What to do and see in Cork, Province of Munster: The Best Distillery Tours

October 24, 2021 Jeremy Dunfee

Plan to cross many bridges when in Cork. Ireland's third-largest city began life as an island and now spans both banks of the River Lee, with watery channels running beneath some of its main thoroughfares. The best way to experience this hilly southern seaport is on foot, following the signposted walking tour past St. Finn Barre's Cathedral and the riverside quadrangle of University College up the hill to red and white Shandon Church. Along the way, you'll meet plenty of the city's talkative residents.
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1. 5-Day Spectacular South and West Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

7 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland Overland Ireland
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Your Irish Experience begins here! Come on a 5-day small group tour (14 people max) of the South and West coast of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. You will have an unforgettable experience exploring everything from kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay to the magnificent sights on the Ring of Kerry. Prepare to be awestruck by Ireland’s most famous landmark – The Cliffs of Moher, fall in love with the bustling bohemian Galway City. Our Spectacular South and West trip explores a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage and culture. This small group tour of Ireland has it all. Our expert guides have hand-picked the best the South and West has to offer for your tour around Ireland – leaving you with enough time to indulge in the delights of Dublin City. This tour has so much to offer and never disappoints.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, 4 nights local guesthouse accommodation, carefully selected by our team, Great breakfast each day, Professional qualified Irish tour guide throughout your trip, Cliffs of Moher hike, Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Stone, Hiking, Distillery tour, Local taxes and charges, Air-conditioned luxury mini coach to all locations, Loads of 'Craic' = Fun!, All outdoor activities are weather dependent no refund will be provided if activities are not going ahead

Exclusions: Lunch and dinners, Gratuities, Horseback riding, Flights to Ireland

Reviewed By russ2jen

Sadly, in these uncertain days of Coronavirus, I had to cancel my upcoming tour. The team at Overland Ireland were compassionate and understanding in working out the details so as to minimize losses all around. Flexible reschedule options into next year were offered as well. This is the kind of small company to support.

2. 7 Day Emerald Explorer Small Group of tour of Ireland

7 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland Overland Ireland
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This expertly guided road trip, along 1100km of ever-changing landscape, along The Wild Atlantic Way is a great way to explore Ireland. Take in Clonmacnoise, once a huge monastic city; kiss the Blarney Stone and get the gift of the ‘gab’ (talk); handy for getting to know your small tour group. Then how about Kinsale harbour where wild, Red Snapper and John Dory fight it out to be your catch of the day and into The Ring of Kerry, with only the Atlantic separating the 40 shades from the 50 U.S. states. Cool down with Fungie, Dingle’s resident dolphin who came for the fish in 1984 and stayed for the craic or stand on The Cliffs of Moher and feel you’re at the edge of the world. And in between the heritage and culture, there’ll be ceol agus craic (music and boldness), seafood and banter, city (Galway) and island hopping (Aran)and an epic road-trip you’ll never forget.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Air-conditioned vehicle, All Fees and Taxes

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Reviewed By russ2jen

Sadly, in these uncertain days of Coronavirus, I had to cancel my upcoming tour. The team at Overland Ireland were compassionate and understanding in working out the details so as to minimize losses all around. Flexible reschedule options into next year were offered as well. This is the kind of small company to support.

3. 5-Day Magical Southern Explorer Small Group Tour

Victoria Hotel Galway, Victoria Pl, Galway, Ireland Overland Ireland
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Sure, have you never heard of an Irish half hour? It can stretch out for days and 5 days is what you’ve got to experience this memorable, expertly guided road trip, over ever-changing landscape, along The Wild Atlantic Way. From shucking Clarinbridge oysters and downing creamy stout in Galway, to the jaw dropping sights of the Ring of Kerry, with only the Atlantic separating the 40 shades from the 50 U.S. states. Cool down with Fungie, Dingle’s resident dolphin who came for the fish in 1984 and stayed for the craic or feel like you’re at the edge of the world, at the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. And how about a spot of kissing at the Blarney Stone where you’ll come away with the gift of the ‘gab’ (talk); handy for ‘having the craic’ with your small tour group. And in between the heritage and culture, bohemian Galway and dinky Doolin, there’ll be ceol agus craic (music and boldness), seafood and banter and an epic road-trip you’ll never forget.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Air-conditioned vehicle, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Lunches and Dinners, Optional activities

Reviewed By russ2jen

Sadly, in these uncertain days of Coronavirus, I had to cancel my upcoming tour. The team at Overland Ireland were compassionate and understanding in working out the details so as to minimize losses all around. Flexible reschedule options into next year were offered as well. This is the kind of small company to support.

4. Small-Group 6-Day Driftwood Ancient Ireland Tour from Dublin

Grand Canal Hotel, Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin, D04 X5X7, Ireland Vagabond Tours
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Discover eastern Ireland in 6 Days. From the wilderness of the Wicklow Mountains to the perfection of Waterford Crystal and the heritage of ancient Kilkenny; From the gourmet delights of Kinsale, to Cobh’s tragic history of Ireland’s emigration or the grandeur of Ireland’s greatest stately homes, this six day journey through one of Ireland’s most off-the-beaten-track regions is perfect for visitors who want to see a whole new side of Ireland’s ancient east.

Inclusions: Accommodation as per itinerary, 5 nights accommodation, All taxes, fees and handling charges, Breakfast, Driver/guide, Small-group tour (16 Pax Maximum)

Exclusions: Entrance fees (Optional) Blarney Castle - €15 per person Kilkenny Castle - €8 per person Queenstown Experience - €9.50 per person The Ross Tapestry - €6 per person, Food and drinks, unless specified, Gratuities

Reviewed By jenniger

Well I am like most of the others in recent reviews as I have not yet gone on my trip. I want to emphasize how marvelous Ciara was when I had to cancel and I have now rebooked the 11 day driftwood tour September 7. Would love to hear from anyone else booking that tour. One of the reasons I rebooked was the low deposit as even though did get my deposit back with no trouble last year I was uncomfortable at my age and who knows what’s gonna happen with Covid putting a large deposit down again. Marvelous communication and service and I’m sure my tour will be marvelous and I can write a great review when I have been

5. 7-Day Grand Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

7 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland Overland Ireland
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With a maximum of 14 people we provide you with the best experience in Ireland. Our vehicles are comfortable and driving times are kept to a minimum. By going off the beaten path and using local guides where ever we go you get the real Irish experience and get to live like a local during your tour. With plenty of things to do and free time build in this tour offers something for everyone.  

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, 6 nights local guesthouse or boutique hotel accommodation, carefully selected by our team, Historical tour with nibbles, Professional qualified Irish tour guide, Transport to all locations by air-conditioned mini Coach, Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay, Distillery tour, Kiss The Blarney Stone, Guided hiking, Cycling tours (Galway and Aran Islands), Cliffs of Moher, All taxes

Exclusions: Lunch and dinner, Food and drinks, unless specified, Gratuities

Reviewed By russ2jen

Sadly, in these uncertain days of Coronavirus, I had to cancel my upcoming tour. The team at Overland Ireland were compassionate and understanding in working out the details so as to minimize losses all around. Flexible reschedule options into next year were offered as well. This is the kind of small company to support.

6. Cork Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour (Hopper Bus)

Paddywagon Tours Cork, 9 Bridge St, Centre, Cork, T23 KW89, Ireland Paddywagon Day Tours
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With the Cork Hopperbus passengers can hop-on board any time of day and use their ticket over 24 or 48 hours to take in the ‘must see’ attractions in County Cork.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Hop-on hop-off tour, WiFi on board

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By Gary E

We did the half day tour starting at Dingle. Picked up at Heatons excellent guest house, drove the headlands in driving rain and wind, but still a fantastic trip. Tour of beehive huts, famed beaches, and Oratory. Spring would be grand with LOTS of fuschias.

7. 8 days touring in Ireland

Taxi Killarney

We offer a private tour around Ireland. We provide top class vehicle and knowledged drivers/guides. All drivers and vehicles are fully certified. As it is a private tour, our aim is to offer you, your family and friends tailor made tours of Ireland whereby you and your party can enjoy and savour the delights of this island’s most exciting destinations. We offer you the chance to escape to some of the most fantastic locations in Ireland. No tour size is too big or too small as we cater from 1 person upwards. No excursion length is too short or too long, our tours start from day trip onwards. As our trips are tailor made for you, we can extend them upon your request. Together with you, we will plan an itinerary that suits you and your group/party. If some part of the itinerary we offer needs to be changed or you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Together we will create your best itinerary.

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Reviewed By Y9349LFmaureenb

Knowledgeable and attentive tour guide. Felt absolutely safe taking in the rugged beauty of the stormy coastline. Much better than a crowded tour bus!

8. 3-Day Blarney Castle, Kilkenny and Irish Whiskey Small-Group Tour from Dublin

Kilkenny Shop, 6 Nassau St, Dublin 2, D02 W865, Ireland Rabbie's

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

Inclusions: 2 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast, Professional Driver Guide, Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers), Transport by top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach

Exclusions: Gratuities, Admission fees, Meals and refreshments

Reviewed By veramit11

We just loved everthing about ireland, the friendliness, the fun, the tour guide, the small group travel. The scenery is just breathtaking. The ancient history is just jawdropping i mean these ancient women (queens) had some serious hootspur and gumtion. I mean they went out and did some serious stuff, got involved in wars, sailed ther own ships, left the babies home and got rid of husband who were just superfluous to requirements. I mean kudos to you girls. I know you are not gonna beleive this but we need you back. Northern ireland sad, such a waste of young life. Still feels haunted by the grief. Our hosts were b&b's, they were just delightful, and hilariously funny sometimes. Our tour guide (their were 10 of us) Gabriel was fantastic great sense of humour, very helpfull, fantastic with local knowledge and history. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

9. Private Cork City Tour, Kinsale and Jameson Distillery

Top Private Tours

This great tour starts at one famous fishing town and its historic port: Kinsale We drive back to Kinsale and visit Charles Fort, situated on a cliff overlooking Kinsale harbour. Then we will explore Kinsale. Kinsale is a busy town with a wide choice of bars, restaurants and cafes. Then we will drive back to Cork. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. It is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see. On this tour we will pass by some of its main attractions: the English Market, one of the world’s oldest municipal markets. St. Anne’s Cathedral which is known for the famous Shandon Bells tower, St. Patrick´s Street, main shopping street in the city, The Victorian Quarter, The house of Annie Moore - Ellis Island´s first immigrant, Huguenot Cemetery and Elizabeth Fort. Small stop at Saint Fin Barre´s Cahedral, have your camera ready!! We can´t leave Cork without visiting the famous Jameson Distillery PLEASE NOTE: WALKING INVOLVED MISSING YOU ALREADY!!

Inclusions: Jameson Distillery Ticket, St. Anne´s Cathedral and Shandon Bells Ticket, Private Tour, Professional Local Guide, Port pick up and drop off

Exclusions: Gratuities

10. Self-Drive of Ireland - The Coast to Coast Tour

Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland Overland Ireland

The Coast to Coast self-drive extravaganza is one of our zingiest Irish Adventure Tours! So, if you want the perfect mix of culture and adventure, then look no further. Your tour along Ireland’s  Wild Atlantic Way  has everything we could possibly fit into a 5-day Irish itinerary. Because we use local guides, you’re guaranteed to have a genuine Irish experience. This unique self-drive experience to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information pre-loaded about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. Learn Gaelic on the go and have 24/7 access to a professional guide via the app. The app connects to google maps with all your destinations pre-loaded so all you need to do is show up and drive! Passes for activities and experiences throughout the tour will be at your fingertips through the app. All the freedom of a self-drive road trip safe in the knowledge that Paddy the Pocket Pilot is on hand whenever you need him!

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Accommodation, Car Rental - Comprehensive Insurance, Bespoke Paddy the Pocket Pilot App - 24/7 Support on Tour, Most Activities, Experiences and Entries to National Parks, Detailed Itineraries

Exclusions: Some optional activities and entrance fees that cannot be prepaid.

Reviewed By russ2jen

Sadly, in these uncertain days of Coronavirus, I had to cancel my upcoming tour. The team at Overland Ireland were compassionate and understanding in working out the details so as to minimize losses all around. Flexible reschedule options into next year were offered as well. This is the kind of small company to support.

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