Our Tours5 Day Wild Atlantic Way Tour
The Journey Of A Lifetime
Discover Ireland’s Outstanding Wild Atlantic Way
Our flagship Wild Atlantic Way tour takes you on a journey of a lifetime! Starting and finishing in Dublin, this tour guides you through the South West of Ireland.
Historical highlights include the majestic Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny castle and the beautiful thatched cottages of Adare. The dramatic scenic landscapes of Killarney, the Dingle peninsula, and the Cliffs of Moher never fail to impress.
This tour visits the best craft brewers who will engage us with their stories over excellent beer tastings. Often we get to taste new beers which haven’t hit the shelves yet. Our groups always feel like they have a unique experience by visiting local breweries as they brew.
This 5 day tour has the perfect mix of diverse scenery, cultural sites, dramatic coastlines, overnight stays in cosy accommodation and of course the best of Irish craft beer coupled with great food. Come experience Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
June 20th – 24th, 2022 – This tour is full.
September 5th – 9th, 2022 – This tour is full
Day By Day On The Wild Atlantic Way
Dublin City to Kilkenny City
We depart Dublin and visit the Rock of Dunamase – a completely off the beaten track heritage site. Despite the castle’s ruined state, we get a sense of its former grandeur as home to Strongbow. The stunning views of the surrounding countryside make it well worth the stop.
Our first brewery visit is a terroir tour – join brewery owner and 13th generation farmer, David on a guided walk around the barley field and hop garden, where he grows the ingredients used to make the award-winning Ballykilcavan beers. Then, follow David through the historic stone farmyard and into the on-site working brewery to hear his family stories and learn the artful process behind crafting beer. Finish up with a tutored tasting of four different Ballykilcavan beers within a restored 19th century mill house.
Next brewery visit is always a highlight – meeting and hearing the story of Cuilan Loughnane, owner & brewer at Whitefield brewery. Cuilan is one of the early pioneers of Irish brewing. He has built up a great reputation for his quality beers aged in French and US virgin oak. He will talk us through his unique style focusing on sustainability and quality.
In the evening we head for the medieval city of Kilkenny. Go back in time and explore Ireland’s Medieval Mile, linking the 13th century St. Canice’s Cathedral to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle. Overnight in the city which is packed with excellent pubs and restaurants.
Whitefield brewery, Templemore, Co. Tipperary
Producers of: Ruby Red, Dark Lady, The Banker, Woodcock and Old Smoke.
Producers of: Long Meadow IPA, Bambricks Brown ale, Binbawn pale ale
Kilkenny To Kenmare
Start the day with a visit to the Rock of Cashel, one of the oldest and most impressive archaelogical sites in Ireland. Caiseal na Rí meaning the fortress of the kings. Take a guided tour or wander the site at leisure.
The team at Eight Degrees Brewing are both Antipodean’s and established their brewery at the foot of the majestic Galtee mountains in 2011. They have been doing a great job of innovating and experimenting since then. Eight Degrees Brewing are passionate about producing exciting and adventurous beers using natural ingredients.
Travel west to the kingdom of Kerry. Visit Tom Crean’s brewery in the beautiful town of Kenmare. A family run business, Tom Crean’s grand-daughter Aileen runs the restaurant while her husband Bill brews the beer and regales the history of this famous Antarctic explorer.
Stay in Kenmare, a picturesque and colourful little town on the Ring of Kerry. The evening will be free to enjoy the many restaurants and pubs of Kenmare with live traditional music.
Eight Degrees Brewing
Producers of: Howling Gale Ale, Sunburnt Irish Red Ale, Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner
Tom Crean's Brewery, Kinsale
Producers of: Producers of: Expedition Ale, Six Magpies Stout, Scurvy Dog IPA, Druids Wheat beer
Kenmare To Dingle
Get excited for Dingle which is always a highlight. But first, travel along the beautiful ring of kerry road visiting Killarney National Park and Torc waterfall en route, there is an option to take a horse and carriage ride through the Muckross estate to visit Muckross Abbey.
Heading out on the Dingle peninsula, we will make a stop at Inch Beach. This long flat stretch of beautiful sands and shallow waters is perfect for swimming. Plent of brewery hoppers have braved the Atlantic, just putting it out there!!
