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.
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.
Essential Ireland along the way:
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 county is the real capital of Ireland, 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 quick look at the stunning Powerscourt 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. We stop for lunch in a Glendalough pub (lunch not included in package)
Royal Oak Distillery is set on a majestic 18th century estate. We skip the ‘how it’s made’ part of the tour here and join the tasting where you’ll enjoy 3 single malts from the Royal Oak collection. Quick photo opp inside the distillery if we’re lucky !
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.
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. Next we’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 ! We arrange a premium tasting which takes place in a special tasting area off the main bar. It is a tutored tasting of four premium whiskeys – Midleton Very Rare, Power’s John’s Lane, Redbreast 12 and Jameson Black Barrell. The folks at Jamesons will explain the history of the brands as well as the tasting notes and production methods used to make these whiskeys.
Sit back and relax as we take you on a smooth and seamless journey by road from Cork to Dublin (motorway all the way!). And in just 3 short hours, we’ll have you back in the city of Dublin.
WHISKEY TRAIL THROUGH IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST