Join a fabulous trip to the famous Blarney Castle as on your way, you’ll enjoy a panoramic drive of Cork city together with some stunning Irish countryside while your professional English speaking guide will give you some information about the local most meaningful sights. **IMPORTANT**Please be advised that kissing the Blarney Stone is not guaranteed.
You will be met at the port of Cork by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.We will start our tour with a panoramic drive to Cork and enjoy the stunning views of the Irish countryside while your professional English speaking guide will give you a running commentary as you drive along.We will travel along Great Island, with its beautiful views of the banks of the famous River Lee along with little villages like Monkstown, Glenbrook and Passage West.Historical sites are right on your way as you will pass by the 14th century Belvelly Castle, originally built by the Anglo-Norman Hodnett family in the 14th century, and the Martello Tower, a small defensive fort built during the Napoleonic War in the first decade of the 19th century. We will then move on to Fota Island. Among its many features is a wild life park, and the famous Fota House, home to the Smith-Barry family from the 18th century to the mid of 20th century; the championship Fota Island Golf Course where the Irish Open was played twice in the 1990s. This club also includes a golf academy and golfing lodges.Leaving Fota Island, we will head towards Cork city, going through the northwest part of the port of Cork with its many inlets and waterways and bird friendly mudflats.Getting to Cork city, you’ll pass along the banks of the north channel of the River Lee and see some of the landmarks like Fr. Mathew Statue at the top of Patrick street the commercial heart of the city; St. Anne’s Church, Shandon (home of the world-famous Bells of Shandon); Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne; Cork Opera House and the red bricked Crawford Art Gallery both in Emmet Place; St. Mary’s Church Pope’s Quay with its beautiful colonnades.Then on crossing Christy Ring Bridge you’ll continue towards Blarney Castle, home of the world-famous Blarney Stone which legend says imparts the gift of eloquence and flattery to anyone who kisses it. We will stop here for approximately 1.5 hours before heading back to the port.