SAVOR IRELAND ITINERARY
Arrive at Shannon Airport and travel through scenic areas of Clare, Limerick, and Cork to Kinsale.
Visit Adare Village, home of iconic thatched roof cottages
Arrive at Kinsale hotel and check in Relax at Spa and explore the parkland outside the hotel
Welcome Orientation and Group Dinner
We travel to Midleton, County Cork where we indulge ourselves in The Jameson Experience Tour, a fully guided tour around the original Midleton Distillery which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. You’ll learn about the hard working people and field-to-glass processes responsible for the whiskey that bears John Jameson’s name. On this tour, one of the friendly Jameson Ambassadors will guide you around some of our key buildings, including the warehouses and the micro-distillery. The tour finishes with your chance to do a guided comparative tasting of three famous whiskeys, one being Jameson.
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Farm and Gardens
In the afternoon we travel to Ballymaloe Cookery School, Farm and Gardens,
- Arrival at Cookery School for Tea, Coffee and homemade biscuits
- Guided Tour of Organic Farm and Gardens, including a visit to our Dairy, our food gardens and our glasshouses.
- Back to Cookery School to watch a short demonstration of all the dishes from one of our senior tutors.
- Into the kitchen to cook up a delicious 3 course meal with one of our tutors. We have a selection of delicious menus to choose from.
- Finish up, and sit down to a delicious early supper that you have cooked with a welcome glass of wine.
- Dinner at Ballymaloe Farm and Gardens
West Cork Farm Tour
On a West Cork Farm Tour, you’ll gain a unique insight into Irish farming practices and communities Join us on one of our Thursday West Cork Farm Tours (11am to 1pm). It’s a great way to connect with the people who help to produce the food West Cork is renowned for! On your two-hour tour, you’ll spend time with some of Ireland’s most innovative farmers and creative food producers. You’ll immerse yourself for a morning in the vibrant communities that set West Cork apart.
A West Cork Farm Tour is a great way to get to know this unspoilt region. You’ll soon see that tradition and innovation go hand in hand here because this is a place where the past often feels as close as the present.
The West Cork Farm Tours have been featured in Lonely Planet. Farmers are proud of their farms on Ireland’s un-spoilt southwest coastline. Their sustainable farming is something they’re eager to talk about with all of their visitors.
Whether you’re a farmer yourself, or just interested in how dairy, pork, and beef make their way from farm to plate, a West Cork Farm Tour is a real treat. You’re sure to fall for the charms of Rosscarbery village and the picturesque town of Clonakilty too.
Clonakilty Walking Food Tour
Our tasty tour of Clonakilty visits a wide range of food producers from meat, cheese, ice cream, beer, chocolate, bread and of course the wonderful Clonakilty Farmers’ Market. This guided tour with food writer Kate Ryan will connect you to the people, places and stories that make the award winning town of Clonakilty such a vibrant foodie hub. This tour is an ideal opportunity to meet the producers, learn about their food story, history and traditions – a chance to get a real sense of the people behind some amazing, and often times unique, food being produced in the town.
Toons Bridge Dairy Farm
At Toons Bridge Dairy, farmers work with un-pasteurized cow and sheep milk to make over 15 varieties of cheese. They specialise in Southern Mediterranean cheese styles, particularly pasta filata or stretched curd cheeses. They make Mozzarella, Ricotta, Burrata, Cacio Cavallo, Halloumi, Smoked Scamorza and Cultured Butter.
A Free Day
Free Day for guests to design, choose, and do their own activities
Optional day trip to Cork City
Explore the city at your leisure. The city that ‘Corkonian’s’ cheerfully refer to as the ‘real capital of Ireland‘. The compact centre is surrounded by interesting waterways and is chock full of great restaurants fed by arguably the best foodie scene in the country.
The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces. St Patrick’s St runs from St Patrick’s Bridge on the North Channel of the Lee, through the city’s main shopping and commercial area, to the Georgian Grand Parade, which leads to the river’s South Channel. North and south of St Patrick’s St lie the city’s most entertaining quarters: webs of narrow streets crammed with pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Cork’s dynamism is reflected in contemporary buildings, bars and arts centres. The best of the city is still happily traditional, though – snug pubs with live-music sessions most of the week, excellent local produce and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.
Kinsale Wallking Food Tour ~ Come Taste the Town with Us!
We start our day with a walking food tour of Kinsale. Sharing the stories, scenery, seafood and other tasty treats is what Kinsale Food Tours is all about. The tour brings you on a gentle stroll, which wends its way through this colorful town. We will stop at various eateries in Kinsale and meet some of the local characters and producers. These people are passionate about their culinary creations and you will learn their stories and more of the history of this unique part of Ireland.
Black’s Brewery Tour
Tour Black’s Craft Beer Brewery and Distillery and sample a selection their craft beers and spirits.
Martin Shanahan Fishy Fishy Talk and Tasting
We visit the Fishy Fishy restaurant where celebrity chef and owner, Martin Shanahan, presents a talk on seafood preparation from trawler to plate.
Martin Shanahan is one of Ireland’s leading seafood chefs. A graduate of Rockwell Catering College, Martin spent his early career working in The Butler Arms in Waterville. Before moving on to become head chef at the popular Jim Edwards restaurant in Kinsale.
2006 saw Martin purchase a large Gallery and convert it into the formidable Fishy Fishy Restaurant. Martin and his team have stuck with an ethos of using and cooking local, fresh, seasonal fish served in an informal context, with staff who take real pride in their work.
“Fish is nature’s fast food. It is a gift, not a commodity, and deserves our respect”, is Martin’s philosophy behind his business.
In 2009 Martin embarked on his first venture into television, filming the first of a successful series of television programmes, Martin’s Mad About Fish, with RTÉ Cork. With great reviews a second series was commissioned in 2011, Martin’s Still Mad About Fish.
A Taste of West Cork
We visit A Taste of West Cork Food Festival venues, enjoying and sampling a selection of different culinary experiences and demonstrations during the day.
A Taste of West Cork is so much more than just a festival which happens to be about food; It is a festival that celebrates all that is unique about West Cork – the food, the producers, the landscape and the people – the magic ingredients.
The beauty of West Cork draws many artists, writers, craftsmen and food producers to the area and A Taste of West Cork Food Festival showcases the wonderful food and food creators in this very special place. It brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tastings and cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, talks and exhibitions, children’s events, adventures and more.
A Taste of West Cork is one of Ireland’s longest running food festivals and is fast becoming a premier event on the food calendar. The festival is one of the best opportunities for the many local producers and chefs to showcase their wares to people passionate about food.
Dinner at Fishy Fishy
A Taste of West Cork
We repeat Day Five, but choose a completely different selection of venues, experiences, and activities dedicated to the food and flavors of the West Cork environs.
Departure for most from Shannon Airport to return home.
1. Breakfast included, 7-10 AM; Lunch and Dinner are optional and on own except Sunday welcome dinner and Wednesday dinner.
2. Individual tours may be scheduled through hotel concierge for any day.
3. Reserve Spa appointments directly with Spa.
4. Tour Itinerary subject to change as circumstances dictate.