Tours

Sheeps Head and St Finbarr's Walking week 15th-20th May

Sheeps Head and St Finbarr’s Walking week    15th-20th May

St Finbarrs Walk Sheepshead Way West Cork IrelandExplore the wild scenery and exhilarating views of The Sheeps Head Way this May with Top Of The Rock. They have created an gorgeous 4 day package with accommodation, transport, meals and guidebook as well as an accompanying guide throughout.

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. The cost of our 2016 walking week is €515 per person sharing (including VAT)

St Finbarrs Walk Sheepshead Way West Cork IrelandFor more details and maps on each days walk Click Here
St Finbarrs Walk Sheepshead Way West Cork Ireland

Visit Topoftherock.ie

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
www.carlowtours.ie

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.

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 >>

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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Bushcraft Events in Dublin

Pioneer Bushcraft Events Enniskerry & Dublin

Sean has lot’s of regular events coming up for those interested in doing something different and learning something new this October.
Including:

10th Oct. (Fri)

  • Primitive & Modern Fire Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

11th Oct. (Sat)

  • Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

12th Oct. (Sun)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am

13th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

14th Oct. (Tues)

  • Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station 10am.

20th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

23rd Oct. (Thurs)

  •  Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

24th Oct. (Fri)

  •  Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 7pm.

25th Oct. (Sat)

  •  Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

26th Oct. (Sun)

  • Outdoor Camping Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

28th Oct. (Tue)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

29th Oct. (Wed)

  • Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 6pm.

30th Oct (Thur)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am.

31st Oct (Fri)

  • Bull Island Birdwatching Tour – Junction of Causeway Road and Jim Larkin Road, Clontarf, 10am

1st Nov (Sat)

  •  Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station, 10.30am.

To Book Visit www.pioneerbushcraft.org, Call 086-3704773 or Email: pioneerbushcraft@gmail.com

Eco Tour of Ireland Day 1

Rocking out at Rock Farm Slane!

Sunday 21st September 2014
And so my journey began…Day one of my ‘Digital Dame Goes Wild’ Eco Tour of Ireland. I had picked up my Opel Mocca S vehicle kindly sponsored by local car dealers Ferrybank Motors based in Wexford the day before so Sunday was just about packing then off I set! (I think I packed for every possible weather scenario!!)
I had to do a quick pitstop at my twin sisters’ place in Dublin to borrow a super groovy sleeping bag (those scenarios again) and was on my way.

First Stop: Rock Farm Slane

Everybody has heard of Slane – Slane concerts, Slane castle, ‘I Love Slane’ Tee-shirts in the 80’s… This however, was my very first time to visit Slane and as I began my descent into the picturesque village of Slane I knew I had arrived somewhere special.
Steeped in history and awash with folklore entering Slane takes you back in time – it seems to hit a deep rooted nerve within your very being. Following my (relatively) trusty Google Map Lady – we shall call her Grace – I turned off to the left just before the bridge to head up to the Rock Farm Slane Campsite.
Carina met me at the campsite carpark and, as I marvelled at the many pheasants, she put my bags into a wheelbarrow and off we set.
Carina has a wonderful gift of making you feel at home and relaxed almost immediately so we decided that coffee was probably the next most important consideration at that point. We chatted amicably whilst brewing a cup then sat on the rustic styled yet warmly inviting outdoor veranda as she ran through a short bio of Rock Farm Slane and what it means to her, hubby Alex and their 3 gorgeous children.
Rock Farm Slane is a Gold Certified Eco Tourism Business that offers a unique eco friendly accommodation experience with a choice of Glamping yurts and shepherd huts that can accommodate couples,families and small groups as well as Weddings when extra bell tents can be erected.
I was again reminded of the historic Crannogs of Ireland past, these days however there is a lot more luxury thrown in! Comfortable beds, easy to light stoves and an outdoor hot tub to sip champagne in under a blanket of stars .. should that be your want 🙂
My accommodation for the night was a shepherds hut located close to the main communal area to ease any fears I may have had about sleeping there alone.

Electric Bike Tours

We set out on electric bikes for a whirlwind tour of Slane. Rock Farm Slane have a number of electric bikes that they hire out to residents or groups looking to experience something different without breaking into too much of a sweat. I am now a major electric bike fan!! (as you know I have begun this tour to get back out from behind my desk and boy did these bikes help me get back into the rhythm and up that hill!)
Carinas’ local knowledge is indepth and she shares her knowledge enthusiastically with lots of facts and folklore about the past.
After the tour I explored the Glamping site and made myself a hot chocolate then sat on the swing under the huge oak tree as I imagined the battles of the past that had taken place so close by this peaceful serene hideaway.
As I prepared for bed it was time to try the on-site compost loo – I found using the compost loo totally fine and it really makes you wonder about the amount of waste we process in such an inefficient & expensive manner when a compost loo is so simple.
Living in the country as I do, the silence of the Shepherds Hut was no bother although I imagine with other people staying in the site you would feel more relaxed. I had lit my stove earlier and my hut was roasting! I had to open the door for a while, guess my fire lighting skills are improving!
In the morning I was greeted by a large hare loping through the grounds and lots of bemused looks from the pheasants. The showers are not only beautifully decorated but also very nice and HOT! – something I had worried a little about- after all there’s nothing like a good shower to set you up for the day.
It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend checking them out especially for a family getaway, romantic break or hen party. Carina’s husband Alex is currently setting up a  whiskey distillery so if you’re really nice he just might give you a tasting!
For contact details and social media links to Rock Farm Slane Click Here >>
Listen to our ‘Cuppa Tae’ Chat here: https://soundcloud.com/ecoactive/rock-farm-slane

