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Ireland: Blarney Castle, Kilkenny & Irish Whiskey 3-Day Tour

Ireland: Blarney Castle, Kilkenny & Irish Whiskey 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Depart Dublin for Cork, driving through the lush farm counties of Kildare, Laois, and Tipperary. Make a short stop in the heritage town of Cahir to see the ruined abbey and impressive castle on an island in the River Suir. Continue to Blarney on the outskirts of Cork. Visit the castle and take one of the woodland walks to the mystical Rock Close. Explore the village of Blarney, stopping for lunch.  There may even be time to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. After this, there is a chance to discover Jameson Whiskey Distillery and taste one of Ireland's favourite exports. In the afternoon, tour the beautiful coastline of West Cork, and see some of the magnificent beaches, tiny inlets and coves. End the day in the fishing village of Kinsale, where you will be based for the night. Kinsale is famous for its food, and the evening is free to wander the narrow streets, popping into traditional pubs and restaurants. Day 2: Explore some of the highlights of southeast Ireland, starting with the historic port of Cobh, the main departure point for Irish emigration in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was also from here that the Titanic ocean liner set forth on her ill-fated maiden voyage. Continue east to Waterford, traveling along the “Copper Coast” (a designated UNESCO geo-park for its spectacular beauty). Stop at the popular surfing beach of Tramore, before heading into Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, it’s also famous for the Waterford Crystal Factory, which you are free to visit along with one of the excellent museums. Alternatively, explore the Viking Triangle on foot. In the late afternoon, depart for the busy city of Kilkenny with its fine castle and park, as well as some lovely riverside walks. Go to the National Craft Centre, or hang out in one of the pubs and enjoy a glass of Guinness! Day 3: Enjoy a free morning to explore Kilkenny before driving to the Wicklow Mountains. Marvel at some of Ireland’s highest granite peaks and see impressive valleys carved by glaciers. One of the area’s highlights is Glendalough, known as the “Valley of the Lakes.” Take one of the walking trails, or explore the ruins of the 6th-century monastery to see its round tower. The last section of your tour takes you into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, before crossing the famous Sally Gap to descend into Dublin for an approximate 18:30 arrival.

Personal Tour from Dublin: Rock of Cashel Cahir Castle &more

Personal Tour from Dublin: Rock of Cashel Cahir Castle &more

Experience the charm of one of Ireland's most stunning tourist spots, rich in history and beauty. The Rock of Cashel is a special place that promises unforgettable memories. It's home to a remarkable collection of medieval buildings, including a round tower, a tall cross, a chapel, a cathedral, an abbey, a hall, and a tower house from the 15th century. Once the seat of Munster kings, it's said that even St. Patrick visited here to convert a king to Christianity. In 978, Brian Boru was crowned High King here, making it his capital. You'll also get to see Cormac’s Chapel, a fantastic example of 12th-century Romanesque architecture in Ireland, featuring rare frescoes from that period. Explore one of Ireland's biggest and well-kept castles, still holding its mighty keep, tower, and most of its original defenses from the 14th century. Take a stroll by the river Suir and don't miss the Movie Garden along the castle walls. This castle has starred in many famous films like The Last Duel, The Tudors, and Excalibur. Let's explore a charming thatched cottage where Lord and Lady Cahir used to host their guests. Step inside to discover beautifully decorated rooms with top-notch furniture, hand-painted murals, and the world's first and most expensive wallpaper from that era.

Blarney Castle: Private Guided Day Tour from Dublin

Blarney Castle: Private Guided Day Tour from Dublin

Come and explore the wonderful Blarney castle and its gardens, a castle steeped in history where you kiss the world famous Blarney Stone granting you 7 years gift of eloquence according to legend. Our first stop is the wonderful Rock of Cashel in the County of Tipperary. Perched high over the surrounding landscapes, this truly is a sight to behold. Its early buildings date back to the 5th century and they say St. Patrick visited here too, as he brought christianity to to the Island of Ireland! Arriving at Blarney Castle in Cork we visit the castle and its beautiful gardens where you will have time to explore the home of the Blarney Stone. After this we stop at Blarney Woollen Mills, Ireland’s oldest and most authentic Woollen mills for some shopping and lunch. We return to Dublin early in the evening with memories to last a lifetime. If you wish to personalize this tour, please do not hesitate to ask!

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This was the first small tour group my husband and I have been on together. Completely positive. Our guide Paul is local, an official teacher .. which makes for a wonderful guide and communicator… + a first rate driver on those narrow winding roads. The folks at both of the bed and breakfasts were cheerful and helpful. The pick up and drop off and busy Dublin was smooth. The itinerary was busy enough each day with plenty of time to enjoy the scenes woven in. The vehicle was new and clean. Although I don’t have a lot of other tours to compare this one to I would recommend to folks who want to get out of Dublin, see the highlights, hear some great history and stories, and not have to worry about navigating and driving.

OMG!!!! What a tour !!!! Our guide NIELL was phenomenal and made this an unforgettable trip and memories of Ireland !!! The itinerary is way more packed than I thought which makes this that much better. The accommodations were phenomenal - really phenomenal value for money for the entire tour !!! I LOVED IT!