Luxury, full-day shore excursion to kiss the Blarney Stone and more
This full day tour departs Cobh immediately upon disembarking your ship where we'll head to Blarney. Atop the tower of the 15th Century McCarthy Castle is the mecca of Ireland, The Blarney Stone, a stone who 'so ever kisses o he never misses to grow eloquent' or so it is said. You'll spend the morning in the lovely Gardens that surround the castle. Next it's off to explore the Blarney Wollen Mills and enjoy your morning coffee or maybe an Irish Coffee! Kinsale then awaits with its yacht filled harbor and picturesque views. You'll visit the site of the Battle of Kinsale (1601) and where the Lusitania was lost in 1915. You won't miss Charles Fort as we approach Kinsale town, the gourmet capital where you'll enjoy your light lunch followed by plenty of time to stroll the narrow streets and browse the friendly shops. On returning to Cobh you'll have time to learn about the Titanic Experience as it passed the great Island of Ireland. It's always "Your Tour - Your Trail"™ on my tours. Join me!
9:00am - Your guide meets you upon disembarking your ship and we depart Cobh
10:00am - Blarney Castle - Gardens - Wollen Mills
Noon - Depart Blarney
13:00 - Short stop to Charles Fort enroute to Kinsale
Lunch & Time to go as you please and explore Kinsale Town.
15:00- Depart Kinsale
16:00 - Return to Cobh & The Titanc Experience before returning to your ship.
The above is general guideline as to how best utilize your precious time onshore based upon my experience and knowledge of the area, however, your day will be at your pace. My tours are always "Your Tour - Your Trail"™. Join me for this full day shore excursion.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Cobh-Ship-Statue of Annie Moore
End location: Cobh-Ship
Weather can always be a possible issue when you are planning your Irish Adventure, however, I will make my best effort to ensure the excursion happens as planned rain or shine!
Duration: 7 hours
Traffic & weather can impact an Ireland day tour no matter the season, but flexibility and having an experienced, private guide/driver behind the wheel allows you to enjoy the journey, as well as the day, no matter the weather or the traffic conditions on the road.
Travel in true executive class BMW 740LI (long wheelbase) sedan or 2017 Mercedes V-Class touring van, depending on number of guests. In order to provide you the very best, exclusive touring experience available, each premium vehicle is of a standard unmatched by rental class vans or cars often offered by tour providers.
* Luxury, air-conditioned 2017 Mercedes V-class touring van with individual captain's chairs and all of the style and amenities a Mercedes passenger sedan offers. Or, for 2 or less guests, the long chassis BMW 740Li executive sedan for a genuinely elegant, private touring experience. Each premium vehicle is meticulously maintained, both inside and out, and of a caliber unmatched by regular rental class vans or cars often offered for touring.
* All vehicles fully insured for commercial, passenger transport (required in Ireland);
* Failte Ireland Qualified Guide
* Driver fully insured & licensed by Irish Nat'l Transport Authority for passenger transportation
* All fuel costs and tolls
Estimated Local Cash Needed
12 Euro - Entrance fee Blarney
And also lunch and various refreshments, if desired (credit cards generally accepted)
Blarney Castle €12/€10
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Gerard is a knowledgeable, friendly and humorous guide. It's always great to hear history and fun stories from a local perspective.