Take a tour to sample the best of Ireland

Take a tour to sample the best of IrelandGalway Food Tours

The best way to find out what’s good to eat and drink in any destination is by asking the locals, although sometimes a quick weekend break isn’t long enough to sample all the best bits.

With that in mind, I bring you six food and drink tours from around Ireland to whet your appetite and keep you coming back for more.

Kenmare Foodie Tours

Kenmare Foodie Karen guides guests on a 3.5 hour tour of the town, meeting local producers and trying food that can only be found right there in Kenmare. Try sourdough bread, handmade chocolates, black pudding, homemade sausages, wine tastings, local Kenmare ice cream, locally brewed beer and coffee from a local roaster and take in the local Wednesday Market.

Tickets are priced €55pp and can be bought online at kenmarefoodie.com.

Galway Food Tours

The winner of Best Food/Beverage Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019, Galway Food Tours takes you to some off the beaten path places around Galway City. Try fresh sushi, fine cheeses, Galway oysters, mouth-watering breads and savoury bites as well as delicious sweet treats.

Prices from €60 with custom made itineraries available. See galwayfoodtours.com.

Belfast Taste and Tour

The Belfast Taster Tour takes in five stops around the city over 3.5 hours. You’ll taste some traditional dishes of Northern Ireland including an Ulster fry, Irish stew and a famous fifteen (a traditional sweet treat). Learn about Belfast’s history of brewing and distilling and try a selection of local artisan produce. Perfect for a first time visitor to the city.

Tickets £58pp tasteandtour.co.uk.

Sligo Food Tours

Husband and wife duo Hans and Gaby encourage visitors to experience Sligo town’s real food offering like a local with a strong commitment to supporting family-run businesses. Some of the stops can include an oyster experience, tapas, local craft beers, Italian gelato and a surprise tasting inspired by W.B. Yeats. SFT can cater for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs.

Tours are 3 to 3.5 hours priced at €60, book at sligofoodtours.ie.

Adventure Trails Dublin Tapas Trail

Visit three tapas restaurants on this three hour tour which is a modern twist on the traditional Spanish style of eating, drinking and socialising. Visit Italian, Spanish, Cuban and even Moroccan restaurants eating a tapas style course in each with a glass of wine or beer.

Tours are €69pp, also available in Galway tapastrail.com.

Donegal Food Tours

As well as afternoon and half day food tours with an added sprinkle of sightseeing, Donegal Food Tours runs a gin trail departing from Letterkenny. You’ll try local and Irish gins in a number of venues including Sliabh Liag Distillery and Olde Glen Bar on Donegal’s first guided gin tour. You’ll also taste some light bites from local producers along the way.

The gin tour is priced at €90pp and can be booked online at donegalfoodtours.com.