For those of you who want to get down and dirty, on this agricultural tour of Ireland you will experience the life of an Irish farmer by visiting a variety of local farms around the country. Ireland has become renowned for the quality of it’s agricultural produce and farming is a very important part of Irish rural life. So get your Wellington boots on and keep it country!
In this hugely educational tour you will learn about sustainable farming practices and the importance of providing top quality organic produce. One of the most important issues of our time, climate change and it’s impact on traditional food production will also be looked at. From these serious issues there will also be more light-hearted activities like milking cows and feeding new born lambs. You will get to see a working Irish sheepdog skillfully herding sheep in beatuiful rural settings. Get to know Irish farmers and fishermen, learn about the business of farming, and engage in hands-on projects at dairy, potato, shellfish, or sheep farms. Balance your time on the Emerald Isle by exploring the vibrant, culture-packed, and welcoming streets of Dublin, Kilkenny, and Galway, and admire the Atlantic Ocean from atop the Cliffs of Moher.
After a day or two getting your bearings and exploring Dublin the tour will head south to County Carlow and a visit to a working potato farm. With over 540 potato growers in Ireland, the average annual Irish potato consumption is 85kg per person, compared to an average of just 33kg per person across the globe. However, Irish people’s dependence on the potato has fallen dramatically in recent decades when the figure was as high as 140kg a head. If your tour is during the summer you will be lucky enough to pick your own delicious new season potatoes. You will have the evening free in the medieval city of Kilkenny. With a wealth of history and a multitude of fantastic bars and restaurants you won’t be stuck for something to do.
New Season Potatoes
Next up is County Wicklow and a visit to the Bailey’s Dairy Farm. Baileys Farm owners Joe and Michael Hayden bring 150 years of their family’s passion for farming tradition to life on their personally guided farm visits around their 135 hectare award winning farm. Hayden’s Family Farm is home to their 175 cow dairy herd, which produces 1.2 million litres of milk for Baileys Irish Cream. In 2002 this farm was chosen as the international ‘Vineyard’ for the world’s number one cream liqueur and now plays host to the many visitors who wish to visit the natural home of Baileys.
Galway Bay Oysters
From Wicklow we will travel across the country to the sparkling waters of Galway Bay. Here we will visit a shellfish and a seaweed farm. A tour of the Galway Bay Oyster farm will truly excite all your senses. Smell the fresh Wild Atlantic air. See the farm crew working hard in the water to grow the most perfectly formed oysters. Shuck your own oyster and take a punt at the weight of an oyster, again learning more about the work put in to create flawless oysters. And, of course finish your tour with a taste of a beautiful fresh oyster! The tour goes through the whole process of how the farm brings the oysters from seeds right through to your plate. It is perfect for anyone interested in Irish culture, tradition or seafood!
Following this you will visit a working seaweed farm where you will Explore the Atlantic coast in County Galway during a unique tour focused on seaweed and aquaculture. Set out on a coastal walk and foraging tour to learn about edible sea plants and visit an abalone farm. Taste several dishes prepared with seafood grown on the farm and learn about sustainable aquaculture farming.
Spend the night in bohemian Galway City, home to a wonderful nightlife scene.
Our next stop is are the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, one of the must see destinations in Ireland. We will spend the afternoon here before heading south to County Kerry.
The final two days of the tour will be spent exploring the ring of kerry and a visit to a large mountain sheep farm near Killarney National Park. Here you can see sheep dog demonstrations and also sheep shearing. If you are lucky you will be able to feed a baby lamb.
Your evenings will be spent in the picturesque town of Killarney, where there are countless great pubs and restaurants.
Getting to see a sheep dog in action is very cool! I really enjoyed the demonstration. We got to meet and pet the dogs afterwards. We also saw a sheep shearing demo.