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The Irish Dance Experience
** if your preferred date isn't listed just get in touch!** You will experience and try out a few different styles of Irish dance... You will hear and dance to traditional Irish music to give you a taste of some of the time signatures and traditional tunes we dance to in Ireland. You will also learn a little bit about the history of our traditional dance and it's evolution over the years. Most importantly we will have a bit of craic! I love being able to share my passion for our traditional dance in my home town and am proud to offer this experience. Other things to note If you don't see your preferable dates or times listed please get in touch, I may be able to accommodate you.
Seaweed & Abalone Farm Tasting Tour
You'll discover the future of food at our coastal landbased aquaculture farm tucked away amongst the maze of old stone walls in Rossaveel. Guided by Sinead and Cindy, you'll experience the joys of identifying and foraging seaweed along the rugged coastline and enjoy a tour of this modern aquaculture system. We'll provide you with a delicious tasting of fresh seafood dishes that makes use of the seafood grown on the farm as well as fresh wild ingredients foraged from the nearby sea. Other things to note For guests travelling without a car, public transport is available by taking the 424 bus to Kieran’s Cross, Rossaveal and private transport can be arranged by contacting John King Minibus Hire on 00353 876977634 or by emailing johnbelclare@yahoo.ie
Traditional Irish Stew & Brown Bread Baking with lunch
Traditional Irish stew Irish stew is renowned throughout the world and was recently listed by The Lonely Planet in their Top 50 food experiences. I give guests hands on experience of preparing and cooking this healthy and nutritious dish using my own traditional recipe handed down to me from my grandmother. Guests will learn which vegetables to use and what cut of lamb gives best results. And they get to sample the finished product of this delicious dish. Ingredients are: lamb, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, thyme, potato, turnip and leek. Vegetable stock. Vegetarian versions are available. Please do let me know if you have any dietary/ allergy or food concerns. Traditional Irish Brown Bread Whilst the stew is cooking I will teach you how to bake our traditional Irish brown bread. After cooking we will sit down and have lunch which is included in the price.
Irish Homemade Baking Scones and Bread
We will bake fruit, lavender and berry scones, and spelt or brown bread. I believe in a hands on approach for my guests - from handling ingredients to kneading dough. It isn't all about the cooking, I share lots of tips from my experience over the years. I love to see my customer's faces full of excitement and joy at the sight of the end product - freshly baked scones and bread. And best of all we have lots of fun. If any of the dates on my calendar do not suit you, please contact me and I’ll do my best to accommodate you. We can also make gluten or wheat free goods, vegan goods and can accommodate to any dietary requirements you might have.
Apothecary Folklore & Tasting
We'll explain what we do and how we do it. You'll learn the difference between Tinctures; Bitters and Syrups and will be offered examples, smells and tastes of each. We'll then tell you how you can use these practically for Cocktail, Drink & Culinary purposes. You will learn about America Village and the mythology and folklore of our main base and why it is named 'America Village'. We will tell you a little about the landscape, You will then learn about some of the plants that grow there and be given the opportunity to immerse your senses in some of the scents and flavours of America Village and Connemara.. You will end the tour with one of our Signature serves, either alcohol based or not depending on your preference.

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Galway's legendary walking tour !
The legendary tour centers around the tale of the Lynch family. Its a fascinating tale of how Walter Lynch is accused and tried for the murder of a visiting Spaniard who was a little too interested in his beautiful wife to be...or was he ? The story ends in a dramatic climax...but you will have to take the tour for that finale ! We also look at the legend of the Claddagh ring with a tale connected to Caribbean pirates, North African slave owners and a gold ring that speaks of eternal love. Christopher Columbus makes his appearance too, looking for a new way to China, but worrying that Atlantis might stand in his way. These and other tales are woven together in a 80-90 minute walk through the city. Its taken at a gentle pace to bring in all the major places of interest and embed them into the story of our city. Other things to note Dont worry about it raining - we have plenty of places to hide out of the rain !
The Irish Dance Experience
** if your preferred date isn't listed just get in touch!** You will experience and try out a few different styles of Irish dance... You will hear and dance to traditional Irish music to give you a taste of some of the time signatures and traditional tunes we dance to in Ireland. You will also learn a little bit about the history of our traditional dance and it's evolution over the years. Most importantly we will have a bit of craic! I love being able to share my passion for our traditional dance in my home town and am proud to offer this experience. Other things to note If you don't see your preferable dates or times listed please get in touch, I may be able to accommodate you.
