Leaving Cobh behind you’ll travel to Cork, for a short panoramic drive around the main city sights. You’ll be able to 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 keep and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the Castle lies the legendary Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquent speech. Surrounding the Castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to some interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps.
After a visit of the Castle, you’ll stop for a well-deserved Irish coffee, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This is one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland and you’ll have the chance to browse the high quality range of Waterford Crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic jewellery.
Leaving Blarney for your return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields and hedgerows as you travel along country roads to Cobh.
- The kissing of the Blarney Stone is a popular activity and queues may be experienced.
- Walking information: The terrain around the Castle is uneven and steep in places. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.
- Included: 1 Irish Coffee per person, admission to Blarney Castle
- Language: English