WHISKEY TRAIL THROUGH IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST

An overnight trail departing from and returning to Dublin. We visit four working distilleries and a Jameson Brand Home.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

2 days fully escorted touring of Ireland’s Ancient East including counties; Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Cork. Includes luxury transport with experienced driver/guide.

Distillery visits:

  • Powerscourt Distillery with tastings of two whiskeys from their Fercullen range
  • Walsh Distillery Royal Oak. Fully guided tour with tasting of either The Irishman Founder’s Reserve or Writers’ Tears Copper Pot
  • Ballykeefe artisan family farm distillery with tastings of their extra dry gin, artisan vodka and poitin
  • Blackwater Distillery - sample their 17 year old Retronaut Irish Whiskey during the visit
  • The Jameson Experience Midleton - fully guided tour through the old distillery buildings with comparative tasting and complimentary drink

Essential Ireland along the way:

  • Powerscourt House & Gardens - admission included
  • Visit Glendalough, an ancient monastic site
  • Clonmel – an authentic Irish town
  • Cork/Dublin rail journey one-way
  • Overnight: 5***** hotel in Kilkenny (full Irish breakfast and all taxes included). We leave you at leisure in the evening to explore the medieval capital of Ireland
  • Includes all taxes and charges

DAY 1

Today, we’re taking you from the capital of Ireland, Dublin, and tomorrow we’ll reach 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 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 Powerscourt Distillery where after a visit to the stunning Powercourt House & Gardens, we take a guided tour of the plant, visit to the onsite maturation warehouse and whiskey tasting. 

We travel south to Co Carlow visiting a monastic site dating back to the 6th century along the way. Glendalough is steeped in history, and we share it with you en route to our next distillery.

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 this evening. We’ve booked you at a 5***** hotel on the edge of town and you can transfer into the city to discover the grand Kilkenny Castle which was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers and overlooks the town. 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! There’s no shortage of pubs with live music and great restaurants to choose from for dinner.

DAY 2

 

Next morning, we’ve just a short journey to 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.

sit back, relax On YOUR LUXURY COACH

enjoy the views of rolling Irish countryside as we make our way through rural Ireland at it’s best. We stop at the little town of Clonmel to let you grab some lunch and maybe a pint of the town’s world famous cider – Bulmers/Magners.  SLAINTE.

Visit to the new Blackwater Distillery in Waterford follows – a unique ‘small town’ distillery.  Tasting of their Retronaut 17-year-old single malt included.  Nextwe’re on the way to the Jameson Experience 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 drop you at Cork Kent Station in the city and see you off on a scheduled rail service back to Dublin. Relax on board as you travel swiftly and seamlessly across the country.

WHISKEY TRAIL THROUGH IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST

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