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Shore excursion from Cork: Blarney, Kinsale and Cork City tour

With this shore excursion you can enjoy a guided tour of Ireland’s second largest city of Cork. Continue with a visit to the quaint coastal town of Cobh (the final departure point of the Titanic), visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous ‘Blarney Stone’. We also make a stop in scenic Kinsale – Ireland’s gourmet capital – just in time for lunch.

Why should I choose this tour:

  • Experience the beautiful scenery of Co. Cork and visit the most famous castle in Ireland – enjoy some free time in the charming towns of Cobh and Kinsale.
  • We include the E15 Blarney Castle admission charge in our tour price.
  • We never-ever cancel tours – when you book with us, your tour will always go ahead.
  • Enjoy the in-depth knowledge of our charming and knowledgeable local guides.
  • We offer high-speed wifi access on board our coaches.
  • We are rapidly becoming the number one tour company in Ireland.

We kick off our excursion with a collection from your cruise ship arrival terminal  (either Cork or Ringaskiddy). Our journey will take us to Blarney Castle and Gardens – where our admission fees are included (save €15!). Your admission allows you to skip the lines – ensuring that you have plenty of time to explore this enchanting location. Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney stone!

Next, we’ll take you on a comprehensive tour of Cork city – where your guide will point out the most iconic sights, such as St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, the Shannon Bells, the English market and the gorgeous River Lee.

Following on from your city tour, you will have the chance to unwind for the afternoon in Kinsale. Kinsale, also known as Ireland’s ‘culinary capital’ enjoys a spectacular harbor setting. With ample time to enjoy Kinsale – we recommend sampling some of Ireland’s finest produce and taking the time to enjoy a pint of ‘the black stuff’ in one of the many traditional pubs.

In advance of returning to port, we will give you the chance to experience the small town of Cobh, which has earned its place in Irish history as being the final departure point of the Titanic. Visit the Titanic memorial here and make a stop at St. Colman’s Cathedral, where Ireland’s many emigrants prayed a final time before taking passage on ships leaving to North America and Australia.

Excursion highlights:

Departure and Pickup

Our tour commences at your Cruise Terminal (Cobh or Ringaskiddy) at 8am – we ask you to make your way to the pedestrian exit gate where you will meet your guide. In the event that your ship docks later than 8am – please make your way to our meeting point as quickly as possible so that we can beat the crowds and ensure you an unforgettable day out.

Blarney Castle and Woolen Mills – all admissions included!

Our first stop is Blarney  – the location of Ireland’s most famous castle! No need to queue for a ticket here as your tour includes admission rate. Be sure to kiss the Blarney Stone, which will leave you with the ‘Gift of the gab’ along with your holiday memories. We leave you with some time to soak up the beautiful gardens of the castle and perhaps take advantage of the tax-free shopping at Blarney’s Woolen Mills – which houses some of Ireland’s most exquisite woolen goods and crafts.

Cork City Tour

Driving through Cork City, your guide will draw your attention to Cork’s main attractions including English Market, Shannon Bells, St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, Grand Parade, and the River Lee. Recently titled one of the ‘Lonely Planet  World’s Top 10 must-see cities’ – there is lots for you to discover in Cork.

Scenic drive along the Cork Countryside

Cruise through the mesmerizing Cork countryside en route to Kinsale. From the beautiful green fields of upmarket West Cork, to the incredible views of Kinsale Harbour, you’ll want to have your camera close byfor this drive!

The Historic Port Town and culinary capital of Kinsale

Kinsale was the location of the infamous ‘Battle of Kinsale’, which took place in 1601, however these days, the town is more famous as the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland’. Stroll through the charming streets and browse the many artisan food shops, pubs and restaurants. If possible, we make time for a leisurely lunch stop in KInsale. Should your ship have an earlier departure time however, our lunch break may be altered as necessary – ask your driver for further details. KInsale has an incredible location at the harbour’s edge. Colorful buildings and magnificent views meet you around every corner in this little town – make sure you have your camera at the ready.

Cobh

We make one final stop –in the charming town of Cobh, before returning you to your cruise ship. Cobh was the final departure point of the Titanic, before its ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.  Depending on your ship’s departure time – we make time to visit the ‘Titanic Experience’, which is located a short 100meters from the dock. We will also visit one of Ireland’s most striking churches – St. Coleman’s Cathedral.

Return to Cruise Ship

For late evening departures – we will have you back to your terminal at about 17:00. If your ship has an earlier departure time however, we will alter our tour to ensure that you return to your cruise in good time for your departure.