Your shore tour departs from your ship at the port of Cobh/Cork first heading for Blarney Castle where you will have up to 2 hours free time to Kiss the legendary Blarney stone, explore the amazing gardens, take in some shopping at the famous Blarney Woollen Mills or simply indulge in the atmosphere in the village of Blarney enjoying some local homemade scones with coffee.
After our visit to Blarney we will enjoy a panoramic driving tour through Cork city centre taking in famous landmarks such as The Shandon Bells and The English Market and learning all about the fearsome Vikings and Anglo Normans in Cork.
The next leg of our trip will be through picturesque rolling Irish counryside as we meander our way to the charming village of Kinsale.
On route we will divert to The 17th century Charles Fort for a 15 minute photo-op to capture the stunning views and learn of the fascinating history of this majestic Fort.
Shortly afterwards we will reach the charming village of Kinsale, dubbed "Ireland's Gourmet Capital". Pefect for lunch!
There are lots of pubs, restaurants and craft/gift shops dotted around the winding streets of Kinsale, where you will have up to 2 hours free time to explore and enjoy lunch/drinks at one of the many fine local establishments.
It is now time to enjoy the scenic route back to your ship and take in some touring around the magnificent Island of Cobh (This ensures that the last leg of our tour is very near to your ship in order to make a timely return one hour before your sailing)
Immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of Cobh, taking in some stunning harbour scenery while discovering why Cobh is forever linked to the ill fated Titanic. Learn of the fascinating history of The Lusitania mass graves, The Potato Famine and Ireland's port of mass emigration.
Finally we will enjoy a visit to the spectacular neo-gothic Cobh Cathedral before heading back to your ship in plenty good time for your sailing.