Private Blarney & Cork Tour
Private Blarney & Cork Tour
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Your journey at a glance
Your private-hire vehicle and knowledgeable, local guide will collect you from your chosen Dublin location - its then time to make our way south! Enjoy a relaxing drove through the Irish midlands and lush green fields - you'll soon realize why they call Ireland the 'Emerald Isle'.
Enjoy a great drive through Cork city, which was built upon the River Lee. You can enjoy some free time to explore Ireland's ‘second city' and your guide will be happy to recommend some of the best things to see and do. Highlights of Cork include the English Market (an artisan market which recently received a historic visit from Queen Elizabeth), St. Finbarre's Cathedral and the Shannon Bells.
Cobh, Co. Cork
You'll then continue on your way towards the charming village of Cobh, Co. Cork. Enjoy the opportunity to take photos of the colorfully-painted houses and appreciate the history of the village. Your guide will further explain the significance of Cobh in Irish history – namely due to the fact that droves of Irish emigrants said their final goodbyes to the country on ships which departed Cobh Harbour. The harbour is also famous as the final departure point of the Titanic. Observe the memorial here, visit the newly-opened 'Titanic Experience' and take in some panoramic views of the coastline.
We depart Cobh on our way towards the most famous Irish castle –Blarney. Situated in the small town of Blarney, this medieval castle, which dates back to the 12th century, attracts millions of visitors each year. The extensive gardens which surround the castle are the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll and the chance to take some fantastic photographs. A visit to the ‘Blarney Woollen Mills' (the largest store in the world dedicated to Irish clothes, crafts and gifts) is not to be missed. Indulge in some tax fee shopping – look out for handmade ‘Aran sweaters', hats, scarves and other woolen goods.
Return to Dublin
You'll be left with some fantastic memories of the day as you board your luxury vehicle for your chauffer transfer back to Dublin city.
The Irish economy has by now recovered from the pandemic and there is full employment in the country. However, many drivers left the tourism industry during the lockdowns and there is consequently a shortage of chauffeurs.
Also, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine on Europe's Eastern border is leading to shortages and price increases throughout Europe. Although Ireland is on Europe's western edge, far from the fighting, we have not been immune to the related inflation.
European gasoline prices are increasing and hotels and B&Bs in many regional towns are already full through the first half of 2023 as the Irish government hosts tens of thousands of women and children refugees from the conflict.
With these factors in mind, we recommend placing a deposit to fix your tour price as soon as you have decided upon dates - as prices are likely to rise in the coming months.
Please don't hesitate to ask about our competitive deposit and cancellation terms.