On this Blarney Castle and Rock of Cashel day tour from Dublin, discover hidden gems and popular attractions throughout County Cork. Travel deep into County Cork’s Golden Vale with your guide, then enjoy some free time in Cork to explore at your own before visiting the famed Rock of Cashel.
Then go to Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone, as it has been done for centuries. Before returning to Dublin, finish your tour with some tax-free shopping at the Woollen Mills. Capture the Medieval spirit of Ireland on this day tour from Dublin to two of Ireland’s greatest marvels: Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel.
- Visit the Rock of Cashel
- Enjoy time at the Golden Vale
- Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle and Rock of Cashel Small Group Tour from Dublin
Early in the morning, you depart Dublin and drive through the lush countryside to County Cork.
You pass the fertile fields of the Golden Vale before arriving at the famously distinctive Rock of Cashel in Country Tipperary.
Here, you have time to discover the sacred stories of St. Patrick and the devil, learn about the kings who dwelt here over 1,000 years ago, and appreciate the extraordinary fusion of Gothic and Medieval architecture.
After enjoying this heavenly sight, it’s time to retrace our journey back to Blarney.
But now you have a difficult decision: what will you choose to do next on the grounds of Blarney Castle? You can traverse the tower to smooch the stone and earn ‘the gift of the gab’. You can wander to the luscious lake and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. Or you can explore the plants and ruins dotted around the gorgeous gardens. There’s also plenty of time to grab lunch at one of the many cafes dotted about.
You travel back to Dublin and arrive in the evening at about 8:00 PM.
We depart Dublin @ 08:00, driving through the midlands down to Blarney, in the beautiful County Cork. We will pass through the Golden Vale, the most fertile lands in all of Europe with green fields as far as the eye can see.
Rock of Cashel
The world-famous Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary will be our first stop. You can walk in St. Patrick’s footsteps, which are bordered by ruins, Celtic crosses, and round towers, at one of Ireland’s most memorable sites. Feel Ireland’s spirit. The Rock of Cashel was the customary seat of the Munster Kings until they ceded the complex to the Catholic Church for use as a cathedral over 1,000 years ago. It is one of Europe’s outstanding examples of medieval architecture. This tour’s entrance fee (EUR 7) is included in the price.
In Cork, Ireland’s southern capital, you’ll get one hour and thirty minutes to yourself. The gourmet English Markets (1788) are a highlight, with a huge array of food stalls showcasing the best of local produce. During her State Visit in 2011, Queen Elizabeth II of England had a great time meeting local artists! Cork boasts a vibrant Irish spirit and is regarded as the “Rebel City” for its staunch resistance during the War of Independence.
Purchase a bottle of Paddy Flaherty Irish Whiskey or try a pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout. Spend 1.5 hours with your family and friends touring Cork City. Rejoin us on the journey as we return to the magnificent Blarney Castle!
Blarney Castle and Gardens
The Irish are famous for the “Blarney,” which has been immortalized in song and legend. If you kiss the Blarney Stone, you will be granted the “gift of the gab” – seven years of fluent discourse. You’ll have to bend over backwards to kiss the stone on the battlements of Blarney Castle!
You have time to meander through the magnificent grounds of the Blarney Estate or have a stroll along the lovely Lake Walk. We also go to the Witches Cave in the castle grounds before having plenty of time to browse at the Blarney Woollen Mills and craft shop, which is tax-free. This tour’s entrance fee (EUR 13.00) is included in the price.
Tour ends in Dublin approx. 20:00 in time for evening entertainment.
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