Cliffs of Moher Hike from Doolin
The Cliffs Of Moher is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. This guided tour will take you on an 8km adventure from the small fishing village of Doolin, along a breathtaking route to the top of the Cliffs Of Moher. The experience is brought to life with fascinating stories passed down from generations. Oh, and you will see the BEST views of the Cliffs of Moher! Views that are not seen by 97% of the people who visit the Cliffs of Moher each year. Bring your camera! The experience begins at the Fiddle + Bow Hotel in Doolin where you will meet the guide. The guide will explain the itinerary and answer any questions. The tour is less about facts and figures and more about stories. The guide always encourages stories from visitors too! The tour will end at the visitor center at the top of the Cliffs where guests are free to go inside to relax. By the end of this experience, guests will have explored the Cliffs of Moher in a way most don't get to see it. They will be left with a strong sense of connection with Clare and the Cliffs of Moher. Transportation back to Doolin will be organized by your guide! Most people opt for the taxi but you can walk or get the public bus too!
The Irish Soda Bread Way
Enjoy and authentic and fun experience in making traditional soda bread yourself while getting an insight into Irish food culture and way of life, both past and present. Discover the history of Irish soda bread making and how Irish country butter and buttermilk (an essential ingredient of traditional Irish soda bread! ) is made. What better way to get to know Ireland then through its people and it’s food. Other things to note We have availability Tuesdays commencing March 2022 and Tuesday and Thursdays June to September 2022. Group bookings can be catered for all year by request (Min. 8 persons)
West Coast Surfing near cliffs of Moher Experience
Learn to surf on Irelands top surf beach near the cliffs of moher in County Clare! ***Location is set as Galway bus station for guests travelling via 350 bus from Galway city. Surf lesson is in Lahinch! Option 1. €60 If you have your own transport, simply contact me and I will let you know the best time to surf, on the date you want to come and I will meet you here, at the surf school in lahinch. We provide 5mm Warm wetsuits boots hoods and beginner boards I do 1.30 hour lesson with you in the water. Option 2. €75 If your in the local area or visiting the cliffs without transportation , I can arrange to pick you up locally (eg.doolin or at the cliffs visitor centre) and show you some of my favourite and lesser visited viewing points at the cliffs. each experience can be customised to suit you! Other things to note Surfing is FULLY dependent on ocean conditions which change Daily, times and dates are suggested for purposes of listing the experience you MUST contact me before booking please!
Afternoon food tour in Galway
Take a walk through the historical medieval city of Galway, also known as "The City of The Tribes" with a local guide, using food and drink as a way of explaining the history and culture of this bustling and thriving University city. We visit 4 different venues that are favourite's of ours and we have food and drink in each venue. The tour lasts 3 hours.
Seaweed & Abalone Farm Tasting Tour
You'll discover the future of food at our coastal landbased aquaculture farm tucked away amongst the maze of old stone walls in Rossaveel. Guided by Sinead and Cindy, you'll experience the joys of identifying and foraging seaweed along the rugged coastline and enjoy a tour of this modern aquaculture system. We'll provide you with a delicious tasting of fresh seafood dishes that makes use of the seafood grown on the farm as well as fresh wild ingredients foraged from the nearby sea. Other things to note For guests travelling without a car, public transport is available by taking the 424 bus to Kieran’s Cross, Rossaveal and private transport can be arranged by contacting John King Minibus Hire on 00353 876977634 or by emailing johnbelclare@yahoo.ie
Fat Bike Galway - Taste of Connemara Tour
Ride an Electric Fat Tyre Bike to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and traffic, during this HALF DAY adventure which will give you a real taste of the magical landscape of Connemara. Your RadRhino pedal-assist eBike makes for easy work throughout this tour, which means it’s suitable for everybody over 14 years. The fat wheels provide excellent rider comfort and afford us the time to fit lots in to this fabulous cycle which takes in lakes, rivers and the ocean at the picturesque fishing village of Spiddal. Our tour starts along quiet country lanes which soon provides us with fabulous views over Galway Bay. We’ll pass by several bog lands where we can see the turf at its various stages being prepared for winter fuel. The hills and mountains before us, water all around, the boggy, rugged landscape, this is Connemara. Our arrival into Spiddal places us in ‘The Gaeltacht”, an area where the Irish language is spoken widely. Here, we can enjoy some leisure time in this lovely seaside village, perhaps a swim in the ocean, a coastal stroll or visit the Irish Craft Village and Café. Our return journey takes us back via the country lanes, before we detour to cycle an old quaint bog road that takes us back to the old days. This will be a truly memorable trip, one to cherish. Points to note: GUESTS SHOULD BE CONFIDENT RIDING A BIKE ON ROADS WITH TRAFFIC.
