The East Cork Day Tour

West Cork tends to get all the attention when it comes to the scenic attractions of this southern county, but the easternmost reaches of the county are full of hidden gems. Let Hand in Hand Tours introduce you to some of these charms. The Titanic heritage of Cobh, the delights of Fota Island, the distillery at Midleton, and Blarney and its infamous stone are just some of the highlights. Remember, we can tailor your tour so that it covers whatever aspects appeal to you most.

Cobh & the Titanic Experience

If you are embarking from a cruise ship, Cobh is the delightful town where you will come ashore. It is also a place of great history, tinged with tragedy. The statue you will see at Cobh port represents Annie Moore and her brothers, the first Irish immigrants to be processed at Ellis Island—and, if you claim Irish ancestry, your relatives may have left Ireland from here. Between 1840 and 1950, millions of Irish people emigrated from Cobh (formerly known as Queenstown, in honour of a visit from Queen Victoria).

You will also find that Cobh is steeped in the history of the Titanic because this was the ill-fated ship’s last port of call in 1912. The Titanic Experience is well worth a visit, telling the story of the tragic White Star Line vessel’s journey through the experiences of its passengers. Cobh is also home to the spectacular Saint Coleman’s Cathedral, which overlooks Cork Harbour.

Fota Wildlife Park

Just outside Cobh is one of Ireland’s top ten visitor attractions. Fota Wildlife Park offers 100 acres of space, where some 50 bird varieties and 30 mammals enjoy a natural environment. Many of them roam freely across the park, with species such as the Humboldt penguins attracting lots of affection with their cute antics.

The park’s mission is educate people and protect the biodiversity of the natural world. With its unique ability to encourage greater public understanding of the threats to habitats worldwide, Fota Wildlife Park has invested substantially in its infrastructure in recent years, making your visit even more enjoyable.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Titanic Experience at Cobh, the last port of call for the ill-fated ship in 1912
  • Visit Fota Wildlife Park where some 50 bird varieties and 30 mammals enjoy a natural environment
  • Enjoy the Jameson Experience, a unique whiskey museum and visitor centre at the Old Midleton Distillery
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone, on the battlements of the 600-year-old Blarney Castle. The infamous stone is reputed to give you the gift of eloquence, otherwise known as “The Gift of the Gab”.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Titanic Experience at Cobh, the last port of call for the ill-fated ship in 1912
  • Visit Fota Wildlife Park where some 50 bird varieties and 30 mammals enjoy a natural environment
  • Enjoy the Jameson Experience, a unique whiskey museum and visitor centre at the Old Midleton Distillery
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone, on the battlements of the 600-year-old Blarney Castle. The infamous stone is reputed to give you the gift of eloquence, otherwise known as “The Gift of the Gab”.

The Jameson Experience

There is a reason why they call it “The Jameson Experience”: Step inside the unique whiskey museum and visitor centre at the Old Midleton Distillery, and you will be transported back through history. Smell the malted barley drying in closed kilns as you step past carts stacked with grain sacks and the world’s biggest pot still in a tribute to the distillery’s 18th-century origins.

Discover the amazing story behind one of the world’s most famous Irish whiskeys and find out what the “angel’s share” is, before indulging in a whiskey tasting. You will also receive an Irish Whiskey Taster Certificate. This visit to Ireland’s biggest whiskey distillery is a must both for whiskey lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

Blarney Castle

Many people don’t feel they have visited Ireland properly until they have kissed the Blarney Stone. Located on the battlements of the 600-year-old Blarney Castle, the infamous stone is reputed to give you “the gift of the gab” (eloquence) if you bend over backwards to kiss it.

Once you are here, you can visit the witches’ caves in the castle grounds and drop into the Blarney Woollen Mills. Here you can shop to your heart’s content in Ireland’s biggest craft shop, with a huge selection of quality Irish gifts and goods on display.

Remember!
All of our tours can be customised to suit your itinerary and travel preferences.
Please contact us to discuss tour requirements.