|Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks|
Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks 2013:
May 10th Walk for North Leitrim Women's Centre:
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Guides from Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks will point out the flora and fauna of interest, local archaeology and the edible plants and herbs around about and even a foraging taster session afterwards! Suitable for the not so fit, walk will be slow pace.
Duration 1.5 hours. Cost E5
May 25th Dawn Chorus:
Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim 4.30am
Experience a wildlife spectacular as you stroll through the Tottenham estate. This is a unique opportunity to listen in to the chatter of our feathered neighbours. Follow the forest paths and encounter the inhabitants of the woodland. Learn what they are saying and who is who. Enjoy fabulous views of Lough MacNean and expert guide Rob will let you in on a few ornithological secrets!
Duration of walk 2 hours and not strenuous. Cost E15
June 21st Solstice Shenanigans!
Solstice walk to Tullysheherney, Manorhamilton. Watch the sun go down from this amazing archaeology site. See the typical U shaped glacial valley of Glenade slip from sunlight to moonlight. Feel the presence of our ancestors at the burial sites and enclosures and hopefully hear a skylark at dusk.
Duration of walk 2 hours approx. Cost E10
Aug 25th Romance, Reminiscences & Rare Mushrooms
Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim 11am
Hear the history of the Ballroom of Romance and Glenfarne Railway station. Forage through Glenfarne demesne for mushrooms such as charcoal burner, orange milkcap and maybe even a chanterelle or two. Enjoy the fabulous views on this lakeside forest trek and some of the artwork on Mcnean sculpture trail.
Walk 3-4 hours and not strenuous. Cost E25 adults, children half price.
Sep 8th Fun Fungus Forage at Fowley’s Falls:
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim 11am
Join us for a mushroom forage along the Glenaniff river in Rossinver. Indulge your hunting skills and enjoy the extraordinary waterfalls in this limestone valley. Amongst the hazel and conifer forest you will discover mushrooms such as birch bolete and orange milkcap. Spot the insect inhabitants of the forest floor including the fungus gnat who’ll be on the same mission as you!
Oct 12th & 13th Killegar Mushroom Festival TBC:
Killegar House, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim
Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks will have a stand and mushroom walks together with other mycology experts, see details on: http://www.killegar.net/html/killegar_mushroom_festival.html
Local guides Tina Pommer, Nuala McNulty and Rob Wheeldon ae eco-tourism trained and incorporate Leave No Trace principles and have a rich knowledge of the area, its history folklore, flora and fauna specialising in archaeology, bird, moth and butterfly identification. Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks are based in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. We can bring a group to a destination of your choice.
Discount for groups of 5 or more. Group rates available. Tailor made walks on request. Accommodation packages available on request.
Contact Nuala on:
E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mob: 087 9172143 Landline: 071 9820083
Suggested Walks with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks:
Forage for mushrooms & wild edibles in Glenfarne Forest, by the shores of Lough Macnean. Walk in Lurganboy forest in Spring surrounded by bluebells and primroses. Climb Tullyskerney and visit a Neolithic to Medieval archaeology site with spectacular views of the countryside. Immerse yourself in the natural environment in this wonderful location.
Join Tina and Nuala, your guides who will give you the history, folklore, natural history and lots of information on biodiversity. On your foraging walks we will give you cooking and health tips for your forage so you can go home and try out your finds. Both being from the area, we can tell you the local stories such as the one about the Dobarchu (water dog) at Glenade lake or Diarmuid & Grainnes bed in Ballintrillick and we can even make up a few as we go along.
Nuala was born about 500m from Tawnylust Lodge and is an avid hillwalker, she has been involved in tourism and eco-tourism in the region since she could crawl!
Tina, living in Manorhamilton for over 20 years is an archaeologist and wildlife expert. Tinas passion for nature and heritage is evident in her enthusiam for the subject. She is particularly experienced in mushroom and fruit foraging and can be found any day tramping the hills of North Leitrim with something tasty stashed in her rucksack or pocket!
