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Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

1. Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day tour south, departing by train from Heuston Station at 06:40 for the InterCity service to Cork City. Upon arrival, head to Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eternal eloquence! Then, relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Next, return to Cork for a short city tour of Ireland’s southern capital, famous for its arts, music and literature scenes. Built on the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement, the city center is full of Georgian buildings, 17th-century alleys, and dynamic new architecture. Continue your journey along Cork Harbour to Cobh, location of the Queenstown Story Heritage Center. Set in a beautifully restored railway station of the Victorian age, it was also the transatlantic terminal that served as the point of departure to the New World for generations of Irish emigrants, from the time of famine up to recent years. Transfer back to Cork City center to catch your return InterCity train back to Dublin, with a scheduled arrival at Heuston Station at 20:20.

From Dublin: 3-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher

2. From Dublin: 3-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston (Customer Service Desk) for 07:00 departure of InterCity train (breakfast available) to Cork. Transfer by road to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone. After time for lunch and shopping and a flavor of Cork City, visit Cobh Heritage Centre, home of the "Queenstown Story," where the Titanic made its last port of call, and from where 3 million Irish people emigrated. Depart Cobh by train to Killarney, where you will be taken to your bed & breakfast accommodation, with en-suite facilities. There are numerous restaurants in Killarney, as well as traditional pubs-many with live traditional Irish music. Day 2 Embark on the famous Ring of Kerry tour, which is a largely coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, with lots of stunning mountain and coastal scenery, including the famous Lakes of Killarney. After the day's touring, the evening is free in Killarney. Day 3 Leave Killarney for Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher tour. Take a short city tour of Limerick, and then visit Bunratty Castle, before lunch at a traditional pub at Doolin. You will have plenty of time to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, before taking the coastal route around Galway Bay, with stops for photos. Return to Dublin by InterCity train, arriving at 20:45. * Prices are per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Convenient and well-planned, this trip was perfect. I enjoyed the grounds at Blarney Castle the most. I took a beautiful walk along the less touristy edge of the property where I found many locals taking walks alone or with friends or young children. After Blarney we got to see a unique pit-stop that isn't on every tour, perhaps because our group was so small at only three people, of a Cobh cemetery. The cathedral of Cobh was truly spectacular, I was more impressed by this cathedral than any other I've seen in Europe. We only drove through Cork and I thought this would be disappointing but honestly all of the other stops are much more interesting coming from Dublin and having already experienced a city of a similar size.

Well-planned trip, smooth transition between the railway and tour bus and every spot is visiting. Excellent guide and driver. Fair time allowed for each spot for a good travelling experience. Only if the people joining the trip can be punctual in EVERY spot will make it perfect. The trip itself was great.

I had a surprisingly great time at Blarney Castle and the gardens surrounding it! The guide was helpful and the trip ran very smoothly. Even when there was some issues with the train coming back (out of everyone's control), the guide made sure we were all organized and knew where we were going.

This guided tour was amazing. Jonathan was a wonderful host. He gave us a lot of info about the places we visited. Overall I enjoyed this trip

Interesting way to tour. Great folks, very patient, knowledgeable, and flexible with change.