18 August 2019

UK/Éire Trip Day 44 - Dublin

km ridden today: 0
km ridden total: 7340
Photos today: 198
Photos total: 10,421
Castles/Palaces total: 5
Pubs visited total: 18 
Churches/Cathedrals total: 15
Distilleries total: 3
Ferries total: 7

Rainy days total: 14


Unsure what the day will be like.

Some blue sky but also some clouds and it's quite cool. Doesn't matter for the next few days as I'm not riding.

Have a tour booked with Irish Whiskey Museum later today.

Some photos of the Finnstown Castle Hotel

I got into Dublin around 0930 which gave me time to grab breakfast before I started drinking. I had booked a tour for 1100 @ the Whiskey Museum.

I wandered up O'Connell St, where most of these photos are from. I had breakfast and then headed off towards the Museum, this took me back down O'Connell St.

Whilst I was walking I couldn't help but smile because even though I don't really like cities I just felt at home, I don't necessarily think it was Dublin that made me feel this but more the fact that I was in Ireland. 🇮🇪☘

I arrived at the Irish Whiskey Museum early so was able to do the earlier tour.

I really enjoyed this tour Eoghan was a great guide. If you are in Dublin I highly recommend doing this tour.

I did the Premium tour so got to taste 4 Whiskeys.

The first one was Grace O'Malley, I really wanted to like this, mainly because my bike is named Grania (Grace is anglicised) after the pirate queen, but I didn't, next tipple was Powers, I hadn't had Powers before and I found this just ok, 3rd I knew I would like as I had purchased a bottle of The Irishman at Whiskey Live in 2017 & 2018, 4th was Knappogue Castle which I had never heard of before, I really liked this one.

I then jumped on the hop on hop off bus. I was going to stay on it for a complete lap but decided to jump off at Guinness Storehouse.

Next stop was the Guinness Storehouse. It is great the way they have set this up where you keep going up and up and up.

I rather liked this one for all the single ladies.

With your ticket you get a pint, you can choose to pour your own or have it up on the top floor. I chose to pour my own.

When I was getting my ticket I mentioned something to the lady about drinking whiskey, so she gave me a voucher for €6 discount at Roe & Co distillery down the road.

That's right my next stop was Roe & Co. I got there just as the next tour was starting.

I really liked this tour, it included some history to the company name & premises, why the bottle is shaped as it is.

We then got to taste it, I think this is a bit of an acquired taste to drink it straight, I didn't really like it for the first couple of sips, but was enjoying it by the time I had finished.

We then went to another room where we mixed our own cocktail.

It was then down to the bar where we had the choice of a straight whiskey or a cocktail, I chose a cocktail, whilst in the bar I had a nice chat to some of the others who were on the tour, a lady from Kerry and a Kiwi, I'm not sure where the other gentleman was from.
I also had an Irish Coffee, which was delicious.

This photo is in the ladies. I don't normally take photos in toilets but thought the plumbing was cool.

I decided that since it was only a couple of km that I would walk back to the city centre.

I'm glad I did as it took me past The Brazen Head Ireland's oldest pub. It is very cool inside and I left my calling card.

By this time I was getting pretty hungry and really felt like a steak so I googled steak house and found that FX Buckley was not far away.

I was starting to wonder if it was possible to get a good steak on this side of the world, besides the one I had in Stratford-Upon-Avon (which was delicious), the others have all been very disappointing.

FX Buckley did not disappoint I had a 14oz ribeye/scotch fillet which was amazing.

So much for having a rest whilst in Dublin, I didn't get back to the hotel till 2030 tonight.

Click the target for today's photos🎯

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