Wallace Travel Group - Wild Atlantic Way
A section of Ireland's gorgeous west coast on the Wild Atlantic Way has been ranked among Europe's very best road trips by luxury travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller. 'Atlantic Drive' on Achill Island - just off the coast of Co. Mayo - is in the top 10 list. Achill Island is a particularly picturesque corner of the Wild Atlantic Way, with charming beaches and ruggedly beautiful coastlines - and it's home to one of the most scenic drives on the continent.

The Wild Atlantic Way route boasts 2,500km of spectacular coastline with white sands and glittering waves, with all manner of beauty spots, great and small. The driving route passes through nine counties and three provinces,offering stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher, Galway coastline and the Shannon Region and is home to Ireland’s top 5 star castles, such as Adare Manor, Dromoland Castle, Ashford Castle or smaller more private options, like Glin Castle or Ballynahinch Castle. Head inland to experience some of the Wild Atlantic Way discovery points and amazing activities in this incredible region.

As part of our Lifestyle Individual Travel Program, Wallace Travel Group have a number of packages we can offer along the Wild Atlantic Way. For programs details, queries and costs, click below or email Elina@wtg.ie
ON 15th MAY
"Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he's a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him." Mark Twain, Life On The Mississippi.

Exports of Ireland’s native spirit have surged 200% over the last decade. New distilleries are cropping up all over the landscape, new brands launched, new societies formed, new books published and new specialist bars opened as the world takes a renewed interest in Ireland’s native spirit. There’s something there for everyone, from the connoisseur to those who prefer to mix it up with cocktails. Irish whiskey is an extraordinarily versatile spirit of consistently high quality.

One of our favourite visits in Dublin is to Bow St. Distillery, home of the famous Jameson Whiskey.
In 1780 John Jameson opened the doors of Jameson Distillery Bow St., Smithfield. Over 240 years later, the doors remain open welcoming friends near and far. Offering five fully hosted experiences including a whiskey cocktail making class, whiskey blending class and the World’s Leading Distillery Tour*; the Bow St. Experience which brings the Jameson production process to life through stories and the process used, culminates with a comparative whiskey tasting as you walk in the footsteps of John Jameson. Round off your visit with a trip to JJ’s Bar to soak up the atmosphere. Enjoy a quick visit in the below video.
*Winner of World’s Leading Distillery Tour 2018, 2019, 2020 at the World Travel Awards

Let's raise a glass to celebrate World Whiskey Day on 15th May.
Leprechaun Day is celebrated on 13th May. Do you know the origins of Leprechaun Day are just as mysterious as the hiding places of the pots of gold belonging to the little folk? Leprechauns themselves have been part of Irish folklore for thousands of years, and even though these tiny fairies have reputations for playing tricks and being mischievous, they are well-loved and deserving of a day to call their own.

The word leprechaun comes from the Old Irish language, and when traced back to its roots can be translated to mean ‘small body’. Leprechauns were thought to have lived in the fairy rings and fairy houses of Ancient Ireland, and have been referenced in ancient Irish manuscripts as far back as the 12th – 15th Centuries!  

Although today’s leprechauns are often depicted as male, with ginger hair, a wiry beard and wearing a green coat and little top hat. The leprechauns referenced in these ancient manuscripts often wore red and were not always male, with female leprechauns known for luring unsuspecting men away from their homes for revelry and adventure. 
Over the years female leprechauns seem to have disappeared from stories and tales and have been replaced with the green-wearing little men that we know today.

Check out below what Kevin Woods has to say about being the last Leprechaun Whisperer in Ireland!

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