Ireland Hike, Distillery, & Brewery Adventure with BYO Magazine

September 12 - 18, 2024

“May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!”

An Irish Toast by someone who was probably on an ireland brewery tour

Brad Ring, Publisher of Brew Your Own Magazine, personally invites you to join him on this exclusive and epic Ireland Brewery Tour.

Céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes)! Despite being a relatively small country, Ireland has made some fairly big contributions to worldwide beer culture. Chances are when you hear the words “Irish pub” you can conjure up a pretty distinct image that has been imitated around the globe. Irish beer history reaches all the way back to the Bronze age when the first form of beer in Ireland is believed to have been brewed, though a variety of plants and herbs take the place of hops. And taking a look at modern day, Ireland is experiencing a craft beer boom, developing new creative brews around the country.

Join your fellow beer enthusiasts as we spend our days in perfect balance between physical activities and beer-focused experiences. Our evenings are spent in accommodations that range from fun and modern hotels to warm and welcoming country guesthouses.

We’ll explore breweries ranging from the very well-known such as Guinness to smaller, newer craft breweries you likely have never heard of. And as a change of pace, we’ll also sample a bit of the harder stuff and visit a few whiskey distilleries.

We’ll be pairing our beer experiences with a variety of splendid, picturesque hikes throughout the Irish countryside and coastline. The hikes are more rambles than peak climbing, so generally suitable for most people. We’ll visit some of the top natural sights in the country such as the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Dingle Peninsula.

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  • Dates: September 12 - 18, 2024
  • Cost Per Person: $4,250
  • Single Supplement: $900
  • Private Tour Minimum: 8
  • Activities: Hiking, Brewery Tours, and Distillery Visits
  • Difficulty: All Ability Levels
  • Guides: And Local Guides

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Trip Highlights

  • Touring and tasting at 11 different breweries from huge (Guinness) to tiny (Dick Mack's Brewhouse)
  • Rambling on scenic Irish trails and country roads, taking in Ireland's stunning beauty
  • Visiting several Irish whiskey distilleries including Killarney, Dingle, and Burren distilleries
  • Seeing some of Ireland's iconic sights such as the Rock of Cashel and the Cliffs of Moher
  • Starting and ending in Dublin, heart of Ireland and of the Irish beer industry
Day 1

Fáilte (Welcome) to Ireland! Our adventure starts at 1:00 PM, allowing you to arrive in Dublin this morning or the day before (which we highly recommend). After a few short introductions, we head out on a short educational and fun walking tour of Dublin to learn about the history and culture of this incredible city. We end our tour at Guinness's Storehouse, located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery. We'll enjoy an engaging self-guided tour that ends with a pint of their iconic beer and instruction on how to properly pour it. We'll then head over to the Guinness Open Gate Experimental Brewery to taste some of the new creations. We finish things off with a wonderful welcome dinner at Porterhouse Brewing. After dinner, you can walk back to our hotel or head out for a drink in Dublin's oldest pub dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll head out on the road for our first brewery stop of the day. But first we'll stop at the Rock of Dunamase, the ruins of an ancient Celtic where we can wander around on our own - no visitor center or entrance fee here. It is then on to Ballykilcavan Brewery for a farm tour, brewery visit, and charcuterie beer pairing lunch - 13 generations and 383 years in one family! After lunch we travel on with a visit to the Whitefield Brewery, which gets great reviews for its quality beers using traditional Irish styles and ingredients, and then on to our home for the night in Killarney. This is our longest drive day, four hours, as we get to the lovely southwest corner of Ireland. Dinner tonight is in the pizza pub of Killarney Brewing.

Day 3

We depart this morning for 9 White Deer Brewing in the region of West Cork, an area known for the high number of people who speak Irish on a daily basis. The brewery is not generally open to the public but our host, Brad Ring, knows the owner and that gets us in the door. We then move on to the cute village of Kenmare where you can enjoy lunch on your own, followed by a visit to Tom Creane Brewery, a very new establishment (November of 2019) with a rustic taproom and with owners sporting super interesting backgrounds. We'll then shuttle to the Gap of Dunloe, an incredibly scenic mountain pass where we'll walk on trails and small roads to Kate Kearney's Cottage, an Irish pub with 170 years of history and a good place to grab a pint if you so desire. Dinner is Killarney Brewing Company's second location, the main brewery, preceded by a tour of their distillery.

Day 4

Our destination today is one of the cutest and most scenically-located villages in Ireland: Dingle. We'll break up the drive there by doing a walk on the Three Peaks Annascaul Meelin Hill Loop, with views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Arriving in Dingle, you'll have time for lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants on the main street of town. After lunch we'll meet at the Dingle Distillery for a tasting. While they are currently closed for tours, we'll get them to open up their warehouse for a tasting for our group. We then switch back to beer with a visit to Dick Mack's, a pub that has been in operation and in the same family since 1899, with a recently added brewhouse. With outdoor seating it is a great place to spend the remainder of the afternoon. We'll then check into our central Dingle hotel before walking to dinner at Ashes Restaurant, which offers local seafood as well as other traditional dishes.

