Blarney Castle & Gardens, Cork City, Kinsale & Cobh

Please note: Pricing on the right is per vehicle, not per person. Below is a sample itinerary. Your itinerary can be customized before or after booking your private tour. Tour will depart from the side of Cobh Heritage Centre. When you disembark from your ship, immediately turn right, taking the short walk to the port gates. Our team members will be there to greet you.

  • Departs from & returns Right By Your Ship
  • Explore Blarney Castle & Kiss The Legendary “Blarney Stone”
  • Wander The Magnificent Gardens Of Blarney Estate
  • Shop At The Blarney Woollen Mills (The Worlds Largest Irish Store)
  • See Castles, Forts, Towers, Cathedrals And Amazing Scenery
  • Driving Tour Through Cork City (The “Real Capital” Of Ireland)
  • Stunning Scenery And Fascinating History At Charles Fort
  • Free Time Lunch & Exploring In Charming Village Of Kinsale
  • Learn About Cobh’s Connection To The Ill-Fated Titanic & Lusitania
  • Try some of the best fish and chips Ireland has to offer in Kinsale
  • Explore the colourful town of Kinsale & Blarney
  • Experience shopping in Ireland’s largest woollen mills and gift store

 

Pickup Location:   Cork or Cobh
1 to 4 people€380
1 to 8 people€480
1 to 12 people€580
1 to 16 people€650

 

  • Transportation throughout in our comfortable mid-sized coaches
  • Experienced tour guide with local knowledge & entertaining commentary
  • Customized itinerary based on group specifications

 

Meeting Point: Cobh (Cork) Cruise Ship Terminal @ 7.30 AM – When your ship docks later than 07:30 the tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences. We like to get ahead of the crowd and avoid the queues in Blarney!

Note: If your port is Ringaskiddy we do not include a visit to Cobh

Additional information

Vehicle Size1 to 4, 1 to 8, 1 to 12, 1 to 16
Vehicle Prices1 to 4 seat €380, 1 to 8 seat €480m, 1 to 12 seat €580, 1 to 16 seat €650

Early Morning

Your shore tour departs from your ship at the port of Cobh/Cork. (Note: if for operational reasons your ship is diverted to the other Cork terminal in Ringaskiddy we will, of course, meet you there instead) Where your ship docks later than 07:30 the tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences. We like to get ahead of the crowd and avoid the queues in Blarney!

First heading for Blarney Castle where you will have up to 2 hours free time to Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, explore the amazing gardens, take in some shopping at the famous Blarney Woollen Mills or simply indulge in the atmosphere in the village of Blarney enjoying some local homemade scones with coffee.

After our visit to Blarney, we will enjoy a panoramic driving tour through Cork city centre taking in famous landmarks such as The Shandon Bells and The English Market and learning all about the fearsome Vikings and Anglo-Normans in Cork.

Early Afternoon

The next leg of our trip will be through picturesque rolling Irish countryside as we meander our way to the charming village of Kinsale.

On route, we will divert to The 17th century Charles Fort for a 15-minute photo-op to capture the stunning views and learn of the fascinating history of this majestic fort.

Shortly afterwards we will reach the charming village of Kinsale, dubbed “Ireland’s Gourmet Capital”. Perfect for lunch!

There are lots of pubs, restaurants and craft/gift shops dotted around the winding streets of Kinsale. You will have up to 2 hours free time to explore and enjoy lunch/drinks at one of the many fine local establishments.

Late Afternoon

It is now time to enjoy the scenic route back to your ship and take in some touring around the magnificent Island of Cobh (This ensures the last leg of our tour is very near to your ship in order to make a timely return one hour before your sailing)

Immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of Cobh, taking in some stunning harbour scenery while discovering why Cobh is forever linked to the ill-fated Titanic. Learn of the fascinating history of Lusitania mass graves, The Potato Famine and Ireland’s port of mass emigration.

Finally, we will enjoy great views of the spectacular neo-gothic St. Colman’s Catholic Cathedral before heading back to your ship in plenty of good time for your sailing.

waiting for the group for a private shore excursion tour from Cobh
waiting for the group for a private shore excursion tour from Cobh
early morning city tour St Finbarrs Cathedral Cork
group enjoying a meal in Kilkenny city