Whiskey Tour of Ireland Car Tour
Our partner: Hekla Tours
Our partner: Hekla Tours
Ireland is not only famous for its spectacular scenery and natural beauty, but also for its super high-quality whiskey. During this 8 days self-drive whiskey tour you will visit Ireland's best distilleries, pubs and bars where you find the biggest selections of Irish Whiskey while also enjoying Ireland's beautiful green landscape. With this tour you can choose your desired car category and stay in 3/4* stars hotels, bed & breakfast or a combination of both.
Arrival in Dublin and time to explore the highlights of the Irish capital. Visit the Irish Whiskey Museum in the heart of Dublin city to embark on a journey through Irish Whiskey history and tradition, followed by a tasting of different Irish Whiskeys. In the evening, visit the Temple Bar Pub, where you will find the biggest selection of Irish Whiskeys and a total of 410 bottles of Irish, Scotch and Bourbon! Overnight in Co. Dublin.
Leave Dublin after breakfast and head westwards. Your first stop will be Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest distillery in the world dating back to 1757. After joining a public tour, you will be treated to a tasting at the bar. Travel on to Tullamore, home to Tullamore Dew Distillery, the world number 2 of Irish Whiskeys. Stop in Tullamore town for a visit to the Brewery Tap or Hugh’s Lynchs Pub , where you will find every Tullamore Dew currently available (Brewery Tap) or try one of the Whiskey tasting packages (Hugh’s Lynch Pub). Overnight in Co. Galway.
Today you will explore the rough, but beautiful landscape of Connemara. Due to the meagre resources, Connemara is one of the loneliest areas in Ireland, which has been hit hard during the famine in the 19th century and most of its population immigrated. Today, Connemara is one of the Gaeltacht areas, a heritage zone for Celtic language and culture, and you will find traditions here which have become rare in other parts of Ireland. Visit Kylemore Abbey, a Victorian Castle, which is home to a community of Benedictine Nuns today. Visit Eddie’s Bar in Clonbur for a Whiskey tasting and a wide offer of local dishes. In the evening, visit Freeney’s Pub and enjoy a selection of 50 different Whiskeys at the roaring coal fire. Overnight in Co. Galway.
Leave Galway after breakfast for county Clare and Kerry. You will pass the Burren region South of Galway, one of the largest limestone landscape regions in Europe and home to over 2000 rare plants and flowers. Stop at the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher, which fall over 200m into the raging Atlantic ocean. Visit Bunratty Castle, one of Irelands oldest Norman castles in Ireland, and the folkpark, where you can learn more about life in rural Ireland in the 18th and 19th century. Pay a visit to the Creamery Bar in Bunratty, where you can enjoy an excellent pint of Guinness completed with a fine choice of 25 different Irish Whiskeys for serving. Continue to Kerry for your overnight.
Today you will follow one of Ireland finest and best know scenic routes – the Ring of Kerry. The 170km long coastal road will bring you along small villages, beautiful views over the Atlantic ocean and green villages. Visit Killarney National Park in the afternoon and take walk to Torc Waterfall.
At the end of the Ring you can take a public tour of Muckross House and Gardens, one of Irelands finest and best kept Mansion Houses. Visit Courtney’s Bar in Killarney in the evening, which offers the best range of Whiskey’s (over 30 Irish and 30 Scottish whiskey’s) in town! Overnight in Co. Kerry.
Take the scenic coastal road from Killarney to Cork via Kenmare and Bantry for some beautiful views and beaches. After some sight seeing in Cork, stop at the Old Country Bar in Douglas just outside Cork, a pub dedicated to Whiskey and holding its own Irish Whiskey corner. Visit Midleton Jameson Distillery in the afternoon, where you can take a public tour completed with a tasting at the Jameson Bar. All Jameson Whiskey is produced in Midleton today. Pay a visit to Canty’s Pub in Midleton, which has every brand distilled in Midleton in stock and is a popular place for the distillery workers to hang out after shifts. Overnight in Co. Cork
Visit Kilkenny in the morning, Ireland’s best know medieval town. Stroll through some of the Kilkenny crafts shops or visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo Norman castle dating from the 12th century. Stop for lunch at Dylan Whiskey Bar in the centre of Kilkenny, a bar dedicated to the former
DWD Whiskey distilled in Kilkenny and with 19th century old world atmosphere. You will reach Dublin again in the afternoon, where you can visit O’Neills Bar near Trinity College, where you will find a large Whiskey collection spread over two floors and a dedicated Whiskey bar on the second floor. Overnight in Co. Dublin.
Time for some final sightseeing in Dublin and transfer to the airport.