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What If I Have Dietary Requirements?

It's easier and safer than ever for travellers with specialised dietary requirements to visit Ireland.

Find info about eating in restaurants and hotels while on Gluten-free, Kosher, Halal, Vegetarian or Vegan diets.


By law, all hotel, restaurant, cafe and food truck menus in Ireland must list potential allergens.

In Ireland, there are 14 allergens that must be declared by law. They include:

  • 🌾 Cereals containing gluten - wheat (such as spelt and khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats Note: The cereal name e.g 'wheat', must be declared and highlighted, not 'gluten'
  • 🦀 Crustaceans e.g. crabs, prawns, lobsters
  • 🍳 Eggs
  • 🐟 Fish
  • 🥜 Peanuts
  • ❎ Sesame Seeds
  • 🌰 Other Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macademia/Quensland nut) Note: The name of the nut, e.g. 'almond', must be declared and highlighted, not 'nuts'
  • 🟢 Soybeans
  • 🥛 Milk
  • ❎ Celery
  • 🍴 Mustard
  • 🍷 Sulphur Dioxide and sulphites (at concentrations of more than 10mg/kg or 10mg/L in terms of total sulphur dioxide) – used as a preservative
  • ❎ Lupin
  • 🦪 Molluscs e.g. mussels, oysters, squid, snails
Allergens that must be listed on menus in Ireland


Allergens that must be listed on menus in Ireland, by law.

Kosher or Halal

It can be challenging finding specifically kosher or halal restaurants in Ireland.

This is especially true of our off the beaten track destinations.

Our past guests have had positive experiences when they alert us about dietary requirements before their tour. We will inform your hotels and restaurants ahead of your visit.

Feel free to inform your server upon arrival at a hotel or restaurant. We will always do our best to accommodate you!

Kosher and Halal supermarkets can be found in larger cities like Dublin, Belfast and Cork.


Gluten intolerances and Coeliac disease are common in Ireland.

All potential allergens are listed on café and restaurant menus here.

Can't find an option that suits you on a menu? Just ask your server. Chefs will happily replace or remove an item on a dish to suit you.

Find out more about eating gluten-free in Ireland

Dairy-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan

Nearly every restaurant you’ll visit on your Vagabond or Driftwood tour will have at least one dairy-free vegetarian or vegan option on the menu. Often there are several alternatives.

Check out Rude Health for both their regular and foamable almond milks. Oatly specialise in — you guessed it — oat milks and creams.

Whether you have special dietary requirements or not, here are some more excellent foods to try while in Ireland:

Foods for people with special dietary requirements to try while travelling in Ireland


Foods for people with special dietary requirements to try while travelling in Ireland.

Fantastic produce. Local sourcing. High organic standards. There's never been a better time to go veggie or vegan in Ireland.

Read more about eating vegetarian in Ireland


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