Ireland's tradional green landscape is one marked by vast forests and open green fields. On the forestry tours from Agritours we can arrange for you to visit forestry farms and experience the type of land they are planted on.
Agritours can organise for you to meet with forestry farmers or other experts in the forestry sector such as forestry consultants, inspectors and contractors all of which work on farm forests. Agritours will tailor the tour to inlcude the aspects of farm forestry you are most interested in.
Learn about fertile lowlands and the more infertile areas and what this means for farm forests. Different species require different levels of fertility and shelter to survive. Let us arrange a specialised forestry tour or incorporate the forestry tour with another area of agrculture you are interested in!
Forests in Ireland have a great variation spanning from native woodlands, to big commercial plantations to trees and woodlands in more urban areas. There are 5 main types of Irish forests you could visit on the Forestry Tours of Ireland: Amentity forests; farm forests; upland and peatland forests; native woodlands; and urban forests. Irish forests provide a broad resource not just the basic timber produce you'd expect but includes bio diversity, wildlife conservation, carbon sequestrian, environmental protection as well as rural development, employment, amenity and recreation and tourism.
The practice of farm forestry in Ireland has seen a big increase in recent years. This is largely due to the payment of grants and annual premiums to farmers from both the forest service and the EU. This was implemented to help incentivise farmers while making a long investment. Historically, farmers planted trees such as hedgerows to protect livestock and their property from bad weather. Unlike today however, in the past incentives from the EU led farmers to use as much of their land as possible for agriculture production, which led to woodland areas being the last resort and only used in the most infertile areas that weren't suitable for any other use. Thanks to the reform measures under the Common Agricultural policy, farmers began to look at other uses for areas of their land, and thus farmed forestry became more prominent. There is now an increase in the availability of fertile lowlands for farm forests.
Farmed forestry also has a key role in rural development, providing an alternative source of income for farmers and enabling them to stay on their farms full-time. This is in addition to providing high quality timber. There are other benefits from the planting of broadleaves. The production of hardwood timber from broadleaves which leads to high value end products such as furniture and craftwork. Biodiversity is another benefit. On the forestry tours of Ireland we can arrange for you to see the vast green woodlands and open fields, a landscape which is largely shaped by farm forests. We can also arrange for you to meet with farmers and forestry consultants, forest service inspectors and contractors working on the farm forests.
There is now an increase in the availability of fertile lowlands for farm forests. Farmed forestry has also led to an increased opportunity to increase the variation in Ireland's forests. Species that require fertile land and shelter to survive are being planted such as Broadleaf species. Equally conifers such as Douglas fir and larch that are site-demanding are now being planted.
Agri Tours will take over from the minute you touch down into Ireland. We provide a inclusive private tour including transport, arranging all your farm visits, sightseeing attractions, accommodation, and we can provide as many meals as you would like included.
Every tour we provide is private just for your group, and tailored just to your needs.
If your group's agricultural connection is educational, business, or entirely personal, we can craft the ideal Irish farm tour itinerary to match.
Let us know your group's interests and we will design visits to match, from a highly specialised one-sector tour to a multi discipline tour encompassing the broad range of agricultural, horticultural and aquaculture enterprises in Ireland.
Purely farm visits, or perhaps a mixture along with some of Ireland's greatest cultural and sightseeing attractions. Maybe your group would like to get involved in the famous Irish culture and add experiences outside the farming industry as well.
Everything we produce is fully customised to your needs, so please don't hesitate to let us know your exacting requirements, we would be only too happy to produce an itinerary for your needs.
From students looking for budget friendly accommodation, to business leaders looking to enjoy some of Ireland's best accommodation, your whole tour will be customised to match your budget needs.
We can provide vehicles from private cars for groups of 2 up to 50 seater coaches, along with a full range of minibuses and small coach sizes in the middle.
The accommodation is tailored to the requirements of your party. we have access to the full range of of Islands accommodation, from hostels for young groups,B&Bs and homestays, 3*, 4* & 5* hotels to luxury manor houses and castles.
