Cork & Blarney Castle
Day Tour from Dublin
DEPARTURE TIME: 6:50AM (Arrive 10mins before) DEPARTURE LOCATION: Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street (See map) PRICE:€55 Adult PRICE: €50 Student – Senior – 13yrs / 16yrs PRICE: €27.50 Child 5yrs / 12yrs PRICE: Children under 5 free
This is a tour to Ireland’s second city in the very South of the country. This tour will take you to some fascinating historical sites as we visit a castle, a monastery and Cork city itself. See the famous Rock of Cashel and of course, get the gift of the gab by kissing the Blarney Stone. We give ample time at Blarney Castle to kiss the Stone, explore the lush surrounding gardens and take in the fantastic buildings. This tour leaves from Dublin seven days a week, at 6:50 am from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk street. You are back in Dublin by 7:00pm at the latest that evening. We like to show you as much of the country as possible so we have chosen a circular route. We try to give you ample time at the highlights of the tour to maximise your time off the bus . See the detailed itinerary below for more information.
6:50am - Departing from Dublin
We meet at the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street . Your guide will give you a quick breakdown of the tour and make sure that everybody is comfortable before departing. We will be leaving Dublin and passing by the Guinness Factory and Storehouse. Your guide will give you some brief information on the city attractions we will pass. It won’t be long until we leave the urban landscape behind and move into the green landscape that Ireland is famous for. We’ll pass an area called The Curragh in County Kildare. This area is ideal for training horses, and is known world-wide as the home of the national stud.
09:00am - Rock of Cashel
At the Rock of Cashel, you get to explore the impressive buildings -including the great Celtic Cathedral, which includes the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel and the Round tower, all perched on a solid rock surrounded by a curtain wall. It is also home to one of Ireland’s oldest Romanesque wall paintings. It dates back to before the Anglo-Norman era and contains an amazing collection of architecture, historical artefacts and Romanesque art.
11:30am - Cork city
We arrive in Cork City, where we have 90 minutes to explore the city. We realise that you can’t do everything in this great city in such a short time but this gives you a reason to come back. Here are a few suggestions of what you might do.
- grab some lunch at the English Market (now with a very international flavour),
- ring the bells of Shandon at St. Anne’s Church for a small fee
- explore the picturesque streets and do some shopping.
1:15pm - Arrive at Blarney Castle
We arrive at Blarney Castle! Blarney Castle is famous around the world for its Blarney Stone but it has so much more to offer than expected. There are beautiful walks through woods and the “Rock Close”- a garden filled with Druidic rock formations. The gardens are magnificent and are the highlight of the tour for many visitors. To kiss the Blarney stone, you have to climb to the top of Blarney Castle and bend backwards, upside down as you kiss the stone. But it’s all worth it when you get the famed ‘gift of the gab’.
3:30pm - Depart Blarney Castle
We leave Blarney with much noise as we’re all gabbing away with our new gift of the gab. We return to Dublin, maybe listening to some Irish music or if you are lucky your guide will sing you some Irish ballads!
7:00pm - Back in Dublin
We arrive back in Dublin after a fantastic and informative day. Your guide will be happy to advise you on things to do in the capital.