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Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy, the King of Munster. It is currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and the battlements. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle.
Itinerary for the 7 Night Irish Experience Group Tour
This tour has been designed for groups of 15 or more passengers. At certain times of the year some attractions close for renovations and should this be the case, we reserve the right to amend your itinerary. You will be notified of any changes at the time of booking
Arrive Dublin Airport and meet with your professional driver/guide who will transfer you to Ireland’s capital city. Here you will enjoy a half day tour including Trinity College and Book of Kells Exhibition, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Guinness Storehouse. After lunch (not included) explore some of the shops on the famous Grafton Street before transferring to your hotel. Overnight Dublin BB
This morning enjoy a further tour of the city including Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle and Glasnevin Cemetary and Museum. The remainder of the day is free for further individual sightseeing or shopping. Overnight Dublin BB
After breakfast travel through the beautiful Wicklow countryside to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, Glendalough. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and consists of a number of monastic remains, the most impressive being the Round Tower which stands 30m high. Then travel to Avoca, famous for its handweavers and the location for the television drama, Ballykissangel. After lunch, start your journey back to Dublin stopping in Wicklow town and visit Wicklow Gaol, said to be one of the most haunted locations in Ireland. Overnight Dublin BB
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to the South West of Ireland and the popular town of Killarney. On the way, stop at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, the only stud open to the public. Then to one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, Adare, whose main street is lined with thatched roofed cottages. Finally for today, arrive in Killarney in time to freshen up before sampling some of Killarney’s pubs or restaurants for dinner. Overnight Killarney BB
Today you will discover the wonderful scenery of Killarney as you drive around the famous Ring of Kerry. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountains, and the varied Atlantic coast. You will be amazed at the breathtaking views and you will stop for photos at the most dramatic scenes and the Skellig Experience. Continue through the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Waterville. On the return, pass through the colorful village of Sneem and pause at Moll's Gap to view the Three Lakes of Killarney. Stop for a stroll through the splendid Muckross Gardens on the shores of Muckross Lake. Overnight Killarney BB
After breakfast visit Blarney Castle where the famous Blarney Stone will be found. For those brave enough climb the ramparts of the castle and kiss the stone which is said to grant the gift of eloquence. Then travel to Cobh Heritage Centre where thousands of emigrants departed for a better life during the famine years and which was the last port of call of the Titanic. After the visits take the short journey to the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how the world famous Jameson's whiskey is distilled and of course sample the golden nectre. Overnight Killarney BB
Check out of your hotel and start your journey back to Dublin calling first at the iconic Rock of Cashel. Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths to mediaeval monasteries and fortified town houses. The travel to Kilkenny and visit Kilkenny Castle, the original of which was built in the 12th century and has now been restored. After lunch relax as you return to Dublin arriving in time to check into your hotel and then enjoy your farewell traditional dinner and show of music, song and dance. Overnight Dublin BB
After your final Irish breakfast depart the hotel for Dublin airport arriving in time to complete check-in formalities and that last minute duty free shopping.
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