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Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion

Spend a day sampling some of the finest whisky on this distillery tour! <br><br>Drive to the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland and to the river Shannon. Travelling into the centre of Ireland, your first stop will be to Kilbeggan Distillery for a guided tour. Kilbeggan Distillery produces Lockes Whiskey which has been on this site for a few centuries and boasts old machinery and traditions as you see the whiskey making process in full. <br><br>Your route takes you a little further west to Lough Ree and a nice pub lunch in the sleepy little village of Glasson. After lunch, you will be brought into the historical town of Athlone where you can drop into Ireland's and possibly the oldest working pub in the world, 'Sean's Bar'. Sean's Bar now boasts its own whiskey and you will learn a little about Lough Ree and its connection to the origins of whiskey making. Passing by Athlone Castle and the River Shannon, you will finish up enjoying a tour at the Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery.
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Rob Nesbit wrote a review 3 Feb
Basel, Switzerland1,109 contributions84 helpful votes
Was here twice in the month of January 2021. First time with brother and kids as we did the Nancy to Nellie loop walk that skirts around the Abbey through the countryside at the back and all around via the village of Fore itself. Nice little walk on a coldish wintery day that warmed up fast once the sun crept out from behind the shadows. Kids loved the walk, especially the fairy park and a chance meeting with a lovely old working horse that was sociable and loved getting patted on the head. Second time around was with the brilliant local historian Bartle D'Arcy, as we looked at the 7 Wonders, and the Pagan, early Christian, and Norman history, all associated with the Abbey. Very fascinating, and a great insight into the local history that one cant get from a textbook. We went through the 7 wonders of Fore, which are........... 1) The Anchorite (Hermit) in the Cell (lucky enough to get a peek inside) 2) The Lintel-stone Raised by St. Fechin’s Prayers (beautiful to see the little church) 3) The Mill without the Race (Stream) 4) The Water that Flows Up the Hill 5) The Tree that Wont Burn (blocked off at the time) 6) The Water that Wont Boil 7) The Monastery Built on the Quaking Sod (Bog) A lot of history is associated with this amazing site. And I learnt so much from Bartle. How Pagan Ireland was very much intertwined with early Christian Ireland of that time, and how the Normans really made the Abbey into what it is today, a spectacle of amazing stone masonry and early ecclesiastical architecture. The only slight was we couldn't see a lot of far off sights, like the nearby hills and mottes, as there was a thick fog, but truth be told it added to the atmosphere, mostly when we were in the mausoleum which had an eerie feel to it, especially amongst the graves and the odd human bone on display! Overall, a must see, a site overloaded with history and local folklore, and some good exercise on the routes through and around the Abbey, lovely fresh air pumped in from Lough Lene and down the valleys, a great day out, and the kids will love it. Pity the local pub was shut, damn lockdown!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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David D wrote a review Aug 2020
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The abbey dates back to 630, but much of the ruins today are from the later Norman period. Several chapels lie across the road up a nearby hill. The abbey itself is in ruins of course, but the ruins that remain are substantial and well worth a visit if near the area, or interested in monastic settlements.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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ExperiencingIreland wrote a review Aug 2020
County Laois, Ireland6 contributions1 helpful vote
Brought guests to the amazing Fore Abbey last week. It is just breathtaking and well worth the visit. Stopped at Fore Abbey Coffee Shop for refreshments and lots of friendly chat and information.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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kristine k wrote a review Aug 2020
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Free. Beautiful. Interesting. We worth a visit. You can climb up the hill opposite to the Chapel and the view is spectacular 😁
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Benner48 wrote a review Jul 2020
Dublin, Ireland32 contributions13 helpful votes
Well worth a visit. Lovely well organised walk around the abbey with a special place for children. They have a one way walk due to Covid 19. Start at the car park and go clockwise.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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