April Coastal Foraging Walk and Wild Food Tasting Picnic, Galloway


Saturday, 20 April 2024
13.30 - 18.30

A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy plants and seaweeds of Galloway’s coast, hedgerows and woods.  Enjoy a wild food tasting picnic in a beautiful location afterwards.



A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy plants and seaweeds of Galloway’s coast and maritime woods/hedgerows. Includes a wild food tasting picnic in a beautiful location.

You will learn about many of the herbs on in this photo Image ©GallowayWildFoods.com

The coast and nearby woods and hedgerows are full of great wild food. This event is designed to help you connect with them and incorporate them into your diet. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of  walking over 3 hours we will explore a wide range of edible coastal plants in an exceptionally beautiful area of Galloway.  The walk is timed for a low tide to allow us to explore some seaweeds. Novices and experienced foragers looking to increase their repertoire will enjoy this event.

Sea kale young shoots, late March, Galloway

Family friendly – 1.5 miles easy walking for all ages. Wellies or stout walking boots is recommended for the coastal part of the walk, which includes mud and rocky shore.

As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 30 years.

Read – Watch – Listen to more about Mark’s Foraging Events

Learn about seaweeds and how to use them in the kitchen


Meeting place:  Coast near Gatehouse of Fleet/Kirkcudbright, Galloway, SW Scotland. Ticket holders will be notified of our exact meeting place by email in approximately 3 days before the event. Information on visiting Galloway can be found here.

Expect: Up to 1.5 miles mostly gentle walking (but with some rocky sections when we look at seaweeds), exploring sandy beach, rocky shore, coastal hedgerow and woodlands, over about about 3 hours, with a wild food picnic and interpretation session on afterwards. I will bring a pre-packed wild food tasting picnic with lots of treats, tasters and tipples for you to enjoy on the beach at the end of the walk (see below for more on this). All dietary requirements can be catered for and can be added when you book.

Learn: Coastal succulent plants of the salt marsh/merse and sandy beach, seaweeds of the rocky shore, and herbs/blossoms of woods and hedgerows. Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, cooking tips.

pepper dulse, identification, distribution, edibility,

Explore edible seaweeds.

Eat/drink: I think it is important to bring the wild foods we encounter to life by not just talking about them, but by eating and drinking them as we learn, so I come with a hefty bag of lovingly prepared treats and tasters to share throughout the walk.  These are not only tasty, but serve to illustrate how to use the wild foods we are exploring. After the walk we will enjoy a wild food tasting picnic, comprising dozens of lovingly foraged and prepared treats served in your own bento box. All dietary requirements can be catered for, and these can be noted when booking.

Wild bento box, served on Galloway Wild Foods events. Typically these include 30 to 40 different locally foraged ingredients that illuminate what we have explored on the guided walk. Expect savoury tart, sushi, pickles, ferments, edible flowers, seaweed snacks, salads, wild seed cake and lots more!


Essential: Footwear that you don’t mind getting muddy – ideally wellies or walking boots- , weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water

Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera.

Please note: This event is not recommend for children under 8 years old.

This walk is suitable for a well behaved dog or two, though If you wish to bring one, please be aware that we move slowly and some dogs can get bored/agitated. If you wish to bring a dog,note this on the booking form and I will get back to you to confirm suitability (and ensure we don’t have loads of dogs!)

Exploring succulent coastal plants. Image ©GallowayWildFoods.com

Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.


The general event location is provided in the event description, and in your booking confirmation. This location is usually an approximate location (eg. “Within 30 minutes drive of XXX”), so that you can consider and plan the area you need to get to prior to booking.

For general information on visiting Galloway for events, including recommended accommodation, see here.

Detailed event information, including exact meeting place, will be sent to the email address you provide on booking in the week prior to the event. This allows me to account for the often fickle nature of wild plants and fungi and select the optimum location for our walk – which can be especially important for fungi forays.

It is important that you add mark@gallowaywildfoods.com and markleewilliams@googlemail.com  to your email contacts/whitelist or the information email may get caught in your spam filters. This is extremely important if you have a .hotmail email account as they are notorious for having very sensitive spam filters.

The detailed event information email will be sent in the week before the event – sometimes as little as 3 days prior to the event. There is no need to badger me for it – I will send it! If you haven’t received it by within 3 days of the event, check your spam folders. If it isn’t there drop me an email – mark@gallowaywildfoods.com.


Any cancellation must be sent by email to mark@gallowaywildfoods.com, quoting the event title, date and order number (viewable on your booking confirmation.

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund, rebook or reinstate vouchers for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of the event. If I can refill the place at short notice, I will pay a full refund less 10% to cover admin & PayPal fees, or send a voucher to the full value of the tickets. Please state your preference in your cancellation email.

If you cancel or amend a booking giving 14 days or more notice, you will receive a full refund less 5% to cover Paypal fees, or a Gift Voucher to the full value of your booking.Please state your preference in your cancellation email. Information on using gift vouchers is here.

In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.

Galloway Wild Foods is not liable for any travel, accommodation or other costs you might incur if an event has to be cancelled. We recommend that you take out travel insurance if your financial commitment to travel/accommodation is substantial.

The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.


Please provide  the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :

  • Relevant medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy), and clearly stating if an allergy is potentially life-threatening. All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.

It is your responsibility to provide accurate information about all members of your party. If you write “None” in the additional information box, I will assume all attendees are omnivorous and have no relevant medical conditions or mobility issues.

All information is kept private, securely, and in line with GDPR – more information on this here.


Please ensure that  all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.

On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!

Please bring your own drinking water.

Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.


Most GWF events are suitable for one dog on a lead.

Even on walks that are suitable for dogs on leads, because we tend to move very slowly as we learn and forage,  dogs often get bored/agitated/cold by the slow pace. One thing we absolutely can’t have is an unhappy noisy dog on an event.

Where events are suitable for dogs, I restrict it to one per event as there is no way of knowing whether dogs will get on with one another. Dog places are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

With all this in mind, if  you would like to bring a dog, please note this on the booking form in the “Additional Information” box (along with human dietary, mobility, medical info) and I will get contact you to let you know suitability and availability.

If being able to bring your dog is a deal-breaker for you, please email me before you book.


Further information on Galloway Wild Foods Terms and Conditions can be found here.

If you have specific questions that are not answered here, please contact mark on mark@gallowaywildfoods.com, or if you are running late on the day.

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