– Irish Cheese Trail
– Cheese Making Courses
Irish Cheese Trail
A number of cheesemakers welcome visitors with the prospect of a cheese experience which might include tours of their dairy, or demonstrations of cheesemaking, or tutored tastings etc. Click on the box on the top right hand corner of the map below to open and expand the map in a new tab.
It is hoped that in the near future the number of cheesemakers welcoming visitors will increase.
Please note that with some of the cheesemakers you must book in advance, check with them first before setting out. During the Corona Virus Crisis some of these have been closed, check on the cheesemakers website before visiting.
Aran Islands Goats Cheese, Burren Gold (Aillwee Cave), Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Castlefarm, Coolattin Cheddar , Corleggy Cheese, Dart Mountain Cheese, Dozio Cheese, Durrus Cheese, Galway Goat Cheese, Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Old MacDonnell’s Farm, Once upon a Cheese, St Tola Goat Cheese, Toons Bridge Dairy
The following Cheesemakers offer courses in Cheesemaking.
Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, Co Kilkenny
Other courses include:
The Organic Centre, Co Leitrim
Teagasc – run occasional cheese related courses
Ballymaloe Cooking School, Co Cork
Sheridans Cheesemongers – also run occasional cheese related courses
Academy of Cheese
The Academy of Cheese is an organisation established by partners in the Cheese Sector (cheesemakers, cheesemongers, wholesalers, distributors etc) to promote cheese knowledge and provide career development, both within the industry and amongst the wider public. It has four levels of courses
Level 1 – Associate, Level 2 – Member, Level 3 – Fellow. Level 4 – Master
In Ireland these are organised by the Irish School of Cheese
Run by Avril Molloy, based in Dublin the Irish School of Cheese organises Academy of Cheese courses, designs bespoke cheese training and education programmes for food businesses, and gives masterclasses and cheese tasting experiences to cheese enthusiasts across Ireland.