Cork, Blarney and Hayfield Manor

So where to next?? After check out and the most beautiful breakfast in Castlewood House we boarded the sprinter for our journey to Kiss the Blarney Stone. Along the way, Peter played dvd’s informing the ladies of  the background and history of Kissing the famous Blarney Stone. a gift of eloquence is said to be gained from Kissing the Blarney Stone, I doubt these ladies even needed it. The craic was mighty, they were having the time of their lives.

For 200 years people have been travelling from all over the world to Kiss the Blarney Stone. Even worlds statemen and legends of the silver screen have climbed the steps to do it too.

So they ladies had a little stretch and off they went. Their laughter could be heard from down below :-)

We just had enough time for a session of retail therapy in the Woollen Mills before climbing aboard for Midleton. Next stop ……..Jameson Whiskey Factory!

From the 18th century to the 21st, the expert guides lead them through the extraordinary story of Jameson Irish Whiskey. We look, listened and learned, not to mention had our palate tickled by the unmistakable taste of the Irish whiskey that’s triple distilled to be twice as smooth for one great taste.We travelled back in time, visiting the magnificent courtyard where it’s easy to imagine the hustle and bustle of harvest times gone by, when local farmers would arrive with horse-drawn carts piled high with sacks of grain ready to sell to the distillery.  They marvelled at the giant waterwheel which, once upon a time, powered all the distillery machinery and which still turns cogs and wheels in the Mill Building.

In the Brew House we saw the largest pot still in the world (who else do you know who can make that claim to fame?), while at The Old Cooperage the distillery’s past was quite literally at your fingertips. And to add the finishing touch what could be better than a whiskey tasting session in the Jameson Bar!

A light lunch and we were off again. Hayfield Manor here we come. Think the Jameson had gone to their heads, the singing was even louder than before:-)

Hayfield Manor is a stunning 5 Star hotel in the centre of Cork. From the moment we stepped inside, we were treated like royalty. Check in ran smooth and the ladies retired to their rooms for a little siesta. Dinner was in the dining room at 8pm and from the reports we got, they were overall very impressed, especially with the friendly staff.

A night cap or two and they headed to bed. Early Start toomorrow…….. I wonder where Peter is taking them……….


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