Kilkenny, Waterford & Kinsale
3 day tour

  • Horses Kilkenny tours
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Kinsale
  • Blarney Castle

Unearth Ireland’s most unspoilt corner on this tour of beautiful beaches and ancient local history.

Tour map

Highlights

Mountains
Abbeys
Castles
Beaches
National Parks

Places you'll explore


Blarney Castle - Kiss the famed Blarney Stone amidst the walls of this impressive medieval stronghold.

West Cork coves and beaches - Stroll sandy beaches and dip into the stunning coves that line the coast.

Kinsale - Dive into this colourful port town, and discover a feast for the eyes and tastebuds.

Cobh and the Titanic - Delve into the mystery and history of this coastal town, the last port of call for Irish emigrants on the famous ship’s ill fated voyage.

Waterford - Set forth for tales of conquest and pillage in Ireland’s oldest city, founded by 9th century Vikings.

Kilkenny Castle - Survey the dominant and unmistakeable three walled castle whilst roaming its splendid grounds.

Wicklow Mountains - Soar to Ireland’s most impressive peaks then dive into its profound valleys.

Glendalough - Be awed by the “Valley of the Lakes”. Wander its wildly beautiful trails or explore the renowned monastery with its rounded tower.


Your journey


Unspoilt coasts blend into rocky shores and ancient buildings in Ireland’s south east corner.

Sip fine Irish beer in a quality local pub, sample seafood straight from the ocean, and uncover the mysteries of ancient Irish ruins.

This tour takes you to the heart of an Ireland rarely seen by visitors.


Tour Details

Departs
08.00 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Returns
18.30
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • All road tolls and the Killimer - Tarbet ferry
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Wander the heritage town of Cahir and its impressive castle
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone in the grounds of Blarney Castle
  • Savour the sights and sounds of Kinsale, a fishing village well known for its charming beauty

Departing Dublin, you travel south towards Cork, through the lush farming counties of Kildare, Laois and Tipperary. Our first stop is the heritage town of Cahir, where its impressive castle towers over an island in the River Suir.

You continue to Blarney, on the outskirts of Cork, where you have time to wander the castle grounds and go for a woodland stroll. You may even get a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the ‘gift of the gab’!

In the afternoon, you glide along the beautiful coastline south of Cork before arriving in Kinsale. This charming little fishing village is your overnight stop, with all its local restaurants and lively pubs. Enjoy your free evening whilst exploring the narrow streets and brightly coloured houses.

On tours departing after March 2018, you also visit the Jameson Whiskey Distillery.

Day 2

  • See where the Titanic made its last fateful port of call before its ill-fated maiden voyage
  • Follow the rugged “Copper Coast” to Waterford, Ireland’s most ancient city
  • Discover Ireland’s Viking heritage or marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship in the famous Waterford Crystal factory

Leaving Kinsale in the morning, you make your way to the historic port town of Cobh. This was the last port of call for the Titanic on its infamous maiden voyage. After exploring the stories of Ireland’s past, you head east along the Copper Coast, a Unesco Geopark famed for its beauty and intricate histories.

You continue until you reach Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city founded by Vikings in the 9th century. Survey the brilliant craftsmanship at the Waterford Crystal factory, explore the selection of superb museums or wander the Viking Triangle on foot.

In the late afternoon, you travel north from Waterford to Kilkenny. This town is a vibrant place with a thriving pub and restaurant culture. After spending the evening here you’re certain to understand why people voted it Ireland’s friendliest city!

Day 3

  • Roam Kilkenny Castle and its impressive craft centres
  • Traverse the Wicklow Mountains and the majestic national park, known as “the Garden of Ireland”
  • Witness the ancient structures of Glendalough, from the distinct high crosses to the 6th century monastic site

In the morning, you have free time to explore the attractions of Kilkenny.

You then head north into the Wicklow Mountains, where you’ll be impressed by the National Park’s steep granite mountains.

You follow the winding paths to Glendalough, site of an awe-inspiring 6th century monastery. This offers a perfect opportunity to capture a photograph of the verdant natural setting and the round tower of the monastery. After this, you head through the centre of the National Park to cross the famous Sally Gap, before descending the short distance back to Dublin.

Customer Reviews

Above and beyond tour guide

Joanne Grant Mason Posted on 28/05/2016

Thanks Alan for a wonderful tour and for going above and beyond the call of duty. We just got home from visiting Ireland, Scotland and England and wanted to send a shout out to Alan ONeill for truly being a gentleman and helping us out. The tour was beautiful and we enjoyed it very much but, what really stood out was our guide, Alan. At the end of the tour, my husband and I needed to get to the airport as we were flying out early the next morning to Edinburgh so my husband asked Alan if we could be dropped off near the airport. Even though this was out of the way for Alan, he dropped off the other passengers and then drove us to a stop close to the airport to catch a bus which would take us directly there. Unfortunately, we only had so much euros left and the bus would only take cash therefore, Alan gave us back most of his tip in order that we would have enough cash to cover the bus cost. We were very impressed with Alans generosity and will not forget his kindness. Thanks again Alan, you truly are one of the great ones. All the best, Joanne and Grant Mason

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Kinsale and one night in Kilkenny.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between €30.00 - €65.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between €40.00 – €50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between €45 - €60 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel is between €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between €20 - €25 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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