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 Sydney. 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 defence 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.