Welcome to Essential Food Trails

Your gateway to the beautiful landscapes and exciting food culture of Ireland.

Connecting People, Food & Nature

Essential Food Trails is an eco-tour agency leading wellness in nature experiences, sensory forest walks and seasonal picnics as well as road-trip tasting tours to farms and markets.

Farm to Fork Experiences

Visit artisan farms and markets on a road-trip food tour through beautiful landscapes, market towns & coastal villages. Visit traditional cheese-houses, meet bee-keepers & oyster farmers. Taste the produce as they share their stories.


Connect with nature on a guided walk with sensory forest-bathing, mindfulness and gentle yoga. Enjoy a seasonal picnic and discover traditional uses for wild plants in regions of natural beauty around Ireland.

Farmers' Market Store

Artisan food hampers with selection of local produce from farms and producers on Essential Food Trails including farmhouse cheese and raw wildflower honey. Delivered as a treat for yourself or as a gift.

Farm to Fork Experiences

Essential Food Trails has carefully curated a food tour with a difference to bring you right to the heart of Ireland’s food and landscape.  Our farm to fork experiences include farm visits, food tastings a scenic walk, and a three-course lunch in an artisan restaurant or cosy country pub.

Enjoy a gastronomical journey of discovery through rich grasslands, traditional market towns and pretty coastal villages.

Meet the makers on their farms, taste the produce as they share their stories. Visit farmers markets, country pubs and dynamic restaurants where creative chefs celebrate high quality ingredients grown and foraged from their local landscape.

Essential Food Trails work closely with farmers, producers and chefs; bringing you off the beaten track to the heart of food culture and landscape in Ireland. You will meet the farmers and taste the produce right there on the farm. Mingle with the locals at village farmers markets. Enjoy creative tasting menus in exciting restaurants.

Discover why a new generation of food producers and chefs are celebrating this amazing food culture and be part of the sustainable food movement.

Breathe in the fresh air as you walk in the footsteps of those who have carried on traditional cheesemaking, brewing and bread making. Taste honey produced by bees who gather nectar from wild flowers growing in rich grasslands at the foothills of mountains. Relax in cosy country pubs and try oysters with local stout.

Essential Food Trails farm to fork experiences connect people with place through food bringing you on a food tour with a difference.


Visited the cheese area to understand how the cheese is made and then inside to eat it! We sat at the beautiful table in the farmhouse, drank tea, chatted and ate a lot of cheese and other goodies

Maureen after visit to:

Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese

Learned so much today about how honey is made and how important bees and honey are to all of us. Your passion and your ability to share your knowledge is infectious “

Trish after visit to:

Slieve Aughty Honey

Beautiful setting. You find yourself surrounded by the beautiful Burren hills. The food is cooked fresh. Lovely staff and a lovely menu

MJ after visit to :

Burren Fine Wine & Food

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