East Cork & Youghal
On passing Middleton, we turn for the Coast taking the back road to Ballycotton then following the coast road we travel towards the historic town of Youghal home of Sir Walter Raleigh once a favourite of Queen Elizabeth 1st before she decided to lock him in the tower for marrying her lady in waiting without asking her permission.
On arriving in Youghal our first stop in the tourist office to meet up with the historic walking tour of the town including a visit to the wonderful clock tower and the historic walls. The story of the town will become one of your most enduring memories of your visit to Ireland.
The Clock Gate straddles Youghal's main street and is one of the most notable of Youghal's heritage features. There has been a tower on this site since the first construction of the town walls in 1275. However the current tower dates from 1777, the original being the Trinity Castle (also called the iron gate) and which like the Clock Tower were used as the main entrance to the town.
At first three stories, high, it's use doubled as a gateway into the town and as a gaol for rebels and prisoners. The Council of Youghal was forced to add the forth storey due to the number of prisoners in 1787.
After Lunch, we follow the river Blackwater to the beautiful village of Lismore winner of numerous awards including most beautiful village in Ireland. ( Lismore Castle is still home to the Duke of Devonshire ) for those not interested in visiting the Jameson Distillery within a short walk of the Lismore visitors centre the castle gardens are open to visitors but the castle unfortunately is not.
On leaving Lismore we travel the back roads to the old military town of Middleton home to the Jameson Distillery for your final stop of the day to join the 2.30pm tour at the Jameson Distillery to see how the best of Irish Whiskey is made and possible even have a little taste or two.
Tours for Jameson must be pre -booked on line at www.jamesonwhiskey.com
Cost 1-4 persons €380.00