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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Best Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Visit three top Ireland attractions in one day on the Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin. From the comfort of your luxury coach, you'll travel south to Blarney Castle, Cork City and the Rock of Cashel cathedral, passing through beautiful, green South Irish countryside on your way. Be sure to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, and you'll be blessed with the "gift of the gab" for a lifetime of smooth talking!

Highlights

  • See three top Ireland attractions in one day on a full-day trip from Dublin
  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Enjoy independent sightseeing in Cork City, with attraction recommendations from your local guide
  • Tour the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary
  • Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach

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Best Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Leaving the city of Dublin behind, you'll set off on board a luxury, air-conditioned coach and watch the landscape change from Dublin's urban cityscape to the rolling, green hills that typify the Irish countryside. Your day trip will drive through several areas of interest, including the Galtee Mountains and the Curragh in County Kildare, which is home to Ireland's National Stud Farm and is famous as a sporting region.

Passing south through County Tipperary, your tour will reach Blarney Castle by late morning. This beautiful medieval castle is home to one of Ireland's best loved treasures - the fascinating Blarney Stone, which sits at the top of the castle's tower. According to legend, kissing the stone bestows the kisser with the "gift of the gab," or talent for eloquence that the Irish famously possess.

From Blarney Castle, your tour will continue on to Cork City, where you will have approximately two hours at leisure for independent sightseeing. Enjoy lunch at the English Market (available for an extra cost) or perhaps visit the triple-spired St Finn Bar's Cathedral. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations of further things to do in Ireland's third-largest city.

On leaving Cork, you'll head up to the Rock of Cashel back up in County Tipperary. This imposing Celtic Cathedral towers above the town of Cashel from a limestone mound, approximately 200 feet (61 meters) high. Highlights at the Rock of Cashel include the Hall of Vicars and Cormac's Chapel, home to the oldest Romanesque wall painting in Ireland. Explore these historical sites with your guide, before heading back to Dublin to arrive in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Tara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a great tour! It started out rocky with the weather being bad, but our guide was great in giving us as much information as he could. By the time we got to the Blarney Castle the weather cleared up and everything looked so magical.

Nicole M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great tour. First, the coach left exactly on time so do not be late. Our tour guide Colum sp? knew the history of everything and even some cheesy jokes to help keep everyone laughing. He was a very nice and helpful guy, and it was even his birthday. He did have a lot to say but also knew when people wanted/needed to sleep. He always asked us what kind of music we wanted to listen to and of course you pick Irish music because that's what you're there for. The coach/bus ride was long, but worth it. The Rock of Cashel was neat - not a lot to see and the stop was quick but that was OK with me. The Blarney Castle and the grounds were lovely, and of course you have to kiss the Blarney Stone. I advise not wearing heels of any kind, even on boots, at the Castle since the stairs to the Stone are steep and narrow made of stone, part of the Castle interior. Lines were minimal when we were there. We had about 1.5 hours at the Castle and that was plenty of time to get a hot chocolate, take pics, walk all the paths,and even go shopping at two nearby Irish souvenir shops. Then onto Cork. Colum dropped us off in Cork and we had about 1.5 hours to explore at our leisure. We were in the main city area, with shopping, eating, and people-watching. He recommended places to eat but we just walked until we found something with a menu we liked. All in all, it was a fantastic trip.

Victoria M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great little day trip out of Dublin--offered us a chance to see a small slice of the country side. Bus was quite comfortable and all three stops were enjoyable. Would absolutely look at Viator for future vacations.

Patricia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide, Kevin, was AMAZING! He made the entire experience rich and entertaining. We loved the castle tours and kissing the mythical stone. We highly reccomend this day trip!

Richard N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great trip with a brilliant guide.

Mariah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fabulous tour guide who gave us Ireland's complete history throughout the day. Would definitely take another trip with Extreme Ireland

Alarica A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

So much fun! such a great day and its awesome that viator allows you to registed 24 hrs before the day you choose and i went to ireland in late november so i wanted to make sure i got the best day and i did, it was nice and sunny and perfect and i got my ticket at like 4 pm the day before hahaha thanks!

Bill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great trip, great driver.

Krishnendu C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour company is simply the best in Ireland. They are very organized. Sarah was great. She single handedly managed the trip well providing all the necessary information on Irish history. The Blarney castle is the prime attraction of this trip. We really enjoyed it

Emily B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was very informative and entertaining. Our group was small, and we got lucky at the Rock of Cashel and at Blarney Castle - no lines anywhere! The Rock of Cashel is beautiful, and we never would've thought to go there on our own. Blarney Castle is very interesting, and the grounds with the fall colors were really a sight to behold! Our time in Cork was fun as well - Cork's main shopping street is very lively and features street entertainers.

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