V.3 Gourmet Trails- Ireland

June to September

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights


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 Dublin Airport, take a morning train to Cork where your trip begins. Your private guide/ driver will greet you at the train station and together you will travel 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.

Relax this afternoon in Kinsale, wandering the colourful streets, stopping by some of the local craft stores or with a glass of wine enjoying the view over the water.

If you would like a more planned activity, your guide can take you to hear the interesting story of Ireland’s only restored Napoleonic Signal Tower with its panoramic views from the rooftop walkway. Nearby is The Lusitania Museum and Old Head Signal Tower,  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 and we are happy to make recommendations and book a table for you.

Overnight: Cork
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 1 - Optional Dublin Extension Read More +

We are happy to offer a one or two night extension in Dublin with Airport transfers, accommodation and a guided activity included.

Just ask your trip planner.

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 afternoon, there are options to rest or if you prefer to walk off all the food from earlier,  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.

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

Overnight: Cork
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Immersive Garden Experience

Explore a captivating immersive garden tour with lunch 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. Your immersive in depth  garden tour includes a delicious lunch with much of the produce grown right there in the garden.

Your accommodation tonight is in the quaint little town of Kenmare in Co Kerry. With rolling mountains as the backdrop and colourful streets lined with charming restaurants and shops, Kenmare or Ceann Mara (head of the sea) is the place to escape to.
We have some wonderful recommended restaurants for you to dine in this evening.


Overnight: Kerry
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Irish Oyster Tour and Tasting or Foraging

The pristine clear coastal waters of the Atlantic Coast offer the perfect environment for fishermen and farmers growing shellfish for hundreds of years.
Today you will take to these very shores along Kerry’s Wild Atlantic Way with.a choice of experiences.
First up, experience first hand what goes into creating the perfect Oyster! Meet the family run fishermen and women, learn how oysters are grown and harvested and the equipment used, enjoy a demonstration how to stuck an oyster and even try your hand at shucking before enjoying tasting in a stunning setting in the heart of Kerry.

Alternatively, visit the southern shores of the Iveragh peninsula and meet one of our favourite characters. A fisherman, foraging expert, storyteller and a true Irish gent, John will take you on a wander along the shoreline learning about life on Ireland’s west coast all the while regaling you with tales of characters from the region, from lonely monks to 18th century civil rights activists to mythical heroes.

This evening we have a cosy little pub to recommend, where locals and visiting musician gather to sing and play many evenings a week. Sit by the open peat fire, sip a pint of Guinness and just see if you can stop your toes from tapping along with the rousing beats.

Overnight: Kerry
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - The Beara Peninsula

It’s hard to recommend just one peninsula in this southern region of West cork and Kerry, as they all deserve a mention. Mizen, Sheepshead and Beara each carry authenticity and maintain a charm that’s sometimes lost in more populated areas. Their lesser-travelled landscapes make the towns and villages a breath of fresh air along the way.

Today you will explore the Beara Peninsula with your guide on a hike to suit your activity levels. Beara boasts a wealth of archaeological heritage amidst its Caha mountain range, such as the Ballycrovane Ogham Stone, the tallest Ogham stone in the world.

Following your hike, take a scenic tour of The Ring of Kerry stopping at interesting sites and villages along the way before returning to your hotel in Kenmare this evening.

Overnight: Kerry
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Cliffs of Moher & Whiskey Tasting

Leaving the mountainous region of Kerry, we head north across the River Shannon and into Clare, to the little village of Ballyvaughan.
Stopping at the mighty and famous Cliffs of Moher it is hard to take in the sheer size and scale. Home to thousands of migratory seabirds the cliffs come alive during nesting season, with the calls of different species all filling the air.
Choose to spend some time at the visitors centre and viewing points or opt for a longer cliff walk with your guide as you wish.

This evening, we visit a small traditional pub frequented by the locals, where the warm and welcoming landlady will take you on a journey through the history of Irish Whiskey production with tasting of different whiskeys included.

Overnight: Clare
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Galway and Depart

Your guide or private transfer will take you today to Galway where you have the option to explore the city or hop on the train back to Dublin and your departing flights.

*For those wishing to extend your time in Ireland, we have an optional 2 night extension in Connemara. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Sheep Dog Demo & Galway city

Optional Two Night Connemara Extension

For those who wish to extend their time in Ireland today you visit The Burren National Park, designated a UNESCO site due to its unique other-worldly limestone landscape containing a fascinating mix of unusual flora, fauna, geology and ancient archeology alongside the thriving farming communities. This morning, visit some captivating collies at work demonstrating their herding skills against the backdrop of a 1,000 year old fort on a traditional working farm.

This afternoon, explore Galway’s bohemian charms either i the company of your guide or under your own steam if preferred.
Galway’s streets are full of street performers, buskers, live theatres and those who love to immerse themselves in the arts and culture scene. Along with the arts, Galway often holds festivals and markets such as the Galway oyster Festival, The Galway Arts Festival and even a comedy festival. Depending on the time of year you are visiting we will always give you the local low down on where to go.

This evening, we leave Galway city heading for the wild region of Connemara. Surrounded by The Twelve Bens Mountain range your deluxe hotel is nestled in a stunning valley with acres of forest, trails, mountains and countryside to enjoy.

We recommend you dine in the on site Fishermans Pub this evening for casual dining.

Overnight: Connemara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands in County Galway. Within the park there are endless activities, cultural experience, quaint towns and villages and stunning landscapes to be explored.

Start your day with a guided hike catered to suit your own abilities offering magnificent views of this remote, wild corner of Ireland. Choose a gentle 5km stroll up Diamond Hill or a more challenging climb  rewarded with breathtaking vistas.
Following a reviving lunch in the nearby little town of Clifden, there is time to wander the quaint cafes, shops and businesses, maybe picking up some gifts or keepsakes for home, absorbing the culture and chatting with locals.

To celebrate your final night in Ireland, why not dine in the Owenmore Restaurant onsite at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel.

Overnight: Connemara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Depart Ireland

After a delicious breakfast and perhaps a final walk around the hotel grounds and gardens, its time to leave Galway and make your way back to Dublin.
Your guide or a private transfer will take you to Galway Train Station where there are regular train links to Dublin.

If you have early flights, we can add an additional night in Dublin City or at an airport hotel for your convenience.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 8 nights accommodation Ireland, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Breakfast daily
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 9 Ireland
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days 1 to 9
  • All guided activities mentioned in the itinerary specifically:
    • Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower
    • Private Food Tour Kinsale
    • Tickets to Charles Fort
    • Private Garden Tour with lunch
    • Private Oyster Farm Experience OR Private Foraging Experience
    • Hike Beara Peninsula
    • Scenic Tour of  The Ring of Kerry
    • Sheep Dog Demo
    • Connemara National Park
  • 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 a sample quote based on best available pricing however individual request will be quoted on a case by case basis.
Optional Upgrades Read More

Depending on dates, room upgrades may be available on request in most accommodations.

Pricing Read More


Please note the following prices are NET, based on a twin-share basis, and including a £12 per person conservation contribution:

4 star Accommodation

  • 2 Clients – €8,415  EURO per person
  • 4 Clients – €5,632 EURO per person
  • 6 Clients – €4,700 EURO per person

5 star Accommodation

    • 2 Clients – €9,170  EURO per person
    • 4 Clients – €6,390 EURO per person
    • 6 Clients – €5,463 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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