Coastal charms and Michelin stars: a meals tour of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way | Take your automotive to Ireland

From contemporary seafood in Donegal to the artisan cheeses of Kerry, Ireland’s west coast is awash with tasty experiences

Main picture: Killala Bay.

The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s final highway journey – and, at 2,600 km, one of many world’s longest outlined coastal drives. So a holiday there isn’t full with out bringing over your personal automotive to expertise its glory. Especially as you’ll be handled to a culinary tour of fine-dining eating places, small-batch producers, conventional pubs and coastal seafood stops. Here’s our decide of a number of the finest meals choices to attempt in your driving journey …

Aniar is run by husband and spouse group JP McMahon, pictured, and Drigín Gaffney

Bastion, Kinsale, County Cork
One of probably the most charming port cities on the Cork coast, tiny Kinsale is a culinary hotspot. It’s home to Bastion, a small, laid-back bistro with a Michelin Bib Gourmand award. Its modern dishes mix French aptitude and excellent native produce.

The Little Cheese Shop, Dingle, County Kerry
Ireland has greater than 50 farmhouse cheeses, and the quantity is rising because the small-batch dairy business good points devotees throughout Europe. Swiss-trained cheesemaker Maja Binder’s dinky store in Dingle contains her personal vary of cheeses, with samples flowing freely. It’s good to go to earlier than a picnic on close by Blasket Island.

Aniar, Galway metropolis, County Galway
High-end eating is refreshingly inexpensive in Galway, and maybe the best-loved Michelin-starred spot is Aniar, with its homely atmosphere, farm-to-plate menu and nice wine listing. It’s run by husband and spouse group JP McMahon and Drigín Gaffney, who additionally host a world meals symposium.

Connemara Smokehouse, Galway
Serious fish followers ought to make a pilgrimage to this smokehouse, perched in a picture-perfect spot at Bunowen pier. As the oldest operational smokehouse within the space, the hour-long tour traces the journey of regionally caught wild salmon by the filleting and beechwood curing course of.

High-end dining at Aniar

Innovative food at Bastion.

Go foraging with Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours.

High-end eating at Aniar; modern meals at Bastion; foraging with Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours

Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours, Killala, County Mayo
For a lot of the means it’s simple to DIY your personal culinary exploration, however a worthy splurge is Denis Quinn’s foraging tour, working out of Killala Bay. His half-day tour (at €35 per individual) contains scouring the coast for cockles, mussels, samphire, sorrel and wild Irish seaweed (dillisk) – all topped off with an outside seafood feast.

The Beach Bar, Aughris, County Sligo
After a day swimming, browsing and sunbathing on Aughris seashore, retreat to this 300-year-old thatched-roof tavern for exemplary seafood chowder, native lamb and stay music.

Harvey’s Point, Lough Eske, Donegal
One of Ireland’s best-loved boutique accommodations, Harvey’s Point on lovely Lough Eske, simply outdoors of Donegal city, has an equally impeccable restaurant. The four-course dinner menu, providing the likes of sesame-crusted scallops and Hereford sirloin, is great worth.

Harvey’s Point in Donegal.

Harvey’s Point in Donegal

Kitty Kelly’s, Killybegs, Donegal
An everyday scooper of culinary awards, this much-loved native hang-out is perched three miles west of Killybegs, en path to Slieve League. Housed in a 200-year-old former farmhouse, Kitty Kelly’s specialises in freshly-caught native seafood. The modern dishes elevate this tiny eatery far past an old-school boozer, and the beers on faucet are sufficient of a lure alone.

Explore Ireland from the consolation of your personal automotive with Irish Ferries. Services run between Holyhead and Dublin; and Pembroke and Rosslare, with as much as eight sailings per day – taking both two hours (the Dublin Swift) or three hours 15 (cruise ferry crossing). Prices begin from £79 per automotive and driver every means. For extra data see

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