We booked this tour via Tourism Office (opposite Trinity College). Boarded the bus at 6:45AM, Bud (aka Patrick) is an awesome tour guide. He is a son of the soil, and very funny, affable and helpful fella. One of the best parts of the tour was his great witty saying, some quite subtle but if you get it rib splitting funny. I am still chuckling. We land at Rock of Castle, it was drizzling a bit, also got a long shot picture of the castle from the highway, thanks to Bud. The curios shop is manned by a very friendly, kind and the politest woman you will ever meet. Good prices. Next stop Blarney - once in a lifetime experience. You will go up a steep stairway, frighteningly good, then get to kiss the stone (I won't say more, you have to do it yourself to truly experience this unique trip). The restaurant in the parking (cafe) is fantastic beyond words. The food the ambience, the servers just so good. The crowd was truly European, very nice, well dressed people with families, kids, babies etc. Very warm and fuzzy feeling, with Christmas decoration all over. Words cannot describe the good feeling. Then we stopped at the 'Worlds largest Irish Shop" it might just be, another great stop. Very classy. Kids all over the place, well behaved and locals too, they looked well off. Next off to Cork, very short stay not even an hour, then went to an excellent cafe called Cork Coffee, then did the English Market. On the way back to Dublin we stopped at an old Irish town/ hamlet called Abbelleix, went to a 250 yr old pub. Excellent day, long though. Bud is an excellent bus tour guide. Highly recommended.
Blarney Castle & Cork Tour
DEPARTURE TIME : 6:50AM ( Arrive 10 mins before )
DEPARTURE LOCATION : Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street – MAP HERE
Adult – €55
Student (13-16) / Senior – €50
Children (5-12) – €27.50
Infants (0-4) – Free
THE BLARNEY STONE & CASTLE – THE ROCK OF CASHEL – THE GREAT CITY OF CORK
Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Blarney Castle has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Receive the “gift of the gab” by kissing the famous Stone. The gardens surrounding Blarney Castle are a paradise for walkers and are worth exploring.
You will have the chance to discover the Rock of Cashel, which is considered to be one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders. This is a site of immense historical importance as it was the seat of the King of Munster and this location was a fortress, which dates back before the Anglo-Norman conquerors reined over the land. Not to mention, there is an extensive collection of historical, architectural and artistically related pieces gathered here.
We will pass alongside two separate mountain ranges; the first are the Knockmealdown Mountains that have been made famous by the Irish folk song “Kitty Borne O’Brien”. Next, we’ll come across Ireland’s highest inland range, the Galtee Mountains. The views are simply breathtaking! Afterwards, take a stroll around Ireland’s second largest city, Cork. The English Market and St Anne’s Church to ring the famous Shandon Bells are just some of the sites to see in this vibrant city. The shoppers among you will also be happy as this vibrant city hosts a variety of unique shops.
This uniquely structured tour departs from Dublin every day of the week at 6:50am and will deliver you safely back into the city center at approximately 7:00pm. For further details and a detailed breakdown on your day with Irish Day Tours, click on the itinerary
ITINERARY - Blarney Castle & Cork Tour
6:50 AM: DEPART DUBLIN
We will meet in front of the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (sitemap is available within the link to the booking page). Our exciting day tour will begin by travelling through Ireland’s southern terrain. Before leaving you’ll meet your fun-loving and knowledgeable tour guide and your fellow travel companions! As we leave the city behind us, we’ll soon pass into an area referred to as “The Curragh” within County Kildare. This region is absolutely perfect for breeding and training horses..
9:00 AM: ARRIVE AT THE ROCK OF CASHEL
We will arrive at one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders - the Rock of Cashel! Here we’ll explore the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel, Celtic Cathedral, Round Tower, and the surrounding grounds filled with ancient high crosses! In addition, you’ll have the marvelous opportunity to gaze upon one of Ireland’s oldest Romanesque wall paintings inside the world-famous historical landmark!
11:30 AM: EXPLORE THE CITY OF CORK
We will arrive in the delightful city of Cork where we’ll have approximately 90 minutes to independently explore the streets as well as grab a bite to eat before heading off to our next alluring destination. While you’re touring the area, popular attractions to check out consist of visiting the famously diverse English Market, marvel at the Gothic St or ring the bells of Shandon at St. Anne’s Church for a small fee.
1:15 PM: KISS THE STONE AT BLARNEY CASTLE
We arrive at Blarney Castle, which is the highlight of the tour for most. Blarney Castle is known around the world for its famous Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone and receive the “gift of the gab”. Blarney Castle isn't all about the Stone; the Blarney castle itself is worthy of exploration as are its fantastic lush grounds and woodland walks. There is much to see and explore. See the Rock Close and find the Wishing Steps to make a wish!
7:00 PM: ARRIVE BACK IN DUBLIN
To finish off, we’ll arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about all of the exciting highlights!
PHOTO GALLERY - Blarney Castle & Cork Tour
TESTIMONALS - Blarney Castle & Cork Tour
“Cork, Blarney, and the Rock of Cashel”
The Cork and Blarney tour was a wonderful experience. We were able to see the Irish countryside as well as a couple of historical sites that we wouldn't have otherwise. The best part, however, was our guide, Joseph. He was well educated in Irish history and quite eloquent when describing various aspects of that history. He is also very entertaining. We would like to thank Joey for giving us an experience we'll never forget!
"Day Trip To Cork"
It was not my first time taking a one day tour with this company and always enjoy. The bus journy is comfortable. Our one day trip to Cork was lovely but not just because of the amazing ladnscapes, also for a very "Love Spreading" tour guide. Josefh is a funny and lovely guy. You will enjoy the shared history about Ireland from his mouth. Highly recommand.
“Blarney Castle & Cork Day Trip”
I had great day trip out of Dublin to Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (yes, kissed the stone!) and a brief visit to Cork. The adventure was a long day but made so enjoyable by our guide Phil. He has a wonderful sense of humor imparting tons of history and facts! Honestly he made the trip! Thanks again Phil!
"Day trip to Cork, Blarney and Rock of Cashel”
“Blarney, Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway”
Our driver Peter and our tour guide Jim were great. Blarney castle was so beautiful. If you're not a fan of small spaces or cramped quarters, I wouldn't recommend gong up to kiss the stone. Other than that, it was a great trip. Jim was particularly entertaining and knowledgable again and told different stories from my last tour. This was very much appreciated! Our driver was fab and I felt extremely safe with his driving abilities. Thank you to you both, you make a great team! If you can get Jim to be your tour guide, definitely request him!
”Blarney, Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway"
I spent 5 days in Ireland and 3 of those days was well spend with Irish Day tours. Literally the best price for the amount of fun and sights I got to experience! The tour guides are so informative, hilarious, full of jokes, and some sing! Thanks so much to the guides I had: Joey (I swear he's an actual leprechaun and was a BLAST), Kevin, and Bud! Every tour not only included the main attraction, but multiple stops along the way to really get your money's worth. Blarney is great for everyone and gives lots of time for shopping, Cliffs of Moher is breathtaking, and Giants Causeway is phenomenal, especially for Game of Thrones fans like myself :) Irish day tours gave me an Ireland experience I'll never forget. Thank you!
TRIP ADVISOR Reviewed November 2016