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Cork and Blarney Day Tour from Dublin

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Key Highlights
  • Smartphone voucher accepted – No need to print!
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone and ′get the gift of the gab′
  • See the finest collection of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe
  • Magnificent views and fabulous photo-opportunities
  • Regular stops so you can stretch your legs
  • Tour is led by an expert driver/guide and conducted in a comfortable coach
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    12 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 6:50am
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meeting Point

    Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
    Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour starting time

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview

    Take a scenic trip from Dublin to the southern end of Ireland.

    Kiss the Blarney stone, situated on the parapets of the castle, to gain the gift of eloquence - that is the ability to persuade people and being able to talk yourself out of trouble. Discovery Travel Channel lists kissing the Blarney Stone amongst its 99 things to do before you die! The grand Scottish baronial style Blarney House is reflects a bygone era of wealth and statesmanship.

    The Rock of Cashel is a multi-period monastic site, which was a fortress before it became the seat of the bishop of the diocese of Cashel, and venue where the historical Synod of Cashel was held. Visit the Great Cathedral, the Hall of Vicars Choral, Cormack's Chapel (with one of Ireland's best preserved Irish frescoes and Romanesque architecture) and a Round tower, all perched on a solid rock ringed by a curtain wall- most of it dating back from before the Cambro-Norman conquerors came to Ireland in the late 12th Century.

    Cahair Castle was once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir. This fantastic tour takes a circular route so that you do not see the same scenery twice the whole day. Every time you look out of the coach window you will find something new!

    Itinerary

    Make your way to the tourist office at Suffolk Street, the Old Church, Dublin City Centre at around 6:50am. During the tour there will be stops every 1 ½ hours or so, in order that you can stretch your legs.

    As you head out of Dublin, your guide will tell you more about the sights that you pass in the city centre, and maybe advise on the weather you can expect for the day. As you leave the city behind, the urban landscape changes to that of the rolling hills and hedges of the Irish countryside. You will pass an area called the Curragh in County Kildare. This area is ideal for training horses, due to the well-drained sandy soil. Not surprisingly, the Curragh race track is situated nearby.

    You will then travel to one of Ireland's 7 wonders, the world famous Rock of Cashel around 9:00am. There is much to explore and discover at this breathtaking landmark. It is a huge and complex site with a unique character.

    Then, you will reach Blarney Castle around 11:30am, giving you the chance to explore the historic castle and its grounds. Venture down the narrow paths of the Rock Close and find the Wishing Steps through an archway of limestone rocks. Here, you may have lunch at your own expense.

    After this, you will reach Cahair Castle around 3:30pm which was once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir.

    You will 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.

    You will arrive back in the capital Dublin around 1900h (7:30pm) and will be dropped off at the point where you were picked up.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • Transportation in a comfortable coach
    • English-speaking driver cum guide
    • Entrance to Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Meals
    • Fee for ringing bells at St Anne’s Church
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour start time to confirm all details.

    Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • Fabulous day out :)

      The first place we went to was The Rock of Cashel, I absolutely loved it. Gorgeous scenery! We were blessed with perfect weather all day. Our tour guide was Kevin, he was so...

      Slc Cartwright, United Kingdom, 03/Oct/2016
    • Most considerate guide and informative!

      Had a great time better understanding the history and culture of Ireland!...

      Tressa Ross, United States, 04/Jan/2017
    • Our guide Joseph made the tour extraordinary!

      I was more impressed by Joseph's ability to inform and entertain us the entire length of the day than the sites themselves. He had me laughing even as we pulled into Dublin for...

      Carol Choi, United States, 26/Sep/2016
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