These are just a taste of some of the activities on offer on a Leitrim Landscapes weekend
Upcoming Leitrim Landscapes Events
Flora, Fauna, Foraging & Archaeology walks 2013
Welcome Spring! Discover bluebell, stitchwort and primrose at Lurganboy forest. One needn`t forgo a bit of foraging as the wild garlic reintroduces its tasty leaves into the forest carpet.
Dung beetles scuttle across the paths and frogs lay their eggs in the little streams.
This walk is on pathways and very gentle.
Mid May and the forest canopy in Lurganboy slowly closes. The walk leads through speckled shade across the beautiful river Bonet bridge. The spring flowers are in full bloom. Cow’s parsley and ramson flavour the air and hover flies, bumble bees and dragonflies make their appearance.
On this walk we explore the diversity of the local lowland forest and, as always, look for edibles. This is easy walking. Dogs allowed
Midsummer: Boulders & Berries!
Blueberry picking at Lough McNean forest park. One of the most stunning lakes in the area where blueberry bushes flourish and we’ve all the time in the world to pick them. Discover beautiful flora and you might even spot the magical white goat. The park is part of the Leitrim Sculpture Trail with art work at Ladies Rest, the boat pier and other locations. This is an easy walk and suitable for children. Dogs allowed too.
June 21st Solstice Celebrations!
Summer Solstice walk on Tullyskeherney. Meet at Manorhamilton Castle at 9.30pm. Walk to Tullyskeherney archaeology site. Watch the sunset at this fantastic Neolithic site. Experience the sites of our ancestors and imagine how they viewed the same sun over the centuries. 3 hour walk €10
Autumn: Fun Fungus Forage!
Mushroom foraging and scenic walk at Skreeny. Once a major highway into Manorhamilton this forgotten little boirìn is lined with large beech trees and leads up over the Rossinver pass. We follow it and forage among the trees for mushrooms. The amethyst deceiver is plentiful and sometimes the charcoal burner too.
The views from the top are stunning and the surrounding forest supports a family of hen harriers. The walk is of medium difficulty and suitable for older children. Dogs allowed too.
Foraging and nature walk at Benbo. This walk is for the fit and adventurous. It gives the unique opportunity to explore a natural forest with a rich fungi population.
A real treat for the mushroom connoisseur.. There are rare specimens like the beige chanterelle and the white birch bolete as well as larch bolete, amethyst deceiver and the infamous blusher.
The forest is dotted with interesting wildlife including the common lizard, quail, pheasant and goshawk. Buzzards have also been seen.
All Year: Tombs & Tales!
Archeological walk at Tullyskeherney. This walk brings us up a natural plateau with limestone karst and bog over sandstone. It contains a rare coherent late Neolithic/early Bronze Age landscape, the only twin court tomb in Ireland and a 56 meter ritual circle
The walk up to the plateau is steep but can be avoided if necessary. Suitable for children. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Romance & Reminiscences
Hear the history of the Ballroom of Romance and Glenfarne Railway station. Walk through Glenfarne demesne and enjoy the changing seasons on this lakeside forest trek
Local guides Tina Pommer and Nuala McNulty and Rob Wheeldon have been bringing people to ‘off the beaten track’ places since 2006. Having trained in archaeology, foraging and eco-tourism, care of the guest and respect for, and enjoyment of the environment is foremost in our approach.
Other locations for walks include: Carrowkeel, Knocknarea, Cavan Burren, Corry Mountain, Glencar Waterfall & surrounds. We can also do a walk of your choice. You tell us what you want and Tina, Nuala and Rob will make it happen!
Prices are: €25/day, €40/2days based on 3-4 hours walk, shorter walks available, children half price. Discount for groups of 5 or over. Group rates available. Price including accommodation available on request. Walks can be tailor made to suit groups. Hillwalkers catered for on a hill of your choice.
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