Carlingford Oyster Company – Visit to an Irish Oyster Farm

In Food Tripping, Ireland by Mindi Hirsch7 Comments

While in Dublin, I had the unique opportunity to visit an oyster farm and sample oysters directly from the sea.  It was an educational yet tasty experience that I will long remember.

The Carlingford Oyster Company is situated on the Carlingford Lough near the charming village of the same name, about 6o miles north of Dublin.  I arrived at twilight, under pillowy pink clouds and the setting Irish sun.

Carlingford Oyster Farm at Twilight

Carlingford Oyster Farm at Twilight

The family owned operation produces enough oysters to supply many top restaurants in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Greeted by owner Kian Louet-Feisser, we were shown the intriguing process of how the farm raises the luscious bivalves.

Oyster Farm Process

In a nutshell, or oyster shell, the farm buys seeds from Normandy, France and then spends three years growing the itty bitty seeds into plump, delicious oysters.  It’s quite an involved process that includes harvesting and filtering, but it’s time well spent based on the end result.

Baby Oysters in my Hand Carlingford Oyster Company

Baby Oysters in my Hand

Oyster Farmers Carlingford Oyster Company

Oyster Farmers

Oyster Crop Carlingford Oyster Company

Oyster Crop

Peter Louet- Feisser, King of the Oyster Farm Carlingford Oyster Company

Peter Louet- Feisser, King of the Oyster Farm

Tasting the Carlingford Oysters

For me, the best part of the visit was tasting the oysters.  Kian expertly shucked several oysters for us, each one gloriously full of salty ocean water.

Oyster - Shucked and Ready to Be Eaten Carlingford Oyster Company

Oyster – Shucked and Ready to Be Eaten

The oysters were fresh and firm with a clean taste.  I ate the first one au naturel so that I could appreciate the pure mineral taste.  I ate a few more with splashes of tabasco as suggested.  The tabasco complimented the briny flavor, and all of my taste buds tingled. Kian’s wife Mary poured some Prosecco to go with the oysters.  My taste buds soon became even happier.

Prosecco for the Oysters Carlingford Oyster Company

Prosecco for the Oysters

The sun set as we slurped and sipped.

Last View of the Oyster Farm at Carlingford Lough Carlingford Oyster Company

Last View of the Oyster Farm at Carlingford Lough

They say that the world is your oyster.  On a recent Saturday in Ireland just by the Carlingford Lough, the world was in my hand.  And the world tasted good.

Disclosure: The visit to Carlingford Oyster Company was provided by Fáilte Ireland as part of my participation at the TBEX Europe conference.  As always, all opinions expressed are completely my own.


  1. mags

    Gorgeous photos! What a great experience! Who would think those baby oysters would grow into something so delicious?

    1. 2foodtrippers

      You haven’t eaten oysters until you eat them right out of the ocean. And the tabasco gives the oysters an extra kick. So delicious!

    1. Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

      That would definitely be weird. However, eating oysters with tabasco is quite tasty.

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