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Agri Tours Ireland is run by David O'Gorman, who has a BSc in Agriculture from University College Dublin. His previous positions included lecturing in horticulture and working for the government's agricultural advisory service.
You will not find a more knowledgeable or more dedicated team for Farm Tours in Ireland.
Having the right contacts in Ireland agricultural sector is key to providing the very best in Agro Tourism. We have been trading since 1989, and in all those years have built up the industries best range of contacts across every sector of the agricultural industry in Ireland.
No matter what your area of specialist interest we have unique access to businesses to provide the ideal visits. Let us quote your tour.
As part of the Discover Ireland tours group, we command unrivalled buying power with all the aspects of your tour giving you the very best in value. From budget friendly accommodation the students to five-star luxury, you will find our prices highly competitive at all market levels. Our ability to provide value in all the tours we do is one of the reasons we are the market leaders in agri-tourism.
Our team are here to give you perfect Irish tour experience. Every tour we produce is unique and fully customised to your group's needs. Our tour planning starts with a blank piece of paper and a chat with you, and I expect team will work with you to create the perfect itinerary.
We offer a whole range of farm tour types, from horticultural study tours for students to multi segment farm and sightseeing tours. All our tours are unique, fully customised to the needs of your group. Please take the information below just as a start point to help get your ideas flowing. When it comes to planning your tour we can provide any tour you would like, so please just get in touch and let us quote for your tour.
Your itinerary will be designed entirely around the needs and interests of your group.
We can arrange farm Tours of Ireland to cover a wide range of industrial segments. Do let us know the different disciplines that interest your group and we can suggest visits to cover the range of industries they would like to experience.
Our unrivalled range of agricultural contacts means we can provide highly specialist tours. If you would like your time in Ireland to focus entirely on one or a few segments, we can design an itinerary to give you the best insider experiences of Irish agricultural practices in your field.
Below is a list of some of our specialist areas, but it is by no means an exhaustive list so no matter what your specialism just get in touch to let us provide a quote for your tour.
We our highly experienced in providing tours for farm business leaders, who are coming to Ireland to meet and share ideas with Ireland's leading agri-businesses.
We can arrange visits some of Ireland's most cutting-edge farms, where you can discuss the latest techniques and how leading Irish farming businesses are taking farming into the 21st-century.
You can also see first-hand how downstream added-value is an integral part of the Irish agricultural industry and how such a small nation has become such a major player in world agricultural exports.
We offer agricultural study tours and educational tours across all of Ireland's farming sectors.
Ireland is a major agricultural exporter and its agricultural industry is one of the most innovative in the world. From yield levels to downstream increase in value to efficiency techniques, let us know your interest area and we will use our unique range of contacts to provide the most informative and educational visits for your group.
We can provide itineraries and accommodation that match both the needs and the budgets of university and student groups. Be it a multidiscipline tour, or an educational tour focused in on one particular sector, we can arrange everything for your educational tour in Ireland.
No visit to Ireland is complete without taking the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere of Irish City and Country life. With our years of experience we have honed our tours to ensure you see the best of real Ireland while you are here.
Amongst the Farms and Forests of Ireland, there are Ancient Stones and Crosses, Magnificent Castles and Monasteries; the sheep graze along mountain trails and the farmer enjoys live music and a pint in the local pub. Agri Tours are happy to provide these authentic Irish experiences while you visiting Irish Farms.
Just let us know the perfect balance for your tour and we will create a unique itinerary to match. Some groups would just like a few pointers for a great Irish pub to enjoy a drink at the end of the day, and other groups would like a much larger bias on the sightseeing aspects, spending a significant part of their time experiencing all of Ireland's magnificent history and culture.
As part of the Discover Ireland tours group, our knowledge extends far beyond the agricultural sectors of Ireland. So if you would also like to discover some of Ireland's history, experience its vibrant culture and get amongst its friendly people, we would be only too happy to incorporate these aspects into your Irish Tour.
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