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Cork and Kerry Gastro Tour

  • Indulge yourself with a luxury foodie tour of southwest Ireland’s iconic destinations
  • Connect with land and sea with daily activities, hikes and experiences in breathtaking locations
  • Eat in acclaimed restaurants and visit artisan food producers such seaweed foragers & cheesemakers

We have selected the best local five star accommodations, so you can enjoy the highest standard of Irish hospitality each evening.

You will be met off your flight by your personal guide at the Airport on Day 1 of the trip. Full details on how to get to Ireland, please see our section on Travel to Ireland.

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Trip Details

Indulge yourself with the very best of Ireland’s culinary offerings and hospitality as you enjoy some of the most spectacular landscapes and landmarks that the country has to offer.

While not historically known for food, Ireland has a growing reputation for creative cooking, natural ingredients and a farm-to-fork mentality. Explore southwest Ireland on this gastro tour of wild Ireland – as famous for its cuisine as its mountain scenery.

Tickle your tastebuds with this culinary trip in Ireland’s West Cork, Ring of Kerry, Killarney and beyond! Travelling by boat, bike and boot you, immerse yourself in the landscape that inspires local chefs as they use the freshest ingredients from land and sea. Meet seaweed harvesters, sea salt producers, whiskey distillers and cheesemakers – and visit world-famous restaurants as well as local favourites. 

Tailored just for you, we have selected the best local five star accommodations so you can enjoy the highest standard of Irish hospitality each evening. Reconnect with land and sea as you work up an appetite with daily activities, hikes and cultural experiences in breathtaking locations on this culinary trip in Ireland.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Cork City & Food Markets 

Your personal guide will collect you from the airport before heading to your luxury manor house hotel in the heart of Cork. Start your culinary trip in Ireland with a private historical tour of Cork, or as the locals call it, ‘the real capital of Ireland’. You’ll be regaled with local stories and legends while exploring the network of winding lanes of the Huguenot Quarter. At the heart of the local food producing community, visit the English Market, Ireland’s oldest covered market before taking dinner in the world-famous Farmgate Cafe, an ultimate first night treat.

Day 2Kinsale & Jameson Whiskey Distillery

No foodie Ireland trip would be complete without going to Kinsale, where great food is at the centre of local life. After a stroll through this charming fishing town, we’ll hike along the coast to Charles Fort. Dating from the 17th century this enormous star-shaped fort boasts commanding ocean views. After lunch at one of Kinsale’s Michelin Bib Gourmand gastro-pubs or seafood spots, head to Midleton for a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting at the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. As the sun sets over Cork, dinner awaits in one of the city’s top restaurants.

Day 3 — Seven Heads Peninsula & Cheesemakers 

Today we explore wild Seven Heads Peninsula, a lesser-trodden part of Cork. On your coastal hike, keep an eye out for whales and basking sharks as a local storyteller shares myths and legends unique to the area. After refuelling at a local gourmet coffee house, get your tastebuds ready: next stop on our culinary trip in Ireland is a local cheesemakers (who is also a gourmet olive producer)! Accommodation tonight is in Kenmare, another centre of Irish cuisine, in a hotel acclaimed for the quality of the local produce in its restaurant.

Day 4 — The Beara Peninsula: Sea Salt & Fresh Mussels

One of the most beautiful and isolated parts of Ireland, today we’ll explore the Beara Peninsula by bike or foot on a loop that suits your preferred activity level. While drinking in awe-inspiring mountain views and stunning coastal landscapes, we’ll stop at a family-run sea salt facility as well as sample mussels fresh from the sea. Finish the day by ferrying out to Garnish Island, a paradisal island garden – a perfect place to watch the sunset before returning to Kenmare for a delicious dinner!

Day 5 — The Ring of Kerry & Seaweed Foraging

As you travel along the world-famous Ring of Kerry, you will meet a local seaweed enthusiast for a hike on the coast who will explain the historical and cultural significance of seaweed in this part of Ireland. For an unusal addition to our culinary trip in Ireland, we’ll sip a glass of sea kelp champagne! After lunch at a famous seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean, we head off the main tourist track for a hike in the wild mountains that make this part of Ireland so famous. A boat trip around UNESCO’s Skellig Islands, an ancient monastic settlement and Ireland’s largest bird colony (also known as Luke Skywalker’s home in Star Wars) is another option.

Day 6Killarney

On the penultimate day of our culinary trip in Ireland, we explore one of Irelands highlights, Killarney National Park, by boat, bike or hike. Head for the hills to the Gap of Dunloe for unrivalled scenery, working up an appetite for the gourmet packed lunch your guide will bring along. Your guide will help you interpret this ancient rugged landscape before returning to town by jarvey, a traditional horse drawn carriage. Wrap up your culinary adventure in Ireland by enjoying a champagne toast during a private sunset cruise of the Lakes of Killarney.

Day 7 — Departure

Depending on your flight time, your guide will stop at some of the great places along the way before dropping you off directly at the airport in time for your flight.

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Guide Price: €3,620

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: South West – Cork & Kerry

Comfort: Luxury

Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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