When your cruise to Cork docks at the Port of Cobh, what you’ll notice first is that the port is one of the most picturesque you’ll encounter, which definitely sets the tone for delightful and fascinating Cork, Ireland shore excursions.
Among the most delightful Cork, Ireland cruise excursions are those that hit the high spots of Irish history and culture. A visit to the charming port village of Kinsale, one of the oldest Irish towns, nicely fits the bill. Stroll the harbor area and be impressed by the number of yachts moored there. Shop for traditional Irish goods, like Waterford crystal, Donegal tweeds, local artwork, handicrafts, and, of course, savor typical Irish pub fare.
If you’ve always wanted to “kiss the Blarney Stone,” guided Cork, Ireland shore excursions are readily available to take you to the romantic ruin of Blarney Castle, built in 1446. Here you can climb to the top of the castle and experience its thrilling panoramic views of the emerald green countryside, including the castle’s beautiful gardens. If you dare, bend backward, holding onto iron handrails, and kiss the stone that’s embedded in the castle’s parapet. Enjoy shopping at nearby Blarney Village and Blarney Woollen Mills, an Irish Heritage shop, built in 1823 for classic Irish sweaters and other knitwear, Celtic jewelry, and more.
Ireland’s rich culinary culture is on tap on Cork, Ireland shore excursions to Rosscarbery, nicknamed the best village in the world according to local legend. The town is set on a sandy inlet on the Cork coastline, making it a perfect place to discover new foods and cooking techniques, including Irish seaweed. You can try your hand at foraging for seaweed and learn seaweed harvesting techniques, hear about Irish artisanal foods, sample their local products, and enjoy a demonstration of beloved Irish classics like soda bread, Irish coffee, and more.
For a different and equally enriching cultural experience, book an excursion to Cobh for a guided walking tour that will immerse you in shared history. Visit the Titanic Experience housed in the original White Star Line Ticket Office, where you’ll hear the story of the passengers on that ill-fated ship. It’s a favorite stop among travelers on a cruise to the British Isles and beyond. The walking tour also includes stops at the Lusitania Peace Memorial, St. Colman’s Cathedral, and the sculpture of Annie Moore, who departed Cobh in 1891 with her brothers and became the first immigrants processed through the just-finished Ellis Island at New York harbor.