Cork City And Blarney Castle With Private Transportation

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This half day tour will show you the highlights of Cork and give you a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, with your own private driver and vehicle.

Cork City and Blarney Castle with Private Transportation

On this half day tour with private transportation, you will be picked up at the port in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and see the highlights of Ireland's second largest city, Cork. Then you will be whisked away to Blarney Castle, where you will enjoy the freedom to explore the impressive castle on your own.

Depart from the port of Cobh for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Cork. The city got its name from the marsh it was built on. Because of this, the city proper is interlaced with a winding canal and river, which give it a distinctly European air. The River Lee divides the city in two and is perhaps best reflected in the well-patterned architectural development incorporating the best of old and new. Cork is the home of Murphy's stout and also to a world famous Jazz Festival. Although a busy industrial city, it is also an important shopping center. The principal streets are lined with fashion houses and department stores stocking quality Irish goods.

The highlights of the city include the City Hall, St Finbarr's (the founder of Cork) Cathedral, The Grand Parade, and St. Patrick's Street with Shandon Steeple overlooking the city to the north.

After a driving tour to see the city's principal sights, your tour will continue with a visit to Blarney Castle.

A visit to Blarney Castle is a step back in time and you can feel the enchantment of a long and heroic past. Here is one of the great historical sites of Ireland, renowned throughout the world. The view from the entrance gate sets the scene immediately, with fine vistas of parkland crowned by Blarney castle rising up in its entire ancient splendor, framed by clumps of trees.

Those who are up for a challenge can hike up the 100 steep steps to the top of the ruins where, while grabbing hand bars, you invert your head to kiss the infamous Blarney Stone, which is said to have the powers to grant those who do this, the gift of the gab. (flattery sweetened by humor)

From Blarney, the excursion returns directly to the ship in Cobh.

Please Note: The visit to Blarney Castle is self-guided.

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from $88.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Cultural
Tour Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, sensible flat-soled walking shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses. A rain coat or waterproof jacket and an umbrella is suggested.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, cobblestone, and packed dirt surfaces, several of which are uneven and/or at an incline. Steps are required at Blarney Castle. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.