7 Days Coastal Culinary Holiday in Ireland

  • Brooks Hotel, Dublin City - Ghan House, Carlingford - Culloden Estate and Spa - Belfast - Rathmullan House Hotel, County Donegal - Dylan Hotel - Dublin

Food Tours Ireland

Explore the panoramic glory of the North Coast, while experiencing the food pulled from the earth beneath your feet, and fished from the sea before your eyes. Taste the Ireland that most tourists miss and experience the culture at the tables of the Island’s finest restaurants, quaint pubs, and stately country homes. Enjoy food as you have never tasted it, stopping off at all the breathtaking spots along the way. This is the North Coast, dug up and discovered for you.

Highlights

  • Tours of Inishowen and Derry
  • Visit the film site for Game of Thrones
  • Visit George’s Market and buy local produce
  • Connoisseur experience at the Guinness Storehouse
  • Take a stroll through Temple Bar’s cobbled streets
  • Enjoy fine dining experiences
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 1 day with instruction
  • English
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Brooks Hotel

Brooks is a boutique hotel that offers personalized service with luxurious four-star accommodations that go from classic and deluxe rooms, to executive bedrooms and suites.

Bedrooms are decorated in a range of styles and are spaciously appointed to give ample sleep and work space for the guests. Nothing has been overlooked in an effort to ensure that your every need is catered for at one of the finest boutique hotels in Dublin.

Culloden Estate and Spa

Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, the most prestigious luxury five star hotel in Northern Ireland.

Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland. Palatial surroundings, fine antiques, and the highest levels of personal service combine to give the Culloden a unique air of elegance.

Bright, spacious, and individually decorated, each of the 105 bedrooms and suites in the Culloden Estate and Spa are comfortable and inviting. The rooms are furnished with King Koil beds, and luxurious bed-linens to ensure a good night’s sleep. After a restful night, guests can wake up to wonderful views over the hotel gardens and down towards Belfast Lough.

Dylan Hotel

Dylan Hotel offers luxury queen and deluxe rooms, as well as signature and experience suites. Each of the luxury queen rooms of Dylan Hotel provides a comfortable and versatile space offering a unique contemporary experience. They are front facing with neighborhood views through large sash windows in keeping with the Victorian façade of the hotel.

All the king, queen, and twin bedded deluxe rooms are Irish designed and individually styled. At an average of 280 square feet, they are spacious and many incorporate the original design features of the Victorian nurse’s home, including vaulted ceilings and port holes.

The experience rooms suites are stunningly crafted to reflect the residential luxury of Dublin. Each bed is custom made and individual, complimented by Irish designed fabrics. The luxurious goose down pillows and duvets sink into a seventh heaven bed for the best night’s sleep.

The signature suite is the most lavish and luxurious room, offering the paramount five-star experience. It is one of a kind, with a spacious and contemporary seating area leading to a bespoke hand crafted Italian king bed.

Located on the third floor, the signature suite has a loft style feel to it, with a vaulted ceiling and porthole window. The suite features a marble bathroom complete with underfloor heating and a Villeroy and Boch deep soak tub and separate rainfall shower.

Ghan House

Ghan House is an oasis of Georgian ambience, gardens, and fine dining, with beautiful views of Carlingford Lough, the Mourne Mountains, or Slieve Foy from every room. They have 12 bedrooms in total. One single room and three double rooms, are located in the main house and eight garden bedrooms are located 10 yards to the side of the main house.

The combination of old world charm allayed with modern requirements seamlessly dovetail together to give a thoroughly unique experience. They offer free Wi-Fi throughout the entire house and in all of the bedrooms.

Rathmullan House

Set in tranquil wooded grounds overlooking Lough Swilly and at the beginning of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way coastline, Rathmullan House's setting is idyllic, but it is their welcome that sets them apart. When you arrive to spend the night at Rathmullan House, they will make it their priority to remove you from the real world and allow you to spend your time in total relaxation and serenity.

With 34 ensuite bedrooms in the hotel, each with its own individual décor, you will be coming to Rathmullan House for years before you stop finding new surprises. From four-poster beds in spacious rooms to single rooms full of period charm, they cater for a variety of budgets and tastes.

Day 1

Arrive in Dublin City, Ireland’s bustling capital city. Settle your bags at the boutique Brooks Hotel and admire how quiet it is in this little haven, right in the center of a vibrant city. Freshen up and make your way to the Guinness Storehouse for the ultimate tasting session. This is where the famous black pint was originally brewed, as you will learn on your Guinness Connoisseur Experience.

Before you leave, there is the option of having lunch at 1837 Bar and Brasserie. This is the Guinness Storehouse’s Restaurant, where they take their traditional Irish food seriously. Sit down for a heart-warming lunch that will keep you going for a day of sightseeing. Wander on to Dublin City, perhaps stopping at sights like the Dublin Castle or The Ha’Penny Bridge, or nipping into Trinity to see the Book of Kells, scribed by no less than three masterful monks in Ancient Ireland.

Head back to Brooks Hotel, where you will enjoy dinner at Francesca Restaurant. Chef Patrick McLarnon is passionate about his sourcing and signature ingredients include Irish smoked fish, house breads, west coast fish and shellfish, free range chicken, and Irish Aberdeen Angus dry aged on the bone.

After dinner, take a stroll through Temple Bar’s cobbled streets, have a look at Trinity lit majestically in the dark, and slowly make your way back to Brooks for a restful night, where it will not feel like you are staying in a bustling city center at all.

Day 2

Wake to the bustling noise of Dublin City and enjoy a full breakfast at Brooks, where no detail is left untouched. Then, head to the majestic Tankardstown House. This is a country house with imposing beauty, that embraces all the local produce of the region. Enjoy lunch and a rich array of foods served in the most elegant of surroundings.

Later, go to Ghan House, where you will be greeted by Paul Carroll, who owns and runs this Georgian period home. Perched as it is, on the water at Carlingford, this house makes a welcome retreat in the heart of Ireland’s countryside. Dinner will be in his fine restaurant in the house's original drawing room.

A warm fire in the original fireplace crackles a welcome and the grand piano may be getting its ivories tinkled as you eat. The food will consist of fresh herbs and vegetables from the house’s garden, seafood, and meats. Finally, retire to a cozy country room for a comforting sleep.

Day 3

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast brimming with local food. You can choose a full Irish breakfast of local Irish meats, a bowl of homely country porridge, or some fresh fruit. Sit looking out over the peaceful lake and listening to the chirp of birds.

Make your way to the Mourne Mountains, a landscape that rises above you and offers up its many winding paths and impressive boulders. Feel one with nature as you glimpse the bountiful sea and fields in every direction. This is a paradise for food; that is clear in every inch of its fertile pastures.

Head to the film site for the Game of Thrones and breathe in the history and legacy of the Winterfell Castle and Demesne. Catch your breath and transfer to Belfast, where there is even more history hidden in every corner. You should consider a visit to the Titanic Exhibition and see the port where the boat was kept.

Later, head to George’s Market and pick your way through fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, and local sweet treats. Check into Culloden Estate and Spa for a night of exquisite fine dining and luxury accommodation. Meats include local rare breed pork, Hereford, Aberdeen angus, Dexter, Charolais and Limousine beef from local herds, and tender succulent Dorset lamb reared in the hills of the north.

Finnebrogue venison and Clandeboy pigeon will please game lovers, while free range chicken from a County Down farm is also superb. Find fish aplenty too and wonderful mussels from Strangford, smoked salmon from Bangor, portavogie prawns, and kilkeel scampi will also be on the menu. Tie it all together with some serious cooking skills and original flair and you will have a feast to anticipate.

Day 4

The Causeway Coastal Route takes a turn further north through seascapes that will soothe your soul and through the Nine Glens of Antrim, home to fertile lands that are famous for their delicious potatoes, an Irish staple. Get out at the causeway and soak up the sea, while looking at the ancient and beautiful interlocking basalt stones.

This unusual landscape is one of Ireland’s treasures and the result of a volcano millions of years ago. Feel the history beneath your feet and be inspired with a walking tour of Derry before heading to Bushmills.

Stop off for lunch at Bushmills Inn, an award-winning pub offering a dining experience that makes the most of the food of this region. This will be served with Irish cheer and in a warm atmosphere that will lift your spirit before you depart onto the signposted Wild Atlantic Way.

Glimpse Ireland’s wilder Atlantic Ocean and take a tour of Inishowen, breathe in the salty slap of sea air, and enjoy the most amazing scenery along this famous designated road. Arrive at Rathmullan House, on Lough Swilly, in Donegal. A cozy family run country house with its own garden for seasonal produce.

Before dinner, enjoy a tour of the walled kitchen garden and see the produce you will be eating at dinner in The Cook and Gardener Restaurant. Here, the ingredients will be transformed into exquisite contemporary Irish cooking that shines from the plate.

Day 5

Today, you can relax, as you will be spending another night in Rathmullan House and enjoying dinner there again tonight. In the meantime, you can explore the local area and village, getting a real feel for the local culture.

Day 6

Wake to the peaceful countryside of Donegal, take a leisurely breakfast in the comfort of Rathmullan’s country home, and perhaps take one last stroll down the gardens or on the nearby sandy beach. Sip fresh coffee, enjoy a fresh full selection of food, and reflect on the history and heritage you have experienced.

Return to the bustling capital, this time to stay and dine at the sophisticated and elegant Dylan Hotel, in Dublin City Center. This evening is yours to enjoy, so you can take a leisurely stroll to see any of the sights you might have missed. Perhaps, hop on an open topped bus or take a medieval viking tour before settling down at the Dylan Hotel end enjoying a delicious last supper.

Day 7

Wake to the elegance of a breakfast at The Dylan Hotel. Choose from a full menu brimming with Irish produce, traditional breakfasts, elegant compotes, and seasonal food. Savor every last bite before checking out and making your way to Dublin Airport (DUB) for your departure.

  • Explore the filming site for the Game of Thrones
  • Take a stroll through Temple Bar’s cobbled streets
  • Tour of Inishowen
  • Visit George’s Market and buy fresh produce
  • Visit the Tankardstown House
  • Visit the the Guinness Storehouse
  • Walking tour of Derry

This holiday will take place in Giant's Causeway, Ireland.

There is no better way of understanding a culture than by eating its food. Eat your way around the island of Ireland as you get exclusive access to the people behind the best Irish food and hear their fascinating stories.

Good Food Ireland is a trusted quality guarantee for premium authentic local food experiences. It is a family of members, all sharing a passionate philosophy and commitment to using local, Irish, seasonal produce. They journey up and down the country, independently inspecting all their members to ensure they meet Good Food Ireland's promise to you.

They offer uniquely connected experiences and unparalleled access, with a wealth of knowledge like no one else. With ten years of showcasing and defining Ireland’s food scene, Good Food Ireland has a proven track record and expertise. Their authentic cultural food travel experiences are designed to immerse you in the farm to fork life that inspires them every day. Let them share their secrets with you.

During this holiday, you will enjoy a tasting session at the Guinness Connoisseur experience and a dinner at Francesca Restaurant, where chef Patrick McLarnon will prepare a menu including ingredients such as Irish smoked fish, house breads, west coast fish and shellfish, free range chicken, and Irish Aberdeen Angus dry aged on the bone.

On the second day, indulge in a delicious breakfast. Then, have lunch and enjoy a rich array of foods, served in the most elegant of surroundings, as well as a dinner featuring fresh herbs and vegetables from the house’s garden, seafood, and meats.

On the third day, Enjoy a leisurely breakfast brimming with local food. You can choose a full Irish breakfast of local Irish meats, a bowl of homely country porridge, or some fresh fruit. Later, join a fine dining experience. Meats include local rare breed pork, Hereford, Aberdeen angus, Dexter, Charolais and Limousine beef from local herds, and tender succulent Dorset lamb reared in the hills of the north.

Finnebrogue venison and Clandeboy pigeon will please game lovers, while free range chicken from a County Down farm is also superb. Find fish aplenty too and wonderful mussels from Strangford, smoked salmon from Bangor, portavogie prawns, and kilkeel scampi will also be on the menu.

On the fourth day, you will have lunch at Bushmills Inn, an award-winning pub offering an experience that makes the most of the food of this region. You will have dinner in The Cook and Gardener Restaurant. Here, the ingredients will be transformed into exquisite contemporary Irish cooking that shines from the plate.

On the fifth day, you will have dinner again at Rathmullan House. On day six, take a leisurely breakfast in the comfort of Rathmullan’s country home. In the evening, enjoy a delicious last supper at Rathmullan House.

On the final day, choose from a full menu brimming with Irish produce, traditional breakfasts, elegant compotes, and seasonal food. Please bring your special dietary requirements up with Good Food Ireland when you discuss the details of your booking; they will make sure the message is forwarded onto the relevant restaurants.

  • Belfast sightseeing tour
  • Book a spa treatment
  • Cycling
  • Dine and wine in fine restaurants
  • Explore Phoenix Park
  • Play golf
  • Relax in the surroundings
  • Shop in Ireland’s premier retail area
  • Stroll through the North Down Coastal Path
  • Take the Game of Thrones tour
  • Tour Jameson Distillery
  • Visit Kilmainham Gaol
  • Visit the important landmarks, galleries, and museums
  • Visit the local libraries
  • Visit the Teeling Whiskey Company
  • Visit Titanic Belfast
  • Walking

The spa at the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for both body and mind. Here, you will find an oasis of tranquillity where the ancient rituals of many cultures are fused with modern holistic remedies.

This luxurious spa, which offers the ESPA range of products and therapies, has eight treatment suites, two pre and post treatment relaxation rooms, zest juice bar, lounge area, and access to all the other facilities of the health club.

Aromatic and pure essential oils work in harmony with powerful plant extracts and deeply nourishing marine elements to create a collection of treatments and products that are both calming and luxurious.

With luxurious treatment suites, relaxation rooms, a swimming pool, a range of heat experiences, and an extensive selection of therapies on offer available at an additional cost, the Spa at Culloden offers the perfect haven to enjoy some time out and pampering in.

  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Connoisseur experience at Guinness Storehouse
  • Daily breakfast
  • Stroll through Temple Bar’s cobbled streets
  • Tours of Inishowen and Derry
  • Visit George’s Market
  • Visit to the film site for Game of Thrones
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare

Driving directions from Dublin Airport (DUB)

  • From Dublin Airport (DUB), follow directions for the city center. This will bring you onto Dorset Street, continuing onto Bolton Street and then onto North King Street.
  • On North King Street, you will come to a junction. At these lights, you take a left hand turn onto Church Street. This will lead you towards the River Liffey and across the bridge onto Bridge Street.
  • At the top of this street, you keep to the left hand side leading you onto High Street. This will lead you to a major junction.
  • You go straight through this junction with Christchurch Cathedral on your left and Jury's Inn Christchurch Hotel on your right.
  • Directly after Jury's, there is a right hand turn. Take this onto Werburgh Street.
  • At the traffic lights, take a left hand turn onto Golden Lane, continuing onto Stephens street.
  • At the lights, go straight through and take the first left onto Drury Street. Brooks Hotel is on the right hand side.

Driving directions from Dublin Port

  • From Dublin Port, head west on Alexandra Road towards Branch Road South.
  • Turn left onto East Wall Road / R131.
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit onto North Wall Quay / R801. Continue to follow R801.
  • Turn left onto R105 / R802.
  • Turn right onto George's Quay / R105. Continue to follow R105.
  • Turn left onto D'Olier Street / R138. Continue to follow R138.
  • Keep left to continue onto College Green / R137.
  • Turn right onto College Green / R137. Continue to follow R137.
  • Turn left onto South Great George's Street / R114.
  • Turn left onto Stephen Street Lower.
  • Take the first left onto Drury Street.
  • Brooks Hotel is located on the right hand side of the street.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB).

Arrival by bus

Dublin Bus operates numerous routes around the city and suburbs. From Dublin Airport (DUB), take the route 700 bus to Trinity College. Brooks Hotel is a five-minute walk from there.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Good Food Ireland Tours brings you across the island of Ireland to experience and explore the best Irish cuisine in some of the country’s most loved institutions.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Please note that this vacation is subject to availability thus it is advisable to inquire at least 4 weeks in advance of your chosen departure date. 

 

Low season
  • October, November, December, 2016
  • January, February, March, October, 2017

 

High season
  • April, May, June, July, August, September, 2017

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