the many emigrant ships which brought our ancestors to all four corners of the globe.
- Full Blarney Castle admission charge is included in the price of your tour.
- Be entertained and informed by our friendly, charismatic and highly knowledgeable local guides.
- Enjoy staying connected on your tour coach – equipped with high speed WIFI.
ITINERARY AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:
You’ll depart Cork city this morning to embark on an unforgettable journey through the Cork region. Our first stop is the charming town of Blarney where you can get a taste of rural Irish life. Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone while you’re here! Located out on the battlements of the ancient castle – the stone promises the ‘Gift of the gab’ (Irish humor, song and storytelling) to those that kiss it. While here the options are endless- visit the ‘witches caves’ of the castle, stroll through the lush gardens and enjoy a comprehensive visit to the castle itself – you’ll feel like you have entered an Irish fairytale as you explore this ancient site. You might also choose to let loose in the tax-free shopping paradise that is the Blarney Woolen Mills – a famous outlet specializing in hand-knitted Irish clothing and gifts.
The small town of Cobh, situated on Ireland’s southernmost coast, plays a huge part in the history of Irish emigration. Between the years of 1840 and 1950, millions of our Irish ancestors left these shores for all four corners of the globe in search of a better future – and Cobh was their final departure point. The town was also the final stop of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic in April 1912. There is a somewhat sad history attached to this village – but a fascinating one nonetheless. The village was renamed as Queenstown, following a visit from British monarch Queen Victoria in 1912. While here, you may decide to visit St. Colman’s Cathedral – the final place of worship for many emigrants – or visit the Titanic monument, which was erected in the village center in memory of the catastrophic ship. Many of our guests visit here to re-trace the steps of their own family members who passed through the village – beginning an epic journey to a new life overseas. Cobh is certainly not to be missed while visiting the Cork region!
Conclude the tour in Cork City
Your guide will bring you back to Cork City as your Blarney day tour comes to an end. Arrive in time to indulge in the wonderful food and nightlife scene that this city has to offer. We have no doubt that you will return to Cork having made memories and new international friendships that will last a lifetime.
*Seats on this coach tour are offered as part of our “Recommended” range, operated by the best local tour and activity providers in Ireland. Our Dublin based travel insiders select only the market leaders on any given route.