Discover Co. Waterford’s unique mountains and food producers
Co. Waterford has an incredible backdrop – the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains. With spectacular views, mountain lakes, and a distinctive mix of heather, grasses, herbs and animals, it’s no wonder some of our celebrated producers make it home.
To give you a true understanding of what it’s like to live and work in this stunning landscape, we’ve created the Mountain Splendour Taste Tour.
Your tour guide, Johnny Landers, will offer a unique insight into folklore and mountain life throughout the tour.
He’ll take you on a trail to forage with expert Andrew Malcolm, where you’ll learn what’s edible, and not!
After a visit to Clotilde Kiely of Comeragh Mountain Farm, where you’ll hear about sustainable farming, the stunning Mahon Falls await, where you’ll meet sheep farmer Willie Drohan.
He’ll talk about this special landscape, show you his distinctive Scottish Black Face sheep, explain why mountain lamb is so unique, and finally you’ll have lunch at his eatery – Cooney’s Yard – with a chance to try lamb when in season.
Before we depart, why not start your day with an award-winning breakfast in the Granville Hotel? Their breakfast showcases a wide variety of local foods including the Granville Porridge Experience featuring Flahavan’s Oats and the Granville Eggs Benedict which features the famous Waterford Blaa.
This Taste Tour will give you a true insight into passionate producers, food stories passed down through the generations, and scenic splendour that can only come from Co. Waterford’s mountains in Ireland’s Ancient East.
10.00am – Granville Hotel, Waterford City
The Taste Tour starts in the foyer of the four-star Granville Hotel in Waterford City where you’ll meet your tour guide Johnny Landers.
10.45am – Foraging at Crough Wood
Your foraging experience is with expert Andrew Malcolm – a forager and adventurer since his youth. His knowledge of the landscape and understanding of the flora and what’s edible is enthralling, leaving you with a unique appreciation of the mountainous landscape.
Brief comfort stop at Crough Coffee.
12.10pm – Comeragh Mountain Farm
Next you’ll visit the stunning Comeragh Mountain Farm in Ballynamult to meet Clotilde Kiely. Her passion in sustainable, organic farming for leafy and seasonal vegetables along with pasture-raised poultry is inspiring.
1.35pm – Mahon Falls
Here you will see the spectacular Mahon Falls and meet Willie Drohan of Comeragh Mountain Lamb whose family has been farming in the mountains for six generations. He’ll talk about farming in the seasons and show the landmarks that only a local can.
Following Mahon Falls, a short drive takes you to Willie again with his Scottish Blackface sheep, where you’ll see shepherding in action, and get to experience first-hand farming in the mountains.
2.05pm – Lunch at Cooney’s Yard
Willie Drohan greets you at award-winning Comeragh Mountain Lamb and his family eatery – Cooney’s Yard – where lunch is included. It’s a converted farmhouse and stables where you can taste the uniqueness of mountain lamb (when in season), or enjoy a delicious set menu.
3.50pm – Granville Hotel, Waterford City
The Taste Tour ends at the Granville Hotel, with an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Ireland’s oldest city.
Start your Taste Tour with an award-winning breakfast at the Granville Hotel
To make sure you are fuelled before heading out on the Taste Tour, we’ve teamed up with the award-winning Granville Hotel to offer a delicious breakfast. Enjoy a continental and full breakfast in their historic Bianconi Restaurant where you can try their renowned Flahavan’s Organic Porridge with Waterford’s Muldoon Whiskey, or the Full Irish with local ingredients. To book, just add to your ticket when purchasing below.
€18.95 per person. Click here for full menu.
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Pick-up and drop off is at the Granville Hotel, Waterford City, where ample parking is available. View map for starting point: https://bit.ly/3fQn5X4
The tour starts at 10.00am and ends 3.50pm.
For dates, check the calendar.
Tour also includes a brief comfort stop at Crough Coffee after the mountain forage.
What to wear/accessibility:
Suitable clothing is required depending on the weather including warm clothes, rain jacket and sturdy walking shoes.
Tour involves light walking on dedicated paths, but unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.
For further information, email email@example.com. Taste Waterford, The Courthouse, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35 NW65, Ireland.
Lunch is included in the cost, with a choice of one of the following:
Soup and sandwich
Lamb burger (if in season)
Ham and cheese sandwich
Should you decide to cancel, 10 days in advance of the tour date is required for full refund. No refund will be given with less than 10 days notice.
Full payment is required before the Taste Tour commences.
Taste Waterford does not offer refunds or alternative dates for no-shows.
Taste Waterford reserves the right to change the Taste Tour.
Should the minimum amount of people required for the tour not be achieved, the tour will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.