TASTE OF IRELAND: THE IRISH CULINARY EXPERIENCE
8 night Pre-booked Tour – ‘Savour Ireland’s gastronomic delights’

Day 1 – Dublin Arrival
Welcome to Dublin. After you pick up your car, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon
you can explore this capital city with its many historic buildings, Georgian streets
and colourful gardens. Take the opportunity to visit some of its many
attractions such as the Christchurch Cathedral. You can also visit the Guinness
Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for
fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to
the Guinness story. After visiting the exhibition, you are invited to the Gravity
Bar to enjoy your pint of Guinness. This evening why not enjoy dinner in one of
Dublin’s many restaurants?
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 2 – Dublin & Wicklow
Today visit Butler’s Chocolate Experience which is located at the Butler’s Chocolate
factory in north Dublin, close to the junction of the M1 and M50 motorways.
Enjoy a 90 minutes interactive tour which allows you to experience the key elements
of chocolate production. There are work stations set up where guests get an
opportunity to be a chocolatier and decorate their own novelty to bring home.
At all stages of the tour, there is lots of chocolate sampling!
Leaving Dublin, travel along the east coast through Bray
before arriving in Ashford and onto Ballyknocken Country House &
Cookery School. Ballyknocken House is a charming Victorian
farmhouse operating as a 4* guesthouse. Run by Catherine, the third generation
Byrne to reside there, Catherine also runs Ballyknocken Cookery School and
entertains with Brown Bread Making Demonstrations and Cookery Courses.
Overnight: Wicklow area

Day 3 – Wicklow
After breakfast you may have the opportunity to participate in a class at the
cookery school (not included in the price and subject to availability).
In the afternoon you can use Ballyknocken House as a base to explore Wicklow,
known as the Garden of Ireland. Visit the Glendalough Monastic Site. The English
name Glendalough originated from the Irish “Gleann Dá Locha”, which translates
as "The valley of the two lakes". It was here that St. Kevin, son of the king of
Leinster, founded a monastery in the 6th century. From a simple beginning the site
grew to become famous as a centre of learning throughout Europe. Standing for
600 years it was destroyed in 1398. Much of what is to be seen today dates from the
10 to 12th century. One of the most attractive features is the fine 34m high
round tower. A cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses also survived albeit
as ruins. Beautifully scenic walking trails take visitors on a circular route by the lakes
from the Car park. Glendalough has an excellent visitor's centre and display area,
which is located at the entrance to the Valley. It houses a very comprehensive
exhibition on Glendalough detailing the history, archaeology and wildlife of this
area of Wicklow. An entrance chargeapplies to the visitor centre.
Overnight: Wicklow area

Day 4 – Waterford & Cork
This morning, travel south from Wicklow to Waterford. Visit the Harty Oysters Farm,
located in the scenic area of Dungarvan Bay. Jim Harty was a pioneer of Irish
oysters as he was one of the first people in the country to recognise the potential for
growing oysters in the Celtic Sea. The Harty family aim to give their customers the highest standard of
oyster and they consider their oysters tobe one of Ireland’s top luxury food
products available today. Leave Waterford and travel the shortdistance to Shanagarry and stop at
Ballymaloe Gardens which surrounds Ballymaloe Cookery School and the Garden
Café, which is run by TV chef Darina and Tim Allen. Ballymaloe includes a Herb
Garden, formal Fruit Garden, a formal Vegetable Garden and Water Garden.
Overnight: Kinsale area

Day 5 – Cork
This morning, take some time to explore the English Market. Situated in the heart of
Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since
1788. Developed and still owned by Cork City Council, the Market is one of the
oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. Continue on to the Cork Butter
Museum which dominated the world butter trade in the 18th and 19th centuries
and the museum explores the development of the exchange and the
history of dairying in Ireland. Afterwards, why not travel to Kinsale.
Make a few visits including Desmond Castle and the Wine Museum. Built as a
custom house by the Earl of Desmond in circa 1500, Desmond Castle has had a
colourful history. Before completing your tour of Kinsale, a visit to Charles Fort just
outside the town is a must. Constructed in the late 17th Century, Charles Fort is a
classic example of a star-shaped fort. In the evening enjoy dinner in Kinsale, known as
the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”.
Overnight: Kinsale area

Day 6 – Kerry
Today, travel towards the Dingle Peninsula and pass by the Killarney National Park.
The Killarney National Park features beautiful lakes and mountain sceneries.
The park is famous for its native natural habitats and species including oak holly
woods, yew woods and red deer. The National Park visitor centre (located at
Muckross House) and the information point at Torc Waterfall provide information
on all aspects of the park. This afternoon you will explore the Dingle
Peninsula, famous for its Celtic, preChristian monuments and Christian
churches. It is also a “Gaeltacht” – Irish speaking area, where the Irish language
and traditional ways of life are preserved. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing town
and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping or simply savouring the
atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and
busy harbour. Visit Murphy’s and taste real handmade Dingle ice cream. They are only
using natural ingredients and have very special flavours like Brown Bread and
Sea Salt. The road between Dunquin and Slea Head is dotted
with beehive huts, forts and church sites. Prehistoric Dunbeg Fort is on a cliff top
promontory with a sheer drop to the Atlantic and had four outer walls of stone.
Inside are the remains of a house and a beehive hut as well as an underground
passage. Beehive huts are circular stone buildings shaped like a beehive which was
lived in by the Kerry monks.
Overnight: Dingle area

