Gold Panning

Coming Up as heard on TodayFM

As Heard on TodayFM Saturday 26 July

Listeners to this mornings Alison Curtis show on Today FM will hear me talking with Alison about a number of offers and events coming up with our Eco Active Members РThis blog is to reference the items mentioned. If there is something you cannot find just give me a call on 0873205680 or email play@ecoactiveireland.com  ~ Roz
Thanks to the lovely Alison Curtis for the chance to share our events ūüôā
Canoe and Wild Camping Family Trips, Kilkenny Summer
Family Fun with Eco Active Ireland members‚ÄúPaddle your own Canoe‚ÄĚ breaks¬†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 ‚ÄėGo with the Flow‚Äô. 5 days / 4 nights high season only ‚ā¨150 pp
www.gowiththeflow.ie


Tapas Trail Dublin: Daily
tapas trails for foodies‚ÄėTapas Trail Dublin‚Äô offer regular tapas tours of Dublin where you get to try a number of tasty dishes at different venues in the city whilst also being entertained by their experienced and knowledgeable guides.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAYFM LISTENERS
10% discount off all Dublin Tapas Trail bookings using the code: TodayFM if booked before 25 August 2014
www.tapastrail.com


Full Moon Walk Aug 9
full moon walks
Next full moon walk with the wonderful Terry of Hilltop Treks is on August 9th- meeting at the clock tower in Enniskerry Village (44 bus from Dublin city centre)
We’ll be there – Always a fun night out and a great way to meet new people! Only ‚ā¨25 pp. Transport avail from Dublin.
www.hilltoptreks.com


Family Foraging Day Carlow Aug 16th
family foraging irelandThis family foraging day with Blackstairs EcoTrails will show children and adults the incredible edibles to find, pick, cook and eat. Children will be able to cook-up, under supervision, lots of treats from the wild and take them home with them after the day.
Delicious refreshments, a three course organic lunch and lots of fun will make this a fun filled summer’s day.
www.blackstairsecotrails.ie


Eco Surf Camps, Fanore Co Clare Summer
surf camps
Kids Eco Surf Camp runs throughout the Summer holidays with Pete and the team from Aloha Surf School.
2 fun packed hours each day open to all kids from ages 8-16 years.
We provide all equipment, wetsuits, wetsuit boots and soft surfboards, so all they need to bring is their swimming gear, a towel and some warm clothes for afterwards. 1 day ‚ā¨30, 5 days ‚ā¨100
www.surfschool.tv


Gold Panning in Avoca Wicklow Saturdays
gold-panning-avocasmallTry your luck at finding gold in the gorgeous hills of Avoca with Avoca Tours. We can promise lots of fun, beautiful landscapes, a great guide, lots of camaraderie and, maybe, a little bit of gold….
All you need is your enthusiasm!¬†Every Saturday at 10am.¬†¬†Approximately 2-3 hours. Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) ‚ā¨60
www.avocatours.com


 Boyne Valley Food Series Foraging Walk & Picnic 2 August
family forage and picnic
Join Kate of Meath EcoTours on a foraging foray at Girley Bog Natural Heritage Area and learn about edible plants & flowers. Discover what plant families are safe to eat and which to avoid, and get recipes and resources for further foraging. Includes a tasty picnic with samples of foraged foods.
www.meathecotours.com


Wild Food Summer School Aug 8,9,10
wild food summer school irelandThis three day Summer School with Mary White of Blackstairs EcoTrails will appeal to foodies,foragers, food bloggers, chefs and all those interested in our natural environment.
Speakers include Biddy White Lennon, Author & Forager; Paddy Woodworth Irish Times columnist & Author;Philip McCabe on Bees; Mary Mulvey ‚Äď Eco Tourism; John Gibbons on Climate Change & Georgina Campbell


Whiskey Tour and Glamping- Slane Bank Holiday Mon Aug 4
rock-farm-slaneThis is the first season of walking tours on the Slane Castle estate and in celebration this tour will be given by Alexander Mount Charles focussing on the production of whiskey from the barley trials at Rock Farm to the distillery project at Slane Castle for a tasting of Irish whiskeys.
The tour includes:

  • A tour of the castle, the Slane Castle Distillery project and a professional whiskey tasting.
  • An introduction to whiskey production, barley growing and organic farming.

