March Events

Open Day at Bumblebee Flower Farm Sunday March 29th

Bumblebee Flower Farm located in beautiful West Cork is having an Open Day on Sunday March 29th!

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Bumblebee Flower Farm and gain an insight into what we do and why we do things the way we do.

Introducing you to the wonderful world of edible flowers, pollinator-friendly plantings and organically produced seasonal cut flowers.

There will be an informative talk and tour of the farm with seeds and recommendation for supportive plantings no matter what size your garden is.

A lovely day and a chance to meet like-minded people.

The first in our series of Farm open Days – What to expect:

  1. Guided Tour of the farm.
  2. Talk on planting schemes including suitable plants and flowers that support the whole lifecycle.
  3. Selection of pollinator-friendly seeds for you to take home and create your very own magical bumblebee oasis.
  4. Refreshments available using Bumblebee Flower Farm ingredients.

Details:

  • Sunday, March 29th
  • Bumblebee Farm, Castledonovan, Drimoleague, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Price: €25 (children accompanied by an adult Free)

Mothers' Day 31st March 2019

Take her to the fabulous Three Towers Organic Restaurant for Mothers Day

Mothers’ Day is only a week or two away – 31st March 2019! Thankfully the team at Three Towers at Slieve Aughty Centre have created a beautiful day out with Lunch to celebrate Mothers Day!

Vegan Organic SaladFeaturing Mother’s best roast chicken or salmon or Vegan Vegetable Platter, as well as a selection of starters and Grannies Apple Crumble or Vegan Coconut Brownies for dessert. A free gift for every mum as well as free children’s activities (face painting, dress up and arts and crafts).
Come early or stay late to visit the animals, stroll through the organic garden, or sprinkle some fairy dust in the Enchanted Forest. Available from 1pm-8pm
Cafe menu and Sunday brunch available from 12-3pm.
Three Towers Organic Restaurant Mothers Day

Want to stay the night or the weekend?  Book one night and dinner and get 20% off the accommodation, or book 2 nights and mum dines free!
Check out their special offers for Mothers Day 
Enter their Facebook share competition Mothers Day to win a dinner for your mum on Mother’s Day!

Walking Tours and Holidays at Top Of The Rock

2016 Walking Tours in West Cork

Top Of The Rock Walking Tours (and pod park) have a number of interesting walks taking place throughout 2016 including:

St Finbarrs PathSt Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk Easter Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2016.
Leaving aside the spiritual benefits for a moment, this walk is a truly magnificient journey which goes “up and over” three mountain systems and four valleys, namely the Ilen, Mealagh, Ouvane and Lee valley basins.
Walking Breaks West CorkSheeps Head and St Finbarr’s Walking week 15th-20th May 2016:
A four day walking tour from the SHEEPS HEAD lighthouse to St Finbarr’s hermitage at GOUGANE BARRA, with five nights’ accommodation at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre.

Poets people and placesPoets people and places walking week 19th-24th June

A walking tour with Richard Whyte who has a huge love of poetry and all things to do with nature. As one walks with Richard he will pull just the right piece of poetry out of his top pocket and recite it on the spot.
Walking Holidays Ireland September 2016Walking the Sheep’s Head and St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path for September Walking Week 18th-23rd September
A four day walking tour from the SHEEPS HEAD lighthouse to St Finbarr’s hermitage at GOUGANE BARRA, with five nights’ accommodation at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre designed to give you a taste for Irish life and landscape.
For more information on any of the above or to arrange a custom tailored walking tour visit Topoftherock.ie
 

Juice Detox & Yoga Retreat: Your Spring Cleanse 2016

3 Day Juice Cleanse & Yoga Eco Retreat

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Your Spring Cleanse – March 10th – 13th 2016

Revitalise, Rejuvenate & Cleanse Your Body

For more info, booking & gift vouchers click here!

  • 3 day Juice Cleanse with mixes of delicious fruit & vegetables, & Superfood Green Alkalising smoothies by Living Foods Ireland.
  • Daily gentle Yoga and Meditation to enhance cleansing of body, mind & spirit.
  • Qi Gong to compliment Yoga and enhance awareness of the body’s natural energy flow.
  • Mindfulness Walks in native Irish woodlands to experience deeper connection with Self & Nature.
  • Additional optional techniques to compliment your cleanse/detox process…oil pulling, salt water gut flush, neti pot nasal flush.
  • Creative tactile nature art/craft with clay & willow.
  • Unconditional love from our furry animal therapists…horses, sheep, dogs & cats.

