December Events

Friday Night Tapas Slieve Aughty Galway

The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen and Slieve Aughty Centre

Get the gang together for a well earned Social! 

Friday Night Tapas Nights!

Friday’s, November 2018 – April 2019
Enjoy organic tapas, Spanish wine and music from 7 pm.
Booking is essential. Call 090 9745 246 for more info.
Slieve Aughty Centre is a family owned eco-friendly equestrian and activity leisure centre set on 17 acres of rugged Galway land. Guests have miles of trails for walking, cycling, horse riding and exploring nature as well as a stunning location for rejuvenation, relaxation and celebration!
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Discover more about Slieve Aughty Centre Here >>

Reduce Christmas Waste with Zero Waste Festival Ireland

The next Zero Waste Festival takes place 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday 2nd December at the Green Door Market in Bluebell Business Park, Dublin 12.

Zero Waste Festival Ireland will bring you talks, workshops, info-stands, swap-shops and a market, all dedicated to helping you reduce your waste this Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time to keep your bins empty and your recycling pile small, but during this day-long event you will get tips on cutting down on waste from food and packaging, gifts and wrapping, decorations and festive dressing and even pre-Christmas cleaning!
From making better choices of materials to reusing and upcycling what is already created, there will be something to be learned for everyone, no matter where you are on your journey. For your first foray into Zero Waste, stop by our
info-stand for a quick primer or sign up for a talks&workshops pass for more insight.
Zero Waste Festival Ireland is a volunteer-run event and this time there is free entry to the info-stands, swap-shops, market and drop-in workshops. A talks&workshop pass (€10/€8 concession) is needed to access the talks and
workshops on the mezzanine level. Tickets (€3) are also required for the ‘Tree-Planting with Santa’ children’s event.
More information, schedule and tickets to the event are available from the website www.zerowastefestival.ie, on Facebook @ZeroWasteFestivalIreland, Instagram @zerowastefestirl and Twitter @ZeroWasteFest.
The zero waste movement is an environmental lifestyle adjustment aimed at minimising landfill waste, through cutting down on consumption, choosing reusable, recyclable and compostable materials (in that order) and trying to
repurpose materials as much as possible. It is based on the 5R’s – REFUSE what you don’t need, REDUCE what you do have to buy, REUSE what is already available, RECYCLE what can’t be used anymore and ROT (compost)
the rest.
For Tickets, location map and more information visit www.zerowastefestival.ie/2018-12-festival/

Norway Adventure 2015

Adventure Burren are Heading to Norway

Christy from Adventure Burren is putting together an overseas skiing trip to beautiful Norway in February 2015!
Christy was recently invited to Norway where he experienced firsthand some of their fabulous walking and riding trails. He is now putting together plans for a skiing trip there during the February mid term of 2015 (exact date to be confirmed) .
Minimum number of 8 people are required and the cost will be around €1,800 including travel on SAS plus, accommodation, ski hire, lift passes and lesson everyday, guided cross country one day and transfers.
If your interested in being included on this trip then contact Christy directly to register your interest at christy@adventureburren.com

Christmas Walks in the Burren

Adventure Burren will be doing a number of short walks over Christmas. They will be listed on our Facebook page as they will be weather dependant so check back regularly at Facebook.com/AdventureBurren
For more information on Adventure Burren visit their profile page here >>

Friluftsliv Experience from Bratt Moro on Vimeo.

