Michael Kelly started selling oysters from his beds at Kilcolgan, on Ireland’s west coast nearly 60 years ago, and now the business is run by his sons, Diarmuid and Michael who continue the tradition of harvesting by hand to ensure absolute freshness. The succulent oysters are then packed in seaweed and sent to restaurants and superior food outlets around Ireland and the world.
The Kellys grow the famous Edulis variety, better known as the Galway Flat Oyster, which is in season from September to April and unique to the region. The Gigas variety is also available all year round.
Experience: Oyster Tour and tasting: A guided walk down the rugged seashore to the world-renowned family oyster beds where you will hear first-hand how the oyster has played such a pivotal role in the lives of the local community in Galway Bay for thousands of years. Learn and see for yourself how modern-day oyster farming is carried out. Visitors will be shown expertly how to open/shuck an oyster.
Then enjoy the taste of this wonderful mollusc right on the shore with oysters plucked straight from the waters of the Wild Atlantic and savour the delights of their wonderful flavour while listening to the sounds of this unique environment
Duration – 1 hour 15min. €35 per person, Booking required before all visits, Max 20 people, Minimum 5 people or €175(No toilet on site (nearest Kilcolgan 7km)