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  • Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

    1. Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

    Discover the scenic splendor of southwest Ireland on a comprehensive 5-day tour of The Burren, the Dingle Peninsula, and the fabled Ring of Kerry. Stop at historic castles and monasteries, and wander the colorful fishing villages to sample fresh seafood. Enjoy dramatic views from the Cliffs of Moher, and stroll along the vast stretch of Inch Beach watching the local surfers. Transportation is by small minicoach, with accommodation in quaint bed and breakfast guesthouses for a more intimate experience. Day 1: Depart Dublin and head west through the farmland and peat bogs of Kildare and Offally counties. Stop at Locke’s Distillery, reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the local whiskey to experience the true spirit of Ireland. Continue west to the mighty Shannon River, and vist the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise. Admire its collection of church...

    Phenomenal experience, with detailed history of Ireland's culture, politics, sports, etc., while driving through some of the most beautiful scenery in the continent. The coach's small size allows a journey through some smaller villages and hidden-away gems that the big buses can't get to. Highly recommended!

  • Blarney and Cobh Tour from Cork

    2. 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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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Kiss the stone... you know you want to!

The tour was great. An easy way to get to both Blarney Castle and Cobh instead of trying to navigate public transit or drive yourself. You start the day at the castle, and while lines get upwards of three hours at the peak of the day, getting there first things allows you to really beat the lines. We got in quickly and got directly in line for the stone and we didn’t have to wait long at all. Maybe 10 minutes, probably less. To kiss the stone you climb to the top of the tower. It’s not too bad, but as is the case with most castles and towers it’s a narrow, spiral staircase with well-worn rock so try not to have too much with you and make sure you have suitable shoes. Then you lay on your back, hang off the edge of the castle and kiss the bottom stones on the wall. For short-torso folks like me it is hard to reach, but the Blarney team helps and it’s well worth it! Cobh was a beautiful little spot as well. Would have liked a bit more time in each place, but it was a great tour!

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.

This tour was great! This isn't a tour you would take if you're looking for a guided tour of Cobh or Blarney. Rather, you take it if you want free time to walk around both areas. I felt I had ample time to full explore each area and would highly recommend this to anyone looking to visit these beautiful places! We also had the choice at the end to either go to the Fota Wildlife Conservation Park or to the Jameson Distillery. I chose the Wildlife Park (I was the only one!) and I LOVED IT! Even in the rain, I had so much fun. You have two hours at each stop. Also, Jim, our guide, was so knowledgeable and even though it wasn't an actual tour, I learned a lot from him!

Phenomenal experience, with detailed history of Ireland's culture, politics, sports, etc., while driving through some of the most beautiful scenery in the continent. The coach's small size allows a journey through some smaller villages and hidden-away gems that the big buses can't get to. Highly recommended!

I enjoyed Blarney castle garden, stone Kiss and Wild par near Cobh.