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About Cobh

Pronounced 'Cove', Cobh is the cruise port of Ireland's second biggest city, Cork, and boasts one of Europe's largest natural harbours.  Poignantly, it was also the final departure point of the ill-fated Titanic.

With its colourful seafront houses, the town has the feel of a true seaside resort, dominated by a cathedral offering fabulous views over the bay. Nearby Cork City, European Capital of Culture in 2005, hosts many festivals, ranging from jazz and folk to choral and film. The bustling city centre is home to fascinating shops and markets while traditional Irish music can be heard in many of the historic pubs and bars which populate the city centre.

Six miles inland from the city lies - and we use the word advisedly - the town of Blarney with its famous Blarney Stone. Positioned more than 80-feet up in the battlements of Blarney Castle, legend has it that kissing the limestone block provides the one puckering up with the gift of what is euphemistically called "persuasive" speech.

 

Shore excursions in Cobh

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Blarney Castle and Irish Coffee

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the historic Blarney Castle with its lovely grounds before indulging in an Irish coffee and browsing the craft centre.

The medieval Blarney Castle towers above the village of Blarney with its majestic oblong keep and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the Castle lies the legendary Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquent speech. Surrounding the Castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to some interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps.

After the tour of the Castle, you’ll stop for a well-deserved Irish coffee, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This is one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland and you’ll have the chance to browse the high quality range of Waterford crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic jewellery.

Following your visit to Blarney Castle, you’ll travel to Cork, for a short panoramic drive around the main city sights. You’ll be able to see how this large city still manages to retain the pleasant charm of a country town. On the return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields and hedgerows as you travel along country roads to Cobh.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a narrow, spiral staircase with 108 steep steps to access the Blarney Stone, however the climb is optional. The kissing of the Blarney Stone is a popular activity and queues may be experienced. The terrain around the Castle is uneven and steep in places. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

Blarney Castle and Irish Coffee - Small Group Opti

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Choose this option if you prefer to take this tour in a smaller group.

The medieval Blarney Castle towers above the village of Blarney with its majestic oblong keep and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the Castle lies the legendary Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquent speech. Surrounding the Castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to some interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps.

After a visit of the Castle, you’ll stop for a well-deserved Irish coffee, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This is one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland and you’ll have the chance to browse the high quality range of Waterford Crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic jewellery.

Following your visit to Blarney Castle, you’ll travel to Cork, for a short panoramic drive around the main city sights. You’ll be able to see how this large city still manages to retain the pleasant charm of a country town. On the return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields and hedgerows as you travel along country roads to Cobh.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Group size is up to 25 passengers. There is a narrow, spiral staircase with 108 steep steps to access the Blarney Stone, however the climb is optional. The kissing of the Blarney Stone is a popular activity and queues may be experienced. The terrain around the Castle is uneven and steep in places. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

Cork Countryside and Kinsale

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a scenic journey through County Cork’s charming countryside and visit the picturesque coastal town of Kinsale.

Cork has some of the finest scenery in Ireland, with its lush valleys and beautiful coastline. Your journey will take you past rolling landscapes of fields, flowers and hedgerows, through tunnels, over bridges, along rivers and by small villages. A brief stop will be made to photograph the views over the Bandon River, before arriving in Kinsale.

The pretty little town of Kinsale, believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans around 1177, lies snug between hills and valley. It has won the European Prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was an important naval base for over 300 years and this is reflected in the many 18th-century structures, which still stand alongside the more recent Georgian homes and Dutch influenced architecture. There will be free time to meander through the quaint streets and admire the varied architecture before indulging in a spot of shopping or relaxing with a drink in one of the cafés or pubs.

On the return journey, a stop will be made at Charles Fort located above Summer Cove, for views over Kinsale Harbour, before continuing along the country roads back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There will be approximately 1 hour of free time in Kinsale. The terrain is mostly flat. The amount of walking is at passengers’ own discretion. Please remember to carry local currency (Euros).

Cork Countryside and Kinsale - Small Group Option

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Choose this option if you prefer to take this tour in a smaller group.

Cork has some of the finest scenery in Ireland, with its lush valleys and beautiful coastline. Your journey will take you past rolling landscapes of fields, flowers and hedgerows, through tunnels, over bridges, along rivers and by small villages. A brief stop will be made to photograph the views over the Bandon River, before arriving in Kinsale.

The pretty little town of Kinsale, believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans around 1177, lies snug between hills and valley. It has won the European Prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was an important naval base for over 300 years and this is reflected in the many 18th-century structures, which still stand alongside the more recent Georgian homes and Dutch influenced architecture. There will be free time to meander through the quaint streets and admire the varied architecture before indulging in a spot of shopping or relaxing with a drink in one of the cafés or pubs.

On the return journey, a stop will be made at Charles Fort located above Summer Cove, for views over Kinsale Harbour, before continuing along the country roads back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Group size is up to 25 passengers. There will be approximately 1 hour of free time in Kinsale. The terrain is mostly flat. The amount of walking is at passengers’ own discretion. Please remember to carry local currency (Euros).

Cork Harbour by RIB and Irish Coffee

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Discover Cobh Harbour by RIB, combined with a stop to learn the art of making an Irish Coffee!

Hold on tight as your rigid inflatable boat whizzes you through the waters of Cobh Harbour. Admire the surrounding highlights such as coastal artillery forts, light houses and the Royal Cork Yacht Club, said to be one of the oldest clubs in the world. During your ride, keep an eye out for the local marine and birdlife, which you might be lucky enough to spot.

Next, a stop will be made at a harbour watering hole to enjoy an Irish Coffee, and to discover how to make one.

To round off your tour, you’ll re-board the RIB, taking in more of the harbour’s scenery, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by by rigid inflatable boat and on foot. Pregnant women and children may not participate. This tour is subject to weather conditions on the day. It is advisable to wear warm clothing. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. A safety briefing will be given and lifejackets are compulsory. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

 

A selection of cruises to Cobh

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