January Events

Trip to KilKenny with Carlow Tours

Trip to KilKenny with Carlow Tours

Join myself and Bianka on her Research and Trial Tour to Kilkenny Castle and Highbank Orchards, Co. Kilkenny  this Saturday:Guided Day Tour Kilkenny

This is a day trip with a difference. Get your unique experience in city and county Kilkenny on Saturday, 10.01.2015
Enjoy a tour in Kilkenny Castle– it’s usually a self guided tour but from November to January you can avail of a guided tour in the castle.
We also will enjoy a trip to Highbank Orchard Ireland’s smallest legal distillery and also the only one where the raw material for the spirits is grown on the farm the distillery is based on.

When: Saturday 10th January 8:30am
Availability: Only 5 spaces left!!
How Much: €25 plus entrance fees:( KK Castle €7 pp, Highbank €5 pp)
Meeting Point: Askea Car Park, Carlow
View Map and Join via Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/694007307380718 or Contact Bianka on +353 (0)87 650 9880
E: info@carlowtours.ie

Full Moon Walk Sat 03rd Jan 2015

Hilltop Treks Full Moon Walk in Enniskerry

The wonderful Hilltop Treks are holding a full moon walk on Saturday 03rd January 2015.

Start the new year as you mean to continue! These walks are a great fun way to get out and about and meet new people. I have been before and it is such good fun, in fact myself and a few friends are going along to this one so get your ticket now and come say hi!

The next Full Moon Walks
Takes Place on Jan 3rd at 6pm in Enniskerry

Meet For Enniskerry: At the Clock Tower (Center of the village) 6pm
Cost: €25pp
These Full Moon Walks are an excellent opportunity to see beautiful landscape by the light of the moon. The walks will be short 2-3 hr walks starting at 6pm in the evening during the autumn/winter months.
About the Enniskerry walk: The walk will place close to Enniskerry village. We will walk on Carrickgollogan and take many of the great wooded trails along the way. There are fantastic 360 degree views from the top of this small hill across the eastern coastline of Dublin and Wicklow. The tracks is very good easy to walk on and we will also pass by the Ballycorus Lead mines Chimney. This is a fantastic walk and easily manageable by most people.
No previous walking experience required.
After the walk we can head back to Enniskerry to catch up and enjoy a drink.

There’s also a full moon walk on the same night in Killarney – see website for details >>

To book and for information on what to bring please visit Hilltoptreks Website:


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

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

Visit Pod Pairc on Trip Advisor Here >>

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 >>

Trip To BallyBunion

BallyBunion Eco Tourism Trails

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Tralee in Co Kerry for a business Conference with my sister TweetingGoddess. I decided to make the most of my trip by also visiting Ballybunion during my stay so I called ahead and arranged to meet local historian and ecotrek founder Danny Houlihan of ecotrekballybunion.com.
Danny met me at the beach and we headed around his trail whilst he shared local information and vivid historic tales that would not be unusual in a Game of Thrones episode!
From a Chiefs sacrifice of his nine beautiful daughters to Fionn Mac Chumhaills epic battles Danny made the trip so interesting we even had passers by stopping to listen in and hear him play the pipes!
After my time with Danny we headed out of Ballybunion for a mile to visit Mike of Bromore Cliffs – This spectacular piece of scenery took our breath away and Mike was such a lovely friendly guy telling us about a local picnic that had been held in the field there the week before. It all sounded very famous five!
Mike also has a gorgeous self catering cottage available for rent and the best thing about all this is that it’s open in the winter months too! I’ll be heading down that way again soon to include a local cheesmaker and more so do check back as we will adding these trails to our website in the coming months. Meantime Here are some photos of the spectacular scenery available in Beautiful Ballybunion!

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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.

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
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 


  • 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:
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.

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 – Two day course
01st February 2014 – Two day course
Pre-Booking Essential
Lampshade (stained glass) and Jewelry (fused glass) weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 Feb.
Pre-Booking Essential
Gold Panning Every Saturday Pre-Booking Essential
Avoca Mines Walk -Saturdays and Sundays Pre-Booking Essential
Irish Seaweed Safari – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
Sea Kayaking and Surfing – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
Burren Walks and Climbing Days – Pre-Booking Essential

Mountain Skills Courses

Mountain Skills Now Available

We are delighted to have mountain skills courses now available to book online.
I did one of these courses many moons ago and found them to be very interesting and good fun too! Ideal for those of you that go walking or hiking or even just look at stars and wonder what it’s all about!
Our Walking Guide is Christopher Stacey and here is what he has to say about these courses:
Our 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.
90% of the course is practical and done on the mountain with only two short indoor sessions.
All our courses are run by approved instructors and under the syllabus of BOS or Bord Oiliuint, which is the Irish Mountain Training Board. BOS develops and administers training schemes.
There are two levels of mountain skills both of which are available between now and April 2014.
Both courses are 2 day courses and you are advised to ensure you have proper equipment with you.
Course Dates:
Mountain skills 1:

  • 11th January 2014 – Two day course
  • 01st February 2014 – Two day course
  • 22nd February 2014 – Two day course
  • 08th March 2014 – Two day course
  • 05th April  – Two day course

Mountain skills 2:

  • 07th December 2014 – Two day course
  • 25th January 2014  – Two day course
  • 15th February 2014  – Two day course
  • 22nd March 2014  – Two day course
  • 26th April 2014  – Two day course 

Cost : €120 Per weekend
Does not include: Food or Accommodation
EAI Map Ref: Glendalough Hotel (Meeting Point), Co Wicklow >>
Book now

Irish Seaweed Safaris

The Irish Seaweed Safari is an experience not to be missed!

Join 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.
seaweed foraging
During 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!
They will give their expertise in how to prepare and cook the seaweeds you have encountered during the Seaweed Safari. You will be able to sample culinary delights using Dillisk, Carrageen, Sea Spaghetti, Sugar Kelp and Sea Salad among others.
You will than learn how to use seaweeds both in the Garden and how can it help for Cosmetic purposes.
The Tour lasts approx 3 hours – Walks will run in conjunction with the tide times. We will inform anyone who books the time for their chosen date.
What you need:

  • Appropriate Clothing for weather conditions
  • Walking Boots/Shoes
  • Camera for some stunning photos!


  • €15 per adult – €5 Children
  • Group of 10 or more is €10pp and kids free.
    If you are booking for more than 10 adults and also inc children then please do not select child numbers at booking point (to avoid getting charged) – instead please add if any children and numbers + ages of same in the NOTE box.

Any date is available.
Please note that a Minimum booking of 4 adults is required.
If you would like less than 4 places email us your preferred date and we will see if can make up the numbers to go ahead.
EAI Map Ref: Seaweed Safaris, Caherush, Co Clare >>