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Eco Tour of Ireland Day 3

Boyne Valley Activities Tuesday 23rd September

As I negotiated my way from Lough Bishop House through the diversion at Delvin to Athboy I suddenly realised that I was being beeped at! Who knew me in Athboy I wondered? James Murray  of BoyneValleyActivities.ie that’s who! James had obviously been checking out our photos and had recognised the Opel Mokka S kindly sponsored for our trip by Ferrybank Motors, Wexford and beeped me to follow him to the first of their two centres.
Boyne Valley Activities are based, as the name suggests, along the Boyne River Valley with a base in Trim, Co Meath and just outside Athboy at Drewstown House also. They run a number of activities to suit various ages and levels including their 10 meter tree canopy challenge course set deep in woodlands.
Two of James’ instructors (Gav and Fergal) were on hand to give us a taste of this high ropes course which is quite challenging thus all participants must first make it up the climbing wall before they are allowed to continue. You can view videos of the lads completing the course in no time at all and flying down the zip wire on our YouTube Channel here >>.
I am not a great swimmer – actually I would not call myself a swimmer at all as I cannot go out of my depth. So James had a tough job to convince me to get into a canoe with him to sample the beauty of his medieval tour.
But convince me he did and we hopped (rather ungainly on my part) into a reassuringly large Canadian Canoe (specially brought out for scaredy cats like me!) and as we travelled up river he pointed out the various and many castles and ruins along the riverbank. He has a deep local knowledge which he continuously improves and is a natural storyteller – now I know where the two Irish phrases ‘P*** Poor ‘ and ‘Hasn’t a bucket to p*** in’ come from! (Apparently people used to sell their pee as a cleaning agent..I’ll leave it up to James to fill you in)
This is a really relaxing and unique way to see the heritage of the area and also perfect for wildlife lovers like myself.
Boyne Valley Activities is run by both James Murray and Dara Llewellyn  and they cater for school tours, corporate groups, team building days and individuals interested in trying out Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Archery & High Ropes in a safe and controlled environment.
Next year I will be able to swim and boy am I going Kayaking!
For contact details and social media links to Boyne Valley Activities Click Here >>
Listen to our ‘Cuppa Tae’ Chat here: https://soundcloud.com/ecoactive/a-chat-with-boyne-valley-activities

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Eco Tour Of Ireland Day 6 Part 2

Seatrails – Eco Tours of Sligos Coastline

Buoyed by the positivity of my visit to Lough Gill and the SUPForAll gang I then headed to Streedagh in North Sligo to meet Auriel Robinson, Marine Archaeologist and owner of Seatrails.ie.
Auriels’ knowledge and passion for the Sligo coastline is impossible to ignore. I was so enthralled by her account of the incredible Spanish Armada story of Francisco De Cuellar that I bought a book on him to learn more!
Seatrails guided walking tours cover a number of areas including Strandhill, Streedagh, boat trips to the incredible monastic site on Inis Murray and more:

  • Streedagh Spanish Armada Walk, click here
  • Strandhill to Culleenamore Prehistoric Walk, click here
  • Carrowkeel and the Miners Historical Trail, click here
  • Carrowmore & Knocknarea Prehistoric Tour, click here
  • Coney Island Heritage Walk, click here
  • Heritage on Horseback, click here
  • Rosses Point Point Historic Shipwreck Walk, click here
  • Sligo Leitrim Ancient Monuments Tour, click here

Auriel also collaborates with other local businesses and together they offer SUP heritage tours, Horseback heritage tours and customised tours for groups.For once off events and festivals check out Seatrails on Facebook/seatrailsireland
Enquiries and bookings are made online via her website www.seatrails.ie – Tour dates are dependant on the season and advanced booking is advised
Seatrails can cater for small and large groups- if your a tour operator looking for a unique and informative tour to offer your customers then contact Auriel today on +353 (0)87 2405071 or email info@seatrails.ie
Auriel is also an ambassador for Sligo for the Wild Atlantic Way.
For contact details and social media links to link up with Seatrails click here >>
Listen to our ‘Cuppa Tae’ chat here: https://soundcloud.com/ecoactive/seatrails-sligo

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Eco Tour of Ireland Day 8 Part 2

Adventures in The Burren with Adventure Burren

I met up for a cuppa with Christy Sinclair of Adventure Burren with whom I was out earlier in the year in Spring.
At that time Christy and his partner Jess took me out for a walk on the Burren and boy oh boy did we learn a lot!
Christys’ knowledge of the area is second to none and he was able to show me ancient sites and a fulacht fiadh (ancient cooking site) during our walk after which we headed back to try out Jess’s homemade jams 🙂
Adventure Burren offer walks, rock climbing and tours with a 3 day Odyssey Tour of the Burren available that includes many of the most popular local attractions, throughout the year. Read about our Spring trip here >>
Listen to our EcoTour Audio with Christy here:
https://soundcloud.com/ecoactive/christy-of-adventure-burren
The Burren Rocks… Check out Adventure Burrens’ Profile Page here for contact info >>

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