Gourmet Trails- Ireland

June to September

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Overview

Ireland is an ancient Celtic land where you will experience picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring the island of Ireland’s famous and of the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and political interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Arrival Ireland- Kinsale Co Cork

On arrival at your chosen airport, your guide will take you to Kinsale, a colourful seaside town where local fishing and pleasure vessels bob about in the sheltered idillic bay. The town has a rich maritime history and is famous for its delicious seafood, particularly its fresh fish and locally sourced shellfish.

This afternoon, we explore the nearby Charles Fort, a well preserved, striking star shaped military fort of the late seventeenth century built during King Charles 11 reign to protect the town and harbour of Kinsale from attack. Enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline, surrounded by countryside views of lush green hills dotted with sheep and farmhouses.

If time allows, we recommend you also discover the interesting story of Ireland’s only restored Napoleonic Signal Tower and enjoy the panoramic views from the rooftop walkway. The Lusitania Museum and Old Head Signal Tower in Kinsale, County Cork, is the closest point of land to the final resting place of the tragic RMS Lusitania.

There are a range of options for dinner available this evening in Kinsale including fresh fish restaurants.

Overnight: Kinsale | Perryville House
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Food Tour Kinsale

Kinsale has firmly established its place as a foodies mecca and with so many glorious venues on your doorstep, tourists and locals alike flock to Kinsale for their wonderful food. For a foodie fanatic, your walking tour today will take you to a selection of different eateries, meeting locals and sampling sweet and savoury treats as you go, not to mention some liquid fortification! From local seaweed to oysters, chowder to Irish soda bread and homemade butter, beer battered fish and chips, local ice-cream, chocolate and cake! During the tour, hear stories about the food and meet some of the fascinating characters who make it too.

This evening why not dine at one of Kinsale’s fantastic farm to fork restaurants.

Overnight: Kinsale | Perryville House
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - English Market & Whiskey

Cork’s iconic English market has been trading since 1788.  One of the oldest and certainly the best covered markets in Europe, it has survived famine, flood, war, fires, and multiple recessions to remain a strong part of Cork’s fabric. Spend some time browsing the stall’s and offerings, sampling delicious treats or picking up a gift for home. The nearby Butter Museum makes for a unique institution celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade.
From its origins in 1780 by Scotsman John Jameson through its history, prohibition, revolution and distilling techniques to the world wide brand it is today, the Jameson Distillery tour is both historic and fascinating. Take a behind the scenes tour with one of the expert Ambassadors visiting key buildings including a special visit to the Distillers cottage.

Overnight: Kinsale | Perryville House
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Immersive Garden Experience

Explore a captivating immersive garden tour lead by a award wining horticulturalist and head gardener duo with a genuine passion for their craft.
Awaken the senses with sights, sounds and smells in a stunning oasis, where vibrant wild flowers, fragrant herbs and lush greenery showcase their incredible knowledge and skills

Overnight: Kenmare | Sheen Falls Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Foraging Irelands Shores

Into the southern part of the Ring of Kerry, the landscape becomes wilder and more rugged. At a secluded bay, meet a local foodie whose passion is uncovering the Kerry Coast’s edible gems, such as various seaweeds and coastal plants. Together, spend the morning exploring Kerry’s quiet seashore, listening to stories, learning about life on Ireland’s west coasts and uncovering some of nature’s bounty in the tidepools and rocky crevices.
This afternoon, enjoy some of the estate activities such as golf, fishing, horse riding or the onsite spa. Your guide will be on hand for anyone who wishes to explore further afield.

Overnight: Kenmare | Sheen Falls Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Traditional Baking in Killarney

In the southwest of County Kerry is an expanse of rugged, mountainous country that sweeps down to the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. Here, stretching across 10,000 hectares, lies Killarney National Park, with its unforgettable combination of mountains, lakes, woodland and waterfalls.
In Killarney, meet with some local experts who will take you through a master class on Irish Baking. Brown Bread, Scones, Apple Tart, Cookies, and other sweet treats, you will never use shop bought treats again!
Following your masterclass, a walk in the park exploring some of Killarney’s secrets.

Overnight: Kenmare | Sheen Falls Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Depart Ireland

After a delicious breakfast and perhaps a final walk around Killarney its time to depart Ireland today for your flights home.

We recommend Shannon Airport as the closet that will offer connections however we can also return you to Dublin Airport if preferred.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More

 

  • 6 nights accommodation Ireland, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 7 Ireland
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All guided activities mentioned in the itinerary specifically:
    • Charles Fort, Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower
    • Private Food Tour Kinsale
    • Tour English Market Cork
    • Private Whiskey Tour
    • Private Farm Tour and Cheese Tasting
    • Private Foraging Experience
    • Private Killarney Baking Experience
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
Optional Upgrades Read More

Room upgrades are available on request in most accommodations.

Pricing Read More

Pricing:

The NET price for this itinerary, on a twin-share basis, and including a £12 per person conservation contribution is:

  • 2 Clients – €8,620  EURO per person
  • 4 Clients – €5,955 EURO per person
  • 6 Clients – €5,070 EURO per person

Conservation Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

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