Day 7 – The Burren & Galway
Depart Dingle this morning and travel via Adare. Adare, County Limerick, is a village
dating from the time of the NormanOvernight: Connemara area

Day 8 – Galway & Dublin
This morning leave Galway and visit the Rathbaun Farm. The farm is situated in a
rural area of Southwest County Galway near Ardrahan. The Burke and Connolly
family have been farming the 80 acres of land for over 200 years and Fintan
Connolly continues this tradition today. The main livestock are sheep with some
cows and horses. Visitors to Rathbaun Farm will become enchanted by its
thatched cottage home, turf fire, stone walls and an array of animals. The land is
limestone, free-draining soil currently in permanent pasture and in organic
conversion. Time spent here gives a glimpse into the daily workings of a sheepfarm
with plenty of time to see the animals, feed the lambs in season, talk to
the family and explore the farmyard. Guests can also visit the 150-year old
farmhouse,where you will have the opportunity to have lunch,
sampling some home baking and local produce. You may also have the
opportunity to bake your own scones, following the traditional Irish recipe.
Continue to visit Kilbeggan Distillery. Start your tour in 1757 and discover how Irish
whiskey was made in the time of the Lockes ownership of the distillery on one
side of the courtyard and then follow on to see how Kilbeggan Irish whiskey is now
being made in the traditional manner which includes a 180 year old pot still.
Kilbeggan Distillery established in 1757, isbelieved to be the oldest licensed pot still
whiskey distillery in the world. For almost 200 years, until it closed in 1954, the
distillery produced a traditional pot stilled Irish malt whiskey. Today the distillery
hosts a museum and since 2007 when distillation commenced again in Kilbeggan,
visitors can experience a real working distillery run by a team of young
enthusiastic craftspeople (and a few wise old heads too), skilled in the traditional
ways of making Irish whiskey. The guided tour follows the process of
making triple distilled Irish Whiskey, from the grinding of the grain to the casking of
the final product. Watch and listen as the 19th century water wheel
drives the machinery. Most of the original machinery has now been restored and can
been seen working daily. Peer into nine meter high fermentation vats. Learn about
the lives and the working conditions of the people that worked here. At the end of the
tour you will receive a complimentary sample of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 9 – Dublin Departure
If time allows visit Howth, a picturesque fishing village which is situated at the foot
of a huge rock peninsula. Howth, a huge rock massif with footpaths ideal for small
walks, offers beautiful views of Dublin Bay. You can also visit one of the numerous
seafood restaurants. Travel to Dublin Airport for return flight
home.

Suggested Visits:
 Guinness Storehouse
 Butler’s Chocolate Experience
 Bally knocken Cookery School
 Glendalough Monastic Site
 Harty OystersFarm
 Ballymaloe Cookery School
 English Market
 Cork Butter Museum
 Desmond Castle
 St Tola’s GoatFarm
 Cliffs of Moher
 Burren Smokehouse
 Rathbaun Farm
 Kilbeggan Distillery

Price Includes:
 8 nights sharing adouble/twin room in mixed accommodations(Pre-booked Accommodation)
 Heritage Island Guide
 Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates Example Hotels (or Similar):
 Dublin – 3* Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel
 Wicklow – 4*Ballyknocken House Hotel
 Kinsale – 3* B&B
 Dingle – 3* B&B
 Connemara – 4* Ross Lake House Hotel
 Dublin – 3*Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel

Excursion Pack
includes:
 Guinness Storehouse
 Butler’s Chocolate Experience
 1 Hour Baking at Ballyknocken**
 Cork Butter Museum
 Burren Smokehouse Talk& Taste
 Cliffs of Moher
 Tea & Scones at Rathbaun Farm
 Kilbeggan Distillery

Prices

Low Season Mid Season High Season Peak Season
01 FEB- 31 MAR 01 NOV – 30 NOV 01 APR – 30 APR 01 OCT – 31 OCT 01 MAY – 10 JUL - 21 AUG - 30 SEP 11 JUL – 20 AUG
DOUBLE $1079 $1099 $1249 $1389
SINGLE $1779 $1799 $1999 $2239
TRIPLE $999 $1099 $1239 $1279
CHILD* based on 1 child 3-12 years sharing with 2 adults $499 $499 $499 $499

optional excursion pack $280