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Rediscovering Ireland Continued

Kilkenny, Cork & the West

OVERVIEW

The Delights of the Rebel County & Medieval City – Kilkenny & Cork

Day 1    

Begin your trip in Kildare where you will discover the IrishNational Stud and Japanese Gardens. Enjoy a private red carpet behind thescenes tour with the National Stud Manager David Wardell. His uncle is the Earlof Erne and he is closely connected to the aristocracy of Britain and Ireland -his great-grandfather was the Duke of Westminster. David is married to a memberof Ireland's Three-Day Event team and a hopeful for the Irish OlympicEquestrian team. All our guides are charming, but he is one of the sweetest andmost endearing men you could meet, we should know, he worked for us as a driverguide for 14 years.

From Kildare drive to Kilkenny. You may know Kilkenny City,but have you ever visited its hidden gem – Kilkenny Design Centre and NationalDesign and Craft Gallery? We organized a private tour here for you to “Meet theMaker”. Learn the origins of Irish art, craft and design while discoveringlocal makers from Ireland’s Ancient East. Enjoy a private experience in arenowned Irish Silversmith’s workshop and conclude with a tasting of IrishPoitín, accompanied with delicious artisan food and drink.

This is not the end of exciting experiences today– only ashort drive away enjoy a Private Craft Glass experience. Learn the story andtechniques behind this wonderful craft, watch how beautiful glass pieces arecrafted and assist with designing and handcrafting your very own glass piecewith the assistance of an expert glass blower.

Overnight at Ballymaloe House

Day 2    

There is no better wat to start a day than with a seaweedwalk along a secluded beach. Under the expert guidance of passionate foodauthor and wild food expert, discover seaweeds such as Dilisk and Carrageen,both vitamin dense and low in calories. Enjoy harvesting some of these seaweedsyourself, learning how to do so sustainably and ensuring you can identify theedible species. After your foraging walk, enjoy a beach picnic of fresh seaweedtea and prepared snacks. 

Enjoy a special lunch with the Jameson Sisters today. Thethree Jameson sisters, Kristin, Andrea and Tara, are the ninth-generationdirect descendants of John Jameson, whose name is synonymous with Irishwhiskey. They would be honoured to open their home to host you for lunchincluding a welcoming glass of Jameson Whiskey.

After this very special visit drive back to your hotel,where Ballymaloe’s award winning cocktail bartender and Jameson Academy coach,will await you.  First you will foragefor ingredients and then use them in your own signature Ballymaloe cocktail!

Overnight at Ballymaloe House

Day 3    

Even if you think you know Cobh, believe us if we tell youthat you will see it in all different light today. Let our Titanic specialist,author and The Titanic Trail founder, take you on a private journey through theTitanic Experience and follow the story of the ship of dreams that was doomedto a nightmare after casting off from Cobh in 1912. Over a hundred years ago,it was this harbour that attracted the RMS Titanic, making Cobh its last portof call on its first and only voyage. Cobh is also home to a memorial to thevictims of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, an ocean liner torpedoed by aGerman U-boat off the Old Head of Kinsale on May 7, 1915. The survivors werebrought to Cobh, and over one hundred victims lie buried in the Old ChurchCemetery about a mile north of the town.

Next drive to Kinsale, known as the ‘gourmet capital ofIreland’. Before your gourmet journey begins visit the Signal Tower at the OldHead - the site of the RMS Lusitania Memorial Garden & Museum dedicated toRMS Lusitania and her loss just 18 kilometres from this, the nearest point ofland to the wreck site. Wonderful panoramic views are to be enjoyed from therooftop walkway. This is where a lookout was on guard, two hundred years ago,watching for a possible French invasion fleet.

After a morning fulfilled with history, it is now time for aleisurely stroll through Kinsale’s colourful streets, stopping at variouseateries for tastings, meeting producers and local characters passionate abouttheir culinary creations. Immerse yourself in amazing food blended with storiesand tales. Your private guide will even send you a photo album after the tour.

Spend rest of the afternoon driving through some morebeautiful West Cork villages before returning to your hotel.

