And so, the best of the best of our day in a rental car, spent driving through County Tipperary (to see the Rock of Cashel) and County Cork (to visit the Jameson Distillery, of course):
The Rock of Cashel
|I've been known to read while walking. In this case, Rick Steves.|
|Right about here is where I exclaimed, "I'm so glad we rented a car!" Old stone things and I get along.|
|Isn't it picturesque?|
|I honestly might not have been surprised if a leprechaun had come frollicking out from behind that tree.|
|The town of Cashel. That hot pink cafe -- Grandma's Kitchen -- is where we had lunch.|
The Jameson Distillery
If I'm perfectly honest with myself, 99% of the reason we rented a car was to go visit the Jameson Distillery, and we just happened to stop at the Rock of Cashel along the way. Maybe that's not such a bad thing...
Like the Guinness brewery, the Jameson distillery does not allow you to tour the actual working facility--though you can see its sage green towers behind the old distillery buildings. Instead, it's a tour of the old distillery buildings as they used to be--which contain the world's largest pot still--and a museum to the history of Jameson and Irish whiskey.
|The most important room of all?|
|The home of the Master Distiller.|
|Someone was excited...|