Extraordinary local experiences

Explore our collection of extraordinary experiences, exclusively curated with our treasured local partners and available in 2020. 


Foraging cocktail masterclass

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Take a walk in the beautiful north Connemara countryside with an award-winning artisan cocktail maker and learn about the wild flowers and plants that inspire her drinks.


You’ll see how she forages for the wild botanicals that go into her artisanal syrups, bitters and tinctures, before enjoying a private cocktail demonstration and tasting of her delicious Irish cocktails.  


Prices available on request. 

Immersive Irish seafood experience

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Spend a wonderful afternoon with a local shellfish farmer as you explore Killary Fjord mussel farm in its magnificent surroundings. You’ll don a lifejacket and take a short boat ride, discovering just what it takes to be a mussel farmer and learning about the mussel's lifecycle before it reaches your plate.  

This is the freshest of Irish seafood and you’ll enjoy a stunning lunch of grilled oysters over a wood fire, while taking in the stunning scenery.
 
Prices available on request.  

Soda bread masterclass

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Learn a traditional Irish art and spend an afternoon baking soda bread with a local sheep farmer - a wonderful opportunity to get flour on your hands and learn a skill you can take home with you.  

This local family have been sheep farmers in the beautiful Connemara valley for centuries. After preparing the dough, you’ll enjoy a stunning walk on the farm, followed by tea and warm soda bread straight from the oven.  

Prices available on request.  

Discover the delights of Irish tweed

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Visit a private design studio to discover textiles inspired by the Irish landscape and its people. The Tweed Project creates handmade, one-off pieces that combine beautiful Irish fabrics with modern tailoring, and is a must see for fashion aficionados.  


A veritable force in Irish textile design, this local designer is pushing the boundaries of contemporary Irish fashion. 



Prices available on request.  

Ireland’s best pottery

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Visit a local ceramicist's studio and peruse her collection of ash-glazed stoneware and glazed porcelain. She began her ceramic’s training in France, but has been a firm local favourite in Ireland for the past 15 years. 


Known for experimenting with smoke-firing techniques and making her own glazes, join our ceramicist at her potter’s wheel and get a hands-on feel for throwing Irish pottery.   

Prices available on request.

Traditional Irish craft experience

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Visit a woodwork designer at his intimate workshop and discover the long legacy of wood craftsmen in his family, fused with his own sense of contemporary design. 

As well as learning about the craft and his passion for woodwork, you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at using traditional tools and working with Irish hardwood. A truly authentic hands-on Irish craft experience.    


Prices available on request.  


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