Ireland

A long history of foraging in the Irish countryside. From blackberry picking to picking peri winkles it is a past-time that many people are familiar with and grew up with.

DAY TOURS IN IRELAND

FORAGING IN DUBLIN

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1 day walking tour with foraging enthusiast Lisa Gibbons. On this tour we bring you to the little known foraging spots in Dublin. Starting in the city centre we will grab a coffee and take a short journey to the River Dodder where we start our short adventure. Along the way we will identify wild plants, select the best of Irish berries and have some fun. For the second part of the day we make our way to the seaside. This is where we will pick some rare treats to use later as part of our dining experience. To finish the tour we will spend a late afternoon eating and drinking in the locality. Together we will use our foraged goods to make some tasty treats for all to enjoy.

TIME: 10AM – 1PM

WHAT YOU NEED: WALKING SHOES AND A LIGHT RAIN JACKET

COST: €30.00 PER PERSON

WILD WALKS IN WICKLOW

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1 day walking tour in the wild mountains of Wicklow. Meeting at the historic centre of Glendalough we will enjoy a stroll through the forest to reach the undulating mountains along the glacial valley of Glenmalure. On the route we will identify various plants and species, picking some wild garlic and getting to know the historic trails. We will finish off this tour in the charming village of Roundwood with a local Irish lunch for all to enjoy.

TIME: 9AM – 2PM

WHAT YOU NEED: WALKING SHOES AND A LIGHT RAIN JACKET

COST: €40.00 PER PERSON

SEA FORAGING IN CLARE

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Our sea foraging adventure in Clare will begin in the coastal town of Lahinch. Renowned for it’s big swells and relaxed atmosphere we will take a short stroll through the town picking up a coffee to start out on our journey.

Todays walk will bring us to remote beaches and rock pools where we will find treasures such as the popular periwinkles, mussels and you will see a razor clam foraging demonstration. Our walk will finish in Gus O’Connors pub in Doolin where we will have the freshest fish and chips in the whole of Ireland.

TIME: 11AM – 6PM

WHAT YOU NEED: WALKING SHOES, SWIMMING GEAR AND A LIGHT CARDIGAN.

COST: €50.00 PER PERSON

HISTORY & CULTURE

Yet for 90,000 years, all humans were hunter-gatherers; we have a more earthy and permanent history of foraging in our genes. People’s rediscovery of their primeval relationship to the land – the vitality of using one’s senses to find food as opposed to the passivity of consumption – expresses what is fundamental to our biology and our identity. A widespread revival of foraging is a key element in the return to seasonal and local food. Using the land to encourage and harvest edible and other useful wild plants would give the countryside, and the freedom of it, to local communities. Our cooperative prehistory is well recorded in our genes despite having evaded the writer’s pen: we are good for the task.

PICKING IN IRELAND

For all of our fellow picking enthusiasts and anybody interested in picking we have a Beginners guide for foragers hoping to enjoy the fruits of nature.

For some the goal is to find herbs to enhance the food they cook. For others it’s to know what grows around them as they walk the countryside. There are a few hunters, who want to know what they can eat when they’re camping in the wild, plus a dairy farmer who wants to better understand what his cows eat. One woman says she has a tortoise that wants something different for his tea. Another says she is here to save money by learning how to use what grows for free in the countryside.For me the desire to forage has been a long time growing. I picked mushrooms as a child with my dad, made jam and sold it to a local shop as a teenager and, more recently, picked elderflowers and made cordial. I haven’t yet had the confidence to pick dandelion leaves for a salad, however.

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