Ireland: Blarney Castle, Kilkenny & Irish Whiskey 3-Day Tour

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Highlights

  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Drive along the coastline of West Cork
  • Explore Jameson Whiskey Distillery and taste one of Ireland's favourite exports
  • Admire the dominant Kilkenny Castle
  • Visit the famous Glendalough and bask in the serenity of the monastic city ruins

Description

Day 1: Depart Dublin for Cork, driving through the lush farm counties of Kildare, Laois, and Tipperary. Make a short stop in the heritage town of Cahir to see the ruined abbey and impressive castle on an island in the River Suir. Continue to Blarney on the outskirts of Cork. Visit the castle and take one of the woodland walks to the mystical Rock Close. Explore the village of Blarney, stopping for lunch.  There may even be time to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. After this, there is a chance to discover Jameson Whiskey Distillery and taste one of Ireland's favourite exports. In the afternoon, tour the beautiful coastline of West Cork, and see some of the magnificent beaches, tiny inlets and coves. End the day in the fishing village of Kinsale, where you will be based for the night. Kinsale is famous for its food, and the evening is free to wander the narrow streets, popping into traditional pubs and restaurants. Day 2: Explore some of the highlights of southeast Ireland, starting with the historic port of Cobh, the main departure point for Irish emigration in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was also from here that the Titanic ocean liner set forth on her ill-fated maiden voyage. Continue east to Waterford, traveling along the “Copper Coast” (a designated UNESCO geo-park for its spectacular beauty). Stop at the popular surfing beach of Tramore, before heading into Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, it’s also famous for the Waterford Crystal Factory, which you are free to visit along with one of the excellent museums. Alternatively, explore the Viking Triangle on foot. In the late afternoon, depart for the busy city of Kilkenny with its fine castle and park, as well as some lovely riverside walks. Go to the National Craft Centre, or hang out in one of the pubs and enjoy a glass of Guinness! Day 3: Enjoy a free morning to explore Kilkenny before driving to the Wicklow Mountains. Marvel at some of Ireland’s highest granite peaks and see impressive valleys carved by glaciers. One of the area’s highlights is Glendalough, known as the “Valley of the Lakes.” Take one of the walking trails, or explore the ruins of the 6th-century monastery to see its round tower. The last section of your tour takes you into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, before crossing the famous Sally Gap to descend into Dublin for an approximate 18:30 arrival.

Includes

Transportation by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes minicoach Driver/guide 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation Tour and tasting at Jameson Midleton Whiskey Distillery

Important Information

  • Drop off in Dublin on day 3 is scheduled for approximately 18:30
  • This tour operates with a maximum 16 passengers for a more intimate and personalized service
  • Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for country walks
  • Accommodation is in small, locally owned guest houses. All rooms are en suite. The guest house may be up to 20 minutes walk from the city center. Solo travelers should select the single room option. For groups of 2 or more people, select the twin room share option
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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