Apple Blossom Armagh
1 day itinerary (except Sunday)
Prepare to have your breath taken away in rural Armagh during the apple blossom season, when the delicate flowers of ancient, knarled trees burst into numerous shades of pink.
Start your journey by travelling to Moyallon Foods, Craigavon. An artisan charcouterie, Jilly Dougan specialises in butchering and curing meat from traditional and rare breeds including wild boar. They also source game and a wide range of unique cheeses, cured meats, smoked fish and deli products. From Lurgan follow the B3 to Gilford, after approximately 3 miles turn left onto Crowhill Road.
After Moyallon Farm retrace your steps to the B3 (Plantation Road) and turn left. Ballydougan Pottery is approx 0.5 miles on the left. Take time to snap up a hand-made tea pot and then sit down and enjoy a pot of tea & fresh scone in the Linen Barn Coffee Shop attached to the pottery.
Continue your journey to the market town of Portadown and the Yellow Door Deli & Patisserie. Flavour and savour are key to Simon Dougan’s cooking and baking; and the result is a one-stop shop for food lovers.
From Portadown head to Armagh City, on the way you will spot Chapman’s Farm Shop. This popular store welcomes a steady stream of County Armagh customers and offers super fresh fruit and vegetables; bread and pastries, salads, jams and chutneys.
Arrive in Armagh City the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It is a delight to simply stroll through this dignified city, enjoying its elegant Georgian Streets, beautiful tree-lined mall and classical buildings. Or take time to visit the Palace Stables Heritage Centre, housed in a restored 18th Century Stable Block, formerly part of the estate belonging to the Archbishop's of Armagh. You will have the opportunity to learn about Armagh's historical past as well as visit some of the estate's most historic buildings such as the Georgian Kitchen; the Kitchen walled garden; the Ice house; the Servant's tunnel and the Archbishop's Palace.
Finish off a splendid day with a delicious meal in the renowned Stonebridge Restaurant, Richill on the main Armagh to Portadown road.
Staying overnight in the area, you might want to try the unusual charm of De Averell House or Armagh City Hotel.
Tayto Castle, Tandragee is home of Tayto Crisps and the iconic 'Tayto Cheese and Onion'. Made since the 1950s at Tayto Castle, visitors can tour the factory to see how their favourite crisps are made.