Overnight in Ballymaloe House

Day 4   

Today you will see the parts of Ireland many rarely do.Untouched and undiscovered by commercial tourism, this is hidden Ireland at itsbest. You will gain exclusive access to a range of unique, off the beaten tracklocations and some extraordinary private homes. Escape on a private rivercruise on board an environmentally friendly electric boat, a first of its kindin Ireland. Pass dense forest, scenic wetlands and enter these undiscoveredLakelands as you begin to feel at one with nature. Enjoy lunch on-board, servedwith eco-friendly and biodegradable cutlery and crockery. A true escape awaits.This 3-hour Private Cruise will include a stop at a private island of less thanone acre, where lies a private castle completely restored by its owners. Meetthis charming couple and learn of their 20-year restoration project. Savourfood and drink tastings of the 16th Century to get a true taste of living inMedieval times. Also enjoy live entertainment during this visit, fit for a Kingor Queen. The Harpist will fuse traditional Irish music with modern daycontemporary pop such as Ed Sheehan, Coldplay to Kodaline and Game of Thrones,all for you!

Price EUR 6678 based on 4 pax sharing 2 dbl rooms (€ 3339per couple). Or EUR 5025 based on 2 pax

Rugged,Wild & Beautiful – Go West

Day 1

Drive to Connemara airport where you will begin your journeyto the Aran Islands - Inis Mór for your exclusive experience. Famed for theirwild landscapes, distinctive knitted jumpers and pretty thatched cottages, theIrish-speaking Aran Islands on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way never fail to wow…You will spend all day on the island enjoying activities from a craft workshopto a goat farm visit and tasting.

Overnight at Glenlo Abbey

Day 2

Enjoy a private fishing trip today with a gourmet picnic oflocal crab, salads, homemade breads on a deserted island beach. Depart fromRossaveal fishing port on a powerboat for this full day experience. Along theroute you will view some landmarks such as a Martello Tower, 10th centurychurch and monastery. After fishing with an expert on hand and lunch, enjoy ahistory walk. Change your vessel to embark on a one-hour cruise of Greatman’sBay. Your new vessel - a Galway Hooker - is hundreds of years old and now isbeing skippered by the fifth generation of his family. These boats aremagnificent sailing vessels, and this will be a unique opportunity toexperience and sail in one. Seaweed foraging and a coastal hike are also inorder. You will learn about edible sea plants on an aquaculture farm and seehow the abalone, sea cucumbers and sea urchins are grown. Or why not walkIreland's only archipelago connected by bridges. On returning to the fishingboat, there will be more time for fishing and also pulling a few lobster potsbefore arriving back on dry land and time for a creamy pint of Guinness.

Overnight at Glenlo Abbey

Day 3

Today discover sustainable approach to shell-fishing. Firstyou will enjoy a hands-on lobster safari where you will catch, cook and eat(alternative meals will be arranged for those who don’t eat lobster). Thissailing will take you gently from the mouth of the River Corrib towards GalwayBay with an amazing view of the Claddagh where the Claddagh Ring originated.

Later visit an oyster farm – one of the oldest in thecountry – and see how oysters have been grown for centuries in the crystal coldwaters here. On this farm you will see how oysters are grown over a three-yearperiod from seed to plate. As part of your visit enjoy the taste of a ConnemaraOyster fresh from the waters of Ballinakill Bay.

Overnight at Glenlo Abbey

Day 4

Start the day with drive to Achill Island and enjoy a uniquebehind-the-scenes Sea Salt Experience. Learn the story of the production ofAchill Island Sea Salt, salt’s place in our history, culture and food; anartisan, pure and natural Irish Sea Salt, which is hand harvested from the WildAtlantic waters that surround Achill Island. Capture a taste of the WildAtlantic Way when you taste the sea salt and it will evoke a memory you neverknew you’d lost. Next enjoy a half hour of fun with a hands-on sheep farmexperience. Join the team and their loyal working sheep dogs in their day today farm work as they herd the wild sheep grazing free-range throughout thehills, mountains and shorelines of Achill Island. Why not try shearing by handone of wild mountain sheep by hand or try sheep herding with border colliedogs, while learning all about the horned blackface hardy mountain sheep. Endthe day by visiting a local distillery. Enjoy an authentic and intimate tourwhere you will learn about the production of whiskey from grain to glass,whilst also exploring the history and heritage of Irish spirit making. The tourincludes fun and informal tastings of the whiskey, vodka, gin and traditionalIrish poitín.

Overnight at Mount Falcon

Day 5

Departure. If you have time we can add on experiences inSligo, the W.B. Yates county, where there is a wealth of culture, literature,gin and scenic walks. 

Price EUR 9402 based on 4 pax sharing 2 dbl rooms (€ 4701per couple). Or EUR 5997 based on 2 pax

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