Ireland’s rockstar in the Boyne Valley – Slane Castle/Whiskey/Farm

Slane

The Boyne Valley is situated in the east of Ireland and about 20 minutes outside Dublin. Brimming with stories, culture, attractions, festivals and more.

Alex Conyngham spent his early youth in the historic Slane Castle that overlooks the Slane Distillery. Long interested in creating his own Irish whiskey brand, Alex began his career in Irish whiskey in 2000 in Australia where he worked as a brand ambassador for one of the world’s leading Irish whiskey brands. After a few years, he returned to Ireland in 2008 and developed and launched the Slane Castle Irish Whiskey brand with his father Henry which they owned until partnering with Brown Forman in 2015.

Continuing his family’s vision of whiskey- making, Alex helped oversee the design of Slane Distillery and played a key role in working with Brown-Forman to create the Slane Irish Whiskey blend. Alex has also been heavily involved in farming for years and manages Rock Farm Slane with his wife Carina to provide top quality barley which will be used at Slane Distillery in the future.

A story as unique as their smooth and flavourful, triple casked whiskey, Slane celebrates the return of exceptional Irish whiskey to Ireland’s Boyne Valley. At one time, several distilleries found the fertile soil and pure water of the Boyne Valley perfect for making whiskey. However, over time the distilleries shut down and the proud whiskey tradition of the Boyne Valley was all but lost.

Robust and complex, Slane Irish Whiskey is filled with layers of flavour as untamed as the stunning Irish landscape that surrounds the distillery, marring toasted grain and malt whiskeys with the distinctive flavours of each cask. Smooth with notes of oak and spice, each sip represents a journey through the wild countryside and the chance to uncover the subtle layers of the whiskey’s complex character.

Slane Castle
The Hill of Slane, which overlooks the Castle, is where St. Patrick lit his paschal fire, following which he was summoned by the High King to Tara, and Ireland was subsequently converted to Christianity.

Situated in the rural countryside of the Boyne Valley in County Meath, Ireland, the 1,500-acre estate has been run by the Conyngham family for more than 300 years and has hosted everyone from King George IV to renowned bands recording albums to more than a million music fans during the Slane Concert series.

Music has become central to the tradition of Slane, becoming internationally renowned for hosting fabulous open-air Rock Concerts in the great natural amphitheatre below the Castle.

U2, uniquely, has performed three times at the venue – playing support to the renowned Irish band, Thin Lizzy, who headlined Slane with their first show in 1981. Other performance that played were The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, David Bowie, Queen.

Rock Farm Slane
Glamping, ecotourism and activity centre and organic farm on the Slane Castle estate stretching for 1.5km along the banks of the River Boyne. The long track to the farm takes in the views of Slane Village and the Hill of Slane beyond as you wind through fields of barley, agroforestry, cows, chickens and horses to the Limehouse Ecolodge beyond which has been built out of straw from the barley around us.

The Limehouse is an eco guest lodge that offers six bedrooms, open plan dining area and kitchen. Perfect farm experience for larger groups.

Glamping stays for everyone, from the single travellers to couples and families in one of their five Yurts and two Shepherd Huts. Central to the campsite you’ll find Le Shack – the communal area where you will find the toilets, showers and a self catering kitchen.

The Farm Office has a small shop selling meat and eggs from the farm as well as a few local “goodies” from the Slane Food Circle and other great local producers including ice cream, cheese and local veg.

With loads of activities, from bike rides, kayaking, rafting, strawbale building to the nearby local attractions.

There is plenty to see and do around Slane & the Bone Valley.

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