Leaving Cobh behind you’ll travel to Cork for a short panoramic drive around the main city sights. You’ll see how this large city still manages to retain the pleasant charm of a country town.
From Cork to Blarney
The medieval Blarney Castle towers above the village of Blarney with its majestic, oblong fortress and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the castle lies the legendary Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to impart the ‘gift of eloquence’ to anyone who kisses it.
Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave, and the Wishing Steps.
After a visit to the castle, you’ll stop for a well-deserved Irish Coffee before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This area is one of the finest craft and gift centers in Ireland and you’ll have the chance to peruse the high-quality range of Waterford Crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, bone china, and Celtic jewelry found here.
Leaving Blarney for your return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields, and hedgerows as you travel along country roads back to Cobh.
- Kissing the Blarney Stone is a popular activity and those wishing to kiss the Blarney Stone should be prepared to wait in line.
- Walking information: The terrain around Blarney Castle is uneven and steep in places. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.
- Included: One Irish Coffee per person, admission to Blarney Castle
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 160