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CORK & BLARNEY CASTLE
€55.00

Cork and Blarney Tour Details

DEPARTURE TIME: 6:50 AM (Arrive 10mins before)

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street - MAP HERE 

 

ADULT : €55

STUDENT / SENIOR : €50  ( 13yrs-16yrs / 65 yrs + )

CHILD : €27.50   ( 5yrs-12yrs )

 

HIGHLIGHTS:
THIS PRICE INCLUDES YOUR ENTRANCE INTO THE ROCK OF CASHEL AND ALSO THE BLARNEY STONE; WE ARE THE ONLY COMPANY IN IRELAND TO OFFER THIS!

Cork and Blarney Tour Overview

Tour with us to the southern region of Ireland. You'll have the chance to visit remarkable sights and take in beautiful scenery. You will see one of the seven wonders, the Rock of Cashel. We'll visit Cork city where it seems all the friendly locals have kissed the Blarney Stone. Enjoy the markets and other sites of this charming city. Conversation should be raised after everyone receives the gift of the gab at Blarney Castle. 

 

We pride ourselves on our guides who are funny, engaging and well-versed on the history of Ireland, both local and national. They will enhance and elevate your experience to something special. Come with us on this trip into the south exploring its geography, history and mythology. To give you as much time as possible at the fantastic stop-offs, we leave Dublin at 6.50am and hope to have you back around 7.00pm. Check our itinerary tab for more details.

Cork and Blarney Tour Itinerary

6:50am : Depart Dublin

We get an early start as we meet at the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street - a perfect central location just down the road from Grafton Street. Meet your fellow adventurers and your guide who is knowledgeable, fun and keen to show you some of Ireland's best and most well-known sites! On our drive south, we will pass through the Curragh, a region in County Kildare. The flat, arable land is perfect for horse breeding and training, and houses Ireland's premier race course. The Agha Khan and Sheik Mohammed are among the racing elite to own land here.

 

9:00am : Rock Of Cashel

We will travel to one of Ireland's 7 wonders, the world famous Rock of Cashel. There is much to explore and discover at this breathtaking landmark. It is a huge and complex site with a unique character. The building is comprised of the Hall of Vicars, Cormac's Chapel, Celtic Cathedral and the round tower. The building predates the Anglo-Norman invasion and contains many historical and artistic treasures, including Ireland's oldest Romanesque wall painting. The abundant grounds also contain examples of intricate Celtic high crosses. 

 

11:30am : Cork City

We pass by lovely countryside and two impressive mountain ranges on our journey. The first is the picturesque Knockmealdown Mountains, well-known from the folk song "Kitty Borne O'Brien." It is a popular range for walkers and hikers. Further down the road, we come upon the Galtee Mountains, Ireland's highest inland mountain range. They offer a spectacular vista which charms visitors and inspires serious hikers. 

We arrive in Cork, a beautiful city with friendly, helpful inhabitants. You have two hours to explore some of the city's attractions. Some of these are: the famous English Market, a large and well-known covered market with a variety of products available; and St Anne's Church where you have the chance to ring the world famous Shandon Bells (for a small fee). You can also indulge in some delicious local fare.

 

1:15pm : Blarney Castle

We'll have a nice break at Blarney Castle, giving you the chance to explore the historic castle and its grounds. Are you willing to lay on your back, right on the edge and hang upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone in order to get the 'gift of the gab'? The rest of the journey should be very noisy with everyone chattering away with their newfound gift. We expect some skilful orators to emerge! Venture down the narrow paths of the Rock Close and find the Wishing Steps through an archway of limestone rocks.

Legend has it that you need to walk down and back up these small stone steps with your eyes closed and thinking of nothing else other than your wish. We don't recommend you try doing this, the steps can be tricky to navigate with eyes wide open; navigating them with eyes closed can only be a recipe for disaster! Make your wish regardless; there is ample mystical energy on the site after all! The Castle is surrounded by beautiful woodland walks and its geology comprises different rock classes. 

