Special Events

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TOURS, Hosted by Michael & Siobhan Reidy

In 2017, we started taking groups “off-the-beaten-track” in Ireland, and had A LOT of fun in the process.  We added a Scotland tour in 2020, but Covid had other plans.  Our sold-out 2020 tours were cancelled, and for more than two years, Covid restrictions kept us from traveling.  But we finally hosted our first post-Covid tour of southern Ireland in October, 2022, and our second tour headed north from Dublin Airport in April, 2023.  In October we finally got to Scotland, and had such a great time we’re going back in October 2024.  Then it’s back to Ireland in April, 2025, but this time heading north from Dublin.  

If you want to kiss the Blarney Stone, look for leprechauns, and spend your nights at tourist-only pubs, we are NOT the tour for you. But, if you want to spend time with the locals, see the best sights at a relaxed pace, stay at charming small hotels, and hang out at real pubs and restaurants rather than tour bus mills, we might be what you’re looking for.  We spend at least two nights at every stop to help you get a feel for each area, and we rarely start our days before 9:00 am…we are not rushing around the country trying to hit all the supposed ‘must-sees,” but we will definitely show you the best of Ireland and Scotland.

TOURS FILL UP QUICKLY.  USE THE “CONTACT US” PAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO OUR EMAIL LIST TO RECEIVE INFORMATION DIRECTLY…WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!

Next Tour: Ireland, April 2 – April 15, 2025

This tour heads north from Dublin Airport and spends 2 nights in Derry, Northern Ireland (The Bishop’s Gate Hotel), 2 nights in Donegal (Lough Eske Castle), 2 nights in Sligo Town (The Glasshouse hotel), 3 nights in Ennis (The Old Ground), and 3 nights in Dublin (The Grafton)

Highlights:

  • Walking tour of the Derry city walls, and a deeply personal experience with survivors of sectarian violence at the Free Derry Museum
  • Lunch and a beer tasting at the acclaimed Walled City Brewery
  • Heartbreaking history lesson at Doagh Famine Village
  • Stunning Donegal scenery at the Grianan of Aileach, Glenveagh National Park, and the Slieve League Cliffs (plus great pub grub at the Rusty Mackerel)
  • An up-close look at the craftsmen and women of Beleek Pottery
  • Song and dance at the Coleman Music Centre
  • Shopping (or pubbing) in Galway
  • The remote Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare, including a boat trip to the early monastic remains on Scattery Island and a local music seisuin at a village pub
  • A walking tour of the always fascinating Burren and a visit to Ireland’s only modern-day whiskey bonder
  • A moving and enlightening look at Ireland’s fight for freedom at Kilmainham Gaol and Glasnevin cemetery, as well as an overview of Dublin’s fortunes as told through the history of one house

Plus lots of great beer, music, food and craic!  Full details will be available in mid-June, including pricing and application form.  Watch this website, or, better yet, join our email list and be one of the first to receive info on this and future tours.

 

Holiday Closings

Fourth of July:   CLOSED 

Memorial Day and Labor Day:   CLOSED

Thanksgiving:  CLOSED

Christmas Eve:  Last orders at 7:30; CLOSED when it falls on a Sunday or Monday

Christmas Day:  CLOSED

New Year’s Eve:  Last orders at 8:30; CLOSED when it falls on a Sunday or Monday

New Year’s Day:  CLOSED

ADDITIONAL CLOSURES MAY OCCUR.  CALL THE RESTAURANT FOR UP-TO-DATE INFO

 

 

Stout Fest 2024? – Date TBA, 3:00-8:00 pm

Fingers crossed we’ll have enough staff to bring back the popular event with live music, a limited beer-centric menu, and all 12 taps devoted to the best stouts on the market

 

Boxing Day – December 26th, 2024?

Here’s hoping we’ll be able to celebrate the Irish way!  If our staffing has improved enough to host this popular event, we’ll be offering a traditional Irish breakfast and live music served up 10 am – 2 pm….fingers crossed!

 

Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) – TBA for 2024

Whew…You made Christmas happen for friends and family, and now it’s time for your own celebration!  The Irish Rover revives a long-standing tradition of Nollaig na mBan — or Women’s Christmas — with a party just for you.  Live Irish music by female musicians, drink specials, and  a great excuse for a GNO!

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY  – March 17th, 2024   

Tent Party 11 am – 9 pm….Cover Charge $10/person (cash only)  

Under 21 MUST be accompanied by parent.  

OUDOOR ONLY EVENT.  There will be NO SEATING IN THE RESTAURANT OR BAR.  

Tables inside and outside of the heated tent will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Food & drink (including beer, liquor, wine, soda and water) can be ordered and paid for at the bar.  Food will be in carryout containers, and you will be texted when it is ready for pick up.  A 20% gratuity will be added to all inside orders. 

Beer, sodas, water, tee shirts, and brown soda bread can also be purchased at the outdoor beer truck.  Beer Truck sales are CASH ONLY

NO OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINK

Reservations, call-ahead seating and online orders are NOT available on St. Patrick’s Day. 

2024 Musical Lineup: 11:00 – Cloigheann   2:00 – Mrs. Doyle   5:00 – McClanahan Dancers   6:00 – Rashers

Photos by John Nation

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