My mom and I did two separate tours. We had so much fun on the Cork and Blarney Stone tour with Gerard that when we returned we booked a tour to the Cliffs of Mohrer for the next day! Phil was our tour guide for this day and he was just as amazing. Both guides are super friendly and knowledgeable, they make the day completely enjoyable and the sights are stunning. The tour coach is clean and comfortable. Highly recommended!
Blarney Castle & Cork Tour
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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
Add a meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish Food.
( Meal options available to add on our booking page – Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant in Christchurch just minutes from the city center by foot )
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 and Blarney Day Trip"
This is a 12 hour tour but closer to 13 so be prepared. Our driver/guide made the time fly by with his jokes, stories, tour information and of course his singing. Joseph or Joey is a wonderful Irish tenor that never stops chatting or singing which starts wonderfully at the beginning and is still appreciated after 12 hours which is saying something. He is a wasted talent on this tour but if you can get his tour, regardless of where its going, book it! Cork is a nice town but Blarney Castle and Cashen made the ride worth it.
“All Day Tour - Cork and Blarney Castle”
Had a great time on Extreme Ireland's All Day Tour - Cork and BlarneyCastle. We booked through Viator but you could also book directly with them. We met at the Molly Malone statue in front of the St. Andrew's Church. We got there at 6:40am for the 6:50am start time.
Our driver was Dublin Dave. He was a great tour bus driver and tour guide. Gave us funny jokes to keep things light and moving.
First stop was a break outside of Dublin for coffee/pastries at a truck stop. This was well received for a quick grab of coffee. We then went to the Rock of Cashel. We had ample time to see the sight. We then went to Cork with enough ample time to grab a pint of Murphy's. We then had lunch on the way to Blarney Castle.
We went to the Blarney Castle again with ample time to make our way to kiss the Blarney Stone. I think we had 2 hours there but can't remember exactly.
We then boarded the bus and made our way back to Dublin. Overall, it was a good day despite the rain. If you want a safe, fun, informative tour, book a Extreme Ireland tour and if you are looking to go to Cork and Barney Castle, Dublin Dave is your guy.
"Cork/Blarney Stone and Cliffs of Moher”
“Blarney Castle tour from Dublin”
Beautiful tour of the country side and two Castles. Blarney Castle has beautiful grounds and I could have spent more time exploring
“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!