 Optional Extras

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Totem animal imagery
  • Transport by prior arrangement from Shannon airport or town of Gort.  Ask us for more info!

Benefits of Our Retreat

  • Cleansing of the digestive tract and enhancement of the lymphatic system.
  • Optimise digestive health, reduce bloating & alleviate irritation.
  • Weight loss is a by-product of any cleanse or fasting program, but is not the sole aim of our program.  You will lose plenty though!
  • Energy & vitality is enhanced as much less energy is expended on digestion & waste removal.
  • Emotional & mental clarity are enhanced, tending toward a more calm and tolerant disposition.
  • Hormonal & other physiological systems naturally tend to normalise.
  • Enhanced self esteem.
  • Highlight eating, consumption & behavioural patterns that do not serve us well.

Click here to book your place now!

Eco Breaks Ireland

Eco Holiday Breaks in Ireland

Looking for a unique holiday break in Ireland that’s in harmony with Nature?

 Eco Active Ireland Members all follow the responsible tourism initiative to minimize impact on the natural environment whilst providing fun  unique and often educational experiences that all the family can enjoy.

With this in mind and Easter break coming up we have listed a few below to consider:

Tawny Lust Lodge:

Tawny Lust Lodge Leitrim landscapesSet in the beautiful mountains of Wild Leitrim Nuala is a fountain of warmth and local knowledge and works in tandem with local guides to provide walking & foraging holidays, electric bike tours and canoeing experiences whilst enjoying a great nights’ sleep in her all-mod-cons eco friendly cabin.
Check out her special Easter and Mothers Day Offers here >>

Spend Time on An Eco Farm at Crann Og

eco-farm-breakExperience the alternative lifestyle first hand! Learn to build with recycled materials and see how community life works on the Crann Óg Eco Farm.
Marion, Flor and the gang at Crann Og have created a very special place in a beautiful setting and offer workshops, yoga and more at their working eco farm. Currently they have a number of weekends and events for all ages coming up which you can check out on their website at Crann-og.net

Top Of The Rock

pod-pairc-westcorkTop of the Rock Pod Pairc and Walking Centre offers a safe family environment on their unique pod park with all amenities and also motorhome and camping areas available. David and Elizabeth are wonderful hosts and provide lot’s of information on local walking trails and attractions such as the nearby Alpaca farm and offer affordable options for those on tight budgets also. Check out their website topoftherock.ie

An Tí Glas  at Leen Organics

eco accommodation irelandIf you fancy a weekend of picking your own veg and cooking it up in an fabulous cosy eco friendly house then a weekend at An Tí Glas with Leen Organics, Gort, is for you!
The cottage is well situated for all the attractions Co Clare has to offer including: • The Burren • Cliffs of Moher • Loop Head • Slieve Aughty mountains • Ailwee and Doolin caves • Whale & Dolphin Watching • Surfing in Lahinch • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park …all within an hour’s drive of the house.
Visit them online at www.leenorganics.com

The Three Towers Eco House & Restaurant

Enchanted Forests and Fairy Houses at The Three Towers, Slieve Aughty, GalwayEco does not mean style must go out the window and The Three Towers at Slieve Aughty in Loughrea prove this well. Their unique Moor-inspired decor gives  sense of opulence that is grounded by their responsible tourism ethics, no-waste policy and simply fabulous family friendly activities including a fairy woods and horse riding centre. Highly recommended. They have a number of great events coming up including an Easter festival not to be missed. Visit them at thethreetowers.com

Lot’s More Great Eco Destinations

Eco Active Ireland MembersThe above are just a taste of what’s on offer for the responsible tourist and I can vouch for the inspiration an Eco break can give you, as you see the many (often small) ways that one can help the earth whilst having a really fabulous time. (check out my ecotour blog from last summer here >>)
Visit our Members Pages here for lot’s more information and ideas on eco friendly things to do in Ireland!
Tell them Roz sent You!

Family Fun Willow Day

Learn how to make a Willow Dome & More!

Crann Og in Gort are holding a fun event for all the family to enjoy on March 7th, details below. Crann Og Eco farm is a great place to visit especially if you’re looking for creative ideas for upcycling and eco friendly living!
To Book email crann.og.gort@gmail.com or call +353 (0)91 631602
Read More About Crann Og Here >>
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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 >>
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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.
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