Thinking to visit Cork and Blarney Castle?? With a limited time frame !!! To enjoy full day Excursion of Cork & Blarney Castle from Dublin, I select Extreme Ireland tour company.
I am with my 2-year old son and looking something very comfortable and kids friendly. To my amaze staff of Extreme Ireland are very polite and helpful to my entire tour. Always welcoming smile to help me up every time.
We exactly left on time 6:50 am from Molly Malone Statue (Dublin).
Our journey begins passing from County Kildare to County Laois. In the background of Irish history by our guide all the way. Reached towards our 1st stop.
Rock of Cashel
It is one of the most spectacular Celtic art and medieval archaeological sites of Ireland.
Rock of Cashel is a “Stone Fort” and a residence of King Munster. In the 13th century, it’s a Gothic Cathedral and Romanesque Chapel in the 12th century. This place holds the strong history of Ireland.
We stayed around 45 minutes exploring the Beauty of its surrounding, which can be easily seen in my Pictures.
Cork and Blarney Castle
Our next stop !! Cork is the 2nd biggest city in Ireland and known as the Safe Haven or Safe Harbour of Ships. If you drive straight from Dublin to Cork it is around 2.5 hours.
There is a big change of atmosphere in the Cork City. The 1st thing I notice is the difference of English Spoken. Their pattern of speaking is usually on the high- pitch which I found pretty unique.
On Reaching towards Cork City, our guide Highlights The English Market to visit on the 1st priority.
I scrolled straight to the curvy streets of Cork. This city is full of life and Irish music which will definitely swing your mood.
English Market is one of the oldest markets in the world. This market becomes more prominent with the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 2011.
An architecture of this market is stunning and got inviting vibes for everyone !! You can shop some stuff from this market.
Have a quick snack or a cup of coffee in the market, to feel the essence of this place.
Moving towards our final stop Blarney Castle. Visiting Cork is incomplete without a Blarney Castle. And Blarney Castle is incomplete without Blarney Stone.
Blarney Castle and its stone attract millions of tourist from all over the world. People who wish to kiss the stone in the castle. Kissing the stone provides the kisser the gift of gab or skill at flattery. At the same time Discovery Travel Channel list Blarney stone among 99 things to do before you die.
After a long-awaited Que, It’s my turn to kiss the Stone.
For all those who are having a hygiene question in their mind ?? How it feels like kissing the same place by numbers of people and sharing all the bacteria’s! Hahahaha …. Thank God !! I spot an anti-bacterial spray which is a sign of relief for me.
Scared and Excited !! at the end I completed my task and left with 98 things to do by Discovery Channel.
More things at Blarney Castle
There are a number of activities to do in Blarney Castle. But due to limited time, I took a small walk and discover its surrounding area. Here is my Pictorial Walk:
Do discover more if you can. Three hours passed in a blink of an eye, it’s time to return back.
I spare some time and made a quick stop at Blarney Woollen Mill. It is one of the best and biggest woolen mills in Ireland and relatively cheaper. Do check this place to take Irish wool warmth back with you.
On our way back, I enjoyed a quick power nap and very interesting Irish movie. Our guide and a driver are very informative all the way updating with the necessary info about Ireland. We reach back at 7:00 pm to Dublin City Centre. Ideal timing to relax back and get ready for the next journey.
- Visited Rock of Cashel, Cork and Blarney Castle.
- Total price = 55 euro (includes entrances)
- Big Comfortable Buses with a panoramic view
- Bus stop at every 1-1.5 hours for toilets facilities or Caffeine’s refuel
- Perfect for age group (my experience is with a toddler).
- Storage available for your luggage, Prams or Buggies.
- Perfect time management. Will recommend to those who wish to explore more with a hassle free drive.