Shore Excursions from Cobh
Private Guided Tour for 1 to 16 people
Tour Duration 7 to 8 hours
We offer private tours for families and groups from 1 to 16 people arriving into Cobh(Cork), we have some sample itineraries below to give you a flavour of what wonderful southern Ireland has to offer but of course we can tailor make a tour to suit your specific requirements. This is a very cost effective way for groups/families to explore the area, get in touch today and let the journey begin!
Option 1: Cork City, Blarney Castle & Kinsale
You will be whisked from your ship to Blarney Castle, where you can improve your eloquence by releasing the “gift of the gab” when you kiss the Blarney Stone.
#Useful (Possible) Fact: When Elizabeth I tried to persuade King Cormac McCarthy (he of Braveheart fame) to part with his beloved castle, he continually made excuses, prompting her to declare that he was “talking a load of Blarney.” The castle is surrounded by a lake and wonderful gardens, as well as Blarney Woollen Mills, the biggest Irish souvenir shop in the world.
Then it’s on to Cork City—or “the real capital,” as the locals call it. Draped across several hills and steeped in history, Cork has developed into a multicultural city. It boasts the second-deepest port of any city apart from Sidney. Enjoy the delicious aromas of the English Market, a traditional market dating from Victorian times with some stalls owned by families for generations. Listen to the bells of St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, named after the city’s founder and marked by a golden angel.
More delicious aromas await in Kinsale, Ireland’s gourmet capital. We arrive via Charles Fort,a star-shaped fort instrumental in the defence of the coastline during the Spanish Armada of 1601. There are stunning views over the town and the sea from here. The Old Head of Kinsale is home to one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses, a favourite of several U.S. presidents and a great stop for lunch and maybe a tasty pint or two.
You’ll return to your cruise ship with great photos, big smiles, and wonderful memories.
Option 2: Ring of Kerry Highlights
Leave your cruise ship behind and prepare to be swept into the heart of the Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking area near Ballyvourney close to the border between the counties of Cork and Kerry.<Read more>
Then it’s across the craggy majesty of the Cork-Kerry Mountains that straddle the boundary and onto Kenmare, a picturesque village nestled between the Ring of Beara and the Ring of Kerry. Refresh yourself with a coffee or something stronger and enjoy the atmosphere of the bustling streets.
The sheer spectacle that is Killarney National Park opens up after Kenmare, with stunning views of the lakes and mountains at Molls Gap and Ladies View (where Queen Victoria stopped for a breather with her ladies in waiting in 1861). Shortly before we arrive for lunch in world-famous Killarney, we stop for a tour of the stately Muckross House & Gardens (Queen Victoria stayed here) and some photos of the mighty cascade of Torc Waterfall.
Option 3: The Vee Drive and Jameson Distillery
The rolling waves of the Atlantic are soon forgotten as you roll through the stunningly varied scenery that lines the Vee Drive. We travel via the Tipperary town of Clogheen through the rich pastures of the Golden Vale, past the leafy beauty of Kilballyboy Wood and the sparkling depths of Bay Lough to the heritage town of Lismore and its famous castle. <Read more>
Every twist in the road brings new surprises, with spectacular panoramas across the Golden Vale as you pass between the Galtee and Knockmealdown mountains. Then it’s back to the seaside and the historic town of Youghal, where Sir Walter Raleigh introduced the potato into Ireland in the 1500s.
The Jameson Distillery is a high point of the trip for anybody with an appreciation of good Irish whiskey. The original buildings date back to 1795, with the old water wheel and a 19th-century steam engine still operating in the mill building. The Still House is a treat, its three original pot stills gleaming like burnished gold, one of which is the largest pot still in the world. Visit the cooperage, where coopers used to make and fix casks and, and learn about maturation. After this visit, there’s likely to be a song or two on the bus back to your cruise ship!