1. Whiskey And Castles – Dublin
Touring Company: Daytours.ie | Departing Location: Suffolk St., Dublin
Cost: €65 Adult – €60 Student (13-16)/Senior – €35 Child (5-12) – Children under 5 free | Lasts: About 3 hours
Why It’s Awesome: The Whiskey and Castles Day Tour brings you into the heart of the Irish midlands where you will visit two of Ireland’s most famous distilleries, Tullamore DEW, and Kilbeggen Distillery, both of which will show you a good time and offer a unique tour and experience as you learn the distillery process and sample authentic Irish Whiskey. You’ll also tour Birr Castle and Gardens, which remain the family home of the Earl of Rosse.
2. Gravedigger Ghost Tour – Dublin
Touring Company: Extreme Ireland Adventures | Departing Location: College Green, Dublin
Cost: €25 | Lasts: About 2 Hours
Why It’s Awesome: During this nighttime-only tour that runs 7 nights a week, you’ll meet at Trinity College where you will be transported 600 years back in time. Back to a time when the Augustine Priory was in operation and the plague houses were full, something your guide is more than just a little familiar with. You’ll visit St. Auldeon’s also know as Hell, and be told of its gruesome past by lamplight. You’ll visit Kilmainham Jail and Bullys Acre and finish off your tour at the gravedigger pub, where you will receive a “ghoulish tipple and learn about the practice of grave robbing” before being returned to the city center and wandering into the night.
3. Dublin Literary Pub Crawl – Dublin
Touring Company: Viator | Departing Location: Duke Street, Dublin
Cost: €20 | Lasts: About 2 Hours
Why It’s Awesome: You’ll get to immerse yourself in Dublin’s rich literary heritage and enjoy a few pints along the way on a literary pub crawl through Dublin. Led by entertaining actors who bring their characters to life, this guided walking tour is a wonderful introduction to Dublin’s literary past (and exciting pub culture!). Visit the historic pubs where your favorite writers and poets (Joyce! Keats!) would frequent. Share a drink and hear tales from Dublin’s rich literary folklore. Top it all off with a literary quiz with prizes for the winners!
4. Medieval Capital of Ireland – Kilkenny
Touring Company: Around Ireland Day Tours | Departing Location: Various Locations, Dublin
Cost: €20 | Lasts: 10 Hours
Why It’s Awesome: Explore the famous 12th century Kilkenny Castle majestically located on the banks of the River Nore. Kilkenny is the craft capital of Ireland, visit the famous Kilkenny Art & Design Centre and appreciate the tradition of arts and crafts in Ireland. In the courtyard you can see these crafts people at work. Goldsmiths, Sculptors, Painters and many more, these crafts men and women are some of the most recognized artists in Ireland. You’ll visit: The Saint Frances Brewery founded in the 14th century!), Rothe House (viking artifacts!), Dunmore Caves (site of the worst Viking massacre in Irish history!), Wild, rugged Wicklow Mountains, andGlendalough (historical Monastic site, and where Christianity was re-introduced into Europe after the Dark Ages).
5. Ireland Cooking Tour – County Cork
Touring Company: Hidden Ireland Tours | Departing Location: Ballymaloe International Cookery School, County Cork
Cost: Varies | Lasts: Varies
Why It’s Awesome: A foodie’s delight! Your cooking & food tour begins at the world renowned, Ballymaloe International Cookery School on the south coast with dynamic instruction from the Darina Allen-led team of cooks and chefs. Then, it’s westwards into the heart of the region known as West Cork and the Slow Food culture of Ireland to the Good Things Café Cookery School on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula. And along the way, we take the time to explore the incredible culture of the area.
6. Rock Climbing – Various
Touring Company: Hidden Ireland Tours | Departing Location: Various
Cost: Varies | Lasts: Varies
Why It’s Awesome:
1. Climbing & Abseiling in the Gap of Dunloe
In the early 1980’s, Con Moriarty was at the forefront of of the development of rock climbing in his native Gap of Dunloe. Today, hundreds of recorded climbs in the pass combine to make the Gap one of Ireland’s great climbing venues, with routes spanning grades of severity. Rock climbing here with Con or taking an adrenaline hit from a mega-abseil off one of the big cliffs in this wild region is a memorable experience.
2. Dingle Sea-Cliff Climbing
Stunning, clean sandstone sea-cliffs at remote locations on the Dingle Peninsula have been developed by local climbers over the past twenty five years or so, including the first sports climbing developed in Ireland, developed on big walls at remote locations on the northern side of the peninsula by Con Moriarty and friends. Training and climbing in small groups at these incredible sites is open to all, ranging from beginner to moderate.