Tel: From Europe +353 87 929 6499 | From USA/Canada 1-855-227-9816
Of Kings and Lords A Forest and Whiskey Tour
Taking in Dún na Rí Forest Park and Slane Castle Distillery, with lunch at Cabra Castle
Let’s go for a gentle ramble in Dún na Rí Forest Park (“King’s Fort”), on the outskirts of Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, fashioned out of the former Pratt estate of which Cabra Castle was the ‘big house’. It comprises of about 565 acres (we won’t walk all of them!).
The Romantic Glen of the River Cabra, stretching the full length of the Park, is an area steeped in history and legend, and one has an evocative walk through lush and romantic greenery and rushing streams and waterfalls.
It is said that Cu Chulainn, one of the most famous Irish mythological heroes, camped here at night while by day conducting his single handed defence of Ulster against the armies of Queen Maeve, who was seeking the Brown Bull of Cooley. The Normans were here also in the 12th century and history tells us that Hugh de Lacy (of Trim Castle fame) built a castle here.
Lunch is in The Derby Bar, the Drawing Room on the Terrace overlooking the gardens of Cabra Castle.
The original Cabra Castle is believed to have belonged to the O'Reilly family (we pass the ruins on our walk) until it was destroyed during the Cromwellian wars.
Around 1819, Colonel Joseph Pratt was the owner of the Cabra Estate and he bought nearby Cormy Castle and renamed it Cabra Castle in 1820.
In 1964, a local family - the Brennan Family, bought Cabra Castle and converted it into a 22-bedroom hotel. By 1991 it was lying idle, when it was purchased by its present owners, the Corscadden family, who re-opened it as a hotel.
We take a drive to Slane Castle, home to the Conyngham family since 1703, and take a guided tour of both Slane Distillery and Slane Castle. At the working distillery, you can see and learn how they make their Irish whiskey, from how they source their grains through to maturation.
The tour culminates in a tutored tasting of their signature Triple Casked Slane Irish Whiskey Learn along the way about the Castle’s colourful heritage and history, including the legendary Slane Rock Concerts.