The tour will be hosted by Alexander Mount Charles organic farmer and distillery owner. ‚ā¨55 pp
Glamping available on-site


Bushcraft Canoe and Camp with Into The Wild
wild camping irelandGet back to basics with Frank and the team with our: ‚ÄúInto the wild‚ÄĚ survival and canoeing trips.
We SHOW you how to survive in the wild in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what ‚ÄúInto the wild‚ÄĚ is about!!
Price for 2 full days / 48 hours ‚ā¨115 per person
Into The Wild also Do Teen Tribal Treks – Contact Us for details
Email Frank for details here >>


Family Friendly Mushroom Hunt – Galway 4 Oct
slippery-jacksLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Kylebrack.
During this one day workshop, qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and how to distinguish the edible from the inedible.
The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert & Mary White

  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • 11am ‚Äď 4:30pm
  • Adults: ‚ā¨65pp
  • ‚ā¨15 per child over 12 years

Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of our Eco Bedrooms or Eco Cabins…
www.thethreetowers.com


Seaweed Safaris – Clare, Avail Daily
seaweed foraging irelandDuring the safari you will learn about the many seaweeds the Atlantic Coastline has to offer.
You will be shown how to identify and harvest the seaweeds by hand like our ancestors would have done. You will learn about the Nutritional Benefits of the edible seaweeds along the with the Cosmetic and Horticultural benefits.
You will also be treated to Sea Veg tasting at the Wild Irish Sea Veg Company!
‚ā¨15 per adult ‚Äď ‚ā¨5 Children
Group of 10 or more is ‚ā¨10pp and kids free.
www.wildirishseaveg.com


Bundoran Surf Co
learn to surfSurfing 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.
www.bundoransurfco.com


For more activities and events check out our Blog 

Micro Adventures this Summer in Ireland

Experience something new with our MicroAdventures!

Summers here and let’s face it – In Ireland it’s usually pretty short so we gotta make the most of it! ¬†With this in mind we will be posting category based blogs on the microadventures you can experience this Summer here in Ireland.

Today we are starting with Adventure Tours!

3 Day Odyssey Adventure in the Burren, Co Clare

explore the burrenThis 3 day adventure odyssey package based in the Burren Co Clare includes a Burren rocks walk, half day climbing, sea kayaking session, accommodation, meals and much more. Local guide Christy provides indepth historical knowledge on points of interest dating back to the bronze age. Food is sourced from local producers many of which are part of the Burren Ecotourism group and you will also get to do a bit of beer tasting.
Definately one for both outdoor and foodie lovers!
For full details of this tour click here >>


Rathdrum and Avondale Famine Walk (3 hours)

enjoy this historical famine walk This guided looped walk is through a famine graveyard, woodland trails and alongside riverways with beautiful views of this wonderful part of County Wicklow.
Enjoy the area’s surprising history and heritage with your local guide and afterwards head to local Pub Jacobs Well to enjoy Warming Soup and Brown Bread included in the price.
Perfect for all ages and levels and especially suited for fabulous photo taking!
For full details of this tour click here >>


Day  Activity Tours from Dublin with Terry

tours irelandTake a break from the old town and head out to Dublins‚Äô doorstep- full of countryside fun, with Day Tours Wicklow. These tours are run daily from a variety of pick up points in Dublins’ city centre and¬†you can hop off the tour bus and get out into the Irish Country side to enjoy a Guided walk, Horse Riding or Cycling.
After your activity the tour continues on through the valleys and glens of the Wicklow Mountains visiting many of Wicklow‚Äôs wonderful highlights along the way, including Enniskerry (film location of ‚ÄúP.S. I Love You‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúLeap Year‚ÄĚ), Wicklow Mountain National Park, Sally‚Äôs Gap, Lough Tay, the Guinness Lake (film location of ‚ÄúExcalibur‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúBrave Heart‚ÄĚ), Glenmacnass Waterfall, Glendalough. You will¬†stop for a bite to eat in either Poppies in Enniskerry (Good Country cuisine) or along the way before visiting Glendalough and its 6th century monastic site returning to Dublin afterwards.
For full details of this tour click here >>


Pan For Gold in Avoca, Co Wicklow

gold panning You just might strike gold in the beautiful vale of Avoca where  a large nugget of gold of the 22 oz variety which, local legend has it, was found in this valley and made into a snuff box for King George VI. Gold has just been rediscovered in the Avoca area by a large mining company, with a view to mining it in the near future. This tour promises lots of fun and gold panning activity, use of All Gold Panning Equipment, warming Avoca Cafe soup and brown bread (hot chocolate for the kids), and Avoca Mill Tour also.
For full details of this tour click here >>


From Grain to Bottle Walking Whiskey Tour, Slane, Co Meath

ROCK FARM SLANERock Farm Slane –¬†This is the first season of walking tours on the Slane Castle estate and in celebration this tour will be given by Alexander Mount Charles focussing on the production of whiskey from the barley trials at Rock Farm to the distillery project at Slane Castle for a tasting of Irish whiskeys.
This unique tour  includes 2 hour walk, Slane Food Circle lunch at Slane Castle café (45 minutes); followed by 40 minute tour of castle and 1 hour distillery project tour and whiskey tasting.
For full details of this tour click here >>

FOR MORE TOUR ADVENTURES KEEP AN EYE ON OUR TOURS CATEGORY HERE >>

 

