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
Jump aboard our tour bus and meet your fellow travellers while exploring some of Ireland’s most famous attractions and landmarks!
While touring with us, you’ll have the unique opportunity to enjoy the remarkable sights and scenery that the southern region of Ireland has to offer. More specifically, you’ll have the chance to discover the Rock of Cashel which is considered to be one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders. You’ll also be able to receive the “gift of the gab” by kissing the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. The gardens surrounding Blarney Castle are a paradise for walkers and are worth exploring. 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 with the plentiful shops available.
Our guides are not only welcoming, resourceful and engaging but their charming accents will only add to the memorable experience. Join us for this fascinating adventure into the inner workings of Ireland’s intriguing history, geography and mythology. While vacationing in Ireland, it’s safe to say that this notable tour of southern Ireland is an absolute must!
This uniquely structured tour departs from Dublin every day of the week at 6:50am and will deliver you safely back into the city centre upon completing a full days tour at approximately 7:00pm. For further details and a detailed breakdown on your day with Irish Day Tours, click on the itinerary tab.
ITINERARY - Blarney Castle & Cork Tour
6:50am : Depart Dublin
To begin we meet in front of the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (sitemap is available within the link to the booking page). We will begin our exciting day tour through Ireland’s southern terrain. However, before leaving you’ll meet your fun-loving and very knowledgeable tour guide who will introduce you to 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 due to the rich and grainy soil that drains easily, making this area ideal for horse racing. Not to mention, the flourishing lands of County Kildare are owned by the likes of Agha Khan and Sheik Mohammed; well known names in the world of horse racing.
9:00am : Arrive at the Rock Of Cashel
We will arrive at one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders referred to as 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! This is a site of huge 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 reigned over the land. Not to mention, there is an extensive collection of historical, architectural and artistically related pieces gathered here.
11:30am : Explore the City of Cork
We’ll 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! 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.
1:15pm : 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!
4:45pm : Depart for Dublin
As we start our journey back to Dublin, you’ll enjoy listening to traditional Irish folk tunes along the way as you sit back and relax after this fantastic day of exploring Ireland’s south. Perhaps you'll be chattering away with your newfound gift of the gab!
7:00pm : 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
“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!
“Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin”
Fantastic tour taking in Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle and Cork. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide and bus driver (thanks Jennifer and Larry!).
"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