PostBEX Tours 10/6

 HIGHLIGHTS OF LIMERICK

Date & Time: October 6th, 2017, 8 am – 4 pm, 20 ppl max
Transportation: There will be one way transfers from Killarney to Limerick. The transfers will depart at 8 am from the INEC. There will be no return transfers.

Description: Depart Killarney for Limerick and visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum on the banks of the river Shannon – get an insight into the era of transatlantic flights, get on board a replica flying boat and discover where Irish Coffee was invented and get to make your own Irish Coffee.
Continue onto Limerick city and take a guided walking tour of Limerick taking in the some of the highlights of the city. Visit the Milk Market and get to sample some local fare. Take a tour at King John’s Castle – get to hear about the history of how the city developed over the centuries. Finish up your tour with an Irish Whiskey Tasting in Flannery’s Bar.

 

Historic Cork & Maritime Tales

Date & Time: October 6th, 2017, 8 am – 7 pm, 20 ppl max
Transportation: There will be one way transfers from Killarney to Cork. The transfers will depart at 8 am from the INEC. There will be no return transfers.

Description: Since time immemorial, ships have passed through one of the world’s largest natural harbours at Cork. Looking out of over Cork Harbour, you almost hear history whispering on the salty breezes. Hear about cunning convicts, Titanic Tales and final farewells in the colourful town of Cobh. With deep connections to the past, this town’s history is laden with a history connecting it with the sea. Nearby, the busy town of Midleton, home of the Jameson Distillery and a Whiskey Tasting Master Class. Discover some of Ireland’s most storied whiskeys; whether it’s Blended, Single Pot Still or Single Grain and your Whiskey Tasting Master Class is your chance to acquaint and distinguish your taste buds with some of these. Under the watchful gaze of ‘The Clock’, there’s a time travel invitation waiting at the port town of Youghal Clock Gate Tower. Served in previous centuries as a local wealthy merchant’s warehouse for imported spices and silks and in the 1800s its residents were less exotic when its purpose was a gaol. You are invited to travel through 600 years of ‘Time’ with storytellers clad in ‘Time Costume’ journeying with you.

Food
Delight in the gastronomical spoils on offer at Sage in Midleton, where ingredients are locally sourced close to the restaurant’s front door. No carbon footprint here, just those of enthusiastic diners.

Evening Activity
View Cork City from a different perspective. Experience an evening exploration of Cork City with the Under the Bridges Kayaking Tour on the River Lee.

 

A Taste of Cork City & County

Date & Time: October 6th, 2017, 8 am – 6 pm, 20 ppl max
Transportation: There will be one way transfers from Killarney to Cork. The transfers will depart at 8 am from the INEC. There will be no return transfers.

Description: Rather than seeing itself as positioned on the edge of Europe, Cork City and its port saw itself as at the centre of the world. Playing a very important role in trading when Ireland was part of the British Empire, the cosmopolitan flavour of the harbour city of Cork was built on centuries of international trade. Wander through one of the flourishing representations of these times at the English Market, a bustling covered food market packed with fresh and fish, meat, cheeses, breads, fruit, spices, chocolate and endless local artisan produce. Afterwards, try your hand at a uniquely Cork City experience and ring the Shandon Bells in the bell tower in the Church of St. Anne. You will be rewarded by the spectacular 360 degrees views of the city when you climb the 132 steps. Contrast the historical parallel tales of wealth and the less fortunate of this merchant port. Prepare to be impressed by the refined architecture and elegant interior design of Fota House. Located on Fota Island near Cork, this remodelled stately mansion exemplifies the best of 18th and 19th century Irish craftsmanship. Hop on a boat and take to the water to Spike Island, Ireland’s Alcatraz. Hushed and picturesque now, a guided tour of this former world’s largest prison will reveal the chilling history that haunts this beautiful island habitat. Enjoy a private tour of Ballymaloe House near Midleton, internationally celebrated as the home of pioneering and innovative Irish country cuisine and warm hospitality over three generations of the Allen family, Myrtle, Darina and Rachel. Discover more about some of the buildings’ and its walled garden’s history, artefacts and insight into life today and historically at Ballymaloe House.

Evening Experience:
Listen to a universal and uplifting language as masters of traditional Irish music in the heart of Cork City where groups of musicians play in pubs at The Lee Sessions. Guaranteed to have your feet tapping and body swaying.

 

 

A Taste of West Cork

 

Date & Time:
October 6th, 8 am – 6 pm, 20 ppl max
Transportation: Departing 8 am to West Cork – dropping off to Cork at 6 pm  with NO RETURN transfer to Killarney

Description: It’s no wonder they call West Cork “A Place Apart”. Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from smart south-coast Kinsale to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

Thanks to its gentle and generous nature, this corner has a wonderful food culture. West Cork’s farmers, award-winning artisan producers and chefs are leading Ireland’s culinary revolution.

In Skibbereen, a town with a rich and tragic history, discover the human stories behind Ireland’s Great Famine.

Award winning town, Clonakilty, is a Citta Slow, inspired by the slow food movement, meaning its residents choose a slower pace of life over its hustle and bustle. Home to renowned Clonakilty Black Pudding and a host of other artisan food producers, enjoy a Taste of West Cork in this picturesque town and hear tall tales about Tojo the World War 2 monkey. De Barra’s atmospheric pub, bedecked in floral hanging baskets, is a year round folk music venue filled with memorabilia.

The small village of Timoleague is rapidly developing a reputation for good food to rival some of Ireland’s better known, gourmet towns. The ruins of a 13th century Franciscan Abbey overlook newly emerged gastro pubs. At Ummera Smokehouse, observe salmon being carefully cured and gently smoked over smouldering oak fires.

Along the coast, at the Old Head of Kinsale, one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Signature Discovery Points, sheer cliffs are topped with an iconic striped lighthouse. The wedge shaped headland jutting out into the Atlantic houses one of the world’s greatest links courses; while the vast sea beyond conceals the wreckage of the tragic Lusitania, torpedoed in 1915 with the loss of 1200 souls.

A short journey from here to Cork city delivers guests to a bustling city with plenty night-time entertainment options.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

If you wish to stay on in Limerick or Cork after the Post Bex tour there is a wealth of accommodation available from Hotel’s to B&B’s and Guesthouses. Ireland also boasts a great array of distinctive and innovative holiday accommodation. Properties that have the desire to provide that unique opportunity to experience something different, from cozy rooms above traditional pubs to an eco-pod in a beautiful location.

Irish hotels are among the best in Europe and when you see a star rating, it means they’ve registered with Fáilte Ireland and have been inspected and graded for quality. Choose from chic, country-side, boutique, or city-centre hotels, with facilities such as spas and golf courses. We’ve got it all covered. Use Fáilte Ireland’s star-rating to start your research and plan the perfect holiday in Ireland.

Irish Home B&B’s provide a unique experience with comfortable overnight accommodation, hearty breakfasts and the personal attention of your host in town houses, country houses or farm houses and in Fáilte Ireland Welcome Standard approved premises.

You could also treat yourself to a unique experience and choose to stay in a charming guest house. Look forward to comfort, privacy and security, plenty of relaxation, and to being taken care of by your hosts – who are passionate and professional about what they do. Finding the right guest house will help you create the perfect holiday in Ireland.

For more information on the accommodation available in Limerick and Cork go to http://www.discoverireland.ie