Blarney Castle and Cork City Sightseeing Drive
- Sightseeing drive: Discover the landmarks of Ireland's second city, including the Opera House, University College, and St. Finnbarr's Cathedral.
- Blarney Castle: This bewitching castle was built over 600 years ago by one of Ireland's great chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy.
- The Blarney Stone: Climb to the top of the steps and kiss the fabled Blarney Stone for the gift of eloquence.
About this Cobh tour
May the road rise up to meet you as you see the sights of Cork, a European Capital of Culture and a bustling economic center. Nicknamed "the rebel city" for siding against the British crown during the War of the Roses, today's Cork is a charming mix of old and new.
You'll hope you possess the luck of the Irish as you continue on to Blarney Castle, rumored home to witches, druids, and cave dwellers. Built 600 years ago by clan MacCarthy, one of Ireland's royal dynasties, it's the setting for many an old Irish tale.
Gaze out at Blarney's misty grounds and see the ghosts of salmon and enchanted cows. Climb to the top of the tower where the Blarney Stone is set in the battlements. Hang on to the railings and lean backwards and upside-down to kiss the stone for the gift of the gab. See the Witch's Stone, where the Witch of Blarney has been imprisoned since the dawn of time; legend holds it was she who first told Cormac MacCarthy of the Stone's magic powers.
The Witch's fire still burns in the Witch's Kitchen; she lights it nightly to keep from shivering on her escape from her Witch's Stone. Walk backwards along the Wishing Steps, making sure to keep your eyes closed; if you think of nothing but your wish on your walk along the steps, the Witch is said to grant it within a year.
Hear these tales – and many more – as you step back in time and into Irish legend.
Or, to put it another way, bull blarney
In 1586, Queen Elizabeth commanded the Earl of Leicester to take possession of Blarney Castle. But whenever he tried to negotiate the matter, the MacCarthys would suggest a banquet to distract him; every time the Queen asked for a progress report, the castle remained in the clan's hands. The queen was so irritated that she began calling the earl's reports "all blarney."
Please meet your guide in the tour dispatch area alongside your ship's berth. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Enjoy some free time within the Woollen shop to buy some beautiful items and souvenirs.
Some areas of Blarney Castle are difficult to negotiate for those who struggle to walk distances, manage steps and narrow areas. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Cultural, Bus Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Travelers wishing to kiss the Blarney Stone must be in good health due to the many steps and terrain you must climb at the Castle.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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