Guided Walk Through Whiddy’s Past
Take the short trip from Bantry town to the unique location of Whiddy Island – sheltered by the beautiful mountains of the Beara peninsula to the north and the Sheep’s Head peninsula to the south.
Whiddy is one of seven inhabited West Cork islands, and it has a fascinating story to tell. Your guide, Tim O’Leary will share it with you as you discover the traces of its history that remain to this day in the form of Martello towers, a gun battery, and other historic sites.
On this West Cork Stone Symposium tour, discover how the monuments built by previous generations tell the story of our island’s past.
Whiskey Tasting Session
After your walk, retire to Whiddy Island’s Bank House pub where Liquid Curiosity‘s Jaq Stedman will take you on a kind of whiskey tour, introducing you to the distinctive flavours of Ireland’s exciting new whiskies. You’ll have a wonderful time trying the best single malt, single cask whiskies Ireland has to offer.
We’ll begin with Dingle Single Malt – this is Ireland’s first new whiskey to come of age in almost half a decade. During a fascinating tasting session, we’ll try five exceptional single malt Irish whiskies matured in different types of casks. Even better, you’ll match their great flavours with some of West Cork’s fine local artisan produce to complete this delicious experience!
Walk and Whiskey Tour Arrangements
Date: Saturday 25th March.
The ferry will leave Bantry Pier at 2pm.* The walk takes about 2.5 hours and it will take place over mixed terrain so good shoes are required. The walk will finish at The Bank House pub where you’ll enjoy your whiskey tasting session before you return to Bantry on the 6pm ferry. The ferry journey takes approximately ten minutes each way.
*Please note that the ferry is currently leaving from the Railway Pier due to improvement works that are taking place on the main pier. We will confirm the exact departure location in the days before the event.
The walk is classed as a C Grade Walk – accessible to anyone who is used to walking regularly.
The ‘Walk and Whiskey Tour’ fee €35 includes your ferry trip to Whiddy Island, a guided walk, and your whiskey tasting session.