Eat Your Way East: Sustainable Trout and Traditional Tipple

Route:

Meath, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford


Features:

Boann Distillery, Boyne Brewhouse, Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Smithwick’s Experience, Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Journey Overview:

Chef Kevin Powell and photographer Ellius Grace recently set out on a culinary adventure across Ireland’s Ancient East. Their aim was to experience this vibrant region’s delicious food offering, while discovering the heritage and stories behind some of the region's most delectable delights. On this two-day leg of their trip, they sampled finely distilled Irish whiskey and visited a sustainable trout farm.

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Day 1
Kevin takes a tour of Boyne Brewhouses’s orchard

Day 1

  • 1 hr
  • 50 mins
  • 180 km
  • 112 miles

Route:

Meath, Kilkenny


Points Of Interest:

Boann Distillery, Boyne Brewhouse, Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Engage With The Stories:

Boann Distillery

Boann Distillery

Take a tour of this charming distillery, and learn about the friendly family whose passion is creating quality Irish whiskey. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to sample their tasty wares too!


Journey Overview:

The first day of this excursion kicked off in the beautiful Boyne Valley in Co. Meath. Kevin and Ellius visited the Boann Distillery, a family-run establishment that produces finely crafted whiskey and gin.

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At the Boann Distillery, the Cooney family's philosophy is to use only local produce – even the distillery’s water is drawn from a well on their land. Meanwhile, its sister company Boyne Brewhouse produces three tasty craft beers, and a refreshing cider (made with apples plucked from their own orchard).
 

Next on the itinerary was Goatsbridge Trout Farm in Kilkenny. Established back in 1961, it’s run by welcoming husband-and-wife team Ger and Mag, and very focused on organic and local sustainability. A charming Visitor Centre will educate guests on their impressive ethical model.

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Day 2
Kevin samples some of Smithwick’s tasty produce

Day 2

  • 1 hr
  • 3 mins
  • 73 km
  • 45 miles

Route:

Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford


Points Of Interest:

Smithwick’s Experience, Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Engage With The Stories:

Kilkenny Walking Tour

Kilkenny Walking Tour

This ancient city is positively steeped in history; while you’re there, be sure to take a walking tour around its cobbled streets and winding alleyways.


Journey Overview:

The second day of this adventure took the travellers into the heart of Ireland’s oldest city, Kilkenny. The interactive Smithwick’s Experience located there is run by a team of knowledgeable locals, and explains thoroughly how the brand grew to become a regional and national institution. 

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Visitors can enjoy a tasting of Smithwick’s ever-expanding range of beers – including the original, iconic red ale.
 

A majestic 18th century country house in Carlow is home to the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, the next stop on the journey. Bernard and Rosemary Walsh are dedicated to the revival of this iconic liquour, and tend to favour small, hand-crafted batches over mass-produced manual operations.
 

Finally, those following this route can enjoy a well-earned meal at Chef K’s Bistro in the four-star boutique Fitzwilton Hotel. It’s located in the heart of vibrant Waterford City, and provides a great base from which to explore this region, steeped in Viking lore.
 

That concludes this leg of Kevin and Ellius' Ireland’s Ancient East adventure. Find out what happened when they visited Avoca Handweavers, hopped over to Hook Head in Wexford, and sampled some freshly-baked goods and refreshing local cider.

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