Last Minute Offer New Years Eve Break in Wicklow

Celebrate the New Year in a Beautiful Wicklow Mountains Cottage

A friend of mine has this great offer (special reduced rate) for his gorgeous 4 bed country cottage available to rent this new years eve for a week. If you fancy seriously getting away from it all with some friends then this is for you! 
Aughavannagh Cottage was recently described by The Irish Times newspaper as “High in the Wicklow Mountains, just the most picture perfect example of a country home. It retains the 19th century cottage feel, but with all the comforts of a good home away from home.”
“Beautifully Restored” said The Daily Telegraph. “A beautiful, traditional Irish cottage tucked away in a forested valley in the Wicklow Mountains” said The Sunday Business Post. The location is magnificent – adjacent to the Wicklow Way walking trail and below Lugnaquilla Mountain which rises to over 3000 feet behind the cottage and is usually snow-capped at the New Year.
There is amazing scenery and great views from the cottage which has four bedrooms and is on 5 acres in a gloriously private setting. Yet it’s easy to get to – a little over an hour south of Dublin via a magnificent mountain drive. Brilliant for hiking, walks in the woods, climbing Lugnaquilla or simply lazing about welcoming in the New Year in front of a log fire.
Gorgeous kitchen and properly fitted out – so if you feel like cooking the kitchen is fully equipped – great oven and hob, microwave, food processor etc. (and we supply the essentials such as dishwasher tablets).
We also provide things like fresh linen and towels, as well as hair dryers and an iPod docking station so you don’t need to carry them around the world with you.
And if you prefer to do nothing but sit back and relax, Aughavannagh Cottage is an absolutely idyllic spot to chill out and recharge the batteries. We also adore the lovely friendly pub in Glenmalure just over the mountain in the next valley.
The special New Year’s rate of €700 applies to strict maximum of 7 people from Dec. 31 to January 6
We welcome all of our guests personally and we’ll have the cottage ready with just the right amount of decorations and a supply of logs to complete the picture. See link here www.holidaywicklow.com/#/wicklow-cottage-for-christmas/
Contact info@holidaywicklow.com or +353 (1) 535 6650
 
new years eve offers wicklow

New Years Walks in West Cork

Mini Walking Breaks over the New Year

Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre

New Year Walking weekend

Why not join us at the Top of the Rock for two days walking over the New Year period on:

  • Wed 31st Dec – Fri 2nd Jan

The two day break includes:

  • Two nights in a Luxury / Standard pod
  • Glenilen Breakfast bags each morning.
  • One evening meal at our local award winning Willie Pa’s restaurant
  • A guided walk on the first morning and guidance and pick-up from end points of other walks you may wish to undertake.
  • PRICES for the two night break : Luxury pod €99 per person Standard pod: €75 per person sharing (bring own duvet, towels etc) Children:extra €20 each.

A warm welcome awaits you!

Contact David and Elizabeth Ross
Rockmount, Drimoleague,Co Cork.

Call +0035528 31547 or mobile 0861735134

Email: david@topoftherock.ie
www.topoftherock.ie

We spent the final night of our Eco Tour at Pod Pairc, Read our blog here >>

Visit Pod Pairc on Trip Advisor Here >>

Slip Away for Christmas

An Eco Friendly Romantic Christmas Break

I love this! A Christmas Getaway in lovely Leitrim
I visited Nuala during my recent EcoTour and stayed at Tawny Lust Lodge which has magnificent views and wifi! So you can get away from it all- yet share your pics to envious friends online 🙂
If your REALLY lucky it might snow…

Special Christmas Offer


Christmas Offers Leitrim
No fuss, no crowds, no hassle… Tawnylust Lodge
Nestle in the Leitrim hills in this gem of a location for Christmas and New Year.
Experience a real break.
7 nights luxurious self-catering €349, dates flexible,
sleeps up to four
FREE seasonal welcome pack
FREE guided walk
FREE maps and advise on where, what and when in the area
Christmas Dinner available locally or delivered Christmas Eve from Award Winning Riverbank Restaurant
For more info: www.irishecotourism.com
tawnylustlodge@gmail.com
Nuala 087 9172143
Tawnylust, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Santa at Three Towers Galway

An Enchanted Christmas at Slieve Aughty Centre

xmas-three-towers2014 Christmas Festival Dates

  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
    December 5th-21st, 4-7 pm Fridays and 2-8pm Sat-Sun
    Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd, 2-8pm.

New for 2014! Visit the Enchanted Forest!
xmas-three-towersEvery year, Santa plans a stop at Slieve Aughty Centre, where he enjoys a soft chair next to a cosy fire in his cabin while he visits with children from around the country. Each child gets scheduled personal time with Santa and a small gift.
Before and/or after your Santa visit there are lots of other things to do. Pet Santa’s “pony” reindeer and the donkeys at the live nativity, browse the Christmas Shop, chat with other families over a cup of hot chocolate and home-made pancakes, and enjoy the festive music. The kids can make some crafts, get their faces painted, and meet a friendly polar bear while waiting for storytelling (all included in your entry cost!).
Save some room for home-made treats and organic mulled wine at The Three Tower Organic Kitchen, open all day.
Slieve Aughty Centre’s Christmas Festival offers something new and different, with live characters, storytelling, arts and crafts, shows, animals, the Snow Queen and more. You never know who will be visiting or what surprises are in store. What we do promise is that you will experience a Christmas Festival like no other with a family feel.We proudly make every effort to avoid plastic and battery operated toys so common these days and instead seek to find unique gifts that children can interact with and enjoy creatively.
Pre-booking is required. Contact us to book today!
€3/baby up to 23mths €27.50/child €7.00/adult €85 Family Pass (3 children and 2 adults)
Been to the festival before? Ask us about a loyalty discount!
www.riding-centre.com/visit-santa-galway/

