An early start for the road trip, we were picked- up at the INEC Killarney by Kerry Coaches . The itinerary for the day was to visit different location that show case the best places to visit in Cork. Our private Kerry coach was comfortable and very spacious, I even catch up some snoozed on the way. After and hour or so, we arrived in Cobh and we were met by Eimear ( Failte tourism board representative) our guide throughout the day.
Cobh is situated on an island just east of Cork City’s harbour. It was first called “Cove” (“The Cove of Cork”), also known the Queenstown a tourist seaport ( to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria in 1849 ). It is famously known as the last port of call of the Titanic in 1912.
Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre with a permanent display exhibit of Irish history, and the history of RHS Titanic. A very popular place for tourist from cruise ships. Wandering around this quiet town was like walking back in time, while listening to the sad story about the Titanic. As the members of the families left behind waving goodbye to their love ones embarking on the ship.
While in Cork it’s best to make the most of it and a visit to a distillery is a must, not just some ordinary but the famous Jameson Distillery in Midleton.
It was just only 11 am but who cares? Are you ready for some whiskey tasting? I’m not really a whiskey person, but during the tour visit I discovered and acquainted well with the rich whiskey aroma that awakes every fibre of my senses.
My taste buds was teased with rich smooth taste of different whiskey flavours from blended single grain to single pot still, aged 12 years. We started with Redbreast single pot still aged 12 years.Then the Black Barrel triple distilled and Midleton Barry Crockett a single pot still. I think we sample about 3 to 4 whiskey, but to be honest I have lost count the whiskey was flowing!
History behind the distillery: Jameson Distillery and Whiskey Tasting Experience is situated in Midleton County Cork, an Irish whiskey museum compound is set in 15 acres was opened to the public in 1992. It used to be a woollen mill then converted to a military barracks and stables, before it was operated as distillery in 1825. And in 1867 several distilleries around Cork was merged to Cork distilleries Company.
After the distillery tour we were ready for Lunch! We headed to Sage Restaurant a very classy restaurant with strong ethos on using locally source ingredients using the 12 miles radius. Their menu changes daily and their dish only consist of three ingredients, according to Chef Kevin (restaurant owner) ” not to let confuse your pallet with different flavour but instead to savour the freshness of each ingredients”.
They also have The Greenroom, they serve food which less conservative with sourcing of their ingredients it goes as far as 50 to 100 miles radius but still on season produce.
Following lunch we headed towards Youghal. A historic walled seaport town located on the coastline of East Cork. Wandering around this quaint town and admiring the historic buildings and monuments scattered within its ancient town Norman walls was a bliss!
With time constraints, we only had a chance to visit the Tower Clock. A great place to explore tales from its fascinating past. The iconic 18th century clock tower, was built in 1777 as a gaol. The adjacent Victorian shop fronts stand shoulder to shoulder with 13th and 16th century dwellings, was indeed a pretty sight to capture.
We were shown around by the volunteers or shall I say storytellers, was an amazing experience. It felt like we were transported back in time that spans over hundred years of history, with our visit in every room.
A great display of how it used to be a grim prison for the locals, even just for a petty crime they commit. Before their exile abroad, they will spend years in this place at some occasion with their families too. The highlights of the visit were the 360 degrees view at the top, it was very picturesque overlooking the River Blackwater.
After a quick visit at the Tower clock, and a bit of history, it’s about time to head to Cork. We didn’t do the usual touristy sightseeing, but instead we did an evening kayaking activity.
It was a fantastic paddling along the Atlantic coast, the evening temperature is obviously cooler, but the total experience was exhilarating. The taster kayak activity was provided by Atlantic Sea Kayaking.
The day trip to Country Cork was fantastic! A beautiful place to explore for its history spanning thousands years. A great place for kayaking adventure, as well as fun and informative visiting the distillery.
Disclaimer: Even though all the activities were organised by the Fāilte Ireland Tourism. I retained full editorial control and all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
I enjoyed my experience as a guest at the Jameson Distillery Midleton but received no further remuneration to write this post. You can book directly the tastings experience on their website at Jameson Distillery.
We were hosted at the Sage restaurant with complimentary four course meal. Do check out their site for table booking at Sage Restaurant.
A complimentary evening kayaking was provided by Atlantic Sea Kayaking, do check out their site for booking this activity.
The wonderful day trip was make it possible by Kerry Coaches luxury transport provider in Ireland. Check out their site for booking.
- If you are looking for an epic road trip adventure, I highly suggest Ireland is the best place to go. Imagine those rugged cliffs and amazing landscape it has to offer. Your holiday photos for sure an envy of your friends!
While in Cork area try to visit the quiet town of Cobh, the last port call of the Titanic before it tragically sink on it’s voyage to America.
Are you an adventure junkie? Then kayaking along the Atlantic coast is for you to try!