2 Day Southern Ireland
2 Day Southern Ireland
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Your journey at a glance
Add one of Cork's best hotels and some excellent dining experiences and you have an excellent trip in the making.
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Day 1: Dublin - Rock of Cashel - Kiss the Blarney Stone - Cork
Your luxury vehicle will pick you up at your chosen Dublin location, before heading south on a scenic drive towards Ireland's 'second city' of Cork.
The highlight this morning is the ancient ruin of Rock of Cashel, an amazing medieval cathedral associated with St. Patrick which sits high above the plains of Co. Tipperary atop a rocky hill. Enjoy beautiful views of the rolling Irish countryside.
Continue on towards Cork city's artisan 'English Market', which was recently paid a historic visit by Queen Elizabeth II of England. This makes an ideal place to enjoy lunch, as it offers some of Ireland's finest produce – including meats, cheeses and artisan breads.
Your afternoon will be spent in the charming town of Blarney, which is home to Ireland's favourite castle - Blarney Castle! Enjoy visiting this enchanting castle, strolling through the beautiful gardens and make sure to kiss the 'Blarney Stone'. Millions of visitors kiss this stone each year in the hope that it will bestow upon them the 'gift of the gab' (the unique Irish talent of articulate speech and storytelling!). The town of Blarney is famous also as the home of the 'Blarney Woollen Mills' - a traditional Irish shopping 'mecca' - where you can stock up on locally knitted gifts and fashions.
Return to Cork city for your overnight stay – you'll be spoiled for choice here when it comes to dining and nightlife options!
Hayfield Manor (*****) is Cork's most comfortable five star hotel featuring stunning walled gardens and excellent restaurants.
Day 2: Cork - King John's Castle - Cliffs of Moher - Doolin - Dublin
Relax this morning over a leisurely Irish breakfast – your guide will pick you up once again for another day of exploring this charming region.
This morning you'll visit Limerick city, built upon the River Shannon and home to King John's castle. Explore the castle and take some marvelous photos before continuing on towards the Atlantic Ocean.
This afternoon your tour takes you along a portion of the 'Wild Atlantic Way' coastal route through the limestone Burren rregion to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and Doolin village.
The Cliffs are undoubtedly the highlight of the trip and it's quite something to stand on Europe's very edge. Enjoy ample time here for walking, relaxation and exploring before a hearty pub lunch in the nearby village of Doolin. Check out McGann's traditional Irish pub for a delicious Atlantic seafood chowder with soda bread and Kerrygold or a mean fish and chips.
By late afternoon it will be time to head towards Dublin again, but your driver will make sure to stop at the delightful medieval Bunratty Castle for refreshments and to admire the views.
Arrive in Dublin by mid- evening with enough time for late dinner reservations and rest.
The Merrion Hotel (*****) is one of Dublin's finest properties and makes for a very comfortable home from home in the city.