Excursions

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Cork programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Spring

BLARNEY CASTLE

Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is now the most popular tourist attraction in all of Ireland. The site is renowned for its mystical powers and legend has it that eloquence is bestowed upon anyone who kisses the Blarney stone.

COBH

Cobh is a beautiful, colorful seaside town that still carries traces of its past. It is home to the “Queenstown Story,” a cultural center housed in an old train station that explores the origin, history and legacy of Cobh, the Titanic, the Lusitania and much more. Cobh was the last stop before the fateful voyages of the Titanic and the Lusitania.

DINGLE

Dingle, a small fishing village, is renowned for its landscape and also for the warmth of its people. Beautiful mountainous and coastal countryside with castle ruins, ancient monuments, and archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

KINSALE

Kinsale is known throughout Ireland for its extraordinary beauty, fascinating history and for being the gourmet capital of Ireland. Highlights include Charles Fort, one of the best-preserved 17th-century forts, and Desmond Castle, which was a prison and a workhouse during the Famine.

LIMERICK

Situated on the River Shannon, Limerick is known as one of Ireland’s chief Viking cities – but don’t worry, these days it saves its fearsome heritage for the field at Thomond Stadium, home of the Munster Rugby team. Although known as Ireland’s sporting capital, Limerick is also definitely a city for indulging your inner architect and foodie, with a full spectrum of styles and tastes. Wander around its smart and chic city centre, and you’ll come across its lovely riverside parks and walks, the renowned Milk Market where you can always find a unique bargain, and the imposing Anglo-Norman King John’s Castle. Don’t forget to visit the Hunt Museum and have a good rummage around to discover its treasures!

Fall

BLARNEY CASTLE

Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is now the most popular tourist attraction in all of Ireland. The site is renowned for its mystical powers and legend has it that eloquence is bestowed upon anyone who kisses the Blarney stone.

COBH

Cobh is a beautiful, colorful seaside town that still carries traces of its past. It is home to the “Queenstown Story,” cultural center housed in an old train station that explores the origin, history and legacy of Cobh, the Titanic, the Lusitania and much more. Cobh was the last stop before the fateful voyages of the Titanic and the Lusitania.

KINSALE

Kinsale is known throughout Ireland for its extraordinary beauty, fascinating history and for being the gourmet capital of Ireland. Highlights include Charles Fort, one of the best-preserved 17th-century forts, and Desmond Castle, which was a prison and a workhouse during the Famine.

LONDON, ENGLAND
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

London is the largest city in Western Europe. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark. It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.

RING OF KERRY

The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

Ireland Clover
Ireland Castle With Irish Flag
Ireland Coast At Sunset
Ireland Close Up Of Castle
Ireland Green Fields And Ocean
Ireland Castle In Forest
Ireland Cork Student Biking Through Campus
Ireland Coast With Stone Wall
Ireland Cork University Cork County Courtyard
Ireland Castle In Forest
Ireland Castle In Mountains