From EUR 960
Welcome to the Good Food Ireland Culinary & Cultural Journey of The Burren and Connemara along The Wild Atlantic Way! We will take you on a bespoke tour of the very best in Irish food with personalised meet and greet, individual attention and a promise to create unforgettable memories that you will treasure forever.
A magical journey of two very special and unique areas of Ireland’s west coast; where landscape and environment has shaped a culture and its people. You will experience the Good Food Ireland family of members, hear their stories and discover Ireland’s culture through our unique authentic cuisine.
Arrive Shannon airport
A warm Good Food Ireland welcome awaits you at the lovely home of Niall and Gillian Ennis Carrygerry Country House in Co. Clare. This period country house is just a short distance from Shannon airport. A complimentary Good Food Ireland Gourmet Gift Box of Irish Artisan Food Treats awaits your arrival, perfect to be enjoyed or to take home as a gourmet souvenir.
At your leisure enjoy a visit to nearby Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Here you will get a taste of Ireland’s past, from a majestic 15th century castle to a typical big house walled garden, and a folk park which re-creates rural Irish life from the last century with old shops, a pub, a quaint post office and everything a typical Irish village of the time would have had.
A relaxed evening dinner in the Conservatory Restaurant, where the hospitality is as warm as the roaring fire and the dinner menu shines with local produce. Chef Niall and his wife Gillian will set you up for a discoverable and memorable experience.
Depart Carrygerry Country House after breakfast, to travel to Lisdoonvarna following north bound signposts for the Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll pass the Shannon Estuary, Labasheeda and the stunning viewpoint at Loop Head. As you turn up the coast here, the real beauty of the Atlantic Ocean is revealed. The Cliffs of Moher and Visitor Centre are on this road. Ireland’s most famous sea cliffs stand 214m tall, with a sheer drop into the ocean, quite a sight!
Be sure to pop into Doolin Chocolate Shop, home of our family of artisan chocolate makers Wilde Irish Chocolates. Taste unique artisan bars, chocolate slices and fudge varieties all handmade in the Banner County and take home a little chocolate souvenir!
Onwards to the home of one of Good Food Ireland’s top Master Smokers and Brewers Peter and Birgitta Curtin, for a Talk & Tasting of their home produced Smoked Irish Organic Salmon in Lisdoonvarna. Learn about the lifecycle of the salmon and their special smoking techniques, with a hands-on demonstration of the kiln.
A walk just up the road is the family’ microbrewery where you will enjoy Peter’s passionate creations, a tasting of his three brews, Burren Gold, Burren Red and Burren Black, followed by a glass of your favourite. If time allows, have a light lunch in The Roadside Tavern, Peter and Birgitta’s cosy pub-restaurant, one of the oldest in Clare, before making your way onwards, through the heart of the Burren, via quaint Irish coastal villages like Ballyvaughan.
Drive around Ballyvaughan Bay and into Galway, passing Clarinbridge, famous for fine oysters. As you make your way on to your overnight accommodation, a stop at our Artisan Ice Cream Shop on poet Seamus Heaney’s Flaggy Shore of Galway Bay, provides a chance to meet the Fahy’s, dairy farmers who produce their own ice cream. This wonderful ice-cream is made from the milk of their own cows that graze here on the Atlantic coast, giving the ice cream its unique taste and flavour. Via Galway city, you will join the Wild Atlantic Way route to the Connemara Coast Hotel with its beautiful scenic view overlooking Galway Bay. On a clear day, from the rear of this hotel you can see the Burren landscape on the other side of the bay. Overnight this evening at the Connemara Coast Hotel, offers the chance to take a relaxing beach stroll before dinner in Daly’s Restaurant in the hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, a day of leisure. Follow signposts for the Wild Atlantic Way north, along the coast to Rossaveel, for an optional ferry trip to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Step back in time to island life as it was and still is out in the Atlantic! Experience the breath taking scenery at Dún Aonghasa, an Iron Age fort, with spectacular chevaux-de-frise. Stand here and marvel at the view and consider why and how they built this magnificence fort.
Return for a second overnight in the Connemara Coast Hotel. Dinner this evening is in Ann and Kevin Dunne’s lovely White Gables Restaurant in the nearby village of Moycullen. Their stone walled restaurant has an eye-catching cottage look and once inside you'll get a lovely warm feeling with great West of Ireland hospitality. Cooking is traditional and as you would expect focused around local Irish seafood as well as the local Connemara beef and lamb.
