Sligo Oyster Farm Tour 1
Sligo Oyster Farm Tour 1

Sligo Oyster Farm Experience on the WAW

If you’re adding the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) to your list of places to visit in Ireland, why not add a Sligo oyster farm experience to your itinerary?

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The immersive guided tour was launched in 2020 by the Sligo Oyster Experience, which is run by Aisling Kelly-Hunter, the owner of WB’s Coffee House in Sligo.

people standing near the ocean Sligo Oyster Farm Tour
Sligo Oyster Experience with Aisling Kelly-Hunter. Photo: © Anita Murphy 2020.

The tour begins with a 15-minute Wild Atlantic Way rugged coastal walk to the Coney Island Oyster Farm, which is situated across from Coney Island, one of three islands off the northern coast of the Coolera Peninsula.
Along the way, Kelly-Hunter explains the history of Sligo’s native oysters, as well as weaving in some of its ancient folklore before arriving at the farm.

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While there, you can also learn about oyster farming firsthand, as well as the process of oyster cultivation.

A new experience called coastal foraging, which showcases the many edible sea vegetables that grow along the Irish coast, such as sea kale and samphire, is also included in the tour.

It ends with an oyster shucking demonstration, as well as an oyster tasting.
Participants in Aisling Kelly's oyster farm tour will get to see these delicious Sligo oysters. Photo: ©Anita Murphy 2020

County Sligo is known for its oysters, with the name Sligo (“Sligeach” in Gaelic) translating to “abounding in shells.”

In fact, Sligo Bay has numerous inlets that make it perfect for the cultivation of oysters, which can be traced back at least two centuries.

This new oyster tour is a follow-up attraction to the Sligo Oyster Town Tour, which was launched by Kelly-Hunter in 2018 and operates from the back of her coffee shop, where oyster tastings are available.

The 1.5-hour Sligo oyster farm experience runs every Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets are €45 per person and include an unlimited oyster tasting.

Booking is essential and can be made online at the Sligo Oyster Experience website or by emailing [email protected].

For large groups, at least 24 hours advance notice is required. Private groups can also be catered to upon request.

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