The ’Golden Vale’ boasts some of the finest ancient ruins. Join us on this enchanting day tour through the rolling countryside of counties Cork and Tipperary.
Rock of Cashel:
Our first stop will be the world famous Rock of Cashel in Co.Tipperary. One of Ireland’s most evocative sites, you can stroll in the footsteps of St. Patrick flanked by ruins, Celtic Crosses and round towers. Feel the soul of Ireland. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster until they donated the complex to the Catholic Church almost 1,000 years ago for use of a cathedral. One of the best examples of medieval architecture anywhere in Europe (Entrance fee €7.00).
Enjoy one hour and thirty minutes at leisure in Cork city, Ireland’s southern capital. Highlights include the gourmet English Markets (1788) with a large selection of food stalls representing the best of local produce. Queen Elizabeth II of England thoroughly enjoyed meeting local artisans here on her State Visit in 2011. Also known as the ’Rebel City’ for its fierce resistance during the War of Independence. Cork has a vibrant Irish atmosphere. Perhaps sample a pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout or pick up a bottle of Paddy Flaherty Irish Whiskey.
Famed in song and story, the Irish are famous for the ’Blarney’. Kiss the Blarney Stone and you too will receive this ’gift of the gab’. 7 years of eloquent speech. Situated on the battlements of Blarney Castle you will have to bend over backwards to kiss the stone. You have time to enjoy a stroll around the fabulous gardens of the Blarney Estate or maybe enjoy the beautiful Lake Walk. We also visit the Witch’s Cave in the castle grounds before having plenty of time to indulge in the tax free shopping haven of Blarney Woollen Mills & craft shop. (Entrance fee $euro;13.00)