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Cork / Blarney Day tour from Dublin

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Cork / Blarney Castle

Day Tour from Dublin

DEPARTURE TIME: 6:50AM (Arrive 10mins before) DEPARTURE LOCATION: Suffolk Street (See map) PRICE:€55 Adult PRICE: €50 Student – Senior – 13yrs / 16yrs PRICE: €27.50 Child 5yrs / 12yrs PRICE: Children under 5 free

Overview

Ireland’s second city although the people that reside there believe that it is the capital. A very historic city right at the southern end of Ireland. This tour will take you on a voyage of history visiting a castle, a monastery and Cork city itself. We give ample time at Blarney castle and the Rock of Cashel to explore these fabulous locations and the surrounding gardens. This fantastic tour leaves from Dublin 7 days a week at 6:50 am and you are back in Dublin by 7:30 at the latest that evening. We choose a circular route so that you do not see the same scenery twice the whole day. This gives you the opportunity to see new things each time you look out the window. It is important for us that you get time off the bus during the day so we try and maximise your off the bus experience as much as possible. You will be travelling directly south to visit Cork city. The detailed itinerary is below.

Itinerary

6:50am - Departing from Dublin
We depart at the crack of dawn from the Suffolk Street Tourist Office. Your guide will do a quick introduction of the tour and will make sure that everybody is happy and ready to go. We will be leaving Dublin and passing by the Guinness Factory and also College Green Tourism Office, the best tourism office in the country! Extreme Ireland, our parent company run this office. On the way, we will tell you more about the sights that we pass in the city centre, and maybe advise on the weather you can expect for the day. As we leave Dublin behind, the urban landscape changes to that of the rolling hills and constant hedges of the Irish countryside. We’ll pass an area called The Curragh in County Kildare. This area is ideal for training horses, due to the sandy soil that creates excellent drainage, making it an ideal spot for horse racing. Not surprisingly, the Curragh race track is situated nearby. County Kildare is also well known for horse breeding and vast tracks of lands today are owned by the likes of the Agha Khan and Sheik Mohammed. Close to Kildare Town, you will find the National Stud Farm, world famous for its horse breeding, coupled with the lovely Japanese Gardens.
08:45am - Knockmealdown Mountains
After a short stop over to stretch our legs, we pass the Knockmealdown Mountains, made famous by the folk song “Kitty Borne O’Brien”. This song is a lover’s lament for a young woman who emigrates from Ireland to Canada. Like most Irish songs it is either about a broken heart or fighting with the English! Further along the way, we will see the Galtee Mountains, Ireland’s highest inland mountain range, with its stony scree-covered summit- but more on the Galtee’s under our “Of special interest” section. This is also a famous cheese making area in Ireland. Tipperary is also home to hurling although Kilkenny their neighbour seems to beat them most of the time! Keep your eyes out for handball alleys while on the bus, a traditional sport played mostly in rural Ireland.
10:30am - Blarney Castle
We arrive at Blarney Castle and half the day’s driving is already done! Blarney Castle, famous for its Blarney Stone, also has lovely wooded walks and “Rock Close”- a garden filled with Druidic rock formations, believed to be dating back to pre-historic times. To kiss the stone, you have to bend backwards when on the parrifits of the castle, holding onto iron railings- basically hanging upside down. The reward for your efforts: to be bestowed with the so-called “Gift of the gab.
12:30pm - Arrive in Cork City
We arrive in Cork City, where we have 2 hours to maybe grab some lunch at the English Market (now with a very international flavour), go marvel at the Gothic St. Finbar’s Cathedral, or even ring the bells of Shandon at St. Anne’s Church for a small fee. Cork is home to Murphy’s Ale and the Ford Tractor factor.
05:30pm - Arrive at the Rock of Cashel
At the Rock of Cashel, we visit this great Celtic Cathedral, which include the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel, which has one of Ireland’s oldest Romanesque wall paintings and the Round tower, all perched on a solid rock ringed by a curtain wall. This Rock of Cashel, is the seat of the archbishop of the diocese of Cashel and is the sight where the historical synod of Cashel. It dates back from before there Anglo-Norman conquerors and contains an amazing collection of architecture, history and Romanesque art.
04:45pm - Depart the Rock of Cashel
We depart from the Rock of Cashel and return to Dublin, maybe listening to some Irish music and reflecting on the day’s experiences.
07:00pm - Back in Dublin
We arrive back in the capital Dublin around 7 pm after a great and informative day.

Reviews

Reviews

Cork and Blarney Tour – Fantastic

This was a brilliant tour made even more special by our driver/tour guide Colm who was knowledgeable, informative, funny and entertaining. He sang songs, told jokes and made the whole trip thoroughly enjoyable.

Trip advisor July 2014

Much more than a tour – superb

The castle is beautiful as are the grounds surrounding it. The climb up is an adventure in itself with narrow stairs and quite the height. There is wheelchair access to the stone as well. Cork is lovely. Th English market is great!

Trip advisor July 2014

Cork City & Blarney 1 day tour

Great tour, visited lots of interesting places. The scenery and history at Rock Cashel was amazing and the views from the top of Blarney Castle are worth the steps even if you don’t want to kiss the stone.

Trip advisor June 2014

Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle and Cork

Amazing day trip! Our tour guide Joseph was very friendly, helpful, and provided fun and entertaining stories and history of Dublin, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Cork and other places in Ireland

Trip advisor June 2014

Beautiful tour

We took the cork day tour as part of honey moon. Our tour guide Bud was great. The Blarney castle was amazing as was the rock of Cashell and the surrounding country side was the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen.

Trip advisor June 2014

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