Many visitors to Ireland would not consider their trip complete without a visit to the Island’s most famous castle – Blarney! Enjoy the chance to visit this iconic Irish castle, which dates back as far as the 1200s. At ‘Elegant Irish’, we are experts at combining the best of the local area, to provide you with an exciting itinerary for your short stopover. Our Blarney Castle shore excursion combines a visit to Blarney itself, with a tour of the region to include Cork city, the villages of Cobh and Kinsale and the opportunity to shop for mementoes at the largest Irish store in the world – the Blarney Woolen Mills. In the capable hands of one of our expert guides – we’ll make sure that your Irish stopover is one to remember!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

• Luxury chauffer pickup from and return to the Cobh/RIngaskiddy Cruise Terminal.
• Blarney Castle – visit the famous castle and don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone!
• Shop till you drop at the iconic ‘Blarney Woolen Mills’ – a tax-free shopping heaven for authentic Irish goods.
• Enjoy an informative drive through Cork city – see the highlights including the English Market and the Shannon Bells.
• Scenic drive through rural Cork en route to the charming village of Kinsale.
• Lunch in Kinsale – Ireland’s capital of artisan food!
• Visit the historic village of Cobh, Co. Cork – final departure point of the RMS Titanic in 1912.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY EXCLUSIVE TOUR?

Your dedicated, local guide and luxury private-hire vehicle will be waiting for you at your chosen cruise terminal. We’ll hit the road early, heading for the iconic Blarney castle. Situated on acres of beautifully maintained gardens – Blarney Castle dates all the way back to the 1200’s and attracts millions of visitors annually. Of course, while you’re here it is mandatory to kiss the Blarney Stone – doing so will bestow upon you what we Irish call ‘the gift of the gab’ – or the talent of eloquent storytelling. You can enjoy the chance to shop at the ‘Blarney Woolen Mills’, where you can buy beautiful Irish knitwear, gifts and accessories – all at fantastic tax-free prices.

We then continue our journey, driving through the beautiful Cork countryside, en route to Cork city. Driving through the city – you can enjoy the chance to see some of the city’s highlights, including the English Market and the Shannon Bells. Our next stop is the picture-postcard village of Kinsale. A coastal village, Kinsale is absolutely charming, with quaint winding streets and traditional thatched cottages. Famous in Irish History as the location of the ‘Battle of Kinsale’ in 1601 – today the village is known for being the ‘foodie capital of Ireland’. Indeed, the cuisine on offer in Kinsale is incredible and features the very best of Irish ingredients. Naturally, we make Kinsale our lunch stop* and your guide will be happy to recommend some great dining options to you!

Departing Kinsale – we make our way towards the village of Cobh, where your guide will outline the sad history of the village to you. This is the location where droves of Irish emigrants said their final goodbyes to the Emerald Isle as they set off for new lives in North America and beyond. It was also the final departure point of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, in 1912. Visit the Titanic memorial in Cobh, or just enjoy some quiet time to look at over the harbor and capture some pictures of the brightly painted houses in the town.

With our excursion coming to a close, sit back and enjoy the short transfer back to your cruise terminal.

*Time permitting

WHATS INCLUDED?

• State-of-the-art private, chauffer-driven vehicle and the dedicated services of an expert tour guide.
• Collection and return directly to your chosen cruise terminal.
• All additional coasts and entry fees are included in the price of your tour.
• We offer our guests the freedom to make changes to our suggested itinerary to better suit your expectations**

**Restrictions apply

 

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