Ireland’s traditional food is far more complex than a dozen ways to cook a potato. On this handcrafted tour, you will be shucking fresh oysters, sampling exquisite cheeses, dining on organic lamb and beef, and sampling everything from fish and chips to single malts. Moving at a relaxed pace around Western Ireland during these 11 days will highlight both Irish and Gaelic culinary traditions, including seafood on the Wild Atlantic Way and cooking demonstrations from revered, Irish chefs.
Galway – Traditional Pub Fare
You will fly into Shannon on Ireland’s West Coast and will be transferred to Galway, which is the old city of tribes. You should note that flying into Dublin will increase this transfer time to nearly three hours. Plus, the capital city is one place where a lot of the food is designed for tourists, rather than just for locals. After checking into your boutique hotel, you can take a short stroll around the old city center before a welcoming dinner at an old-world pub. Your guide will join you and start talking you through local cuisine as a mix of classic West Coast dishes are shared around the table.
Galway – Exceptional Irish Sea Oyster Shucking
Spanish Point – Lunar Beauty at the Burren and Smokehouse Flavors
Ballyseede – Foraging for Ingredients, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Wild Atlantic Way
Dingle – Fish and Chips and Craft Beer on the Dingle Peninsula
Kenmare – Farm Produce Along the Ring of Kerry
Beara Peninsula – A Gaelic Foodie Tour of West Cork
Kinsale – More Gaelic Specialties and Ireland’s Gourmet Capital
Kinsale – So Many Cork Flavors to Explore in a Beautiful Old Town
Kinsale – Foodie Walking Tour of Cork City
Shannon – Departure
- Spend three nights in Ireland’s gourmet capital, experiencing a sublime range of traditional Gaelic flavors
- Forage for ingredients around the Wild Atlantic Way and join a chef for a cooking demonstration
- Enjoy Europe’s finest fish and chips in Dingle and shuck wild oysters near Galway
- Explore Gaelic-speaking Ireland and its very distinct cuisine, including Clonakilty black pudding and Gubbeen bacon
- Spend half a day on a Ring of Kerry farm, which is the best place to taste local Kerry lamb
- Visit a number of craft breweries and enjoy a tasting with Ireland’s first female craft brewer
- Taste at a couple of local whiskey distilleries and compare blends with single malts
- Experience many of Ireland’s most iconic sights and attractions, including the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and Kenmare
It was the Irish potato famine that led the 19th and early 20th-century flight of Irish immigrants to America. Over a century on and perceptions of Irish food still revolve around the potato. There are a dozen ways to eat the Irish delicacy: mashed, baked, roasted, boiled, wedged, chipped, diced, and much more. However, the potato is not the only traditional Irish food. Look beyond the stereotypes because this country has always had a vibrant food scene. Notions of organic cuisine are not new here. They have been practicing them for as long as anyone can remember. In Ireland, the food is fresh, local, creative, and has been virtually unchanged by foreign influence.
On this food tour, you will really taste and live the tradition from craft brews to fish and chips and black pudding. There will be a complete range of flavors from shucking fresh oysters to farmyard dining and the distinctly Gaelic dishes of Cork. Part of your tour will involve the stunning restaurants in which you can dine. A list has been handcrafted and will lead you a journey through regional specialties. Most of the tour will involve hands-on experiences, so you can taste and learn more than what is possible in restaurants. For example, on day four, a local guide will show you wild ingredients that can be foraged near the Cliffs of Moher before providing a live cooking demonstration.
This tour moves at a relaxed pace and has been handcrafted for senior travelers. Your 11 days will be exclusively spent in Southwest Ireland, which is the region that holds the country’s best food along with many of its most iconic attractions. So, in addition to the tasting, you will be discovering places like the Burren, Ring of Kerry, and Dingle Peninsula. It will not just be the food either. While Ireland does not do wine, it knows all about whiskey and beer. You can go whiskey tasting at distilleries and pubs along the way, and you will learn that Irish beer is not only limited to Guinness.
After flying into Shannon, you will spend the first two nights in Galway. Day two will be relaxed and features Irish Sea oyster shucking beside the dock where the catch has landed. You will experience the Burren’s lunar splendor en route to Spanish Point on day three with the day’s gastronomy, focusing on smokehouse style flavors. Day four will reveal the secrets of the Wild Atlantic Way and includes a foraging and cooking demonstration. This night will be spent in a castle, and like each other night on your tour, the places you stay are part of the unique Irish experience.
For day five, you will be cruising around the Dingle Peninsula, sampling craft beer and Europe’s finest fish and chips. Then, you will explore the Ring of Kerry and enjoy sublime farm produce before a night in the blissful town of Kenmare. The final four days will be focused on Gaelic cuisine. You will discover the Beara Peninsula and its peculiar gastronomic tradition before three nights in Kinsale, which is Ireland’s gourmet capital. There is so much food to enjoy, and your guide can tailor a tasting journey to your interests, including nearby Cork city and authentic farm to table meals.
After 11 days, you will be raving about how delicious Irish food is. Perhaps the highlight of your tour is how incredibly unique it is. Everybody does foodie tours in Italy or France, but there is something wonderfully authentic about choosing Ireland. Foreign influence has not altered the cuisine, and traditional dishes have been proudly preserved to the modern day. There is also a wonderfully laid-back attitude towards cuisine. This is not a country of haughty fine dining or pretentious attitudes to perfection. On this tour, you will really feel the love for cooking and gastronomy, which is something that is free from perceptions or conceited ideals. Above all, it is this love for food that can make Ireland a paradise for foodies.
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