County Cork
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Our most recommended County Cork Day Trips

  • From Dublin: Cahir and Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour

    1. From Dublin: Cahir and Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour

    Set off on board a luxury, air-conditioned motor-coach and watch Dublin's urban cityscape give way to the rolling, green hills of the Irish countryside. This full-day trip will drive through several areas of interest, including the Galtee Mountains and the Curragh in County Kildare, which is home to Ireland's National Stud Farm. First, arrive at Blarney Castle which is known around the world for its famous Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone and receive the “gift of the gab." Be sure to explore the rest of Blarney Castle as well as its lush grounds and woodland walks. Discover the scenic Rock Close by taking the Wishing Steps.  Depart Cork and arrive at one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Explore the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Round Tower, and the surrounding grounds filled with ancient high crosses. In addition, admire one of ...

    It was great, not in a hurry, a lot of information about Irland received on the bus from our driver Harry. Good jokes and songs! Beside that the weather was just fine: plenty of sun but not too hot so we can not enjoy spending time outside. I had a cracking day

  • Cork: Fastnet Rock Lighthouse and Cape Clear Island Tour

    2. Cork: Fastnet Rock Lighthouse and Cape Clear Island Tour

    Take the ferry from Baltimore or Schull and cross the beautiful waters of Roaring Water Bay. Arrive in the wonderful north harbor on Cape Clear Island and go by shuttle bus to Cape Clear Heritage Centre. There, learn the history of the island and Fastnet Rock. Spend some time exploring the island and its walking trails, stop at the spectacular lookout points and spot the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in the distance. Be sure to enjoy some fresh island produce during lunch at one of the island’s bars and restaurants. After lunch, re-board the ferry and sit back as the experienced captain takes you further into the real Wild Atlantic Way. You might even catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins in the water. As you circumnavigate the tallest and widest rock lighthouse in Ireland and the UK, learn its history and importance from the onboard audio system. Hear about the “Teardrop” of Ireland, the ...

    Really enjoyed the trip to the Fastnet Rock. Well organised. We had plenty of time to view the Fastnet as we went around it twice, nice and slowly. While the highlight of the trip was the Fastnet it was also good to view Cape Clear and Sherkin islands from the sea. We also had great sea views of the famous Baltimore Beacon. An very enjoyable trip which we plan to repeat at some stage.

  • Cork: Cape Clear Island Tour

    3. Cork: Cape Clear Island Tour

    Take the ferry from Baltimore or Schull Harbour and cross the beautiful waters of Roaring Water Bay. Feel the fresh sea air against your face on a spectacular journey through some of Carbery’s Hundred Isles, some of which are inhabited. Scan the spectacular scenery and look out for whales and dolphins. Cape Clear or Cléire is the largest of these Islands and lies 6 miles from the mainland along the Wild Atlantic Way. With a population of 130 people, Cape Clear is Ireland’s most southerly inhabited island and is one of the few Gaeltacht speaking (Irish speaking) islands in the country. Arrive in the wonderful north harbor on Cape Clear Island and take a shuttle bus to Cape Clear heritage center. There, explore the history of the island and the interactive display about Fastnet Rock. This wild and romantic Island offers visitors an insight into a way of life that has long since disappear...

  • Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

    4. Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

    Discover Ireland’s most famous castle on a full-day tour from Dublin, and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone of Blarney Castle. Depart Dublin through the green fields and dairy farms of the Golden Vale of County Cork, and enjoy panoramic views of the Galtee Mountains and County Tipperary along the way. Head in to Cork City on the banks of the River Lee, pausing for approximately 1-hour to wander at leisure. Use your free time to visit the historic English Market, or marvel at St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Drive on to Blarney Castle, home of the legendary Blarney Stone. It’s said that if you kiss the stone you will receive the “gift of the gab” for 7 years! Explore the castle grounds and gardens to discover the Witch's Cave, and enjoy tax free shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills and craft shop. Go to one of Ireland's most evocative sites, stroll in the footsteps of St Patrick, Celtic crosses a...

    I loved Blarney Castle, and Cork English market and Rock of Cashel were also nice. We got very lucky with the weather. Richard was amazing - he was nice and funny and helpful and tried to make sure we got rained on as little as possible. I feel like we did a lot in one day and wouldn't have minded a bit more time at Blarney Castle but this tour was definitely better than expected, well organised and highly recommended!

  • Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

    5. Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day tour south, departing by train from Heuston Station at 06:40 for the InterCity service to Cork City. Upon arrival, head to Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eternal eloquence! Then, relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Next, return to Cork for a short city tour of Ireland’s southern capital, famous for its arts, music and literature scenes. Built on the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement, the city center is full of Georgian buildings, 17th-century alleys, and dynamic new architecture. Continue your journey along Cork Harbour to Cobh, location of the Queenstown Story Heritage Center. Set in a beautifully restored railway station of the Victorian age, it was also the transatlantic terminal that served as the point of departure to the New World fo...