Ballybunion Ecotreks with Danny

Ecotrek Ballybunion -Walking Holidays in Kerry

Ecotrek Ballybunion is a unique personal guided tour with local historian and pipe player Danny Houlihan. Danny has vast local knowledge of the area and is a pleasure to listen to as he tells tales of ancient chiefs, local heroes and you can even have a go at playing the uilleann pipes!
He offers tours to small groups and ( upon appointment) individuals taking them around the stunning coastal scenery of Ballybunion in gorgeous Co Kerry. The trails are part of The Wild Atlantic Way – Possibly the wildest parts!!
Open year round – booking essential.
Call Danny today on +353 (0)87 353613 – it’s best to call him than email 🙂
Read about our recent trip to Kerry where we met up with Danny for a few hours >>
Find more links to Dannys’ Facebook, Twitter etc here >>
ecotrek-ballybunion
 
 

Surfing in Bundoran Donegal

Bundoran Surf Co

Surfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.
bundoran-surfing-lessonsInformation about beginner surf lessons:

  • Adult €30 (3 lessons €85, 4 €110, 5 €130 on consecutive days).
    Groups of 7 and more €25pp.
  • Kids €25 (from 8 to 16yrs inclusive).
    Groups of 16 and more €20pp.

Lessons run at 10am and 2pm all year round.
5pm lesson available on request.
All instruction and equipment provided.
Transport to and from beach included.
The lessons last for about 3 hours.
Changing facilities, hot showers, and a hot drink after the session included.
All you need is a towel and swimwear.
We use 4/3mm suits in summer and 5/4/3mm suits in winter.
www.bundoransurfco.com

Canoe and Camp Holidays Ireland

Paddle your own Canoe breaks

“Paddle your own Canoe” holidays on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from our newest member ‘Go with the Flow’.

Your canoe holiday generally starts in the quiet town of
Monasterevin.
We will meet you by the river with your two-seat canoe and paddles, some dry bags, buoyancy jackets and a Kelly kettle (Always nice be able to pull in and have a brew with out reliance on the grid) and if required a tent.
Typically you will be paddling for 2/3 hours in the morning and  similar again after lunch. The river is very peaceful and quite intimate. There is an abundance of nature and wildlife all around. Walkway along the route is popular so you can expect many friendly faces, waves and chats and there are also many houses and old cottages, ancient ruined castles, farms, pubs, restaurants and stately homes. Each little town and village has its own unique character with plenty to offer the curious tourist.
An audio guide to accompany you on your expedition is available as part of the Guidigo series. You can download the app via Google Play here then download Barrow way Historic trail.

canoe holidays irelandCamping – (based on two people sharing) is wild camping. We can supply you with a tent and a kettle. When ever you feel like calling it a day you just pull over, set up tent and settle down for a relaxing evening and night in the great outdoors.
Leave no trace policy applies.
Camping and Canoeing:

  • 5 days/4 nights only €100 pp
  • High season (June/July/Aug) €150 pp 

Includes:

  • Canoe rental and canoe transportation
  • Dry Barrels
  • Safety equipment
  • Guide book
  • Minimum 2 people

Alternatively you can decide to stay in one of our carefully selected bed and breakfasts or hotels – see rates below:
B&B
5 day 4 night €249pp – High season (July /August) €299pp
3 Star Hotel
5 day4 nights €299pp – High season (July /August) €349pp

4 Star Hotel
5 day 4 nights €359pp- High season (July /August) €399pp
For those choosing a B&B or Hotel option you will have a set finish point each day. Usually no more than 20k going with the flow.
Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Monasterevin to Athy
  • Day 2 Athy to Carlow
  • Day 3 Carlow to Leighlinbridge
  • Day 4 Leighlinbridge to Goresbridge
  • Day 5 Goresbridge to St Mullins

It is also possible to add an additional night or two along the way and/or spend two nights in one of the towns or villages enroute. Contact us directly for details of custom trips.
www.gowiththeflow.ie