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



Burren Hikes, Picnics

& Brunch Events

Join Siobhán Sloane of Essential Food Trails and Brónagh O’Rourke of Burren Farm Experience for a day of hiking, forest-bathing, lakeside yoga and a wholesome picnic on Saturday 12 September 2020 from 11am to 4pm.  Booking is through Eventbrite. 

Enjoy forest-bathing, lakeside yoga, a wholesome farm picnic, fresh air, tranquility and laughter.

Combining my love of good food, hiking and yoga, I have teamed up with the O’Rourke Family Farm which sits in the Burren National Park to create a series of Wellness in Nature days.

We will guide you on a hike through parts of the 500acre farm following traditional trails through hazel woodland, grassland meadow and limestone pavement.  Spot the Burren wildflowers and orchids as you go. Find stillness in a hazel wood with forest-bathing, dip your toes into tranquil Lough Bunny, stretch out on limestone pavement with standing yoga poses. Enjoy a delicious farm picnic with lots of local produce.

It’s time to get out, breathe in the fresh air, appreciate the beautiful Burren landscape and reconnect with nature, yourself and friends.  All you need is good walking shoes & comfortable clothes.

Farm to Fork Experiences

Essential Food Trails Farm to Fork Experiences connect people
with place through food.
Meet the growers and makers; visit dairy farmers, beekeepers and oyster farmers. Get a glimpse into the day to day life of cheesemakers,
honey producers and vegetable growers.

The Burren Farm to Fork

  The Burren hills and plains of limestone, woodlands and wild flowers are a haven for honey bees and grazing goats. Taste cheese on a traditional farm, browse the Farmers’ Market, sample wild Atlantic oysters and local stout.

Sliabh Aughty Farm to Fork


The rolling foothills of the Sliabh Aughty mountains are Ireland’s hidden heartlands of artisan farming. Visit a cheese-house on a traditional dairy farm, taste locally produced honey, pick organic salad for lunch.



Visit an artisan farm, sample wild-flower honey with goats cheese and local beer. Experience an imaginative tasting menu of locally sourced an foraged natural ingredients cooked over wood.

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.

Travel in comfort on our Mercedes coach on day-trip 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 elegant restaurants where creative chefs celebrate high quality ingredients grown and foraged from their local landscape.

We 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

We loved having the picnic overlooking the stunning Burren mountains with expansive views all sides”

Mal after visit in:

Burren Farm Experience

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