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Whiskey Island - Northern Ireland Whiskey Tour

The tour departs the hustle and bustle of downtown Dublin and travels north to County Meath. It doesn’t take long to get to the lovely Irish countryside. Slane Castle is set in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate within the valley and has been the family home of the Conyngham family since the 18th century. They have recently built a distillery on the estate, right next to the castle and they have launched their own brand of whiskey, the delicious Slane Irish Whiskey. Discover the story of the Conyngham family through the ages and the state of the art distillery built within the historical walls.

Experience the pretty village of Hillsborough, which boasts the imposing Hillsborough Castle which is home to the Queen of England when she is in Northern Ireland. There are many choices for lunch before hopping back onto the coach. The journey takes guests deep into the Irish countryside veering east towards the little village of Crossgar and home to Rademon Distillery, home of Shortcross gin and Single Malt Whiskey. Head Distiller at Rademon, David Boyd-Armstrong, will explain about his plans for the whiskey range coming soon. The tour ends in the tastings bar for a gin tasting.

The tour continues by coach through Downpatrick, which has strong ties to our patron Saint Patrick (he is said to be buried on the grounds of the town’s cathedral). A ferry is taken from Strangford to Portaferry and a 15-minute drive to Echlinville Distillery, the first newly licensed whiskey distillery in Northern Ireland in over 125 years. Tea/coffee and freshly baked scones start the tour of the 19th century Echlinville Manor House. That’s followed by a walk through the facility which is a proper bona fide ‘field to glass’ distillery, all the barley is grown onsite and the aromas at their warehouse where their whiskeys are maturing will be experienced. Two samples of their flagship whiskeys will be tasted in the manor house before continuing to Belfast to check into a 5-star hotel.

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel (included in rate) the tour will head further north to embark on one of the most spectacular driving routes in the world, the Antrim coast road. Along the way, guests will take a rest stop at the Londonderry Arms Hotel, once owned by former British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Dating all the way back to 1608 AD, the Bushmills Distillery is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Famed for its range of single malt Irish whiskeys, guests will have the chance to try them during a premium tasting in the Master Distiller’s tasting rooms.

Then sit back, relax and have a nice afternoon snooze on the coach as it returns to Dublin.

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