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.

Eco-Wellness Experiences

We go off the beaten track where wild nature & cultural heritage meet. Discover traditional uses for wild plants on a mindful walk drawing on yoga & forest-bathing practices. Enjoy a seasonal picnic with locally sourced produce.

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 road-trip food tour with a difference to bring you right to the heart of Ireland’s food and landscape.

Enjoy a gastronomical journey of discovery through rich grasslands, traditional market towns and pretty coastal villages of Galway & the Burren.  Meet the makers on their farms, taste the produce as they share their stories.   Self-drive or transport provided.

Our farm to fork experiences include farm visits, food tastings, lunch in artisan restaurants or cosy country pubs where creative chefs celebrate the high quality ingredients produced & foraged from the surrounding landscape.

Unplug Picnic

With Unplug Picnic Eco Wellness Experiences we go off the beaten track where wild nature and cultural heritage meet to find space to unplug and connect with ourselves. 

Our focus is on stopping to take in our surroundings rather than covering long distances.  Along the way I’ll share my knowledge of wild plants and flowers and their traditional uses.

As a qualified and experienced yoga instructor and eco-tour guide, I have combined my love of nature, plant-lore seasonal food, hiking and yoga to design Unplug Picnic in locations around Ireland, all in places of natural beauty with their own cultural heritage.

Testimonials

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

Staycation Hightlight

“I simply loved this day out, what a way to experience the Burren. The yoga was so enjoyable & the food incredible. Thank you Siobhán for sharing your knowledge of joy of the Burren”.

Evelyn:

Unplug Picnic

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