Get the wellies out! How these Cork farm excursions are providing a uniquely Irish expertise

Tourists from throughout the world are making their approach to southwest Cork in Ireland to expertise one thing slightly distinctive. While a lot of these primarily based in rural Ireland might have had loads of expertise pulling on wellington boots and getting selfmade scones and jam from Granny – plainly there are various extra on the market who wish to get in on the motion.

Consisting of a gaggle of 5 household farmers, West Cork Farm Tours have opened their farm gates to vacationers who’re trying to get an genuine journey within the countryside.

Based alongside the beautiful coastal route, Wild Atlantic Way, the farmers – three dairy, one suckler and one pig – consider that these excursions provide vacationers a particular likelihood to satisfy and work together with locals.

On tour with farmer Denis O’Donovan from Glandore Image by Donal O’Leary

“I just believe that it is a completely authentic Irish experience and a window into everyday Irish Life. The farms are all family owned for generations and farming is a massive part of Irish life,” Neil Grant, General Manager of the Celtic Ross Hotel and one of many supporters of the mission, informed Lonely Planet.

“Not only that, it is a real grassroots food production experience on a working farm. The landscape is second to none and the guests will meet real Irish people going about their everyday life.”

Tommy Moyles, Ardfield, Co. Cork.Photo: Donal O' Leary
Tommy Moyles, Ardfield, Co. Cork. Image by Donal O’ Leary

The 5 farming households concerned are John Joe and Theresa O’Sullivan, Garrane, Rosscarbery; Willie and Avril Allshire of Caherbeg Farm, Rosscarbery; Michael and Marguerite Crowley, Bauravilla, Skibbereen; Tommy Moyles from Ardfield and Denis and Colette O’Donovan, Glandore.

Each tour is tailor-made to the season and the rhythms of the working 12 months however you’re assured to get a behind the scenes look of working farms and benefit from the hospitality of the households of their kitchen and customer centres.

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Texans on tour with Tommy Moyles from Ardfield. Image by Donal O’Leary

“West Cork is slightly off the beaten tourist track in Ireland and this experience has captured overseas guests’ imaginations and as a result, it is bringing people to West Cork that previously would have bypassed it,” continues Neil.

“It is also extending our tourist season.  All farms will provide wellies, rain jackets and a hot refreshment making it an ideal activity even if the weather is not 100% perfect!!”

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