Cork, Ireland (Cobh - For Blarney Castle)

Founded in the 7th century by St. Fin Barre, Cork is your gateway to romantic Ireland. Stroll down narrow country lanes or see the Lakes of Killarney. The intrepid visitor may scale the narrow passages of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. The region around Cork is also home to one of the densest concentration of prehistoric monuments in Western Europe. And, in a land where fable and fact blend to become folklore, it was near Cork that the great Tuatha De Danaan, a race with magical powers, was driven underground by the conquering Celts.

Cobh was the single most important port of emigration from Ireland.

Note: Your ship will dock in Cobh which is about 15 miles from Cork.

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Points of Interest

  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop
  • Kinsale
  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • St. Colman's Cathedral
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House
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  • Blarney Castle

    Set in a sprawling park, this romantic ruin was the stronghold of the McCarthy clan, and features thick stone walls. Those who kiss the Blarney Stone are said to be gifted the power of eloquence.

  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop

    This converted mill is Ireland's largest Irish gift store selling traditional Irish goods, including Waterford crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic brooches.

  • Kinsale

    Kinsale is a historic fishing port featuring a pretty harbor, along with many well-preserved, 18th-century houses. It was off the coast here that the Lusitania was torpedoed by a U-boat during World War I.

  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

    This French, Gothic-inspired cathedral designed by William Burgess was built on the site of Fin Barre's 7th-century monastic settlement. It boasts mosaics, rich carvings and medieval gargoyles.

  • House of Waterford Crystal

    The manufacture of glass has a long history in Ireland. Ireland's famed Waterford Crystal dates from 1783.

  • St. Colman's Cathedral

    Built in 1868 and completed in 1915, ornate St. Colman's Cathedral is made of granite and limestone, and features elaborate stained glass windows. It boasts views of Cobh harbor and also has 49 bells.

  • Killarney National Park

    Killarney National Park boasts stunning views of the countryside set against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks, and covers 26,000 acres, while the lakes of Killarney are famous for their beauty.

  • Muckross House

    This delightful 19th-century manor house features a gorgeous sunken garden, folk museum and crafting workshop. The interior of the house features beautiful hand-made Victorian furnishings.

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The History of Spike Island

3.25 hours | Cork | CB4-385

Winner of Europe's leading tourist attraction in 2017, Spike Island sits off the coast of Cobh. From the island's monastery and fortress to the world's largest prison in the 1850s, storytellers immerse you in 1,300 years of Ireland's checkered past, leaving time for independent exploration of the prison cells.

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House of Waterford Crystal & Lismore

8 hours | Cork | CB4-130
  • House of Waterford Crystal

Discover Waterford's Viking past and view the medieval Reginald's Tower. Tour the House of Waterford Crystal. View an audio-visual presentation which shows the crystal manufacturing process, from raw materials to the skilled craftsmanship and exciting quality standards. Then observe a reproduction of how ingredients and equipment are used in the manufacturing processes. There's plenty of time for shopping, too before continuing to the pretty heritage town of Lismore to photograph the beautiful Lismore Castle.

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Easy Cork: Scenic Drive & Irish Coffee

3.75 hours | Cork | CB4-290
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Travel through breathtaking Lee River Valley to the quaint village of Blarney. Explore the pretty village square and enjoy an Irish coffee at a local venue before heading to a converted mill to shop for local linens, tweeds, wools and Waterford Crystal.

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Kinsale Village and Charles Fort

4 hours | Cork | CB4-210
  • Kinsale

Travel through the stunning Irish countryside and discover the timeless beauty of 18th-century Kinsale village. Explore its well-preserved buildings, historic port and quaint winding streets. Combine this with Charles Fort - one of the finest examples of a 17th-century fortification - which defended Kinsale Harbor.

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Easy Cork: Scenic Drive & Irish Coffee (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.75 hours | Cork | CB4-291
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop

This departure is space set aside on lift-equipped vehicles for Wheelchair Accessible passengers - please be sure to read the Notes section of the tour description regarding requesting this space. This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Travel through breathtaking Lee River Valley to the quaint village of Blarney. Explore the pretty village square and enjoy an Irish coffee at a local venue before heading to a converted mill to shop for local linens, tweeds, wools and Waterford Crystal.

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Local Connections: Cork City Sights & Jameson Whiskey

4 hours | Cork | CB4-220
  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

Discover Cork's colorful heritage on a scenic narrated drive through the old city. View St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, a 19th-century church built over the site of St. Fin Barre's original 7th-century settlement. Tour the Jameson Experience Midleton, home of Jameson's Old Midleton Distillery.

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Blarney Castle

4 hours | Cork | CB4-200
  • Blarney Castle

Visit the ruins of Blarney Castle and scale the castle's narrow passages and where you many climb to the top of the castle ruins to enjoy the amazing views. Then enjoy shopping for linens, woolens and Waterford Crystal at the Woolen Mill Shop in picturesque Blarney Village.

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Scenic Killarney

8.5 hours | Cork | CB4-120
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House

Discover a true Irish gem as you travel to Killarney National Park for sweeping views of the stunning Killarney Lakes before exploring Muckross House, a 19th-century,Tudor-style manor that features an elaborate sunken garden. Enjoy a traditional Irish lunch before shopping in Killarney.

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Cork Harbour Sea Safari Created by Nautical Expert, Jason Corkery

3 hours | Cork | CB4-500

Take off on a high-spirited RIB cruise around Cork Harbour. Zip past Cobh's charming waterfront of colorful houses and shops, centuries-old forts, the Rochespoint Lighthouse and the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Stop at a local watering hole for a warming cup of Irish coffee before returning to your ship.

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West Cork's Scenic Wonders

9 hours | Cork | CB4-125

Spend the day discovering the scenic wonders of West Cork. Enjoy morning coffee and free time in the quaint town of Clonakilty. Stroll through the idyllic seaside village of Glengarriff before sitting down with a scrumptious lunch. Then, journey into the magnificent Gougane Barra, Ireland's first national park.

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Rock of Cashel, The Vee & Lismore

8 hours | Cork | CB4-115

Spend a day exploring the picturesque countryside of south Ireland. Visit Cashel, site of the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most spectacular archeological sites. After a tasty lunch, enjoy free time in the pretty village of Lismore, home to the medieval fortress known as the stunning Lismore Castle.

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Rock of Cashel, The Vee & Lismore

6.75 hours | Cork | CB4-116

Spend a day exploring the picturesque countryside of south Ireland. Visit Cashel, site of the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most spectacular archeological sites. After a tasty lunch, enjoy free time in the pretty village of Lismore, home to the medieval fortress known as the stunning Lismore Castle.

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Best of Cork & Countryside (Guided in German)

7 hours | Cork | CB4-108
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit to either the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and is time permits, the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Best of Cork & Countryside (Guided in French)

7 hours | Cork | CB4-107
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and is time permits, the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Best of Cork & Countryside (Guided in French)

8 hours | Cork | CB4-104
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Best of Cork & Countryside

7 hours | Cork | CB4-105
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and if time permits, the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Best of Cork & Countryside (Guided in German)

8 hours | Cork | CB4-103
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit to either the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Best of Cork & Countryside

8 hours | Cork | CB4-100
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Best of Cork & Countryside for Small Groups

8 hours | Cork | CB4-999
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit to either Kinsale the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Best of Cork & Countryside for Small Groups

7 hours | Cork | CB4-998
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit to either Kinsale the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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