Shore Excursions from Cobh
Tour Duration 7 to 8 hours
Have you booked a cruise that is scheduled to stop in Cobh? Maximize your limited time in Ireland and book a private cruise excursion from Cobh with Munsterbus tours. We offer private customized tours for families and friends arriving into Cobh(Cork) which are approximately 7-8 hours in duration. With the usual time constraints of cruise excursions, we only visit attractions in Southern Ireland on these days ensuring you never feel rushed and have an amazing experience on tour. We can accommodate all private group sizes from singletons, couples and larger parties (up to 16 persons) with our fleet of Mercedes vehicles. We have the two most popular itineraries listed to give you a flavor of what wonderful Southern Ireland has to offer but of course we can work with you to create a bespoke cruise excursion to suit your specific requirements/interests also. This is a very cost-effective way for groups/families to explore the area privately, enjoying the company of those you choose to be on holiday with. Do get in touch today for your complimentary bespoke itinerary and let the journey begin!
- Professionalism: Passionate, experienced and knowledgeable tour guides
- Expertise: A leading tour operator you can trust.
- Quality: Great value and cost-effective way for small private groups to explore southern Ireland.
- Convenient: Port pick up with private transportation
- Service: Excellent customer service on hand to answer you queries promptly and efficiently.
- Personalized: Bespoke itineraries to suit your pace/interests.
- Reliable: Return to ship on time.
Option 1: Cork City, Blarney Castle & Kinsale
You will be whisked from your ship to Blarney Castle, where if you are brave enough you can kiss the Blarney Stone, said to give the gift of eloquent speech!
#Useful (Possible) Fact: When Elizabeth 1st 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 it is known locally. Draped across several hills and steeped in history, Cork has developed into a very cosmopolitan city. It boasts the second-deepest port of any city apart from Sidney. Enjoy the delicious ambiance of the famous English Market, a traditional working 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 spectacular golden angel.
Delicious aromas await you in Kinsale, Ireland’s gourmet capital. We arrive via Charles Fort,a star-shaped fort instrumental in the defense of the coastline during the Spanish Armada of 1601. There are stunning views over the town and sea from here and definitely a must for a photo opportunity. The Old Head of Kinsale is home to one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses, a favorite of several former 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.
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 while enjoying the atmosphere of the bustling streets here in Kenmare.
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 an opportunity to take some photos of the mighty cascade of Torc Waterfall before returning to your ship after a very scenic and fun day touring.