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Rochestown Road, Cork, Ireland
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Need Advise About Tour From Dublin to Blarney Castle

by kimspangrude

Hello. My sister and I will be in Ireland from September 4th through the 7th. One thing she REALLY wants to do is visit Blarney Castle and "kiss the stone". I have read that it is not the greatest tourist spot and may not be worth the time we will take to go there, but it is the one thing she must do while in Ireland. Can someone recommend a tour company that leaves Dublin, and goes to Blarney Castle, Cork, and maybe other really "should not miss" locations all in the same day?????? We won't have a car, and would prefer to take the rail tours.
Thanks, Kim

Re: Need Advise About Tour From Dublin to Blarney Castle

by leics

You can do Blarney by rail 'tour'(it takes in Cork harbour too):

Other tour operators here:

Re: Need Advise About Tour From Dublin to Blarney Castle

by zone_de_guerre

Have a look as well at

Re: Need Advise About Tour From Dublin to Blarney Castle

by Lettikemp

I live in Cork about 5 miles from Blarney. My advice is that if you are travelling just to see the castle and kiss the stone - Dont! its an ok thing to see if you were staying in Cork, but being perfectly honest, the stone isn't anything spectacular other than a key slab in an awkward position to kiss (you have to lean backward and head first down a hole to do it. Now there is a guide there to help you, so no risk of falling, but I'm not sure its worth it. Also travel from Dublin to Cork is very expensive, as is an entry to the castle.

If you are visiting however, maybe take in the City Gaol, The old english market and a trip to Kinsale.

Re: Need Advise About Tour From Dublin to Blarney Castle

by zone_de_guerre

I agree with the above user, I was in Cork a couple of months back and the Gaol is excellent (although being on a hill its a pain in the arse to reach except by using the tour bus if I remember rightly!) Youghal is also worth seeing IMO !

Re: Need Advise About Tour From Dublin to Blarney Castle

by dl3424

As stated by the VT'er above, Railtours Ireland offers a trip from Dublin to Cork and then on to Blarney Castle and Cobh. I did this exact tour through this same company in 2002 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have seen the comments by the Ireland residents suggesting to skip Blarney Castle, but as a tourist to Ireland, I found it worthwhile. The castle is located in a pretty park like setting and I found it interesting to climb through a ruined castle. Cobh (included in this tour) is picturesque. Enjoy your time with your sister and trust that this day tour will be enjoyable for the both of you!

Travel Tips for Cork

City centre of Cork


Explore the busy centre of Cork. A walk down the main shopping streets St. Patrick´s Street and Oliver Plunkett Street offers the big variety of the place.
The smaller side streets often locate lively pubs and restaurants.
By climbing up the steep St. Patrick´s Hill (see photo) you will get a nice view of the city centre and the churches of the town.

Smirting & The Smoking Ban

by orlikins

Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!

REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke inside bars, cafes or restaurants, or anywhere where people are working (e.g. taxis, offices etc.)
The legislation is officially known as the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, see link to it below for a summary.

You may smoke in outside in the street or in designated smoking areas, but never inside a place where people are working (includes offices, bars, restaurants, shops, shopping centres, taxis, etc)

An enjoyable walk

by fivesilver

The old railway line from Cork city south to Passage is now a very enjoyable asphalt-covered walk. Start at the south end of the Atlantic Pond (beside the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium), and walk a few km south to Rochestown. You can also turn off before Rochestown and circle around the seafront at Blackrock, where there are lots of shore birds to be seen. This route can take you back into the town past Blackrock castle.

Fota Wildlife Park near Cobh...

by drxym

Kids will love this place.

It is a weird and wonderful mix of animals from around the world, most of which are free to roam around or have large enclosures. It's not so much a zoo as few animals are confined or behind wire. Some of the tamer animals are even allowed to go where they like including little monkeys that jump around in the trees at one end of the park. The arrangement of animals can be a little peculiar but it's extremely well worth a visit, especially on a good day.

Next to the park is a wonderful arboretum and stately home.

Here is a list of Pubs I...

by sexylady

Here is a list of Pubs I recommend in the Cork city area.
An Crannog,Bar Rumba,Readrdans,Le Cheile,The Oyster,The Bodega.All these are minutes walk from each other.
These bars play live chart music.The bodega and Le Cheile are beautiful laid back bars,very stylish.My fav's.


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