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BEST IRELAND TOURS: ROUND TRIP IRELAND BEER TOUR
Chances are if you're planning a trip to Ireland you'll want to enjoy a pint or two of its world-famous beer. In this round-trip Dublin Beer Tour itinerary we'll highlight some of the best bars and breweries in Dublin, and take you on an epic round-trip Ireland beer tour which is sure to exceed your expectations.

The best Ireland tours aren't those you have to pay elaborate fees to book in advance... they're trips which allow room for you to explore new cities, towns, and restaurants on any given day. On this route, you'll enjoy a pint at two of the oldest pubs in Ireland - truly historic landmarks. You'll also enjoy a mandatory tour of the famous Guinness Brewery, and the less known (to travelers) White Gypsy Brewery. As you drive to discover each iconic destination on this Irish beer tour, you'll enjoy classic scenery between destinations, and enjoy a stay in some fabulous cities and villages off the beaten path - let's get started.

BEST IRELAND TOURS: ROUND TRIP IRELAND BEER TOUR
Chances are if you're planning a trip to Ireland you'll want to enjoy a pint or two of its world-famous beer. In this round-trip Dublin Beer Tour itinerary we'll highlight some of the best bars and breweries in Dublin, and take you on an epic round-trip Ireland beer tour which is sure to exceed your expectations.
The best Ireland tours aren't those you have to pay elaborate fees to book in advance... they're trips which allow room for you to explore new cities, towns, and restaurants on any given day. On this route, you'll enjoy a pint at two of the oldest pubs in Ireland - truly historic landmarks. You'll also enjoy a mandatory tour of the famous Guinness Brewery, and the less known (to travelers) White Gypsy Brewery. As you drive to discover each iconic destination on this Irish beer tour, you'll enjoy classic scenery between destinations, and enjoy a stay in some fabulous cities and villages off the beaten path - let's get started.
Looking for other things to do in Ireland? Check out our other Drive to Discover guides where we explore the best road trips in Ireland including a guide to the Wild Atlantic Way, a guide to 7 historic places in Ireland that can't be missed and a Ring of Kerry tour!

 



1. ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, HEAD STRAIGHT TO GUINNESS BREWERY: DO NOT PASS GO.
     
Do you know what's great after a long flight? A pint of Guinness. A rich, heady pint of Ireland's most famous brew is a great way to unwind and if you can time your arrival during the day you'll be able to comfortably pick up your car rental at Dublin airport, drive to your hotel to check-in and drop your luggage, and stretch your legs as you walk to Guinness Storehouse Brewery. Take a tour to learn the history of this iconic landmark, and cap off the day with a pint or two enjoyed at the Sky Bar - offering a lively atmosphere and amazing views of the Dublin skyline. When your head hits the pillow back at your hotel, jet lag will be the last thing on your mind.
POPULAR DUBLIN CAR RENTAL LOCATIONS
Enjoy the convenience of picking up your road trip rental car from one of the below Dublin Car Rental Locations. Auto Europe specializes in providing our customers with the right car for their Ireland road trip needs. Reserve your Ireland rental car today from Auto Europe and save
•    Dublin Airport Car Rental
•    Dublin Heuston Rail Station Car Rental
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR & 23 MINUTES

2. TOUR DUBLIN THEN DRIVE TO IRELAND'S OLDEST PUB IN ATHLONE
     
The next step of our Dublin beer tour starts whenever you'd like it too! The great thing about enjoying a self-drive tour of Ireland is you can travel at your own pace. If you need to catch up on your sleep after a long day of traveling, sleep in, and then explore some popular sites and landmarks in downtown Dublin before hopping in your Dublin rental car and heading west sometime in the afternoon.
Your destination is about an hour and a half away: Sean's Bar in County Westmeath. This is the oldest pub in Ireland (Guinness World Record has it as the oldest pub in all of Europe), and a must-visit destination for anyone serious about Irish beer. Check into a hotel in Athlone Ireland before walking to 13 Main Street in Athlone, located on the west bank of the River Shannon. Don't just have a beer here - strike up a conversation with the bartender and a few of the locals to see if you can leave with a few stories of this unique pub's long history.
NEXT STOP: 2 HOURS & 4 MINUTES

3. IT'S OFF TO COUNTY TIPPERARY AND WHITE GYPSY BREWERY
     
After spending the night in Athlone, head south on a beautiful drive to the White Gypsy Brewery in County Tipperary - the largest landlocked county in Ireland. While the Cliffs of Mohrer are certainly worth visiting, central Ireland offers several mountain ranges and beautiful hills. The center of this county is known as 'The Golden Vale' - a striking pastoral section of Ireland in the Suir basin. If you find you have some extra time, it's not a bad idea to take some side-roads to extend this drive and explore central Ireland.
The White Gypsy Brewery's website gets right to the point: 'At the White Gypsy Brewery, we make good beer.' We think that's a pretty good reason to include it on our Ireland beer tour. We really like the ethos of this small brewery - they attempt to draw all of their materials from local suppliers, and keep their beer customers local as well. It's an excellent place to experience a different side of brewing in Ireland.
After your tour of the brewery, head to Larkins Music Pub - an excellent, lakeside eatery with terrific food, brew, and traditional Irish music and dancing. It's a great way to cut loose at this point in the trip!
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR & 9 MINUTES

4. SOUTH TO THE CASTLE CAFE IN CORK, IRELAND
     
On the southern coast of Ireland, County Cork might be as close to heaven as you can get. Drive your rental car to Cork (it's about an hour and a half by car) after enjoying breakfast in County Tipperary, and you can explore this historic city, eat lunch on the water, and comfortably make your evening reservations at The Castle Cafe in the evening. A break from the previous night's atmosphere, The Castle Cafe offers slick, modern European dishes in a refined atmosphere that overlooks a stunning castle. It's an impressive place to enjoy a high-end dinner and a beer (or perhaps take a break and enjoy a nice glass of wine in this stylish setting. You can always ask your waiter for their recommendation of a nearby pub to visit after dinner.
POPULAR CORK RENTAL CAR LOCATIONS
Should you decide to start your journey in Cork, Auto Europe is proud to offer quick and convenient rental car locations, including the Cork Airport rental car office. Use the Booking Engine at the top of the page to reserve your Cork rental car today!
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR & 48 MINUTES

5. ALL THE WAY TO WATERFORD
     
Waterford awaits to the Northeast of Cork, and you'll be treated to a stunning coastal route along the way. You might start your day with a tour of Waterford Crystal (perhaps picking up an elegant beer stein or two), For a change of pace from traditional Irish brewing, visit Metal Man Brewing Co. at  14 Tycor Business Centre. If you arrive on a Friday they offer afternoon tours of the Brewery, which are excellent.
For dinner in Waterford, we recommend Oskars Bar and Restaurant. Not only do they offer all of Ireland's mainstream beers on tap, they also have an excellent selection of craft beer, so you're sure to find something which pairs perfectly with your delicious entree.
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR & 50 MINUTES

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