Old Butter Roads Tours
The old Butter Roads have a rich history stretching back over 270 years. We have teamed up with our member activitydays.ie 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.
CITY WALKING TOUR
Take a guided walk through the history of Cork city food history with tastings along the way. Visit the famous English Market which offers the best produce of Co Cork. Walk the lanes of old Cork, visit an old sweet-making shop and the Shandon area with its Butter Museum. Option to visit Shandon Bells after the tour in the city. Numbers are limited so this tour needs to be pre-booked.
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays or by arrangement
Time: 10.30 am & 2.30 am
NORTH CORK FOOD TOUR
Taste the produce of the food heroes of Cork as travel through the laneways of Cork to meet producers and eateries of the area. Start with a tea and freshly made scone in Blarney, take a bus along the lanes of Cork to meet Old Butter Roads producers. Hear the story of Cork food and drink visiting a grand house and walled garden, with tasting visit a Gin Distillery or Cider producer. Have a 3 course producers meal at a restaurant. Meet the guide and bus in Cork city or Blarney and tour finishes in Blarney.
When: Monthly or Groups by arrangement- make an enquiry
Time: 1pm to 7.00 pm
OLD BUTTER ROADS FOOD TOUR
Enjoy a guided bus tour along the Old Butter Road, collecting food along the way. Take an orchard walk, visit local farmers and a craft butcher to hear how food is produced. Stop for tea and scones as well as a picnic along the way. Hear the stories of the people who live on the Old Butter Road and have a drink at the Kerryman’s Table. Travel the 270 yr old road back to Cork with an option to book dinner in Blarney for an Old Butter Roads Tasting Platter.
When: Wed (Monthly or Groups by arrangement)
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
OLD BUTTER ROAD & LEE FOOD TOUR
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. 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. Travel the 270 year old Butter roads where dairy produce & the creamery have been central to life in rural Ireland for centuriesWhet your appetite with either a Kayak adventure or a guided walk in the Gearagh, a submerged woodland nature reserve of international importance.
When: Fri (Monthly or Groups by arrangement)
Time: 3pm to 8pm from Cork