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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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Amazing Food Tour June Bank Hol

Rock Farm Slane Electric Bike Tours presents

Boyne Valley Food Series – Special Offer

Slane Food Circle 25km Menu – Food Tour by Electric Bike
Monday 2nd June 2014
ROCK FARM SLANERock Farm Slane is an ecotourism provider that specialises in walking and bike tours of the Slane Castle estate and the wider Boyne Valley.
We also have a Boutique Eco Camp with 7 Yurts and Shepherds Huts which sleep up to 28 people sharing.
This is the first season of Slane Food Circle electric bike tours making use of these brilliant Pedelec (pedal-assisted) bikes to transport cyclists and non-cyclists alike around a beautiful undiscovered part of the Boyne Valley beyond Slane in the valleys of the Rathkenny Ridges

Slane Food Circle Electric Bike Tour

This tour is based on a one-day 25km food tour by electric bicycle through the Boyne Valley taking in the following destinations. The tour will be hosted by Carina Mount Charles organic farmer and ecotourism guide.

  • Rock Farm Slane
    The tour will begin at Rock Farm Slane at with tea/coffee, and a platter of goodies from our clay oven, served from 9.30am at the Strawbale Farm Office.
    Tour Length: 1 hour including tea and 
    coffee
  • Cycle to Shalvanstown Organic Farm
    A Slane Food Circle lunch to be served at Shalvanstown upon
    arrival. Tour Length: 1 hour including walk to Fox’s Cottage
  • Cycle to Mullagha Farm – Boyne Valley Blue Cheese.
    The tour will be conducted by the awarding winning cheese producer Michael Finegan who will introduce us to his herd of goats and explain to us his method of cheese making.
    1 ½ hour including lunch (Slane Food Circle cold meat and cheese platter with organic salads)
  • Cycle to Des Crinion, Organic Farm
    We will visit Des’s animals including sheep, chickens, polytunnels and learn about the many organic farm enterprises Des has been involved with.
    Tour: 1 hour tour inc pudding stop for Des’s organic ice-cream
  • Cycle to The Cider Mill, Cockagee Cider
    The tour will end with a visit to The Cider Mill to meet Mark
    Jenkinson and learn about the long lost Irish Cider “cac a gheidh”. Tour Length: 1 hour tour including cider tasting
  • Departure 5:30pm Cycle back to Rock Farm Slane.

COSTS

  • 1 day Guided Tour + Ebike Hire + lunch + tasting + refreshments€65 per person (inc VAT)
  • When: Monday 02nd June 2014  9.30am – 6pm

FOR INDEPTH INFORMATION ON THIS TOUR PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE >>
Maximum party size: 15 
Electric bikes available: 10 electric bikes.
* More electric bikes are available. However places will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis and Rock Farm Slane will need plenty of notice to offer additional electric bikes.
* Please enquire for price (info@rockfarmslane.ie) if you’d like to bring your own bike or hire a hybrid non-electric bike for the tour.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 
Further discounts are available on overnight accommodation at Rock Farm’s boutique campsite www.rockfarmslane.ie/boutique-camping.

www.rockfarmslane.ie
(T) 041 988 4861 www.facebook/RockFarmSlane
Twitter: @RockFarmSlane