Our Tours6 Day Wild Atlantic Way Craft Beer and Food 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 6 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.
May 20th – 25th, 2024
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.
Continue onto 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.
Producers of: Long Meadow IPA, Bambricks Brown ale, Binbawn pale ale
Kilkenny To Kenmare
Visit the Rock of Cashel, one of the oldest and most impressive archaeological sites in Ireland. Caiseal na Rí, meaning the fortress of the kings. Take a guided tour or wander the site at leisure.
Travel west to the kingdom of Kerry to visit Tom Crean’s brewery in the beautiful town of Kenmare. A family run business, Tom Crean’s grand-daughter Aileen regales the history of this famous Antarctic explorer. Bill brews the beers and together they tell a great story and give us a warm welcome.
Overnight 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.
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 we will enjoy Killarney National Park. This is Ireland’s oldest and most diverse park in terms of ecology. Starting at Torc waterfall we will take an optional horse and carriage ride through the park to view Muckross Abbey and end up at the impressive Muckross House.
Meeting up with our local forager guide, we’ll learn how local herbs and plants can be brought into our diet, where they grow, when to harvest and how to eat them. Taste wild garlic pesto, elderflower cordial and maybe even dandelion beer to excite the tastebuds.
Visit Killarney Brewery, a wonderful piece of architecture overlooking the Gap of Dunloe. Lunch here before a tour and beer tastings.
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, just putting it out there!!
Dingle is one of Ireland’s most charming towns, it’s bright and colourful and 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.
Producers of: Casey Brothers stout, Full Circle IPA, Killarney Blonde, Rutting red ale
We have had so many requests for more time in Dingle, we decided to make it a 2 night stay and give you a little free time.
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, small batch brews some in cask served in the adjoining pub. Adrienne, the brewster is a passionate artist and takes pride in her garden using botanicals in the seasonal brews. 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.
In the afternoon, you choose – shopping, walking Dingle marina or taking a boat trip out of the harbour with Dingle Boat Charters or a fun tour at Dick Mac’s Brewhouse, once a cow-shed which now produces great beer. Tastings in the courtyard’s afternoon sun (here’s hoping).
Dinner in Dingle is always a conumdrum as we are spoilt for choice especially if you like seafood and of course the pubs are always playing the best traditional Irish music after dinner.
Dick Mac's Brewhouse
Producers of: Dick Mac’s Session IPA, Amber Ale and Pale Ale
West Kerry Brewery
Producers of: Cúl Dorcha (dark, fruity ale), Béal Ban (pale English style bitter), Carraig Dubh (chocolate porter)
Dingle to Liscannor
First up this morning, a visit a real Irish working sheep farm. This small family run farm informs you of how difficult sheep farming is on the steep mountain slopes of the West of Ireland.
Travel to Adare, a beautiful heritage town for 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.
After lunch and beer tastings, we will visit the Cliffs of Moher. Standing 214m (702 feet) high, the cliffs stretch for miles along the Atlantic coast. O Brien’s Tower has served as a viewing point for hundreds of years.
Overnight in nearby Liscannor, a small coastal village with local seafood and pubs to entertain us for the evening.
Treaty City Brewery
Producers of: Harris Pale Ale, Thomond Red Ale, Shannon River IPA
Liscannor To Dublin
As we meander up the coastal route of Co Clare, stop to take in 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 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.
Drive time, back to Dublin for hugs and farewells.
Whitefield brewery, Templemore, Co. Tipperary
Producers of: Ruby Red, Dark Lady, The Banker, Woodcock and Old Smoke.
Also Included In The Tour:
Pick-up & drop off in Dublin City Centre
Transport in Mercedes mini-bus
Tours and tastings at 6-7 of Ireland’s best craft breweries
Entrance to the Rock of Cashel and the Cliffs of Moher
5 nights hotel/B&B accomodation with a full and hearty Irish cooked breakfast each morning
Minimum number for this tour is 8, 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?
Join us in 2023 to explore the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way!