 

4:45pm : Return to Dublin

Unfortunately, it's time to leave this historic and fascinating area and make our way back to Dublin. Sit back on our comfortable coach, relax and listen to some traditional folk music. Reminisce about today's adventures and maybe even practice some of that gab that you received in Blarney!

 

7:00pm : Arrive in Dublin

We are back in Dublin. We hope you had a good day and that you are looking forward to discovering more of Ireland's wonders with another tour!

Cork and Blarney Tour Reviews

Day trip to Cork, Blarney and Rock of Cashel

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed December 2016

We booked this tour via Tourism Office (opposite Trinity College). Boarded the bus at 6:45AM, Bud (aka Patrick) is an awesome tour guide. He is a son of the soil, and very funny, affable and helpful fella. One of the best parts of the tour was his great witty saying, some quite subtle but if you get it rib splitting funny. I am still chuckling. We land at Rock of Castle, it was drizzling a bit, also got a long shot picture of the castle from the highway, thanks to Bud. The curios shop is manned by a very friendly, kind and the politest woman you will ever meet. Good prices. Next stop Blarney - once in a lifetime experience. You will go up a steep stairway, frighteningly good, then get to kiss the stone (I won't say more, you have to do it yourself to truly experience this unique trip). The restaurant in the parking (cafe) is fantastic beyond words. The food the ambience, the servers just so good. The crowd was truly European, very nice, well dressed people with families, kids, babies etc. Very warm and fuzzy feeling, with Christmas decoration all over. Words cannot describe the good feeling. Then we stopped at the 'Worlds largest Irish Shop" it might just be, another great stop. Very classy. Kids all over the place, well behaved and locals too, they looked well off. Next off to Cork, very short stay not even an hour, then went to an excellent cafe called Cork Coffee, then did the English Market. On the way back to Dublin we stopped at an old Irish town/ hamlet called Abbelleix, went to a 250 yr old pub. Excellent day, long though. Bud is an excellent bus tour guide. Highly recommended.

 

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 "Blarney‡ †Castle‡ and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed November 2016

The day trip from Dublin visiting Cashel, Blarney Castle and Cork was worth the early (6.40 am) start. The trip took us through Irish countryside and the misty morning added a magic to the views. The very knowledgeable guide provided a commentary about the history of Ireland and many of the legends associated with St Patrick and St Brigid - even passing round a St Brigid's cross. We learned about the different waves of invasion of Ireland, fairy rings, and how the rock of St Patrick landed at Cashel.
Cashel was a surprise. It is the site of a cathedral and contains the original cross of St Patrick. We arrived before the crowds and it was peaceful and beautiful - worth doing for the views alone.
Then on to Blarney Castle, of Blarney stone fame. The grounds are well worth visiting with fascinating areas like the Poison Garden - a collection of poisonous plants. The highlight of course was kissing THAT stone, which requires a fairly arduous climb up a stone spiral staircase that got narrower and narrower. A bit trick for tose with big feet, or who are particularly tall. Having made the climb, kissing the stone is a must! 
We also were able to visit Blarney  House which isn't always possible because it is still used as a dwelling. It was a magnificent mansion, and the guide provided us with a potted history of the family and the building.
Our final destination was Cork for a belated lunch in the English Market. Another fascinating place.
This is a long tour - about 12 hours. It allowed us to get a little bit of a feel for Ireland beyond Dublin. We had plenty of time to explore each destination without feeling pressured but not so much time that we became bored waiting. The guide (whose name I have forgotten) and the driver, Peter, were both helpful and personable, and good at their jobs. Well worth doing if you have only a short time in Ireland.