Day 5

The Dingle Peninsula and Ireland's southwest coast was named "The most beautiful place on earth" by National Geographic magazine. We'll drive to the very end of that beautiful peninsula to look out over the Atlantic, doing a morning hike at Slea Head. After, we'll head to the West Kerry Brewery, the original and first microbrewery in County Kerry, brewing traditional yet progressive beers. We'll then depart over Connor Pass for the town of Limerick and a tour and tasting at Treaty City Brewery, started by an Irish expat living in Vancouver, BC who started as a home brewer before moving back to Limerick. Dinner this evening is at a local pub - with an optional visit to Mother Mac's craft beer bar for one last drink before heading to bed.

Day 6

If Dingle is stunningly beautiful, the Cliffs of Moher are truly breathtaking. The Cliffs are a part of the UNESCO Global Geopark (a special region with outstanding geology) and rise an impressive 702 feet above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest points. We'll walk along the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail, taking in their raw natural beauty. We'll then make a stop at Burren Brewing with lunch at their associated Peter's Pub. After lunch we'll stop at Burren Distillers, a new company that is making Irish Whiskey in the spirit of the 13th century monks who first started distilling in the Burren region. It is then on to Galway, our home for the night, where we'll have a local dinner and perhaps an after-dinner drink at one of the many local pubs in the city.

Day 7

After breakfast, we'll hit the road back to Dublin. But first it is one more brewery stop, this one at Galway Bay Brewery, one of Ireland's larger craft breweries, for a tour and tasting. We'll then say our farewells and drop you off at the Dublin airport for you to either hop on a flight home or continue exploring what Ireland has to offer.

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Trip Accommodations


  • Hotels may have smaller hotel rooms than you are used to and there are not usually elevators, so pack lightly! (If you have traveled in Europe before, then you know what to expect.)
  • These hotels will very likely change to similar properties, as the travel industry is still in flux.


Located in the heart of Dublin's city center, this 4-star hotel overlooks the Guinness Brewery and Phoenix Park. It is the perfect starting point for a week of adventure!


Surrounded by sweeping countryside views of the Flesk Valley and the Torc & Mangerton mountains, this beautiful hotel prides itself in its warm and welcoming atmosphere. You'll enjoy their newly renovated guest rooms that were designed with your comfort in mind.


The Dingle Bay Hotel is located in the heart of Dingle, right next to the marina. It is Dingle's most modern hotel, with up-to-date comforts but a very welcoming atmosphere.


This boutique-style hotel boasts an eclectic mix of contemporary style and comfort in a perfect central location, right in Limerick's city center.


Located in the heart of Eyre Square in the center of Galway, this hotel offers warm and inviting accommodations amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Arrival & Departure

You are free to arrive in Dublin (airport code: DUB) anytime you like prior to our after-lunch meeting on Day 1. This allows you to travel the day before or arrive that morning. However, if you are flying from North America we highly recommend arriving at least a day ahead of time to recover from your travel and any potential delays.

Our adventure ends the last afternoon of the trip in Dublin where we will drop all guests off at the airport no later than 1:00 PM to either catch their flight home (we would suggest not booking a flight earlier than 3:30 pm) or continue on to explore more of what Ireland - or Europe - has to offer.

What's Included?
  • Our local guide will accompany Brad Ring, publisher of Brew Your Own Magazine
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, you can choose to pay a single supplement for your own room or ask us to find you a roommate; you will need to pay the supplement if we are unable to do so.
  • All breakfasts and dinners are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. Many lunches are included and some are not.
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day until we say goodbye in Dublin on the last day.
  • All scheduled tastings and brewery/distillery visits are included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages outside of brewery and distillery visits, desserts, lunches, gratuities to your guide, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.

The weather in Ireland is always a bit unpredictable. In September, the weather is cool yet comfortable with the highs during the day in the mid-60s and the lows at night in the 50s. You'll want to bring layers that can easily be taken off and on during our various hikes. You'll especially want to bring rain gear as we may experience showers throughout the tour - it is Ireland after all!

Ability Level

This tour is rated For All Abilities and is a moderately active trip but with relatively easy hiking with some incline where you can take your time and go at your own pace. Daily mileage varies depending on beer tastings and other activities for each day but is roughly 5 - 12 kilometers for hiking.  While you will get daily activity by walking each day, this is not the best trip for someone looking for a major workout and tons of mileage (check out some of our other hiking trips for that!).  Conversely, this is not the best trip for someone not interested in being active on vacation (check out our Taste Vacations for that).

Drive Time

In order to see and do as much as possible on this tour, we do have quite a bit of van time to get from place to place. We try to break up the driving with stops along the way as best we can. The good news is, the Irish countryside is absolutely beautiful, so you'll always have something pleasant to look at out the window!

Changes to the itinerary

While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a brewery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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