Blarney Castle & Cork Tour

Blarney Castle & Cork Tour

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Overview

Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Blarney Castle has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Receive the “gift of the gab” by kissing the famous Stone. The gardens surrounding Blarney Castle are a paradise for walkers and are worth exploring.

You will have the chance to discover the Rock of Cashel, which is considered to be one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders. This is a site of immense historical importance as it was the seat of the King of Munster. 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.

For the last stop of the day enjoy a tour of Cahir Castle one of the few castles in Ireland that still has a lot of its original features still intact, like the castle's functioning portcullis. Discover Cahir Castles' exciting & action-packed past. You may also recognise this castle as it has appeared in various film & TV shows including the hit TV series, The Tudors.

We will pass alongside two separate mountain ranges; the first is 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!

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 at approximately 7:00pm. For further details and a detailed breakdown on your day with Irish Day Tours, click on the itinerary.

Itinerary

 
6:50 AM:  COLLEGE GREEN

  We will meet you at your chosen departure point in the city (sitemap is available within the link to the booking page). Before leaving you will meet your fun-loving and knowledgeable tour guide and your fellow travel companions! Our exciting day tour will begin by traveling through Ireland's southern terrain. 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.

 

9:00AM: ROCK OF CASHEL 

We will arrive at one of Ireland's 7 wonders - The Rock of Cashel! Here we will 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.

 

11:30AM: BLARNEY CASTLE

Next, we will 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 is not 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 up close and find the Wishing Steps to make a wish! 

 

15:30PM: CAHIR CASTLE 

For our final stop of the day, visit the striking castle that is Cahir Castle situated on the River Suir, originally built in the thirteenth century as a defensive castle, notice how it looks like it is growing from the rock island that it is built on. Learn about Cahir Castle's eventful history including being captured three times in the past.  

7:00 PM: ARRIVE BACK IN DUBLIN

To finish off, we’ll arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about all of the exciting highlights!

 

All times are approximate and subject to change based on traffic conditions

Pickup

6:30 am on O'Connell street

6.50 am at the Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street View on map

(Please arrive 10 minutes before departure)

Drop off

7.15 pm on Dame Street, Dublin City Centre

All times are approximate and subject to change based on traffic conditions

Things to bring

  • Camera

  • Sunglasses

  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!

  • Packed lunch or money for Lunch & snacks

  • Headphones to listen to the commentary on the multilingual app

  • Charging cable and power bank to keep your devices charged (some buses do have charging ports but not all)

  • Spending money/credit card to pick up souvenirs & tip your driver!

  • Appropriate shoes for walking on rough terrain

Inclusions / exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Professional driver/guide

  • Modern comfortable coach transportation

  • Wi-Fi (onboard vehicles, where fitted)

  • Multilingual app (Eng, Fr, Es, De, It)

  • Entry to Blarney Castle

  • Entry to the Rock of Cashel

  • Walking Topur of Cork City

Exclusions:

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Tips

Additional info

We are a sustainable coach tour company, doing our best to promote a greener future. Over the past few years we have been taking steps to become more environmentally friendly by incorporating new sustainable practices. 

Our Eco journey:

- Ei Travel Group is eco certified

- We are a member of the Native Woodland Trust, who do tremendous work in protecting and preserving Ireland's woodlands. They are also committed to restoring Ireland’s original climax ecosystem which they are doing through the re-creation of woodlands, using native seed.

- We have solar panels installed in our bus yard where we have the garage and offices too. The solar panels make the yard net zero emmissions meaning all our day times electricity is covered by the solar panels. Solar panels are the cleanest form of energy generation, maintenance free and one of the most environmentally friendly technologies.

- The yard has a rain water harvestor which is used to wash all the buses. The harvestor collects the rain water, stores it, filters it and then it is used to wash the buses. 

- The coaches have telematics for eco driving techniques which provides a digital blue print of the vehicles operation.

- Multiple staff members within the company are 'Leave no Trace' trained. Leave No Trace Ireland is an Outdoor Ethics Education Programme which promotes and inspires responsible recreation outdoors.

-  By taking customers out on coaches we are taking a certain amount of cars off the road each year.

- All our coaches have Euro 6 engines in them. The Euro 6 emissions standard provides increased efficiency, clearner aid and reduced CO2. 

- We also have a very modern fleet which benefits the environment sustainability. 

We look forward to updating our customers on new practices we will introuduce along our Eco journey. 

Cancellation policy

In the event of a cancellation, a transferable voucher or credit note will be issued to be redeemed at a later date. 

If you cancel your day tour within 24 hours you can choose to change your tour to another date (subject to availability).

If you are late for the bus in the morning or are a no show, you are not entitled to a refund and will be charged in full for the tour.

This policy applies to all of the Ei Travel Group web shops which include but are not limited to; www.cliffsofmohertours.ie, www.giantscausewaytours.ie, www.irishdaytours.ie and www.daytours.ie.

A minimum number of 6 passengers is required to operate a tour. We give until 3pm the day prior to the tour to reach this number and will then contact customers with details of cancellation.

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