Lough Erne Legendary Irish Elegance

Words cannot fully describe how we were royally treated at the Lough Erne Resort in Co. Fermanagh last week when our Legendary Irish tour.  We got to experience world class dining and accommodation staying at one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious 5 Star resort.  Executive head chef and friend Noel McMeel rolled out the red carpet for our guests.  One of the most memorable meal experiences was the recreation of the menu served at the G8 summit.  Our guests got to taste the menu experienced by our world leaders, the very best of Irish cuisine.   Our guests were overwhelmed with the Lough Erne Hospitality  and the way we were treated by the restaurant servers and chefs will be a food memory to last a life time.  We feel so humbled and grateful to the team at the Lough Erne including Chef Noel McMeel and Chef Stephen and would like  to send out a personal applause and thankfulness to them.  This this Sunday I will embark on two back to back tours of Southern Ireland, but before we lunch our new venture I wanted to acknowledge our appreciation of the very best of Northern Irish hospitality!

Joy in the journey!

Judie the Irish Foodie


Wild Foods Walk in the grounds of Ashford Castle

Chef Jonathan Keane and his team forage daily on the 350 acre Estate at Ashford Castle and were willing to share their experiences with Shamrock and Peach tours this summer.  Eating Wild foods is growing in popularity in Ireland and so has the idea of working with what we have. Certainly, a value my parents taught me and I feel ingrained in the Irish psyche.  There’ nothing like the flavor of fresh wild greens, flowers and berries just hand picked that day.  Our guests got to taste this first hand when dining at Wilde’s restaurant.  One of the culinary highlights of our meal at Wilde’s restaurant was the wood sorrel sorbet.  The tangy acidic herb  (also know as sourgrass) has a tart green apple flavor and it was the perfect palate cleanser with our feast.

May you enjoy the bounty of fields, forests,  gardens and coast!

Joy in the Journey

A strong Dollar stretches further

Strong Dollar Benefits

Dream of Ireland and Go

This year is a great time to go to Ireland because of the benefits of the strong dollar.  The slogan for my tour business is “Dream of Ireland and Go” because for many of us there is always something stopping us from hitting the “Go” button.  The changes in the global economy means the US dollar is strong – not so good for some things, but a great time for Americans to travel this summer.  All good things come to an end so we know that the historic strength of the dollar will not last.

The great news is that your money will go further! So, you can have a cup of coffee a dollar cheaper on Grafton street in Dublin than you could in your local Starbucks!

An Irish coffee

Enjoying a cup of coffee in Grafton Street


If you plan to take advantage of a great time to visit Ireland or Scotland, please consider coming with Shamrock and Peach tours.  We have some wonderful new tours and would love to welcome you to Ireland or Scotland to enjoy a trip of a lifetime

My dates are May 29th to June 4th Legendary Ireland, June 12th to June 18th Elegant Ireland, June 27th to July 3rd Castles tour of Ireland and  July 24th to 30th Historic Scotland tour!  Prices starting at $2195, our highly competitive costs include luxury hospitality, transportation, food, entertainment, fees and more…

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Judith the Irish foodie