    Bob and John had been with us through out the tour in Cork. They were very helpful and we enjoyed the trip

  • Cork: Hop-on-Hop-off Sightseeing Tour (Cork Hopper)

    6. Cork: Hop-on-Hop-off Sightseeing Tour (Cork Hopper)

    Climb aboard the Cork Hopper bus and begin your exploration of the best attractions in the county. Make a first stop at Blarney Castle, and take the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the "gift of the gab" for 7 years. Visit the witches caves in the castle grounds or indulge in the tax-free shopping haven of the Blarney Wollen Mills, Ireland's biggest craft shop. Next, stop in the historic city of Cobh situated on the Cork Harbour. Hear stories of the millions of Irish people that emigrated from Cobh between 1840 and 1950 and see the place where the Titanic set sail in 1912. See the Titanic monument in the town center and visit the impressive St Coleman's cathedral.  Climb back aboard the bus and consider jumping off at one of Ireland's most famous attractions, Fota Wildlife Park. Situated in Carrigtwohill, County Cork this 70-acre wildlife park is home to 50 bird species and...

    I booked this trip my arrival date and had a time to check in where I was going to stay. Coach from the airport departed 15 min late so I was at the meeting point about 11:15 am and The sight seeing bust departing at 11:30 am. I was told by booking officer that bus left already as she said should be there 30 min early . How ever I received a voucher for other trip was for Blarney , Cobh etc. Tour guide was excellent he even managed well with timing and dropped nearest to bus station to go Cork airport as I was leaving same day. I absolutely enjoy his very enjoyable knowledge and sense of humour about what he covered for trip. I also very much appreciated with tour officer as she was very kind and gave me complementary ticket.

  • From Cork: 4-Hour Guided Jameson Whiskey Experience

    7. From Cork: 4-Hour Guided Jameson Whiskey Experience

    Visit the workplace of Jameson to see for yourself where the magic of making Irish whiskey happens. Today, every drop of Jameson is produced in Cork, amid the lush fields of southern Ireland. There is nothing more pleasurable than enjoying the world’s best Irish whiskey at its source. On this tour of the Jameson distillery, enjoy a host of unique experiences. Visit the state-of-the-art Jameson Academy and develop a new appreciation of Irish whiskey, from grain to glass, topped off with a complimentary tasting. Set on 15 acres and beautifully restored, the Jameson facility in Cork is where the true heart of Irish whiskey beats. The old distillery is a unique experience with some of the buildings dating back to 1795. Take a journey through history and see the old kilns, mills and malting, the water wheel and the old warehouses.

  • Blarney and Cobh Tour from Cork

    8. Blarney and Cobh Tour from Cork

    Your excursion begins with a scenic drive to Blarney, where you’ll have plenty of time to visit the world-famous Blarney Castle and its gardens, and to kiss the Blarney Stone. Explore the magnificent gardens and visit the witch of Blarney. If you like, you can indulge in some tax-free shopping at the Blarney Wollen Mills, Ireland's biggest craft shop. Your 5-hour tour then continues to Great Island, where you’ll visit the town of Cobh. Cobh is situated on Cork’s harbor and is best known as the point of embarkation for millions of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland in the 1800s and 1900s. It was also the Titanic’s last stop. Enjoy some free time in Cobh, where you can visit magnificent St. Coleman's Cathedral, or choose the optional, award-winning Titanic Experience, an exhibition in the original White Star Line building. The tour ends when you return to Cork city center at around 17:30.

    Our driver, Bryan (from Paddywagon) led us on this tour. The castle itself, is pretty cool. So much history within the walls. He was able to get us to the castle and queued up before many other tours arrived, which made the tour that much better not having to fight huge crowds. And kissing the Blarney stone, what a production! Lots of photo ops, plenty of time to explore and soak in the ambiance. The 2d half of the tour in Cobh (pronounced "Cove") was equally intriguing. This port city is just outside of Cork, the main city in the south. Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic and there is an interactive exhibit (Separate entry fee) related to the ship. There is much history in the town as well, as this deepwater port also hosts the Irish navy's southern fleet. It is a very colorful, if small, town area that displays a small town Irish vibe replete with several good pubs in which to grab pint and have a very tasty and filling meal.

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What people are saying about County Cork

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 374 reviews

Great way to get the most enjoyable experience out of a short trip! Family friendly (we were 2 adults, 3 kids -5,11,16). Barry was very informative, allowed us ample time at each location including photo ops. We even had time to dine in for lunch. Lots of space on the bus as they did not book to full capacity due to covid restrictions. Locations visited were beautiful sights, able to walk the grounds and discover it for ourselves. Although the last castle visited, we got a personal tour guide.

Really enjoyed the trip to the Fastnet Rock. Well organised. We had plenty of time to view the Fastnet as we went around it twice, nice and slowly. While the highlight of the trip was the Fastnet it was also good to view Cape Clear and Sherkin islands from the sea. We also had great sea views of the famous Baltimore Beacon. An very enjoyable trip which we plan to repeat at some stage.

It was great, not in a hurry, a lot of information about Irland received on the bus from our driver Harry. Good jokes and songs! Beside that the weather was just fine: plenty of sun but not too hot so we can not enjoy spending time outside. I had a cracking day

Lot of hill walking on Cape Clear but very good ,Fastnet lighthouse fabulous trip

Bud did a very nice job...he is very talented in handling a motor coach!