Depart Connemara Coast Hotel along the Wild Atlantic Way north, stopping to visit the Robert’s family Smokehouse in beautiful Ballyconneely, another of Good Food Ireland’s top smokehouses, with years of tradition and excellence. The smokehouse is perched on the headland, surrounded by white sandy beaches. You will meet second generation fish smoker Graham Roberts, for a tour of the smokehouse and tastings of his wonderful smoked fish products. Experience the individual tastes and secrets of fish smoking from smokehouse to smokehouse.
Next stop is the magical Connemara National Park, with its mountains and lakes, country walks and rambling tracks. A not to be missed tour with lunch at leisure en route!
Overnight and dinner at the Coyle’s Renvyle House Hotel a family run historic country house with a wonderful restaurant, the Róisín Dubh. Everyone is welcome here and you’ll fit right in. Head Chef Tim O’Sullivan creates a gourmet experience, with regional specialities including fresh Atlantic Seafood and Connemara Hill lamb, in the Renvyle House Restaurant. Tonight you will experience Tim’s 5 Course Gourmet Dinner and local, seasonal delights
After breakfast, depart Renvyle House Hotel for the day and follow the Wild Atlantic Way north to Murrisk in Co. Mayo. Should you fancy a stop, we suggest the scenic location of Myles and Ruth O’ Brien’s cosy Irish pub and restaurant, The Tavern in Murrisk, only a short walk away from the entrance to Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
Travel onwards to Newport, to meet another of our local artisan food producers. This time it’s all about Black Pudding! Head for a Talk and Tasting with a family with longstanding tradition as artisan butchers in Co Mayo. Their butcher shop has stood proudly next door for the last 85 years. Experience the taste of Traditional Putóg, speciality sausages and their infamous black and white puddings, all produced from old handed down family recipes.
Driving onwards, you will go to the county town of County Mayo, Castlebar and to Rua Deli, Bakery and Café for a light lunch. The McMahon families Café, combines quirky interior design with flagship Mayo produce on the menu. Here you will savour the unique flavours of Mayo’s indigenous foods. You will see the Céide Fields in North County Mayo, the most extensive Stone Age landscape in the world and the oldest enclosed farming landscape in Europe.
Return to Renvyle House through the tiny hamlet of Cong, setting for John Wayne’s famous movie The Quiet Man, and famous for the Cong Cross, an important archaic of intricate metal work from Ireland’s Early Christian period. Pass Maam, derived from the Gaelic word meaning ‘mountain pass’, which sums up this epic road drive, and Leenane, where John B Keane’s play The Field was filmed. The cast stayed at Renvyle House during the filming, and lead actor, the late Richard Harris was known to have declared the food magnificent! Nothing has changed!
So once again you can enjoy the sumptuous tastes of regional culinary cuisine with dinner and overnight in Renvyle House Hotel.
After a mouth-watering breakfast, the Connemara Full Irish or Cleggan Plaice with home baked breads from the hotel’s bakery, leave Renvyle House, heading to Galway city via Maam Cross, Oughterard and Moycullen, for lunch in Aoibheann McNamara’s Ard Bia Nimmos Restaurant at the Spanish Arch in Galway City, City of the Tribes. A browse around after lunch reveals a lively city with street performance, art and culture on offer at all times of the year.
For your final night, you’re back to Gillian and Niall Ennis at Carrygerry House for farewell dinner and overnight.
Depart Carrygerry House for return flights from Shannon Airport taking with you your Good Food Ireland Gourmet Souveniers to remind you of taste adventures had.
Two Nights’ Accommodation and Gourmet Breakfast at Carrygerry Country House
Two Dinners in the Conservatory Restaurant at Carrygerry Country House
Talk and Tasting at the Burren Smokehouse and Visitor Centre & Burren Storehouse
Meet and Tasting at Artisan Ice Cream Makers Farmhouse Ice Cream
Two Nights’ Accommodation and Gourmet Breakfast at Connemara Coast Hotel
Dinner at Connemara Coast Hotel
Three Course Dinner with Tea & Coffee at White Gables Restaurant
Smokehouse Talk and Tasting
Two Nights’ Accommodation and Gourmet Breakfast at Renvyle House Hotel
Two 5 course Gourmet Dinners at Renvyle House Hotel
Black pudding Talk and Tasting
Lunch at Rua Deli, Bakery and Café
Entrance to the Cliffs of 14Moher