Blarney Castle Tours

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The famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle is officially called the Stone of Eloquence, with a legend that states if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People travel from all over the world to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. In addition to the draw of the stone, the 600-year-old fortress also boasts an array of handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations known collectively as Rock Close and given whimsical names such as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave. Take your turn to kiss the stone, but don't leave the castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.

The Basics
Rail and bus tours that showcase the best of the Irish western and southern coasts—including the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, and the Burren—often includes a stop at Blarney Castle. Find an itinerary to suit your interests, and choose one with a tour guide to learn about the history of the castle and the stone. Make the most of your time with combination tours to other sites such as the Rock of Cashel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Hall of Vicars, the Galtee Mountains, and County Kildare.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Come prepared with layers for Ireland's famously unpredictable weather.
  • Prepare to wait in line if you’d like to kiss the stone.
  • Stone kissing is best suited for those who are able-bodied, as the line winds up steep staircases to the castle’s top.

How to Get to Blarney Castle
Located only 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the city of Cork, the Blarney Castle and Gardens are easy to reach on a simple afternoon trip from the city. The castle is also often experienced as a stop on a trip from Dublin to Cork, or vice versa. Blarney is 385 miles (620 km) from Dublin.

When to Get There
The castle is open daily from 9am to sunset; as with most popular attractions, it’s best to get there early to beat the crowds. Although chilly, Christmas time is lovely at the castle, which is sumptuously decorated for the season.

Exploring Cork City
A Cork day trip often includes time in the city as well as a visit to Blarney Castle. Stroll down St. Patrick Street and stop for lunch at the English Market, which hosted a visit from Queen Elizabeth II of England in 2011, or do some tax-free souvenir shopping at Blarney Woollen Mill. The Irish countryside throughout County Cork is picturesque and makes for a lovely drive.
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Address: Blarney, County Cork, Ireland
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Hours: Daily: 9am–sunset
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Admission: Adults: € 10
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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin

Enhance your experience of Ireland with a full-day excursion to three of the country’s top attractions. From the comfort of a luxury coach, travel through the Irish countryside to visit Blarney Castle, famed for the enchanting Blarney Stone, which grants those who kiss it the gift of gab. See, too, Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel Cathedral and gain insight into the region’s rich heritage from your guide.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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All-Ireland 6-Day Tour from Dublin

Visit some of Ireland’s most popular attractions during this 6-day tour from Dublin. Choose from three different lodging options, and have your accommodations and transport taken care of for five nights and six days. Pass the Peace Wall in Belfast, visit Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge,  and kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork. Travel around the Ring of Kerry, and see the Cliff of Moher, Dunluce Castle, and the Dark Hedges, made famous by Game of Thrones.
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4-Day South West Ireland Tour from Dublin

Delve into the outstanding natural beauty of South West Ireland on a 4-day trip to Galway and Killarney from Dublin. Alongside a guide, you’ll witness the splendor of the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher, take a horse-and-cart ride through Killarney National Park and absorb the coastal beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to acquire ‘the gift of the gab’ at Blarney Castle and sample a glass of Guinness at the iconic Guinness Storehouse. Select between hostel or B&B accommodation depending on budget and preference.
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Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin including Blarney Stone

Explore hidden gems and popular attractions around County Cork on this Blarney day tour from Dublin. Travel deep into the Golden Vale of County Cork with your guide, and enjoy fine views over the Galtee Mountains and County Tipperary. Soak up some free time in Cork to explore at your leisure, and perhaps explore attractions such as St Coleman's Cathedral or the Titanic Experience. Then, visit Blarney Castle and follow in time-honored tradition by kissing the Blarney Stone. Top off the trip with tax-free shopping in the Woollen Mills before returning to Dublin.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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2-Day South Ireland Highlights Tour from Dublin

Southern Ireland is said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. See its majestic beauty for yourself during this 2-day tour that takes you to the area’s top highlights with round-trip transport from Dublin included. See Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone, Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher. Plus spend time cruising through the stalls at the English Market in Cork, and catch sight of King John's Castle and River Shannon in Limerick.
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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Trip from Dublin

Take a Dublin rail tour to Blarney Castle, the medieval stronghold of southern Ireland. On this historical and cultural day trip, you’ll course through Ireland by train and coach, enjoying views of the lush countryside on your way to tour the castle grounds and plant a kiss on the Blarney Stone. Then take a city tour of Cork and visit the Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh, Ireland’s largest emigration port.
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4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour from Dublin

