Small Group Oyster Tour and Tasting at Ballinakill Bay with David

Small Group Oyster Tour and Tasting at Ballinakill Bay with David

Enjoy an oyster tour and tasting with your host David on his oyster farm. In 2014, David acquired and started restoring the oyster farm at Ballinakill Bay. Their oysters are a pacific oyster (Crassostrea Gigas) and are available all year round. Smell the fresh wild Atlantic air and hear the soothing sounds of the sea. See the farm crew working hard in the water to grow the most perfect, meaty oysters. Touch the oysters when you shuck your own and finish your tour with the taste of a beautiful fresh oyster.

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and goes through the whole process of how the farm brings the oysters from seed right through to your plate. During spring tides, they run longer tours as you get to experience a seashore walk and see the different stages of growth in the water. The tours are suitable for anyone aged 6 years and up. We recommend that you wear water-proof and slip-proof footwear and dress for the weather of the day. Please note that this is NOT a private tour.
* Duration: 2 hours
* Starts: County Galway, Ireland
* Trip Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife >> Dining Experiences




Enjoy an oyster tour and tasting with your host David on his oyster farm. In 2014, David acquired and started restoring the oyster farm at Ballinakill Bay. Their oysters are a pacific oyster (Crassostrea Gigas) and are available all year round. Smell the fresh wild Atlantic air and hear the soothing sounds of the sea. See the farm crew working hard in the water to grow the most perfect, meaty oysters. Touch the oysters when you shuck your own and finish your tour with the taste of a beautiful fresh oyster.

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and goes through the whole process of how the farm brings the oysters from seed right through to your plate. During spring tides, they run longer tours as you get to experience a seashore walk and see the different stages of growth in the water. The tours are suitable for anyone aged 6 years and up. We recommend that you wear water-proof and slip-proof footwear and dress for the weather of the day. Please note that this is NOT a private tour.

This is a unique opportunity to visit a local farm and explore traditional culture and cuisine. Meet David at his oyster farm which is one of the oldest in Ireland, dating back to 1893. The oyster farm is a working sea farm and the experience is very rural and informative, giving you an introduction to the world of oysters! The oysters thrive in the pristine waters of Ballinakill Bay, which is surrounded by the Connemara hills and the Connemara National Park, making for some spectacular views! During this oyster tour and tasting, you will learn about the history of the farm, life cycle of the oyster from seed to plate and how they take the taste from the region they are grown in. Then walk on the seashore to the oyster beds (during spring tides only), pick oyster’s fresh from the waters of Ballinakill Bay, learn how to shuck them, before you enjoy them. Please note that this is not a private experience. There may be others present during your oyster tour.

Sample Menu

• Oysters