Join us on the scenic Ring of Kerry to see first hand how we grow our oysters from seed to adult. You will learn about the techniques used to grow our famous Cromane oysters, how they are grown and how we get them to their desired shape. Try your hand at shucking your own oyster with our tips and tricks to get it right each time. Finally taste the Wild Atlantic Way by sampling our delicious Irish oysters au natural.
Along with learning all there is to know about the husbandry of an oyster farm, guests will also learn about the life-cycle and harvesting of our native blue mussel. After the farm we take the tour into our shellfish purification facility, fully approved in accordance with Regulation (EC) 882/2004, put in place by the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA). Guests will learn about how our shellfish go through a monitored filtering activity to ensure they are safe and ready for local and European markets.
Not only has Cromane (Castlemaine Harbour) the perfect conditions for us to grow our top-quality shellfish, it is also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designated for a range of marine, coastal and terrestrial habitats. Depending on the time of year the tour takes place, several native and migratory birds can be seen during the tour. These may include Light-bellied Brent Geese, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Curlew, Oystercatchers and many Gulls. A treat for any birdwatcher that may want to bring their binoculars!!
Realt na Mara Shellfish are fully approved under Fáilte Ireland’s COVID-19 Safety Charter. All our staff have completed the Infection Prevention Control for Tourism Businesses course. We are committed to providing our customers with a safe space and experience while enjoying our tours.
Note** All customers will have to confirm that they have quarantined for 14 days if they have travelled from a country which is not green listed. All customers must sign a contact tracing form on their arrival. The information you provide on this form will not be used for any other purpose and will be strictly confidential.