Galtee Honey Farm are pioneers in the conservation of the Native Irish Black Honey Bee – a threatened sub species. Established in 1970, they look after 170 hives of bees specialising in producing wildflower honey and breeding queen bees.
They are situated at the edge of Glengarra Forest while their hives are scattered in a variety of natural havens throughout the valley between the Galtees and the Knockmealdowns. Galtee Honey Bees collect from diverse wildflowers such as Horse Chestnut, Sycamore, Dandelion, Blackberry Blossom, Clover, Heather and Ivy, while also contributing greatly to pollination in their environment.
Galtee honey is raw and unpasteurised, retaining valuable enzymes. The honey is produced by completely by their own bees. Their honey bees are not treated with chemicals. Their welfare is extremely important. They are not exposed to high levels of stress.
Galtee Honey Farm make beeswax candles by hand in small batches. They only use only 100% Irish beeswax (from their own bees), no artificial waxes or chemicals. These beeswax candles gently help to cleanse the air and are environmentally friendly.
Their honey is sold in shops but also from the honey farm itself. Private group tours available.
Our honey has won various prizes over the years…
Irish National Honey Show (multiple)
UK National Honey Show (multiple)
Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards 2016 – Gold
Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards 2017 – Bronze
National Artisan Food Awards 2018 – Gold, Silver
McKennas’ Guides Award 2018 & 2019