Tuesday, 28 August 2018

What to do in Dublin - Teeling Whisky & Awesome Wings

Jess and I recently took a little de-tour on our trip to Belfast by flying into Dublin, mainly because the flights were cheaper but also because we wanted to eat our weight in some damn good chicken wings and have a few drams at Teeling Whisky Distillery. So what sorta stuff should you do in Dublin? Well I suggest be a total tourist, visit a distillery, bankrupt yourself in temple bar and have the best time ever!

Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
Teeling Whisky Distillery Tour 

Vlog

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Teelings Whisky Distillery 

Established in 2015 the Teeling brothers set out to create the first new distillery to open in Dublin for 125 years, with a family rich in whisky history and having just sold out of the Cooley Distillery the brothers created Teelings, a modern distillery in the heart of the old whisky world capital, Dublin.

Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com

Tours at the distillery run regularly throughout the day and you can select from three different options, the only difference being the types of whisky you get to taste at the end. 

Teeling Standard - Small Batch Whisky & Cocktail = €15
Teeling Trinity Tasting - Small Batch, Single Grain & Single Malt Whisky = €20
Teeling Exclusive - Single Malt, Single Cask & Vintage Distillery Exclusive Single Malt Whisky = €30

There is also a bar after the tour where you can purchase extra cocktails and drams if the tour leaves you craving a few more drinks!

Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com

Teeling understand that not all people like whisky (apparently some people find it a harsh drink. . .), so on the standard tour your tasting includes not only a sample of the spirit but also a whisky cocktail which perfectly blends the Teeling spirit with seasonal mixers to create a drink that will leave you non-whisky drinkers craving for more.

Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com

The distillery is set within New Market in Dublin and sits on the site where countless distilleries once operated, being that production only began in 2015 the distillery is yet to release the spirit created at this site but instead utilises the stock from the family distillery where operations were prior to Teeling opening. During 2018 Teeling are planning on selling their first batch, a 3 year old Irish Whisky as a statement to the whisky world that Teelings Dublin is in full swing followed by a variaty of spirits as the whisky eventually comes of age. 

Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
Teelings Whisky Distillery Tour by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
The Exclusive Malt Tasting

The Elephant & Castle

I never used to be a fan of chicken off the bone, it scared me a little for some reason but that all ended the day I was forced to order wings at the Elephant & Castle a few years ago! Since then I have been itching to get back to order some of those incredible hot wings with blue cheese sauce.

The Elephant & Castle Dublin food  by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
The Elephant & Castle Dublin food  by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com

Being located within Temple Bar means it's only a short stagger from the pubs to re-fuel. With the menu being packed full of delicious food there is plenty of choice but it's the hot wings that's the winner here!

Order a basket with some fries for the perfect amount for two people without leave you wanting to craw back to your hotel for a midday food coma!

The Elephant & Castle Dublin food  by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
The Elephant & Castle Dublin food  by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
The Elephant & Castle Dublin food  by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com


Guinness Factory 

This needs no introduction, the tour is self-guided taking you through the history of the famous Storehouse. The tour is highly worth it and included a pint of the good stuff either on the roof top bar or you can have a go at self-pouring at one of the other bars within the brewery.


Chill Out In The Park & Visit The Pub's 

Dublin is packed full of parks so if you are lucky like us and manage to catch a rare dry day then pick up some lunch and head to a park to chill out, we visited St Patrick's park which was located a short walk from the Teelings Distillery.

St Partick's park in Dublin by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
St Partick's Park
After some lunch why not head to Temple Bar, it might be the most touristy place on the planet but you can't come to Dublin without stopping by for at least one pint of over priced Guinness.

Oliver St John Gogarty Bar and Hostel  by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
Oliver St John Gogarty Bar / Hostel 
A photo of Cal McTravels The Elephant & Castle Dublin food  by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
The Temple Bar in Dublin from outsid by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
The Temple Bar


Visit Belfast 

Dublin is a fun city packed full of things to see and do but if you are there for more than a few days or just g getting fed up with paying crazy money for a drink then it might be worth a day visit to Northern Ireland's capital Belfast (just 2 hours away). Here you can explore the famous Titanic Quarter to see the history behind that famous ship or jump aboard HMS Caroline, 1914 World War 1 cruiser which has been fully refurbished to give you a glimpse of what life was like on board the last survivor of the Jutland battle in WW1.

If all that history stuff just ins't your thing then fear not at Belfast packed full of trendy bars and cafes all for a fraction of the price of Dublin, You can get here by Bus for €10 each way or via the Train €20 each way.

The Titanic Museum in Belfast entrance by Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
World War 1 light cruiser HMS Caroline in Belfast by  Scottish Blogger Cal McTravels from www.calmctravels.com
HMS Caroline 
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