Days: 6 | Group size: 16 (12 spots left) | Lodging style: Private Bedrooms (Double occupancy) + Showers
Explore the beauty of the Emerald Isle on this one-of-a-kind adventure. We’ll meander through Dublin (including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse), hike the scenic Irish countryside, tour a few Irish distilleries, learn about hiking from the maker of the famous Irish Blackthorn Walking stick, and explore some of the Wexford coast. We'll make the beautiful Stoop House in Shillelagh, Wicklow our home for the week as we venture into this wonderous country that many have described as enchanting. Want to relax? We'll have access to 2 acres of gardens and grounds for lounging, along with opportunities to explore the neighboring forests and towns. Join us for this epic Emerald Isle adventure!
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 (cause of course we need a place to sample our whiskey!).
Enjoy the large garden with plenty of space to decompress, read a book, or go for a walk. There’s also a small waterfall and pond.
Stay 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.
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. Wake up to a casual breakfast and find your way to some of the walks 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.
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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.
All meals are included, some will be catered, and others we’ll prepare together (there’s a BBQ on site and we couldn’t possibly let that go to waste). Accommodations will be made for dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian, allergies, etc). Please fill out the relevant information in your application. 3 meals and snacks will be provided each day.
We’ll enjoy our meals in a large dining room, or opt for picnics while adventuring.
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