This day is devoted to casually enjoying Dublin.
We’ll arrive at Dublin airport by 9am and make our way to our executive coach for a short transfer to Dublin city (for those arriving earlier and staying in the city, we’ll have a meeting place in city center at Nassau Street). We’ll stroll into the Trinity College campus, one of Ireland’s and indeed Europe’s most prestigious universities. As we leave through the front gates, we’ll see College Green, Temple Bar onto Dame Street, up to the famous statue of Molly Malone and stop for coffee/tea and pastries along the way. We will finish in St Stephen’s Green, a wonderful public park in the middle of town. Total time 1-1.5 hrs.
From there, we’ll board our coach for a panoramic city tour of Dublin (or a quick snooze if you’re just off a plane from the US), on the way to Guinness. After stopping at St Patrick’s Cathedral for a private tour, we’ll make our way to Guinness Storehouse for another private tour and a pint at the gravity bar (included).
Finally, we’ll make our way to our accommodations, unpack / relax for the evening, and have dinner together.
Today will be all about the heritage of Irish whiskey. While a day of relaxing countryside views and touring is included, feel free to skip the tour, and spend the day relaxing at Stoop House.
After breakfast we’ll head to Powerscourt Distillery. Formerly the hub of all farming activity on the Estate, the Old Mill House is being faithfully restored and will house the distillery which you will enjoy in all its glory. Tastings of the distillery’s Fercullen range of whiskeys included; Premium Blend and 14 year old single malt (or 10 year old grain).
En route to the Walsh distillery, sit back and relax as we take the scenic route through beautiful County Wicklow, known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’. We’ll take a short stop at Glendalough en route, and learn a bit about this historic 6th century monastic site.
After our stop at Glendalough, we’ll arrive at a majestic 18th century estate Royal Oak, County Carlow. Royal Oak was handpicked by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh to be the home of Walsh Whiskey Distillery. We’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the distillery and afterwards try one of their award-winning whiskeys, The Irishman Founder’s Reserve or Writers’ Tears Copper Pot.
Finally, we’ll head to Ballykeefe Distillery, an artisan Irish family farm distillery. We’ll enjoy a tour through the farm’s mill house, to the brewhouse, to the copper pot stills, to the warehouse where their whiskey is still sleeping soundly. Final stop, tasting rooms — (transformed from the horses stable) where we’ll sample Ballykeefe’s own Gin, Vodka and Poitin.
By late afternoon we’ll be headed back to our accommodations for some relaxation and dinner.
Not into whiskey? No problem. Enjoy the grounds of the Stoop House, read a book, or go on an afternoon hike!
Today is all about exploring our surroundings. We’ll wake up to a casual breakfast and find our way to some of the hikes nearby in Tomnafinnoge Woods. We’ll explore the ancient oak forest together (for those looking for a long walk), and meet up at the Big House for a pint, games, and an enjoyable cap to a relaxing day.
After a casual morning and breakfast, it’s time to live like a local and visit the village of Shillelagh. We’ll travel by foot to explore the town and visit the famous Olde Shillelagh Stickmakers store. Duck into a local pub and enjoy some color flavor. Today is a day to take in your surroundings and meander.
Surrounded by 2 acres of landscaped private gardens, Stoop House (ours exclusively for the event) provides secluded, wooded countryside accommodation for us. Great views of the mountains & valleys can be had to the rear and the forest to the front, with miles of forest trails.
Outside to the rear there is a moated bar with seating and cover and a large garden with plenty of space to decompress, read a book, or go for a walk. There’s also a small waterfall and pond.
"Mendel and his crew have created something special with this. It manages to be thrilling, adventurous, inclusive and safe all at the same time. I had a blast and I can't wait for my next geek adventure." - Cameron Cutler
Enjoy a comfortable room appointed with linens and modern bathrooms. We’ll have plenty of room to get together as there are common areas inside and outside of the house.
Accommodations are double-occupancy with 2 and 1 bed options (rooming preferences will be collected after signup).
Wifi is available for those that need to check in.
"I never wanted this event to end because it felt like the beginnings of some really excellent friendships. Hiking, sitting around a bonfire, laughing and eating with everyone was amazing and inclusive." - Jackie M.
Solo travelers are welcome and will be roomed in shared accommodations based on gender preferences (if you'd like to be roomed with a companion, select a shared ticket and let us know your friend's name after registration). If there are no shared accommodations available, no additional fee will be charged as a single supplement. If you are a solo traveler and prefer to guarantee accommodations without a roommate, please select 'single occupancy'.
"I loved the atmosphere of professionals getting together to decompress. Even though we were from different backgrounds, we all share a love of nature and nerdom!" - Alicia from Phoenix, AZ
No way! While there are many people in tech related industries that attend, people from academia, sciences, property management, and other industries also attend. Everyone has one thing in common, though -- they want to disconnect from the daily grind (and technology).
Geek Adventures trips are normally about 50/50 people identifying as female/male. No matter how you identify, you are always welcome.
We've had participants from all over North America and Europe and expect to see more geographical diversity from attendees in the future. International trips tend to see a larger international turnout than United States domestic trips.
Geek Adventures started operations in 2016 and has been creating experiences for geeks ever since.
While all participants are encouraged to room with others during the trip, sometimes people prefer to room by themselves for a variety of reasons. If you're one of those people, please get in touch and we can work out an accommodation.
If you're a couple traveling together, we'll make sure you're bunking together. If you're a solo traveler, we make rooming assignments based on your preference, and then based on complementary interests from the intake survey. You will never be placed in a mixed gender sleeping arrangement unless you've indicated you're ok with it.
Here's a sample from previous attendee registration forms -- human connection, decompression, new friendships, inspiring conversations, networking, great conversations, awesome people disconnected from the world, explore new places.
Unless specifically noted, trips are designed for attendees 21+. Hiking with Geeks, the free local hiking groups around North America are designed for attendees 18+ or younger children when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Not exactly... we realize mobile phones are needed for safety and picture taking, we just ask that during an event, you try to disconnect as much as possible from the other stuff. Example: If you normally read on your phone, bring a book instead. If you normally play games on your phone, pick up a game at the event and play in person! You'll be happy you did.
All events are BYOB. Alcohol is allowed, and sharing is encouraged. We've found that cans are far easier to take on adventures than bottles, so please plan accordingly.
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