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DEPARTURE TIME: 6:50 AM (Arrive 10mins before)
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street - MAP HERE
ROCK OF CASHEL * BLARNEY CASTLE * CAHIR CASTLE
ENTRANCE FEE TO ROCK OF CASHEL, BLARNEY CASTLE AND CAHIR CASTLE INCLUDED
6:50am : Depart Dublin
We get an early start as we meet at the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street - a perfect central location just down the road from Grafton Street. Meet your fellow adventurers and your guide who is knowledgeable, fun and keen to show you some of Ireland's best and most well-known sites! On our drive south, we will pass through the Curragh, a region in County Kildare. The flat, arable land is perfect for horse breeding and training, and houses Ireland's premier race course. The Agha Khan and Sheik Mohammed are among the racing elite to own land here.
9:00am : Rock Of Cashel
We will travel to one of Ireland's 7 wonders, the world famous Rock of Cashel. There is much to explore and discover at this breathtaking landmark. It is a huge and complex site with a unique character. The building is comprised of the Hall of Vicars, Cormac's Chapel, Celtic Cathedral and the round tower. The building predates the Anglo-Norman invasion and contains many historical and artistic treasures, including Ireland's oldest Romanesque wall painting. The abundant grounds also contain examples of intricate Celtic high crosses.
11:30am : Blarney Castle
We'll have a nice break at Blarney Castle, giving you the chance to explore the historic castle and its grounds. Are you willing to lay on your back, right on the edge and hang upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone in order to get the 'gift of the gab'? The rest of the journey should be very noisy with everyone chattering away with their newfound gift. We expect some skilful orators to emerge! Venture down the narrow paths of the Rock Close and find the Wishing Steps through an archway of limestone rocks.
Legend has it that you need to walk down and back up these small stone steps with your eyes closed and thinking of nothing else other than your wish. We don't recommend you try doing this, the steps can be tricky to navigate with eyes wide open; navigating them with eyes closed can only be a recipe for disaster! Make your wish regardless; there is ample mystical energy on the site after all! The Castle is surrounded by beautiful woodland walks and its geology comprises different rock classes.
3:30pm : Cahir Castle
Cahir Castle was once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir.
7:00pm : Arrive in Dublin
We are back in Dublin. We hope you had a good day and that you are looking forward to discovering more of Ireland's wonders with another tour!