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Luxury Shore Excursion: Cork Day Trip from Cobh including Kinsale and Blarney Castle

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    Meet your driver at Cobh cruise terminal either at 8am or as soon as your ship docks if it's scheduled to arrive later. Then, board your luxury, air-conditioned minivan for the journey to nearby Blarney Castle, just north of Cork.
    Listen to informative commentary on route, and soon after, arrive at the famous castle. Built in around 1200 by one of Ireland’s great chieftains, Cormac McCarthy, this crumbled fortress is home to one of Ireland’s greatest treasures: the Blarney Stone, or ‘Stone of Eloquence.’
    Head inside and explore the picturesque ruins and gardens. Ascend the tower to see the Blarney Stone, being sure to kiss it to receive the prize it’s believed to grant: the ‘gift of the gab.’
    Travel onward to Cork City and enjoy a panoramic drive through the center, passing highlights such as St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, the Shandon Bells, the English Market, and River Lee.
    Then, take a drive through Cork’s countryside, weaving through lush pastures, tiny villages, and rolling green hills, and stopping above Kinsale to gaze down at this pretty port and the two 17th-century forts guarding its harbour: Charles Fort and James Fort.
    Drive down to the town, known for its gourmet restaurants, and enjoy time to stroll around the cobbled lanes and quayside, lined with brightly colored shops, eating spots, and pubs.
    Back aboard your minivan, return to the little seaport of Cobh, the location of your cruise terminal, but best known as the last departure point of the ill-fated Titanic in 1912. If time allows, take a look around Cobh’s impressive St. Colman’s Cathedral, where many Irish emigrants prayed before sailing to the US in the early 20th century.
    Lastly, finish your 7-hour excursion with a drop-off at the cruise terminal.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We were on a cruise and although the port of Cobh has little to offer, the day excursion to Blarney castle is spectacular. You could spend the whole day there. The castle is beautiful. The gardens are out of a fairytale! You feel you are...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Alfred A
    Reviewed 27 May 2019

    We were on a cruise ship in Cork. It docked early. The tour said it would pick us up 1/2 hour after the boat docked and there he was waiting for us in a nice van. As we drove away, here come all the ship's...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Ruth R
    Reviewed 11 July 2018

    We booked Paddywagon Tours as ships shore excursions are too expensive. Found them on TripAdvisor and was swayed by reviews. Must say we were completely satisfied. The driver, John, was very knowledgeable and had typical Irish humor. He even sung a song a song or...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank Gonetroppo59
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    Kathy M
    19 June 2019|
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    Response from Bill S |
    We had the same issue recently with Crown Princess. It was no problem. After we docked at 9:00 a.m. and disembarked driver was waiting for us and other passengers from ship that signed up for the same tour.
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    we are arriving 9 A on Princess
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