 

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"Cork and †Blarney‡ - †Castles‡ and City Trip

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed October 2016

Our driver Peter and our tour guide Jim were great.  Blarney Castle was so beautiful. If you're not a fan of small spaces or cramped quarters, I wouldn't recommend gong up to kiss the stone. Other than that, it was a great trip. Jim was particularly entertaining and knowledgable again and told different stories from my last tour. This was very much appreciated! Our driver was fab and I felt extremely safe with his driving abilities. Thank you to you both, you make a great team! If you can get Jim to be your tour guide, definitely request him!

 

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Blarney‡ †Castle‡ and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed September 2016

My cousin and I decided to do the 1 day tour to Blarney Castle, Cork city and the Rock of Cashel and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Davd, was welcoming from the very start-6:50 am to be exact. While we were a bit disappointed by the small size of our bus, everything else about the tour was great! David played soothing Irish lullabies en route to Blarney and stopped off a service centre along the way which made a huge difference! He was very informative and recommended nearby shops and sites for us to see during our free time and in Cork city his recommendation for a spiced beef sandwich could not have been more appreciated-delicious! He was a great tour guide and signed us all in quickly at the sites. The cost of the tour is worth it considering it is three hours to Blarney and the cost includes all sites. David let us all sleep in the bus (there and back) and gently woke us up when there were sites of interest to point out. Great tour!!!

 

 

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Cork and †Blarney‡ - †Castles‡ and City Trip

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed October2016

Our driver Peter and our tour guide Jim were great. Blarney Castle was so beautiful. If you're not a fan of small spaces or cramped quarters, I wouldn't recommend gong up to kiss the stone. Other than that, it was a great trip. Jim was particularly entertaining and knowledgable again and told different stories from my last tour. This was very much appreciated! Our driver was fab and I felt extremely safe with his driving abilities. Thank you to you both, you make a great team! If you can get Jim to be your tour guide, definitely request him!

 

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†Blarney‡ †Castle‡ and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed September 2016

The day trip from Dublin visiting Cashel, Blarney Castle and Cork was worth the early (6.40 am) start. The trip took us through Irish countryside and the misty morning added a magic to the views. The very knowledgeable guide provided a commentary about the history of Ireland and many of the legends associated with St Patrick and St Brigid - even passing round a St Brigid's cross. We learned about the different waves of invasion of Ireland, fairy rings, and how the rock of St Patrick landed at Cashel.
Cashel was a surprise. It is the site of a cathedral and contains the original cross of St Patrick. We arrived before the crowds and it was peaceful and beautiful - worth doing for the views alone.
Then on to Blarney Castle , of Blarney stone fame. The grounds are well worth visiting with fascinating areas like the Poison Garden - a collection of poisonous plants. The highlight of course was kissing THAT stone, which requires a fairly arduous climb up a stone spiral staircase that got narrower and narrower. A bit trick for tose with big feet, or who are particularly tall. Having made the climb, kissing the stone is a must! 
We also were able to visit Blarney House which isn't always possible because it is still used as a dwelling. It was a magnificent mansion, and the guide provided us with a potted history of the family and the building.
Our final destination was Cork for a belated lunch in the English Market. Another fascinating place.
This is a long tour - about 12 hours. It allowed us to get a little bit of a feel for Ireland beyond Dublin. We had plenty of time to explore each destination without feeling pressured but not so much time that we became bored waiting. The guide (whose name I have forgotten) and the driver, Peter, were both helpful and personable, and good at their jobs. Well worth doing if you have only a short time in Ireland.

 

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“Great Day trip to Cork!”

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed September 2012

The day trip from Dublin to Cork was great! Our tour guide (Eddie) was so sweet and knew so much about Irish history. He doesn't usually do the Cork day trip but he did a great job! We stopped at the Rock of Cashel and it was breath taking. It is exactly how I pictured Ireland to be. Then we went to the Blarney Castle and go to kiss the Blarney stone! Be sure to stop by the cafe for some great food and amazing shopping! The store is huge and they have everything you could ever want or need for souvenirs.

 

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