Enjoy one of Ireland’s most scenic drives around the Slea Head Drive with plenty of photo opportunities. This is where we will find Ireland’s most westerly brewpub called West Kerry Brewery. This is a real hidden gem, brewing beer in very small batches – some in cask being served in the adjoining pub. Adrienne, the brewster is a passionate artist and takes pride in her garden also using botanicals in the brewing process where possible. The summer ale uses rose hips and the autumn stout uses blackberries both creating great aroma and flavours. This cosy pub is a place you could get lost in time and forget entirely about the world.
Dingle is one of Ireland’s most charming towns and is a highlight for many. It’s a bright and colourful town packed with local arts and crafts shops with a pub thrown in at every opportunity. Overnight in Dingle, enjoy a choice of award-winning restaurants, pubs and live traditional music. The craic agus ceol is always flowing in Dingle.
West Kerry Brewery
Producers of: Cúl Dorcha (dark, fruity ale), Béal Ban (pale English style bitter), Carraig Dubh (chocolate porter)
Dingle to Lisdoonvarna
Travel to Adare, a beautiful heritage town in Co. Limerick. While in Adare, we’ll take a coffee stop and a walk around one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. The town is famous for its thatched cottages built between 1835–70.
Limerick is known as the Treaty City and it’s where we will meet Stephen, native of Limerick who owns Treaty City Brewery, he is an engineer by trade, brewer by choice! Tours are full of history as the building dates back 250 years and is located beside St John’s castle in the heart of the medieval quarter. Learn about the history of brewing in Limerick dating back to the 1700’s.
Drive to Bunratty for lunch in the infamous Durty Nelly’s pub. A 1620-era thatched cottage with lanterns and sawdusty floors, once a bar for castle guards.
It’s time to head for Lisdoon….mandatory requirement to learn Christy Moore’s famous song of the same name and sing it at the top of your voice on the approach into town! We’ll pay a visit to legendary Clare man, Peter Curtin. A well known local character in the Roadside Tavern & Brewery in Lisdoon. This traditional pub has been run by three generations of Peter’s family since 1893.
Peter added the Burren brewery to the pub which was highlighted as amongst the best craft beer locations to visit in Lonely Planet’s Global Beer Tour. If you’re lucky, you may even get to taste Peter’s Euphoria beer, which is harvested using wild yeast cultivated in the Burren region and contains no hops.
We will overnight in Ballinsheen House, within easy walking distance to the Roadside Tavern for fantastic pub-grub, pints of Peter’s craft beers and live traditional music.
Treaty City Brewery
Producers of: Harris Pale Ale, Thomond Red Ale, Shannon River IPA
Producers of: Burren Gold, Burren Red, Burren Black and Euphoria Fairy Beer!!
Lisdoonvarna To Dublin
A trip to Ireland would not be complete without a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Standing 214m (702 feet) high, the cliffs stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast. O’ Brien’s Tower has served as a viewing point for hundreds of years. You’ll be able to take a walk on the ‘wild side’, to get the true cliff experience and witness the Wild Atlantic waves majestically break below the cliffs.
Visit the Burren for a walk on limestone karst landscape formed 350 million years ago. This is the only example of its kind in Western Europe with limestone rock and wild flowers co-existing in a lunar environment.
Our final brewery stop is in Galway Bay brewery, since it started in 2009 it has grown significantly and expanded 3 times. With a core range of seven beers and monthly releases from fruity sours to big barrel aged beers, GBB brew the full spectrum of flavours.
Drive time, back to Dublin for hugs and farewells.
Galway Bay Brewery
Producers of: Full Sail IPA, Buried at Sea Milk Stout, Of Foam and Fury DIPA, Bay Ale Red.
Also Included In The Tour:
Pick-up & drop off in Dublin City Centre
Transport in Mercedes mini-bus
Tours and tastings at 8 of Ireland’s best craft breweries
Entrance to the Rock of Cashel and the Cliffs of Moher
4 nights hotel/B&B accomodation with a full and hearty Irish cooked breakfast each morning
Minimum number for this tour is 6, maximum number is 16.
What To Bring
Be Ready For Adventure!
A Rain Jacket
A Thirst For Good Beer
Hunger for Great Food
A Sense Of Adventure!
What Are You Waiting For?
Let’s shake off the isolation, worry and fear to go and explore the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way!