SATURDAY to SUNDAY 19 – 27TH AUGUST
Heritage Week Walks & Burren Food Trail Picnic – TASTE THE BURREN EVENTS
Saturday 19th August
Rathbourney Valley Guided Walk & Lunch!
An invigorating guided walking tour of the majestic rocky Burren in North Clare with a local guide followed by a two-course lunch in Burren Fine Wine & Food.
The walk itself takes place in the beautiful, secluded valley of Rathbourney just south of Ballyvaughan. The valley is rich in antiquities including a huge ring fort, a medieval ecclesiastical site and an 18th century church. Other highlights include stunning examples of the region’s limestone pavement and the world famous Arctic/Alpine/Mediterranean mix of wildflowers.The start and end point of the walk is the magnificently restored stone-built café at Burren Wine & Food. Here the walkers can enjoy an excellent Walkers Welcome Special lunch highlighting the best of local produced home cooked food.
The package is available June, July and August at a total cost of €25. The walk itself is at an easy pace and lasts about two and half hours. Starting time is at 10.30am or by appointment. Pre-booked groups of between 4 and 10 people are desirable.
Step out in style and eat without guilt as you make a very light footprint on the planet!
Ancient Ireland’s Sites
Start by visiting a beautiful turlough set in a nature reserve before driving a short distance to Ballinastaig, a settlement that has been used since ancient times. Visit an enchanting “fairy fort” that had been inhabited for many centuries. It has some (separate out words here) unusual stone features. Move across another turlough bed adorned with Burren flora and clamber across limestone pavements to an ancient dolmen. This is part of a larger complex of structures now collapsed. Here you can learn to dowse/divine ley lines that traverse the site. Explore with the use of tuning forks that Jackie will demonstrate how to tone at the site, and test the effects of using sound by dowsing afterwards! Ancient cultures may well have used sound as part of their ceremonies. We can discuss our findings.
Meeting Point: Garrylands Car Park, near Gort at 2pm – Duration 3 Hours
Sunday 20th August
Ballyvaughan Heritage Walk & Lunch
A heritage walk around the harbour village of Ballyvaughan visiting the sites of the old coast guard station, fountain, weigh station, workhouses, castles and old and new piers. This will be followed by lunch at Monks Seafood Bar. Your guide, Deborah Evers will uncover for you some of the folklore and historic features of Ballyvaughan village and the surrounding area.
The present village grew around the harbour in the 19th century, when it was a thriving port with many small boat fishermen registered here. With a new quay by 1831, turf from Connemara was landed in great quantities, despite the shallowness of the bay. At that point, the town had 23 houses and 151 inhabitants. In 1837, to facilitate the turf trade, another quay was constructed, designed by Alexander Nimmo. The new quay was of great importance, as it allowed Ballyvaughan to export grain, bacon and vegetables and to import supplies from Galway. For a while, Ballyvaughan was the official capital of this region of Clare and had its own workhouse, coastguard station and a large police barracks. Today the village is a farming and tourism hub, attracting visitors with an interest in the natural world.
Find out more by joining this heritage walk. Anyone with an interest in the Burren and its natural, built and cultural heritage is invited to join a guided walk. The walk is open to all, families and children.
Time:2pm Duration:2 hours Meet:Trailhead 81 on waterfront. Family 4 €50 €25/€15 Adult/Child. Booking necessary: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 22nd August
Foraging Walk with Picnic in the Burren
Why not Come along on a guided foraging walk and experience the Wilds of the Burren with Marie & Oonagh who have teamed up for this exhilarating and enlightening walk. Both hail from a farming background and have a deep love and passion for what they call Wilderness Therapy. With Oonagh O’Dwyer (Wild Food Walks) & Marie McGauran (Burren Experience Guided Walks). Marie will guide you on the mountain paths where you can experience the wilderness and hear the stories and traditions of our ancestral farming practices going back to the first farmers of hunters & gatherers. A Wild Food Walk is a delight, an engagement with nature, but it is also a journey into a secret world. Oonagh will give information on plant identification. You will learn what wild food has to offer, what not to eat or touch all the while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Burren. The walk will include a picnic on the mountain.
Date: Tuesday 22nd August 2017 Time: 10am – 1.00pm Meet at: The Clare Heritage Centre Museum, Church St, Corofin. Car pooling to start of walk available here. Cost: €25 Foraging Walk with Picnic
Tuesday 22nd August
Doolin Cave Nature Trail Walk with Picnic
Helen will take you on a walk through the Nature Trail at Doolin Cave with farm animals, wild flower meadows, native tree and shrubs, the fairy village and the original cave entrance. picnic to foll0w at the cafe or outdoors on the trail, weather permitting. The award winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere. The Great Stalactite, suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier, is truly astounding. Visitors can hardly believe that it was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years.
Extend the adventure from underground to over ground following a charming Farmland Nature Trail that takes a looped walk around the cave setting. The nature trail is home to indigenous species of flora along with rare and miniature breeds of animals. Visitors can enjoy delicious home-cooked foods and home-baked cakes in the comfortable surroundings of Doolin Cave Cafe. Doolin Cave pottery, hand-made using glacial clay found deep within Doolin Cave.
Saturday 26th August
Secrets of W B Yeats Landscape
This is a magical walk provided by guide Jackie Queally. We follow a tranquil route beside the very scenic River Beagha. Discover where WB Yeats used to picnic, collapsed caves and disappearing rivers, mature woodlands, a very early church and holy well and an early Mass rock in long use. Picnic in courtyard of thatched cottage. Learn the art of dowsing energy lines. Listen to the healing sounds of a special gong in a short sound meditation in a beech grove overlooking the river.
2 p.m – 5 p.m. Meeting Point: layby on left hand side of Ennis Road one mile south of Gort (just before windowed statue of our Lady of Fatima across minor road on same side).