Irelands Ancient Feasts

A Feast for the Ages

For thousands of years people living in Wexford have benefited from our rich fertile soils divided by deep rivers and the 200 kilometers of coastline dotted with natural harbours.

On this tour, we take a look at traditional Irish food and how some of it was influenced by visitors to our shores and how some of it hasn’t changed in all that time

Is dinner ready yet?

Ballyminane Mill

This mill is one of Wexfords true hidden gems, one of the last remaining functioning Watermills in Ireland, and the last one still producing flour, it is a thing of beauty to behold.

The mill stands on the site of an earlier mill and other than the addition of a small cottage, built in 1905, it is untouched by our modern world. Owned by the Murphy family, John Murphy is the latest generation to take over and this is the first time in many years that anyone outside of the areas farming community has stepped into this world

On your tour, John will take you through the Mill, explaining how the 2 mile mill race was dug out by hand, many 100s of years ago, how the French Birr Stones at over 200 years old, will see his sons and perhaps grandchildren’s lives before they will be replaced. John will demonstrate how the water powers the mechanisms that turn the millstones, grinding the wheat to flour.

This age old process is no different to the mills that dotted Europe 1000’s of years ago.

At the end of the tour, you will receive a complimentary bag of Ballyminane Stone Ground flour to take home

Colclough Walled Gardens

Built by the Colclough (pronounced Coke-Lee) family 200 years ago, and is considered to be the oldest walled garden in Ireland.

This beautiful place is accessed through a short woodland walk. Inside the gardeners have painstakingly restored the gardens to its former glory and today it produces an abundance of fruit and vegetables.

The gardens are maintained only using the 200 year old methods used by the original gardeners producing astonishing results

On your visit, you’ll meet the head Gardener Alan who will explan how they grow everything from grapes and citrus fruit to tobacco here in this Georgian wonderland

Ballyhack Smokehouse

Moving to on from New Ross, we head towards the small village of Ballyhack, home to the Ballyhack Smokehouse. Here proprietor Micheal Walsh remains as one of the last independent Fishmongers in the area, he also smokes his own salmon using only the traditional beech smoked methods he learnt as a child.

Using an 80 year old Smokehouse, it can take up to three days for the fish to be smoked to perfection, unlike modern smokers that can achieve a similar effect within a few hours. I say similar but in reality, it is nothing like it. One taste of Ballyhack Smoked Salmon and you will quickly appreciate the difference in taste, colour and the rich smoky smell from the beech chippings.

Mick will also explain how the fish is selected, filleted and sold across the county by small fishmongers like himself.

While here, you will have the opportunity to taste the salmon and also receive a 100grm packet to take home and enjoy later

How to book

Solo Traveler

Travelling on your own ? Unfortunately I can’t offer this tour as a solo trip at the moment, sorry.

2-3 People

Travel in a group of 2 – 3 people and have me as your own private tour guide. For only €180.00 p.p.  All inclusive.

4-8 People

Travel in a group of 4 – 8 people and have me as your own private tour guide. For only €180.00 p.p  All inclusive.

What's Included

        • A Mini Taste Wexford hamper including artisan chocolate, biscuits and seasonal fruits

        • Complimentary Spring Water

        • Door to Door Service

        • All entry fees with VIP Access and Skip the Queues at selected Attractions

        • A delicious light lunch

        • Tours run from 9am to 6pm but can be adapted to suit your schedule.

        • All Vehicle, fuel and parking costs,

        • All associated taxes and insurance

        • And the day finishes with a generous Irish Whiskey Toast

Testimonial

This tour was by far the best one of my trip. Lorraine was the absolute best and her stories were captivating! Because my friends were in Ireland in November and not much is open, Lorraine made us a special itinerary and was even able to get us into Loftus Hall which is usually closed that season! I’m looking forward to go back to Ireland and take another tour with Lorraine in the future! I would highly recommend booking a tour with Gallivanting Tours! Oh, and they have the best treats for the car ride!
C Munoz, Miami US