Guided Group Tours of DK Connemara Oysters
Witness the Growth and Development of Oysters
The shallow waters of Ballinakill Bay in Connemara, Co. Galway are home to one Ireland’s most famous exports, the decadent oyster. A favourite with natives and those who visit our shores, oysters are a must try experience for all those food lovers out there, and these oysters farmed off the West Coast do not disappoint!
There has been a strong tradition of producing oysters in Ballinakill Bay and the Dawros peninsula for over 100 years. This period saw a number of parties farming oysters until 2014, when current owner David Keane acquired the business under the name DK Connemara Oysters. Eager to re-invigorate the practice of producing oysters in the bay, David and his dedicated team worked hard to restore the farm, and to promote the exceptional taste of Connemara oysters to the wider world.
A number of factors have contributed to their great taste. All DK Connemara Oysters originate in EU approved Hatcheries and are rigorously tested to make sure that each and every one is in perfect health when it reaches your mouth.
Farmed in a sheltered bay, the oysters benefit from a unique environment that includes currents from the North Atlantic drift, and influences from The Connemara Mountains. Minerals from these famous hills find their way into Ballinakill Bay through streams and rivers, providing the oysters with their unique taste and health-giving properties, in the same way as Connemara Lamb has benefited and gained notoriety.
David Keane of DK Connemara Oysters welcomes visitors to Ballinakill Bay to witness the growth and development of his oysters with guided group tours. Tours will detail the three-year life cycle of the oysters all the way from seed to plate. Springtides brings an extra special inclusion in which you can visit the sand banks on the shore in low tides. The culmination of the tour includes a tasting of the oysters themselves and don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to shuck an oyster.
It’s no wonder that these oysters are well thought of in food circles. Low in fat, calories and containing protein, oysters are not only great tasting but also healthy. Of course for traditionalists, oysters have to be eaten knocked back straight from the shell, which does give you that full body of flavour but you can also eat them grilled which some find preferable. Add a sprinkle of parmesan or some garlic butter and parsley and you’re good to go!
DK Connemara Oysters can be ordered online and come in a various sizes to suit all occasions from romantic nights in to fine dining and cocktail parties, affording the perfect opportunity to nab some of these jewels from Ballinakill Bay.