Old Butter Roads Tours

The old Butter Roads have a rich history stretching back over 270 years. We have teamed up with our member to create a great range of tours to suit every age and budget. These tours are great for visitors taking holidays in Ireland and even for locals looking to learn more about the history of food production in Cork, Ireland. Suitable for big and small groups, the active retired, school outings or simply for fun.

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CITY Food History TOUR

This is a  2 hour walking tour of Cork city with commentary on the food  and drinks history of the city going back to Viking days. See where the merchants lived and traded in times past as the city spread from the confines of its medieval walls. We visit the Butter Museum to see how Cork became Europe’s largest butter market in the nineteenth century. We also visit Elizabeth Fort near the site of the city’s foundation and to enjoy magnificent views of the city.  The English Market is central to the Cork’s food history and we meet some of its key traders and enjoy selected food tastings.   Starts at Crawford Gallery at 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays or by arrangement

Time: 10.00 am & 2.00 am

Cost: €40.00



Take a tour along the Old Butter Roads of County Cork, taking in the heritage and tasting the  foods of the county. Meet at the Butter Museum in Cork city at 10.30am to view the routes, and then travel the Butter Roads to North Cork. Stop at a thatched building restaurant to sample a tasting plate of food from the Old Butter Roads area and view the traditional creamery yard beside it. Visit two of the grand houses of North Cork to explore craft food and drink production. At Ballyvolane House  the owner will take you on a the tour of the award winning gin distillery, telling you about the production methods, the base spirit and the botanicals, the perfect serve and, of course, a tasting. At Ballinwillin House find out about deer and wild boar farming. We return to Cork with an option to book a meal at the Michelin Bib winning Square Table  with a ‘Taste of the Butter Roads’ 3 course menu. Starts at Butter Museum at 10.30 and finishes at the Butter Museum or Blarney at 5.30pm. 

When: Wednesday 29th May for Old Butter Roads Festival Monthly or Groups by arrangement- make an enquiry

Time: 10.30am to 5.30 pm

Cost: €120.00



Enjoy a guided bus tour along the Old Butter Road, learning about the food, drinks  and producers along the way. Start at Butter Museum at 10.30,  then take a bus to Blarney for a scone and tea.  Travel the 270 yr Old Butter Road  and stop for a picnic of Old Butter Roads foods.  Hear the stories of the people who live on the Old Butter Road and have a drink at the Kerryman’s Table. Visit a craft butcher and Kanturk Castle. Take an orchard walk at Longueville House and taste the produce of the orchard. Travel back to Cork with an option to stop in Blarney for a castle visit or Old Butter Roads Menu in a restaurant.  This trip starts at 10.30am and finishes at 4.30 at The Butter Museum in Cork city, with option to leave at Blarney village on return journey

When: Wed June 5th (Monthly or Groups by arrangement)

Time: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

Cost: €80.00

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OLD BUTTER ROAD Fun Bust Tour& Meal at Toonsbridge Dairy

Take a bus trip to explore the best of the River Lee, Cork’s main river, with a pizza or cheese platter meal at the area’s top artisan restaurant. Whet your appetite with either a Kayak adventure or a guided walk in the Gearagh, a submerged woodland nature reserve of international importance. The pizzas are made the traditional way in a  wood fired oven and the cheese platters show the range of cheeses produced on the premises. It includes a talk on cheese production at the local dairy.  A bus is provided to transport you to the kayak trip or walk with a local guide for both activities. The meal offers a choice of artisan pizza or a cheese platter and you can purchase your own drink at the restaurant. Departs Cork city at 3pm on Friday 30 and returning at 7.30pm.

When: Fri 30th May (Monthly or Groups by arrangement)

Time: 3pm to 8pm from Cork

Cost: €75.00


Book Your Tour

To Book Your tour simply follow the link below to website. If you rather make a booking by phone then one of their representatives is on hand to talk you through your options.

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