Tour Code: 8962P5
Duration: 12 hours
Discover the wonder of Blarney Castle and Gardens on a full-day tour from Dublin. Kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive, as legend has it, the gift of the gab for seven years. Enjoy panoramic 360 degree views as you drive through County Cork, and a new additional stop at the wold-famous Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. This tour will show you the very best that the southern capital of Ireland, County Cork, has to offer in a day tour from Dublin.
Your first stop will be the world famous Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. One of Ireland's most evocative sites, you can stroll in the footsteps of St. Patrick flanked by ruins, Celtic crosses and round towers. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster until they donated the complex to the Catholic Church almost 1,000 years ago for use as a cathedral. It is one of the best examples of medieval architecture anywhere in Europe.
Enjoy 1.5 hours of leisure time in the city of Cork, Ireland's southern capital. Highlights include the gourmet English Markets (1788) with a large selection of food stalls representing the best of local produce. Queen Elizabeth II of England thoroughly enjoyed meeting local artisans here on her State Visit in 2011. Also known as the “Rebel City” for its fierce resistance during the War of Independence, Cork has a vibrant Irish atmosphere. Perhaps sample a pint of Murphy's Irish Stout or pick up a bottle of Paddy Flaherty Irish Whiskey.
From Cork, the tour will continue on to Blarney Castle, where you will receive the 'gift of gab' for seven years if you decide to kiss the Blarney stone. You will have time to explore the castle grounds and gardens to discover the Witch's Cave, and spend some time on tax free shopping in the famous Woollen Mills.
As the tour departs for Dublin in the evening, you will meander back though the Golden Vale of County Tipperary, with an estimated arrival time in Dublin of about 9pm.