It’s often difficult to make plans for travel and sightseeing from your cruise ship when you’re not familiar with an area, here at Paddywagon we do all the planning for you. From the moment you dock until you are boarding once again, we plan a day filled with all the best locations to see, all the while travelling in our luxury coaches driven by our fully trained guides. For those of you docking into Cobh our tour of Blarney Castle, Kinsale and Cork City itself is a must!
Your first stop of the day with us is the historical Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Mills store. Unlike many other companies, we include the €12 entry in the tour fee so there’s no queuing and paying for tickets for you! Check out the world renowned Blarney Stone, legend has it that anyone who kisses it is blessed with ‘the gift of the gab’. The castle itself dates back to 1200 so you can only imagine the tales there are to tell about it and the surrounding grounds, don’t forget to check out the witches cave! You’ll also get some time to check out the Blarney Mills store, boasted as the worlds largest Irish store it has an array of the finest gifts and quality Irish goods, the best part, it’s all tax free so make sure you take advantage of this!
En-route to Cork you’ll be privy to some of the beautiful Irish countryside before taking a drive through Cork City itself to see some of it’s highlights which include the Shandon Bells, St Finbar’s Cathedral, the River Lee and so much more!
As you travel along to Kinsale you’ll be able to behold the rolling hills and countryside of West Cork, famed for it’s beauty and farming heritage. You’ll also get to stop for a bit and get some fantastic views overlooking Kinsale Harbour itself along with James Fort and Charles Fort.
For those with a later departure time you’ll have time in Kinsale to get lunch, this gorgeous harbour town with it’s winding streets and colourful buildings holds the title of being Ireland’s gourmet capital and whether you stop in a pub or restaurant you are in for a treat! This little town was also the scene of the 1601 battle of Kinsale, ask your guide for more of this stunning places history.
Last stop of the day brings you back to lovely Cobh and time allowing there’s a visit to St. Coleman’s Cathedral, one of our countries most impressive cathedrals and once you see it you’ll understand why! Cobh is not only famed for it’s beauty and multiple names (it once went by the name ‘Queenstown’) but also as the last port of call for the doomed cruise liner, The Titanic. For those with a later departure there’s enough time to quickly check out the Titanic Museum. Then it’s back to your cruise ship well in time for boarding, early or late departure time, we’ll adjust the tour times to make sure you get the most out of your day without having to worry about missing anything (including your ship!).