Irish Culinary Experience with Good Food Ireland

  • Fresh Irish fish

    Enjoy the finest Irish cuisine

  • Tuna tartare and goats cheese

    ...including superb, fresh seafood

  • Fine dining scallops

    and classic dishes with a twist

  • GFI-Logo-small-Jpeg

    The holiday has been deigned in cooperation with Good Food Ireland

  • Seafood restaurant exterior

    Carefully selected places to stay and eat

  • Ailwee cheese

    Sample fabulous Irish cheese...

  • Irish red ale and cheese

    ... as well as some locally brewed beer

  • Irish bakery

    There's great baking too

We have joined forces with the respected Good Food Ireland organisation to design a unique self-drive tour of the south and west of Ireland. All the accommodation is chosen for its excellent "foodie" reputation and variety - highlighting the quality of the very finest Irish produce.

Throughout the tour, you''ll enjoy delicious fresh fish and seafood, and sample the best of Ireland - from ice cream parlours to bakeries, as well as great Irish pubs, of course.

Day One - Connemara

The holiday starts in the west coast, in County Galway.

Your Hotel

Set on 200 acres of woodland and lakes at the foot of the Twelve Bens this historic country house hotel on the wild Connemara coast,  was once owned by the poet Oliver St John  Gogarty,and was where Yeats spent his honeymoon.  Their Executive Eurotoque Chef Tim O’Sullivan has reigned supreme in the kitchen here l for some 20 years. Imagination and flair are the trademarks of a great chef and Tim’s recipes have both in buckets.

You will stay here for two nights, with dinner included on one evening.

Day Two

Today enjoy a cruise to the unspoiled splendour of the Killary, Ireland's only fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm.

Later you will enjoy a visit to the Connemara Smokehouse & Visitor Centre in Ballyconneely for a full explanation of all the traditional methods used at the Smokehouse, along with some tastings and a glass of wine.

Day Three - County Clare

Your tour continues south from Galway into County Clare.

Your Hotel

This lovely home of Gillian and chef Niall Ennis is an elegant residence, dating back to 1793, with large gardens, period furnishings and  stunning views of the River Shannon. You will stay one night with dinner in the Conservatory Restaurant followed by a scrumptious breakfast the following morning.

During the day you will have the chance to tour the Burren region while visiting a number of Good Food Ireland approved providers, including  the Burren Smokehouse, the Roadside Tavern, and Linnalla Pure Irish Ice-cream.

 Day Four - Kerry

Continue to the southwest of Ireland.

Your Hotel

Your next base is a restaurant with rooms in Cahersiveen along the famous Ring of Kerry. This is stylish and comfortable townhouse with lots of modern comforts. The associated restaurant serves a wide range of specialist seafood and Irish dishes. “We serve only fresh, wild, Irish local fish. Sustainability is key to us here. If anybody can get fish when the weather is bad that’s us.” according to owner Kate Cooke. You will stay here for two nights, with continental breakfast each morning served in your room and dinner on one evening in QC's Restaurant.

Day Five

Enjoy a trip on the hotels own 9.5 meter rib, leaving Cahersiveen Marina and travelling down the river Fertha, where there is an abundance of wildlife, including seals and if you are lucky dolphins, down to Portmagee. Then back up to Valentia Island for a stop off and wander through the beautiful picturesque village of Knightstown, where the first transatlantic cable was laid.
Take time to enjoy a coffee while the village gently bustles around you. Or wander along the cliffs and enjoy the breathe taking scenery of the western part of the Island. Maybe savour some wonderful Irish ice cream before return to Cahersiveen Marina.
Later visit Jacks Bakery & Cafe in Killorglin where master baker Jack Healy creates an array of breads, cakes and pastries to die for! Brown, fruit and plain soda breads, health breads & sourdoughs.

Day Six - Waterford

Travelling from Kerry to Waterford taking the coastal route many Good Food Ireland experiences can be found along the way: Lorge Chocolatier in Kenmare, Mannings Emporium and O'Connor's Seafood Restaurant in Bantry, Richy's Bar & Bistro in Clonakilty, Urru Culinary Store in Bandon and of course the famous English Market in Cork City.

Your Hotel

This  is boutique style accommodation offering  very comfortable rooms in two different houses which have been designed in a contemporary style. The renowned restaurant is just next door. You will staying two nights here with continental breakfast each morning served in your room.

Dine at The Tannery Restaurant  on one evening. Chef/Owner Paul Flynn is regarded as one of the foremost Irish chef's, cooking exciting and modern Irish food in his restaurant.

Day Seven

Enjoy a talk and tasting of some locally brewed beers at the Dungarvan Brewing Company, then visit the House of Waterford Crystal and take a guided factory tour, giving you first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production.

Day Eight - Return Home

Dublin is a short drive north or you could cross by ferry back to Wales from Rosslare.

The holiday starts in County Galway, then tours through Clare, Kerry and east to Wexford. This would work well with flights to & from Dublin or Shannon, or with ferry services from Wales, and we can assist with any additional accommodation required.

Map of Southern Ireland

£875 per person for March & November, £895 per person for April and £965 per person for May to October.

These prices are based on 7 nights accommodation in ensuite double or twin rooms throughout.

The holiday includes:

  • Renvyle House Hotel - 2 nights B&B, 1 Dinner and a Killary Cruise.
  • Connemara Smokehouse and Visitor Centre - Talk and tasting
  • Carrygerry Country House - 1 night B&B and Dinner. (Restaurant closed Sun. & Mon.)
  • QC's Seafood Restaurant & Townhouse - 2 nights bed & continental breakfast, 1 Dinner and Boat trip to Valentia Island.
  • The Tannery - 2 nights B&B and 1 Dinner in The Tannery Restaurant. (Restaurant open: Tues - Sat from Apr-Jun & Sep-Oct. and Tues - Sun in Jul/Aug.)
  • Dungarvan Brewing Company  - Talk and tasting of local beers. (1/2 hour)
  • Factory tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
  • €50.00 pp Good Food Ireland credit vouchers for use with all GFI approved providers

A car is required for this holiday, and we can assist with car hire as required.

All our holidays include a map of Ireland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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