THE CHARM OF SOUTHERN IRELAND
My Explorations, 5
A sensational tour to enjoy all the beauties this part of Ireland has to offer: an imposing fortress overlooking the sea, the wonderfully lively and cosmopolitan city of Cork with its countless shades of ancient and modern, picturesque towns made up of colourful houses and a partly-dilapidated castle that safeguards a mystical stone considered capable of donating the gift of eloquence to those who reach the top to kiss it.
- Stop for photos at the imposing Charles Fort
- Historic town of Kinsale: free time
- Sightseeing tour of Cork
- Views over Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral
- Lively atmosphere in the street
- Free time for lunch in Cork
- Picturesque town of Blarney: free walk
- Visit of the charming Blarney castle
- Blarney stone: a kiss to be gifted with eloquence
- We get on a coach together with our guide who tells us about the history of Cobh port, the last strip of land seen by many Irish about to sail to the New World during the second part of the 1800s.
- We head south for a photo-shoot at Charles Fort, a perfect example of a star-shaped fortress built in the mid-1600s over the remains of a previous coastal fortification.
- We then reach the historic town of Kinsale nestling among hills and valleys and protected by the curve of a small bay. We have a free hour to explore the centre and lovely port.
- We continue through large swathes of green meadows and on our way to Cork, the second city in Ireland and important trading centre in the south of the country.
- During a short sightseeing tour, we admire Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral with its Neo-gothic architecture and the lively crowded streets filled with shops conveying the city's special atmospheres.
- We can explore Cork at our own leisure taking advantage of the free time for lunch.
- In the afternoon, we move on to the historic town of Blarney overlooked by a castle of the same name. We go for a lovely walk around the centre as we admire the picturesque corners and let ourselves be seduced by the shops to indulge in a spot of shopping.
- We end our excursion with a visit to Blarney Castle, an imposing Medieval fortress made up of a tower perched on a limestone pedestal and decorated with typical Irish battlements.
- At the top end of the ruins, we cannot miss the occasion to kiss the Blarney Stone, the legendary stone that gives people the gift of eloquence but must be conquered after climbing 100 steps. The top of the castle offers breathtaking views as we bid our fond farewells before returning to the ship.
Good to know
- To see the Blarney Stone, guests must climb 100 steps to the top of the castle.