Enjoy Ireland’s spectacular southern and western coastlines on this 4-day rail and coach tour from Dublin. Visit highlights including Cork city, the Blarney Stone and Limerick; and take coach trips around the beautiful Ring of Kerry and Galway Bay, and to the epic Cliffs of Moher and Connemara. See wild beaches and fjord-like bays; visit pretty villages and castles, and absorb Ireland’s traditional rural charms on route. Three nights’ accommodation — two in Killarney, and one in Galway city — plus daily breakfasts, and all rail travel and coach trips are included.
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9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and visual wonders of Ireland on an enriching 9-day tour from Dublin. Alongside a hospitable guide, explore the magical kingdom of Kerry, home to the staggering 750-foot (228-meter) Cliffs of Moher, and capture the wild spirit of the rural Connemara region. See historical monuments in Derry; gaze at the mystifying rock sculptures at Giant’s Causeway; and gain fascinating insight into the rich culture and history of Ireland from your knowledgeable guide. Spend 8 nights in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast every day.
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Southern Ireland 6-Day Tour from Dublin

Journey across Southern Ireland on this 6-day tour that lets you choose from three accommodation options. This tour provides you with accommodations and transport for five nights and six days. Some of the stops along the way include Adare, Inch Beach, the Dingle Peninsula, Cork, Cobh, Cong, and Killarney. Travel around the Ring of Kerry, see Blarney Castle and Bunratty Castle, and make a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Go to the Guinness Storehouse brewery, and down a pint of beer, and take pictures at the 13th-century Corcomroe Abbey.
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2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin

Enhance your experience of Ireland’s stunning coastal scenery on a relaxed 2-day trip to Cork and the Ring of Kerry from Dublin. Travel through Ireland’s beautiful countryside and visit iconic attractions like Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone, and the gorgeous Dingle Bay. Enjoy an overnight stay in the convivial town of Killarney; revitalize with a fulfilling full Irish breakfast; and learn about the rich culture and history of the region from a professional guide.   
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3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Trip

Discover the natural and cultural highlights of Ireland on an unforgettable 3-day tour to Cork, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin. Relish the romance of travelling by train and coach through the stunning natural scenery of Ireland as you visit iconic attractions like Blarney Castle and the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher. Delve into the rich culture of Cork on a city tour; enjoy spectacular coastal vistas as you travel along the Ring of Kerry; and enjoy traditional Irish hospitality during overnight stays in Killarney.     
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3-Day Tour of Southern Ireland from Dublin

Maximize time spent in Ireland with this three-day tour of the countryside from Dublin. See iconic landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher and historic Blarney Castle. Visit the scenic town of Killarney, explore the rugged coastline of Dingle Peninsula, and listen to traditional music. Round-trip transportation and a local guide are included.
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3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour

See the highlights of southwest Ireland on a 3-day Cork City, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula tour from Dublin. Travel by train to Cork, and visit the Cobh Heritage Centre and Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone — said to bless you with eloquence. Continue by rail to spend two nights in pretty Killarney, and admire the stunning scenery of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula by coach before returning by rail to Dublin. All coach and rail transport and two nights’ accommodation in Killarney are included.
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5-Day Highlights of Ireland Tour: the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry

Ireland’s dramatic west coast can be difficult for visitors to navigate, but this 5-day tour from Dublin makes it easy to see the country’s spectacular Atlantic scenery, from the Cliffs of Moher and Dingle Peninsula to Killarney’s Ring of Kerry. Along the way, tour a renowned whiskey distillery, pop into authentic Irish pubs, and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Hotel stays and all other details are arranged for a stress-free adventure with a small group of fellow travelers.
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Group Travel for Solo Female Travelers - IRELAND & SCOTLAND - June 27 - July 7

Join a group of like-minded women on an adventure through Ireland and Scotland! Let the beauty of these magnificent countries take your breath away. Arrive in Dubin and a driver will meet you outside of baggage claim to bring you to a 4-star hotel centrally located within walking distance to everything! Once everyone is settled, the group will meet for a meal and explore Dublin. The following day begins an action-packed itinerary with time built in for you to relax and enjoy all that Dublin and Edinburgh has to offer. Reserve your spot on this incredible trip by paying a non-refundable deposit of $350.00 USD. The balance of $4,350 USD will be due 60 days prior to the first day of the trip and paid directly to the trip organizer. The dates for this trip are June 27th - July 7th, 2019. Flights are not included in the price, and travelers will book flights on their own.
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