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Our guide Brandon was brilliant. He was extremely knowledgeable and kind. The trip was great.
Great fun! The check in location and process were very easy. This was a day trip from Dublin by rail/coach. Brendan was our tour guide and made this trip worth while. He shared Irish history and culture while showing us beautiful, scenic Ireland countrysides. Kissing the Blarney Stone was an experience and learning about the history of the Irish emigration was enlightening...made us want to read more about it! Met folks from different countries and made new friends, too! Excellent trip!
We had a wonderful time on our trip to Cork and Blarney Castle. Our guide Jonathan was very informative when explaining the history and the tails of Ireland, and did so with humor and passion.The timing of the trip was great. Got to Blarney and was able to kiss the Blarney stone before the big line of people started to arrive.
I am looking forward to the eloquence that kissing the Blarney Stone promises. The climb up and down the stairs was rewardingly challenging and certainly not for the faint of heart. The mysteries of the castle created a rather thrilling ambience. This is a must-do just for the experience alone. Travel by train was a wise decision - smooth and good views of the beautiful Irish countryside.
Train ride was relaxing travelling through the Irish country. Tour guide for the ride around Cork was personable and informative. The highlight of seeing the Blarney castle was worth the trip. A lot to see in and around the castle. Kissing the Blarney stone was a must do tourist attraction to say been there done that. Lots of history and the grounds were beautiful. Time was just right for the excursion - not rushed but we experienced a lot!
This trip was pretty cool. We had just enough time to explore and were given fair direction. Our guide was sweet as pie and very helpful. Took the majority of my pictures on this trip and enjoyed every bit of it. Try the fern garden, poison garden and the deli at the queenstown story!
The tour was great. Very organized and efficient. Tour guide was knowledgable about the subject and had a nice demeanor. Highly recommended!
This was our favorite tour we took, it was so beautiful on the day we went. My husband and I were so taken with how beautiful the countryside and the castle were. It was much nicer on this there because you take a train to blarney versus taking a bus and believe me the train is much better than taking the bus like we did on a different tour. We seen a lot more than what we had hoped and the church in Cork was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. It was a trip of a lifetime!!
Amazing trip. Great tour guide. Once in a lifetime cool. Highly recommend!
Fabulous trip. It was everything that was promised to us. The train ride was a perfect opportunity to see the Irish countryside and relax with our friends. The tour was paced appropriately. Just enough time to sightsee, shop and eat a relaxing lunch. I would definitely recommend this trip.
Very organised but I felt we could have had more info given to us about Blarney by guide. On the Cobh leg, you could cut the time spent at the heritage centre by at least 30 minutes. It felt like the afternoon dragged a bit.
Dave Gallagher was a fantastic host! Very knowledgeable and proud of his country. Enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Definitely got my money's with by kissing the Blarney Stone twice!!!
This was nice relaxing ride and very worth doing when in Dublin. Looking to try some of there other tours on next visit.
The tour was fabulous! We met so many people from many, many countries and made lots of new friends. I made it to The Kitchen in Blarney Castle which is one floor below the Blarney Stone. I didn't have the guts to go one more floor but my husband did and we have a picture of him kissing the stone. There are lots of washrooms on the grounds and lots of gift shops and little places for food and drink. We both wanted more time to explore more of the grounds and the gardens.
The rest of the tour was excellent as well. Our Tour Guide, Jim, was a lovely man and very knowledgeable. It was a great day and we got visit to the mass graves of the victims of the Lusitania. It was extremely moving. We visited so many beautiful places - churches, villages - the history of it all fills you.
Make sure you wear good, comfortable shoes when you tour and carry bottled water with you. Well worth it!
It was an awesome adventure outside the city of Dublin. Everything was perfect from the time we left the Dublin rail station until we returned in the evening. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and friendly making this a perfect day trip.
Loved this trip!! Had Dave Gallagher as our host for this trip and the Cliffs of Moher on Oct. 23rd. He was knowledgeable and proud of his country. The tour is very well organized!!
I also took the Wicklow trip through Collins tours and that is also a wonderful day trip. If you're pressed for time go for the Cliffs first. It was breathtaking!!! The Blarney Castle was a bucket list item so glad I did it, but I'd go back to the Cliffs and Wicklow in a heartbeat.
Tip: get some breakfast at the train station and maybe a sandwich for later. You spend precious time eating somewhere instead of shopping or walking the city. Pack a lunch. There is a great shop with Aran sweaters just before you get to the Cliffs. You'll stop at Gus O'Conners for a tasty lunch, but not much time to shop. So next time I'm shopping;-) The shop is two or three doors down from Gus O'Conners. And yes the seafood chowder was great!
As for texting home get the Viber app for free calls and texts. The train has pretty good wifi and the Collins tour bus to had wifi as well. Had to send pictures home right away;-)
I fell in love with Ireland and miss it!! Really enjoyed the Bunratty Castle tour! Jack was hilarious! You'll see this castle on the Cliffs day trip!
Take as many trips as you can while in Ireland. I plan to take the Giant Causeway trip next time.
People were so friendly in Dublin!! As we were purchasing our ticket for the LUAS a woman, Aileen, walks up and asks if we next help. We told her where we wanted to go and she was headed that direction and helped us get to our stop. She gave us a tour of Grafton Street. Fun to see all the performers. If you need stamps and mailbox you'll find one at the mall at St. Stephen's Green. It's near Carroll's. Love, love, love Ireland!!
What an amazing castle and grounds! The rail as well as the day tour left something to be desired. All in all a great day. Our guide also gave us a "warming" treat for the rail ride back to Dublin. Next time, I would just book the to Cork and booked a tour from there.
Really awesome tour. Highly recommended. Our guide Norman was great.
We had so much fun on this tour. It was very easy to catch the train in Dublin, our guide was informative and we met some nice people along the way. Blarney castle and the grounds were beautiful. Plenty of time to explore, shop and grab some lunch. We appreciated the care that was taken that all of our needs were being met by our guide. We enjoyed the ease of the trip that we actually booked a 2nd day trip through viator.