Oyster obsessives can now indulge in a new oyster experience in Sligo town, with the launch of Sligo Oyster Experience, Ireland's first dedicated oyster trail and interactive visitor centre.
Work your way through Sligo Bay Oysters at WB’S Coffee House where you are guided on the history and current farming methods of harvesting oysters on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Sligo Oyster Experience begins with a short walking tour, crossing the Garavogue river that runs through the town, and out to Sligo Bay where oyster production has taken place for generations.
Sligo Oyster Experience owner and manager, Aisling Kelly, wearing a sturdy oyster glove, provides live oyster shucking demonstrations and tastings for visitors where she describes the sharp brine and rich finish of local Wild Atlantic Oysters.
You'll be taught how oysters are harvested and step behind the Oyster bar to try your hand at shucking before relaxing with a selection of naked and dressed Oysters with a glass of carefully selected wine.
Their oysters come from the Wild Atlantic Oyster company, which represents the oyster producers in Sligo Bay, on Ireland’s North West coast.
Sligo Bay has numerous inlets with ideal conditions for the cultivation of oysters, and has a history of oyster cultivation over two centuries.
The producers specialise in the cultivation of the Pacific oyster species Crassostrea Gigas, which has a distinctive purple shell from the minerals found in the seabeds.
The oyster experience costs €20 per adult (children go free) and bookings can be made online at sligooysterexperience.ie or at any tourist office nationwide.