Cobh (Cork), Ireland
City Tour,Local Sightseeing,All
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This option is available to guests who are returning to the ship.
Tour through County Cork, a region rich in culture and heritage and steeped in 4,000 years of history. In the city of Cork, view the splendid French-Gothic Cathedral of St Fin Barre and the city's medieval core, still intact.
Not far away, you'll find historic Blarney Castle. While visiting the castle, you can kiss the Blarney Stone set beneath the battlement wall. Legend says that the stone imparts the gift of eloquence to those who kiss it. You must lean backward from the parapet walk (held by the strong arms of a couple of Irish gentlemen) to do so. Blarney's unusual 18th-century "rock close" garden is believed to be the remains of a Druid site, with huge boulders and a sacrificial altar.
Stop at the Blarney Woolen Mill (1793) to browse through a wide range of Irish clothing, crystal, linen and handicrafts. Enjoy an Irish coffee before you return to Cobh.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests with physical limitations or a fear of heights can skip kissing the Blarney Stone. There are 108 steps on a narrow spiral case to reach the stone. There can be long lines and a significant wait to kiss the Blarney Stone; patience is required. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.