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Oysters at Carlingford Oyster Company

Carlingford Oyster Company – Sunset Visit to an Irish Oyster Farm

In Europe, Ireland by Mindi Hirsch7 Comments

There is no better way to experience oysters that at an oyster farm like Carlingford Oyster Company in Ireland, especially when there’s a sunset.

The sunset is a bonus when you visit an oyster farm in Ireland
Carlingford Oyster Farm at Twilight

Carlingford Oyster Farm at Twilight

While in Dublin, I had the unique opportunity to visit Carlingford Oyster Company’s 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.

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 at Carlingford Oyster Company

Baby Oysters in my Hand

Oyster Farmers at Carlingford Oyster Company

Oyster Farmers

Oyster Crop at Carlingford Oyster Company

Oyster Crop

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

Peter Louet- Feisser, King of the Oyster Farm

Tasting Oysters at the Carlingford Oyster Farm

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.

Shucked Oyster at 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 complemented 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.

Pouring Prosecco at Carlingford Oyster Company

Prosecco for the Oysters

The sun set as we slurped and sipped.

Last View of the Oyster Farm at 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.

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I thank for Fáilte Ireland for their assistance with this tour as part of my participation at the TBEX Europe conference.

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Mindi Hirsch is half of the team behind the award-winning Food and Travel website 2foodtrippers. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Mindi lives in Lisbon, Portugal with husband Daryl.

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

  2. What am I missing about oysters? I’ve tried them a few times over the years and just can’t handle it. Looks like this was a great experience for you, though. And you ate some of the oysters with tobacco??

    1. 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!

  3. I have to admit, I’m not really a fan of oysters! But oysters with tobacco just sounds a bit weird! ….. Think you might have a typo there! 😉

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

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