Easter Break Things To Do

Easter Break Activities to get the blood flowing

Activities and Adventures for all the family!
adult-surf-01Kids Eco Surf Camp runs throughout the Easter holidays
2 fun packed hours each day open to all kids from ages 8-16 years.
We appreciate that being a parent is not always easy, so this is why we leave these camps as flexible as possible, kids can go for as little or as many lessons as they want!
Aloha Surf School, Fanore, Co Clare >>
book now
family canoe hols
The Perfect Easter Break
If you‚Äôre keen to get the family active in outdoor activities ‚Äď Someday is now.¬†Don‚Äôt just sign up for any old canoeing activity. Go With The Flow River Safaries are the adventures you dream of.Do something unique and go where few other tourists get to experience.¬†Spend some quality time paddling some of the most enchanting waterways in Ireland.
Go With The Flow, Monasterevin, Co Kildare >>
book now
Irish Seaweed Safaris
seaweed-sun-300x200Join our 4th generation Seaweed Foragers and enjoy the spectacular shore walk from the rugged coastline of Caherush meandering along the shoreline enjoying nostalgic views looking out on Spanish Point Bay along with the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.
Irish Seaweed Safaris, Caherush, Co Clare >>
book now
Gold Panning Every Saturday
gold-panning-avocaWe‚Äôve seen the movies, identified the ‚Äėprospector‚Äô, imagined the¬†thrill of striking GOLD!¬†We can promise lots of fun, beautiful landscapes, a great guide,¬†lots of camaraderie and, maybe, a little bit of gold‚Ķ
Avoca Tours, Avoca, Co Wicklow >>
book now
Burren Rocks Vertical
climbing the burrenA day climbing is, in a way, the oddest day out! It flips from relaxed and chilled at the base of a cliff, sea pounding in the background and birds passing over head, so relaxed. Just minutes ago you were enjoying an intense adrenaline-filled rock climb. Available every Tuesday and Thursday
Adventure Burren, Carron, Co Clare >>
book now
Mountain skills Level 2
walking-0126th April 2014 – Two day course
Courses are broken down into modules to cover map reading, feature recognition, pacing and timing, taking and following a compass bearing, a short night navigation exercise, understanding mountain weather and its effects, how to organise and plan a safe walk, equipment and environmental issues.
Walking Hiking Ireland, Glendalough, Co Wicklow >>
book now

January – February Events 2014

Eco Tourism Events Ireland Jan-Feb 2014

Coming up:
It may be Winter but there’s still lot’s of fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy with our EAI members:
Mountain Skills Course
11th January 2014 ‚Äď Two day course
01st February 2014 ‚Äď Two day course
Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/mountain-skills-courses/
Lampshade (stained glass) and Jewelry (fused glass) weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 Feb.
Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/stained-and-fused-glass-workshops-mayo/
Gold Panning Every Saturday Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/theres-gold-in-them-there-hills/
Avoca Mines Walk -Saturdays and Sundays Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/avoca-mines-guided-walk/
Irish Seaweed Safari – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/irish-seaweed-safaris/
Sea Kayaking and Surfing – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/sea-kayaking/
Burren Walks and Climbing Days –¬†Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/burren-rocks-walking-tours/

There's gold in them there hills

Gold Panning Every Saturday

These tours are now fully booked for the remainder of the season – Apologies for the inconvenience
We’ve seen the movies, identified the ‘prospector’, imagined the thrill of striking GOLD!
Now is your opportunity to travel to the Vale of Avoca, ‚Äúone of Europe‚Äôs most beautiful locations‚ÄĚand try your hand at some river panning for Gold
We can’t promise a large nugget of gold of the 22 oz variety which, local legend has it, was found in this valley and made into a snuff box for King George VI, but there’s gold in Wicklow still! In fact gold has just been rediscovered in the Avoca area by a large mining company, with a view to mining it in the near future.
gold-panning-avocaWe can promise lots of fun, beautiful landscapes, a great guide, lots of camaraderie and, maybe, a little bit of gold….
All you need is your enthusiasm!

  • When: Every Saturday at 10am
  • How Long?: Approximately 2-3 hours
  • Meeting Point: Avoca Handweavers Mill, Avoca Village

How to Get There:
by car to Avoca or bus* to Arklow with complimentary transfer to Avoca for up to 6 people maximum.
Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance.
Gold Panning Vouchers:

  • Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) ‚ā¨60
  • (‚ā¨5 per additional child)
  • Couple ‚ā¨50,
  • Single Adult ‚ā¨25

(includes Gold Panning Activity, use of All Gold Panning Equipment, warming Avoca Cafe soup and brown bread (hot chocolate for the kids), and Avoca Mill Tour)
EAI Map Ref: Avoca Handweavers Mill >>
These tours are now fully booked for the remainder of the season – Apologies for the inconvenience