Culinary Tour of Ireland Car Tour
Our partner: Hekla Tours
Our partner: Hekla Tours
The Culinary Tour is a 11 days self-drive tour where you can taste and see the very best of Ireland. Ireland is known for its breathtaking scenery from wild coastal roads to high mountains. Driving in Ireland will be an unforgettable experience while also experiencing Ireland's delicious regional food in some of the country's most loved places. With this tour you can choose your desired car category and stay in 3/4* stars hotels, bed & breakfast or a combination of both.
Arrive in Dublin and take time to explore the famous Georgian quarter of Dublin, which incorporates some of Dublin's loveliest 18th-century streets, squares, and landmarks. Visit Trinity College, the most famous university in Ireland. In the afternoon explore The Guinness Storehouse, a unique experience where the visitor can discover what goes into making a pint of Guinness. In the evening,
enjoy the pubs of Temple Bar, an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin. Overnight in Co. Dublin.
In the morning, travel to Kilkenny, one the most beautiful medieval city of Ireland. Don’t miss Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral. In the afternoon make a stop at Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, where you can find the finest quality artisan cheese, using the best
quality milk from local farmers. They have spent the past 6 years developing their recipes and techniques. After cheese tasting travel to Waterford City to take a walk through the capital of Sunny South East - the Ireland’s oldest city. Overnight in Co. Waterford.
Today continue south towards Cork. On the way visit the Copper Coast European Geopark. It comprises spectacular coastline consisting of scalloped beaches and coves buttressed and enclosed by rocky headlands. In the afternoon you can stop at Midleton and visit its
distillery. Irish whiskey is world renowned and its history can be traced on a guided tour of the Jameson heritage Centre. Then finish your day by visiting the Cork Butter Museum. This Museum shows how the Irish butter industry took a commodity item (butter) and created a brand (Kerry Gold) that has allowed farmers to sell the spreadable stuff at a premium. Overnight in Co. Cork.
Start your day by taking a coffee at the Cork Coffee Roasters. Then visit the English Market. This wonderful market is a self-caterer's paradise with so many tasty delicacies to choose from it's hard to show restraint. The emphasis is on local produce, with cheeses, ham, buttered eggs, sausages, bread and smoked salmon on offer. For lunch you can choose Kinsale which is a favourite of seafood enthusiasts. On your way to Killarney, don’t miss Kenmare Bay. This coastal route will give you the opportunity to see some of the stunning scenery. Overnight in Co. Kerry.
A full day of sightseeing on the Ring of Kerry. The spectacular indented coastline of charming fishing villages has a pleasant atmosphere that hasn’t changed in over 200 years. Make a stop at Killorglin to enjoy the products of Jack’s Bakery and Deli. Jack Healy is a third
generation baker from a family of Corkonian bread and pastry makers who learned their trade the traditional way.
Overnight in Co. Kerry.
Another full day sightseeing on the Dingle Peninsula, one of the most spectacular parts of Ireland. Driving around clockwise you’ll pass through Castlemaine, then to Inch where the beautiful beach is and onto the charming little harbour at Dingle Town. In the afternoon visit to Muckross House and Gardens where the nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney
Lakes and National Park. Overnight in Co. Kerry.
Depart for Galway and en route don’t miss the Beal Organic Cheese Factory, an organic artisan cheese maker located in Listowel. Next stop is the small harbour town of Foynes where you can visit Foynes Flying boat Museum. Foynes and Flying boats will be forever connected with the famous Irish coffee as it is said to be the birthplace of Irish coffee making!!! In the afternoon visit the Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park. It is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland and Folk Park is a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Overnight in Co. Clare.
Today visit the Cliffs of Moher. They are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland. Then travel to Galway via the Burren National Park. This sight is a vast lunar landscape harbouring some 2000 species of rare plants and flowers. In the afternoon visit the Burren Smokehouse - a family run organisation that was set up in 1989 by Birgitta & Peter Curtin. They espouse finest quality food
products, good customer care and a good group of team workers to ensure they keep up their standards. Arrive in Galway and take some time to enjoy this lively bustling city. Overnight in Co. Galway.
Today take a ferry to visit one of the Aran Islands, the beautiful island of Inishmore. Old island traditions live on. Gaelic is the first language among the islanders. Inishmore is a paradise of flora and fauna but also a vast open-air museum, rich in archaeological and monastic sites. Overnight in Co. Galway.
Today drive back to Dublin. En route to Dublin visit Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. Continuing your jerney you can make a stop at Locke’s Distillery. It is the only small pot still whiskey distillery remaining in Ireland and the only examples of what used to be a widespread Irish industry. Overnight in Co. Dublin.
This morning head to Dublin airport for your departure.