EVENT DATE/S: Saturday 23rd September
LOCATION: Bradkeel Social Farm and Butterlope Farm
EVENT TIME/S: 10am- 3pm
PLACES AVAILABLE: 15
EVENT COST: £90 per person
A chance to slip into a slower gear as you escape the hustle & bustle of the daily life and spend the day connecting with wild spaces within the Sperrin Mountains.
Starting your day at Butterlope Farm you will be welcomed by Annie a local expert in the flora of the area. Visit the vegetable garden and enjoy tea, scones and foraged jams before heading out on a forage walk. As you take in the views of the amazing Glenga Valley, Annie will lead you along ancient hedgerows and dry stone walls. The forage walk will look at the historical and medicinal uses of plants and consider plants that can be picked as ‘Food for Free’. Also, learn how to recognise the archaeological features of the upland Sperrins landscape.
Continue your adventure where you can enjoy a delicious lunch farmhouse lunch with organic produce from both farms and foraged treats from the landscape. Following lunch, you will be guided by Mabel on a Mindfulness & connecting to nature walk through the lush green fields of the farm to Bradkeel Forest. Learn how to use nature in a creative way so that it can improve your mood, health and well-being. As you walk Mabel will invite you to slow things down, to breathe in the fresh air, to listen, to observe and touch nature, be silent, quieten your mind, reflect and be present in the Now. On leaving you will feel refreshed, a sense of peace, calm, appreciative and more aware.
WHAT TO BRING: Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
SUITABILITY: No previous experience is required
WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: Free pick your own veg on first tour
EVENT DATE/S:Friday 22nd- Sun 24th Sept
LOCATION:Tyrone or Donegal
EVENT TIME/S:8am – 8pm
A weekend packed full of adventure in a breath taking rural location with one day fly fishing and the other bird shooting.
One of your days will be spent fishing, either fly fishing or salmon fishing on one of the Foyle rivers. You will have the luxury of an experienced guide who will also be able to tell you stories of the river along the way. By the end of the day the aim is to have caught a salmon or pike (depending on the season).
From the river to the forest, you will spend one of the other day’s bird shooting. This will take place in either Tyrone or Donegal (depending on estate access) where you will have the services of a dog handler and retrieving dog throughout. The type of bird you can expect to shoot is either duck, snipe or woodcock. After having shot your bird you can take it back to your accommodation where you will have the opportunity to pluck and gut it, assistance with this can be given if needed.
Included is two nights accommodation, arriving on the Friday night, in the luxurious Finn Valley self-catering cottages near Strabane. Their four cottages are located in a breath taking rural location and are surrounded by natural beauty with views of the Donegal hills. A truly authentic experience, steeped in tradition, attractions & activities. There is a range of eating establishments nearby, local restaurants can also be booked in advance if required.
WHAT TO BRING: Appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.
SUITABILITY: Experience in shooting is required.
Minimum age is 18yrs old.
WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: 15% off accommodation at Finn Valley Cottages. Booking must be made before 31st December 2017 and the voucher must be used before 30th June 2018 – subject to normal terms and conditions.
HOW TO BOOK: Please contact Anne from Finn Valley Cottages at firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 77204 52161
EVENT DATE/S: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September
LOCATION: The River Foyle, Derry-Londonderry
EVENT TIME/S: 10am (Sat) – 1pm (Sun)
PLACES AVAILABLE: 15
EVENT COST: £167 per person
Allow the tidal River Foyle to take you on a spectacular two-day journey and spend your evening wild camping, cooking and enjoying some locally sourced Slow Food and brewed beer by the fire.
This trip will take you along the great River Foyle Canoe Trail with your local expert guide from Inish Adventures. Paddle from the ‘Port of the Three Enemies’ (Port Na Tri Namad) where the three rivers meet (the Finn, the Mourne and Foyle River). Learn about the local area through our river guides who will recount stories and teach you about the local heritage and wildlife.
Disembark at the historic Gribben Quay for a pop up wild food experience with local chef Darren Smith where you will learn how to prepare and cook with locally sourced ingredients. You will feast on locally sourced Foyle fish and shellfish, vegetables sourced from the Moville Community Garden and homemade breads. Gribben Quay was a fishing station in years gone by. The old ice house and stone quay still stand, testimony to the commercial salmon fishery that the Foyle sustained for centuries. Here you will set up camp and your guide will deliver a camp craft session including fire, shelter and wild cooking skills using the principles of Leave No Trace.
Take time to relax around the fire together, reconnect with nature and enjoy some well-deserved local beer and slow food snacks from the Walled City Brewery. You will sleep under the stars and the next morning you will enjoy a simple campfire breakfast before continuing your journey through the City of Derry beneath the three bridges, stopping at Clipper Quay for a hot drink before continuing through the historic dockland to where the river meets the sea lough at Culmore Point. This part of the journey is steeped in history. Along the way our guides will point out landmarks including the Old Foyle Valley Railway, the spires of the city Cathedrals, Boom Hall, the Guildhall, the old wharf at Lisahally, amongst others.
WHAT TO BRING: Outdoor clothing preferably waterproofs and wellington boots or strong shoes. Sleeping bag and camping gear e.g. tent (we can provide a tent if required), bottled water for personal consumption (we provide for cooking, cleaning and teas/coffees), own snacks if required and personal effects such as toothbrush, required medications etc.
SUITABILITY: No previous experience is required
WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: Free Inish Adventures t-shirt.
HOW TO BOOK: Please visit www.inishadventures.com/slow-adventure
EVENT DATE/S:Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September
LOCATION:The Beech Hill Country House , Derry-Londonderry
EVENT TIME/S:3pm- 5pm (Sat)
EVENT COST:£20 per person
Your adventure will begin in the grounds of Beech Hill Country House Hotel, where you horse-powered transport will be waiting for you. From the moment, you ride past the charming gatehouse along country paths passing by ponds and woodland, you will be captivated by the spectacular and secluded setting of the magnificent 18th century country house. The Georgian elegance of the Beech Hill is reflected in the magnificent gardens and creates an idyllic back drop for a leisurely hack. Finish your adventure experience with a delicious cream tea in the beautiful surroundings.
WHAT TO BRING: Riding hats are provided. Long trousers, boots and weather appropriate clothing are required.
SUITABILITY:No previous experience is required
WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: N/A
EVENT DATE/S:Friday 22nd to Saturday 23th September
LOCATION: North West Sperrins
PLACES AVAILABLE:5 people
EVENT COST:£160 per person
A mini break with a difference, escape the hustle for a day in the Sperrins exploring the local landscape and discovering local Artisan Food.
Your adventure will begin on Friday night when you check into the Georgian elegance of Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Enjoy a complementary bottle of wine with your dinner and avail of the hotels leisure facilities. Wake up to a delicious breakfast ahead of your day out exploring with local ecologist and guide Martin from Landscape & Countryside Tours. Take a journey of discovery through the Sperrin Uplands and allow yourself to connect with nature and pre-history through a series of short walks, exploring scenic landscapes, colourful upland habitats and fascinating archaeological sites.
Your adventure will continue in the afternoon with a visit to Tamnagh Foods and hear the story of artisan cheese and relish production in this scenic part of the Sperrins. You will also get the opportunity to taste their wonderful cheese, relishes and learn some more about the history of the Lodge and its woodland garden. Your adventure will conclude at Beech Hill Country House Hotel in the late afternoon.
WHAT TO BRING:Appropriate outdoor clothing for late September and walking boots. A small ruck sack if you have one
SUITABILITY: Not suitable for anyone under 15 years of age
WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?:Free bottle of wine with dinner at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel on Friday evening
HOW TO BOOK: Please contact- Martin Bradley (Landscape & Countryside Tours) Phone: 079 2678 5706 or email: email@example.com