|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Dublin Airport|
|INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE
5 days / 4 nights
Airport Pick Up
Athlone Castle & interactive tour (optional)
Galway city whisky tour & Leisure time
Cliffs of Moher and The Wild Atlantic Way
Dublin open top bus tour ( Optional)
Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands & Ancient East.
Finola Whiskey & Heritage Tour 5 days 4 nights
Gcroílár na hÉireann
Pick Up from Dublin Airport:
Your journey starts here, you will be picked up by your coach and given a tour of some of Dublin’s most historic sites, there will be ample time to eat, shop or wander the ancient streets of Ireland’s capitol city, below is a sample of where we will visit and what we will see. Porter service will be available to aid with luggage and clubs from Luain Tours. Established as a Viking settlement in the 9th century Dublin city not only offers visitors the opportunity to embrace the cosmopolitan evolution that has grasped Ireland’s capitol city over the decades but invites them to experience the cultural and historic traditions that pay tribute to its past. Dublin and Dubliners have throughout the history of Ireland, always being a hotbed of literature, music, the arts, culture and of course rebellion and romance, encapsulated in the words of James Joyce “when I die Dublin will be written in my heart”.
On our tour we will visit Trinity Collage Ireland’s most prestigious university and view the iconic Book of Kells. The world-famous Guinness Grain Storehouses enjoy a tipple in the gravity bar with its stunning panoramic views of the city. Kilmainham Jail (depending on flight arrivals and guests), where after the Easter Rising of 1916 the signatories of the proclamation of Independence were secretly tried and executed. Upon leaving Dublin we will head west into counties Kildare, Meath and Offaly and your first whiskey experience Lockes Distillery Kilbeggan.
Founded in 1757 and nominated in Whiskey Magazines icons of visitor attractions 2008. Now owned by Beam Suntory (Jim Beam), Locke’s distillery is a small pot still distillery licensed since 1757, a copy of which still adorns the wall inside. Whisky production recommenced in 2007 and its 19th century waterwheel is still in fine working condition. Upon leaving Kilbeggan there will be a 20 minute journey to your accommodation at Coosan Cottage Eco Hotel for some meet and greet drinks and evening dinner. Tonight, will be a chill out evening to help you recover from your journey. You will be collected by coach and travel back to Athlone for dinner before your nightly entertainment in Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s oldest pub. Sean’s is a must see for visitors to Athlone. Dating back to 900 AD it was established by Luain Mac Luighdeach – Luain son of Lewy close to Ath Mor (the great ford). The bar was documented in The Guinness Book of Records as Ireland’s oldest pub following examination of the bars wattle and wicker walls and old coins found in the 1970s. With live traditional music by local artists every night Sean’s is an experience that will stay long in your memory.
Coosan Cottage Eco Guesthouse and Hotel
On then to your accommodation Coosan Eco Guesthouse Hotel Coosan Athlone for meet and greet drinks, a wholesome and locally sourced evening meal in Irelands first Eco friendly hotel. The Hotel is a family run business built in 2008 by its proprietor Tom o Neil. Tom’s vision was to build a premise encompassing all sustainable and echo green friendly building practices at the time. His commitment to the protection of the envoirment and adoption of a balanced and responsible approach to 21st envoirment challenges.
Tour of historic Athlone & Clonmacnoise
On then to Tullamore D. E. W old Bonded Warehouse founded in 1829 for a guided tour and a taste of one of Ireland’s most famous whiskeys. The product is triple distilled, and triple blended with a high pot still content. It is the second largest selling brand of Irish whiskey globally.
Galway City, Connemara & the Wild Atlantic Way
Galway is one of Irelands most vibrant and entertaining cities encompassing the best of Irish culture, past and present. Its streets are filled with buskers and street performers, allied to a wide range of talented street artists both local and international. Galway is a bustling city filled with traditional pubs, restaurants, and shops. Renowned for its Cead Mile Failte and many fine examples of craft whisky, we will take the Galway whisky tour and sample Irish humour at its best, bestowed on all visitors to this west of Ireland jewel. Stroll through the streets and sample the atmosphere and have lunch in one of the many eateries along your route.
We then head into the wild and rugged landscape of Connemara. The Gaeltacht area of Connemara is one of the few Irish speaking areas of Ireland and world renowned for its handcrafts, including linen and woodwork. This is the finest example of Irish culture in its purist form and a stroll on one of Connemara’s beautiful beaches is always an invigorating experience. Tonight, we sleep and dine at the magnificent Renvyle House 4 star Hotel and Resort.
Renvyle House is a historic country house estate located on 150 acres on the shores of the Atlantic in spectacular Connemara. This four-star resort boasts its own private freshwater lake, woodlands, gardens and outdoor heated swimming pool. The hotel and its restaurant the Rusheenduff have won many awards for its cuisine, customer service and it’s Cead Mile Failte.
Into the West - The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher
Nestled at the base of Druchruch mountain on the northern slope of Lough Pollocappul in the heart of the Connemara mountains the Abbey is steeped in history, romance, tragedy and great feats of engineering genius. Built as a gift in 1867 by Mitchel Henry for his wife Margaret who died 3 years after its completion. Mitchel never remarried and stayed at Kylemore for 30 more years rearing their nine children until falling upon hard times and eventually having to sell the Abbey. The Abbey was bought by the Benedictine Nuns who had fled from Ypres in Belgium during WW1. The Abbey became an international school of learning for young girls until it was forced to close in 2010. The nuns remain in the Abbey.
On departing the abbey, we head to County Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way. Here you will visit the Burren in North County Clare and parts of south Galway covering an area of 160sq Km. With no bogs and few green pastures, the Burren is famous for its huge limestone pavements (Clint’s) and vertical fissures (Grikes). Experience the Burren underworld at the Aillwee caves near the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan, where we stop for a traditional Irish lunch and the chance to pick up some souvenirs. Bleak in appearance, man has settled in the Burren since the Stone age with visible evidence of ancient habitats, Dolmens and Stone Forts.
From here a short journey to the incredible panorama of the Cliffs of Moher.
Standing 214 meters high and 8 km long, the cliffs offer outstanding panoramic views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Maum Tuck Mountains to the north, Connemara and Loop Head to the south. A fantastic opportunity for sight-seeing, photographs and shopping after which we make the one hour thirty minutes back across the Shannon to Athlone to finish of the day with a whisky challenge at Coosan Eco Hotel, a sumptuous BBQ followed by traditional Irish music, folk singing, storytelling and Craic.
Porter service will be available as will the tour director to inform or aid guests as to any questions that may arise.