WHISKEY TRAIL THROUGH IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST
2 days fully escorted touring of Ireland’s Ancient East in Luxury transport (16 or 25 seats max) with experienced driver/guide
2 days fully escorted touring of Ireland’s Ancient East
Luxury transport (16 or 25 seats max) with experienced driver/guide
Essential Ireland along the way:
Today we’re taking you from the capital of Ireland, Dublin, all the way to Cork – Ireland’s largest county. Some of the locals in Cork will claim their city is the real capital, but that’s a debate for another day! We take you through a region today that we call Ireland’s Ancient East, we’re travelling through a the lesser beaten tourism track and we’ve two fantastic distillery visits lined up for you. Our first stop is Royal Oak, a majestic 18th century estate, handpicked by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh to be the home of Walsh Whiskey Distillery. The guided tour here is the perfect beginning to our whiskey journey. We get a behind the scenes look at how Irish whiskey is made and afterwards try one of their award-winning whiskeys, The Irishman Founder’s Reserve or Writers’ Tears Copper Pot.
We’re just a short drive to Kilkenny once back on the coach. Kilkenny is a medieval city in southeast Ireland, arguably the most prominent medieval city in the country. We’ll leave you to explore it at leisure for two hours, you also have plenty of choice for lunch. The grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers and overlooks the town, why not take a visit while you’re here? The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including the imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It’s also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery – a shopper’s paradise!
Another short journey once we’re through Kilkenny City, will see us at Ballykeefe Distillery, an artisan Irish family farm distillery. It is from this area that the first written account of distilling in Ireland comes in 1324. It was written in the Red Book of Ossory. The word “whiskey” is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”. It’s here that you discover the history of Irish whiskey – at it’s birthplace. You’ll be walked through the farm’s mill house, to the brewhouse, to the copper pot stills, to the warehouse where their whiskey is still sleeping soundly. You’ll also see the on-site bottling plant. You will finally be taken to the tasting rooms, transformed from the horses stable where you’ll sample Ballykeefe’s own Gin, Vodka and Poitin.
Now sit back, relax and maybe take a snooze
after the couple of tipples at Ballykeefe or enjoy the view of rolling Irish countryside as we make our way to your hotel in East Cork. Tonight, you are at leisure, we will of course guide you on best districts for pubs and restaurants. SLAINTE.
Enjoy a leisurely full Irish breakfast (included) and we’re on the way to the Jameson Distillery Midleton. John Jameson made his world-famous whiskey in Dublin for 200 years (you can visit the Jameson Distillery Bow Street on our Dublin Whiskey Story day tour) but since 1975, Jameson has been produced down here in Midleton, East Cork. Discover the home of the biggest Irish whiskey in the world, if you enjoy Jameson – you will love this tour. We finish the tour with a comparison tasting in the bar and a complimentary drink. Plenty of time for shopping.
We travel seamlessly along the Cork – Dublin highway, stopping in Cashel, a wonderful little Irish town in County Tipperary (it is a long, long way!). Plenty of choice for lunch here. Our last stop today, is the home of Tullamore D.E.W., a whiskey that much like Jameson, has enjoyed enormous success on a worldwide scale. We’re taking the Whiskey Wise Masterclass here this afternoon. You’ll discover untold secrets along the path of legendary founder Daniel E. Williams and the whiskey making process he perfected. You conclude your tour with exclusive access to the D.E. Williams Branch House, part-bar-part-grocery the space was inspired by a chain of one-stop-shops that thrived across the midlands 100 years ago.
Just a quick one-hour coach ride will have you back in Dublin, in time for dinner.
THE WHISKEY TRAIL THROUGH IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST