Ireland 2019

Ireland
Foodie Trek

August 7 – 15 / 2019

Food / Wine & Cultural Adventure
Taught by ~ Scott Williams & Niki Gulley ~

"Kaleidoscope of Color"

Join us once again as our culinary path takes us from the epicenter of culture in Dublin, to the music center in Galway, the imposing Cliffs of Moher, through the colorful village of Adare and finishing at the Dingle Peninsula.

This trip is the second in our Foodie Trek series and is guaranteed to satisfy the foodie in everyone, from sampling the best fare of the regional restaurants, to tasting some incredible whiskeys, exploring Irish culture and learning to cook from people passionate about their food, this is a culinary adventure for all your senses! 

Dublin covers the spectrum of things to do and sights to see. While here we will partake in 2 different Food tours of the city where you will experience the best Irish food, restaurants and pubs. Our local guide will take us to markets, shops & secret stops where you get to sample cheese, whiskey, ice cream, and dessert, all while learning the city’s history.

Photographers Ireland 2017 Trek

From there our move westward takes us to the port city of Galway, where we will have the opportunity to experience more of the celebrated Irish culture.  Another food tour awaits us as we explore 3 new venues sampling their extraordinary food and no trip to the Emerald Isle would be complete without visiting the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

Once more our merry band of travelers set out to comb the Irish countryside in search of visual wonders. One such stop along that route is the colorful village of Adare, with its many hued pubs, thatched roofed houses and castle ruins. To push it over the top, lunch will be at Michelin rated restaurant.

The final destination for the majority of our stay is fit for a king, literally! Again, finding unique lodging for us has manifested itself in the form of a converted 16th century castle. This 4 star accommodation is a one of a kind, with its suits of armor, ivy covered facade, rock hewed walls and timber ceilings will make you will feel like you stepped through a doorway into another era.  If the setting and grounds don’t overwhelm you, the breakfast surely will. From the buffet of fresh pastries, jams, fruit, meats, cheeses and salmon, to the full menu of additional fare such as Eggs Benedict, this is a foodie’s delight!

"Sun Drenched"

Leaving our castle for the moment we venture forth to the town of Killarney and it is there that we find Muckross House. This 65 room Tudor estate with its 11,000 acres teeming with overflowing gardens, is an amazing setting. As if that weren’t enough, we will take a Jaunty Carriage ride to the abbey ruins on the grounds, as well as to the nearby waterfalls and just down the road is another iconic spot, the 15th century Ross Castle set on the shore of Lough Leane. While in Killarney you will also be learning the ins and outs of preparing a traditional Irish meal from a local chef during your cooking class.

Last, but surely not least, is our day trip around the Dingle Peninsula, with lunch at another Michelin restaurant! Set along the westernmost tip of Ireland, this rugged coast with its craggy cliffs, rolling hills dotted with sheep and long expanses of sandy beaches, offers a wide array of stunning backdrops. There are also castle ruins, mountain lakes, stone huts and cascading waterfalls to round out the amazing scenery. If you have ever dreamed of going to Ireland, this is the trip for you!

During our Trek, you will have the opportunity to experience Ireland like you live there as our local guide takes us throughout the city streets to poke your head into a cheese shop,  check out some pubs to sample a beer, hit a restaurant that the tourists don’t know about and dine on some amazing food. Part of the experience will be allowing you time for exploring on your own for shopping, sightseeing or to see the things on your bucket list.

We have chosen a fabulous cross section of each area’s best restaurants for your dinning experience. Our communal feasts will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It presents a unique option to share views and perspectives with like minded people gathered together in the love for good food.

Muckross House

So join us as we take you on a culinary exploration of Ireland with an emphasis on food, beer, cheese, cooking and of course, whiskey! Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible.

 

Foodie Trek includes:

  •  Hotel for 7 nights. 2 in Dublin and 2 in Lahinch (Near the Cliffs of Moher) and 3 magnificent nights in a castle in Kerry (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
  • Breakfast throughout the trip and Private van transportation within Ireland.
  • 2 food tours in Dublin & 1 in Galway.
  • Cooking class in Killarney.
  • Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher
  •  Side trips along the way to  Adare, Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula.
  •  A jaunty  carriage ride at Muckross House with stops at the Abbey ruins and waterfalls. 
  • Emergency Medical Insurance.
  • Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all of this is $3,495 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form (the forms will be provided by email upon request) along with your deposit of $1,200 per person per person by 9/2/18, after that date the price goes to $4,095. There is also a final application cut off date of 12/8/18 for the workshop to make.

A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by Nov. 12th, with a final payment due by Jan. 14th. For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3.5% fee.

There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the trip to make, if the 6 person minimum is not met by the 12/8/18 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

Airfare to the workshop is not included, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements. Flights into Ireland are required to go into Dublin and departing flights will have to go out of Shannon. We will provide transportation from the Dublin airport at one appointed time, as well as all transportation within Ireland and to the Shannon airport.

Our trips, while not overly strenuous do require a reasonable amount of physical fitness. In order to derive the greatest experience from our destinations, we spend a fair amount of time walking within each location. Our goal being that each person should see and experience as much of the scenery and culture as possible during our excursions.

In the event of inclement weather during the trip, arrangements will be made for museum visits, etc. Once deposits are received, there will be no refunds for cancellations as trip arrangements will have been made. We suggest trip insurance for travel difficulties or unforeseen illness.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Scott Williams       214-289-8512      /       Niki Gulley     214-803-5812

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Email Scott, photoguy@blind-squirrel.org  if you are interested in joining us.