County Cork
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  • Cork: Fastnet Rock Lighthouse and Cape Clear Island Tour

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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!

  • Cork: Guided 2.5-Hour Kayak Tour

    4. Cork: Guided 2.5-Hour Kayak Tour

    Experience a fascinating urban kayaking trip in the city center of Cork. Learn about the history of this unique city which was originally built on swamplands, and for many years has been referred to as a 'Venice of the North'. Embark on your kayaking adventure with an experienced instructor. Begin to explore the city's medieval canals and waterways, learning about the historic buildings and sights you see along the way. Pass under some of the 30 bridges which span the River Lee as it winds its way through the city, each of which holds its own story. Your guide will highlight the unique history and nature of Cork as an ancient city. Suitable for all levels, including beginners, this fully guided kayak experience will make your visit to Cork enjoyable, and memorable. The tour uses double kayaks and all equipment is provided.

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What people are saying about County Cork

Our tour guide was great!!! We got lucky and it was a small tour, we had great weather. The driver was funny, informative, and kind. I got a little motion sickness in the beginning and he was nice enough to let me move up to the front and sit in the extra tour guide seat until the feeling passed, and offered to stop multiple times if I needed it (I didn't). He made us reservations at a great place for lunch in Cork, and told us about a bunch of good photo spots. Bus was clean and comfortable.

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!

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.

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

What a fantastic experience and a wonderful tour. Exceptional!