Walks

Walking Tours with CP Adventure

Our newest members CP Adventure offer a wide variety of activities in Dublin and the surrounding counties.

Last week I met up with Linda who took me out for a stroll in the Wicklow mountains. It was a Sunday morning and I had forgotten how busy Sundays’ are in the Dublin mountains with mountain bikers, families, dog walkers and hillwalkers all getting out and about for their weekly outdoor fix of fresh air and beautiful scenery. 
It was a glorious morning and as we walked Linda told me about some of the guided walks they offer for groups of 8 or more. Walks are customised according to the groups’ level of fitness and can be a half day or a full day in duration. Linda is currently putting together a super walk that will take groups from the start of The Wicklow Way in Marlay Park to Johnnie Foxes Pub in Glencullen (where I used to wait for the 44b to take me to school!) where the walkers can then relax over a delicious meal and a tipple or two before getting their coach back to their hotel. Book Me In! 
CP Adventure offer water activities with Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP and Wind Surfing all available as well as Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Climbing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Orienteering, Zipline, Hillwalking of course, Segway and Bike Rental. With professional qualified instructors you can be sure of a safe, fun day out in the hands of CP! 
If you’re interested in booking a great day out for your team, staff or club get in touch today via the form below and we’ll put together a great package for you! 
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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
 

Mournes, Carlingford and Mour

We Love The Mournes!

Last Monday myself and my partner headed up North to visit The Mournes. Whilst we had originally planned to experience the walks and trails we had to cut our visit short.
Jennifer of eastcoastadventure.comWe had arranged to meet Jennifer Cumming of East Coast Adventure at Warrenpoint along the shores of Carlingford Lough. This was my first time to visit the area and as we arrived there was a large group of seriously excited TY students piling off a coach to begin a sea kayaking activity.
Jennifer had arranged to give us a tour around the various activities on offer at East Coast Adventure and so we set off.
mountainbikingEast Coast Adventure offer a range of outdoor activities for kids, teens, adults and groups with accommodation, camping, glamping, customised activities and more with trained friendly staff all along the shores of the very beautiful Carlingford Lough. The scenery is breathtaking and the facilities are second to none. There is so much on offer at East Coast Adventure that it actually took us 3 hours just to have a tour! Mind you we did get along like a house on fire and yapped away for ages – hard not to with such a friendly crew 🙂
mountain viewThe Mourne mountains themselves are a magnificant backdrop to the lough and one that I shall have to get my walking boots out for the next visit, hopefully fitting in a visit to The Mourne Lodge who cater specifically for walkers and hikers as well as nature enthusiasts and we look forward to meeting Mairead and the gang!
award winning breakfast at carlingford houseWe spent the night in Carlingford House B&B which offers  beautiful spacious rooms with comfy beds and an award winning breakfast in the morning. We weren’t disappointed. Peter and Irene were so welcoming and after being shown to our room we headed down for a bite to eat in the local village.
Carlingford of course is home to the world famous Carlingford Oyster Company and yes, I hang my head in shame that I simply forgot to order them! I will most definitely be back for these beauties.
Meeting Barra at the BBCOn Tuesday we headed to Belfast to meet with BBCNI Weatherman legend Barra Best for lunch – he of the flame hair like myself #Redheads 😉
Barra had some great suggestions for us to include on our next tour including the gobbins cliff walk  which looks really fun.
love mourneAll in all we simply HAVE to get back to the Mournes, we only got to see the tip of the iceberg and it really is so much MOUR(ne) than that!
Thanks again to Martin Carey and Mandy McAvoy of MourneLive.com for the invite.
Useful Sites for Visiting the Mournes and Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula are listed below:

In the words of Mr Schwarzenegger.. “I’ll Be Back” 

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Seaweed Forage Waterford This Saturday

Seaweed Forage with The Sea Gardener

We are DELIGHTED  to welcome our newest member, The Sea Gardener aka Marie Power to Eco Active! 
Come along this Saturday 18th July to experience her unique foraging event on the beautiful Copper Coast in Waterford.

Seaweed Forage Saturday July 18th on The Copper Coast, Waterford
We’ll meet on Saturday at Mother McHugh’s pub in Fenor village at 1pm on Saturday and travel to beach from there – 5 mins away.
(Fenor is about 6 km west of Tramore on the Coast Rd.).
We will identify the edible seaweeds, talk about the nutrients in the different species, along with cooking tips and using it in the garden.
And we’ll have a small picnic of seaweed-based foods to taste after the forage.
We should finish around 3.30 pm.
You’ll be on the rocks, so wear comfortable, waterproof shoes – wellies are OK, as are Reef sandals, Crocs or old runners you don’t mind getting wet..
And wear a few warm layers as it might be cooler on the shore.
It’s €25 and I will have copies of The Sea Garden too if you want to purchase.

To Book Email: info@theseagardener.ie or Tel: +353(0)86 8124275

Easter Eco Breaks in Leitrim

Leitrim Glens Hill Walking Festival

Stunning views and friendly locals are an integral part of the Annual North Leitrim Glens Hill Walking Festival. Based in Leitrim, a little known gem in Ireland’s North West, this festival guarantees visitors a genuine Irish welcome in some of the most beautiful locations in Ireland. Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the festival is sure to delight all who take part.
Easter April 3-6th 2015
The lovely Nuala of Tawnylust Lodge (and Leitrim Landscaping Guided Walks) has a great offer for those looking to make a break of it!
Special walking offer at Tawnylust Lodge Eco Self-Catering >>
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Irelands Greenway

 Greenway Ireland

Recently I was chatting with some friends and mentioned the Greenway trail in the West Of Ireland that runs from Achill to Westport. It was all news to them so I thought I’d post a short blog on it.
The 42km Great Western Greenway is the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937.
The Greenway trail can be divided into three sections as follows:

  1. ACHILL to MULRANNY
    13km section of Greenway between Achill and Mulranny
  2. MULRANNY to NEWPORT
    18km section of Greenway between Achill and Mulranny
  3. NEWPORT to WESTPORT
    11km section of Greenway between Achill and Mulranny

The Greenway crosses through active farmlands which are privately owned. The public have landowner permission to walk or cycle on the Greenway. Please respect private property and livestock and have regard for farming activities.
On the 21st of Feb every year, the Greenway will be closed to the public for one day.
On the Newport / Westport section of the Greenway there is a 2km stretch which shares the N59.

For more information regarding the Greenway email info@mayotrails.ie or visit www.greenway.ie

Sounds like a definite addition for my next EcoTour!

Looking at the estimated cycling times I reckon a long weekend would cover it nicely.

  • Arrive Westport Thursday night and explore the towns best eateries!
  • Friday leave early and cycle to mulranny (4 hours) then stayover there.
  • Saturday up and off to Achill (only 1.5 hours) and chillax on the island.
  • Sunday up and off from Achill to Westport – working off that hangover! Arrive westport 6/7 hours later .. Guess I’d be leaving Achill by 11am max!
  • Stayover in Westport- Massage Anyone? 🙂

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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:

 hilltoptreks.com/guided-walks/full-moon-walks

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
 
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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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