Fat Bike Galway - Galway Tour
Ride an Electric Fat Tyre Bike to experience the beautiful Galway city and its stunning hinterland, during this HALF DAY adventure. Your RadRhino pedal-assist eBike makes for easy work throughout this tour, which means it’s suitable for everybody over 14 years. The fat wheels provide excellent rider comfort and afford us the time to fit lots in to this breathtaking cycle, which takes in the ocean, Salthill’s promenade, Galway city and its waterways, River Corrib and countryside. Our tour starts from Cappagh Park, through Barna Woods before arriving at our fabulous local beach Silverstand, which overlooks the world renowned Galway Bay. A short ride along the Wild Atlantic Way brings us to Salthill’s iconic Blackrock. Here, we can choose to swim, dare jump off the diving board or simply relax, grab a coffee and watch the fun. Then we’ll ride beside the ocean to the city, along Nimmo’s Pier, taking in the sights around famous Spanish Arch. From here, we’ll explore the many waterways that surround Galway Cathedral and Nuns’ Island, before cycling along the River Corrib as far as the beautiful old ruin at Menlo Castle. Our return trip takes in the countryside and provides us with majestic views of Galway Bay. And never mind the weather ! You’ll be sure to have a day to remember regardless. Points to note: GUESTS SHOULD BE CONFIDENT RIDING A BIKE ON ROADS WITH TRAFFIC.
Galway's Christmas walk !
We start at the Meyrick hotel, who always put on a great display as we near Christmas. We then wander through the Christmas market on Eyre square (OK,OK, you will just have to imagine it this year!) before taking in the inspiration for a very famous Christmas story by a literary great. We then head through the main shopping area of the city, taking a moment to admire some of the medieval remains and the odd festive busker or two Many of them know me well from conducting various tours over the years. We then head into the Church of St Nicolas of Myra (better known as Santa Claus) to explore its hidden treasures. Finally we end up in one of my favouite cafes for coffee (or tea) and a seasonal treat. (included). Mince pies all round ! We look forward to meeting you and allowing Galway to give you the best seasons greetings from a city that was voted the friendliest place on earth,
Traditional Irish Stew & Brown Bread Baking with lunch
Traditional Irish stew Irish stew is renowned throughout the world and was recently listed by The Lonely Planet in their Top 50 food experiences. I give guests hands on experience of preparing and cooking this healthy and nutritious dish using my own traditional recipe handed down to me from my grandmother. Guests will learn which vegetables to use and what cut of lamb gives best results. And they get to sample the finished product of this delicious dish. Ingredients are: lamb, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, thyme, potato, turnip and leek. Vegetable stock. Vegetarian versions are available. Please do let me know if you have any dietary/ allergy or food concerns. Traditional Irish Brown Bread Whilst the stew is cooking I will teach you how to bake our traditional Irish brown bread. After cooking we will sit down and have lunch which is included in the price.
Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Workshop
This is a Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Workshop. The method is a natural path to optimal body and mind. Comprised of 3 elements: Conscious breathing, cold exposure, mindset. The result becoming happier, stronger & healthier. The WHM has many health benefits including strengthened immune system, reduced stress, improved mental well-being, alleviated symptoms of depression, fatigue and chronic pain. I am a certified instructor and will guide you through the method. I will teach you the skills which you can take away and enable you to put into your own safe practice at home.
Visit an Oyster Farm with the Owner
In this experience, you will visit an oyster farm—one of the oldest in the country—and see how oysters have been grown for centuries in the crystal cold waters here. Oysters have been farmed in Ballinakill Bay, Connemara since 1893. Originally, the oysters were brought by horse and cart in barrels to Clifden, then they traveled by rail to Dublin for shipment on the mail boat to England. Today, oysters from Ballinakill Bay are served in local hotels and restaurants as well as being exported worldwide. Food can stimulate all our senses—taste, smell, vision, and feel. Your visit to the DK Connemara Oyster Farm truly does reach all those senses. Smell the fresh, wild Atlantic air. See the farm crew working hard in the water to grow the most perfectly formed oysters. Shuck your own oyster and take a guess at its weight, again learning more about the work put in to create flawless oysters. From "Seed to Plate" is the name of our Tour so of course, you'll finish with a taste of a beautiful fresh oyster. Other things to note We are a working farm and part of our tour is conducted outside, so please wear suitable clothes and footwear. If its raining heavily we can also deliver the tour indoors in our grading shed.
Ancient folk methods, laughter & nature in The Burren
Together, dear friends, we'll learn about ancient folk-healing methods while immersing ourselves in nature in well-hidden sacred sites around the Burren. Our tours are small and intimate and together we can laugh, dance, sing and shake out a little (if you feel like it) and connect with nature in the outdoors. Get in touch with your own natural propensity to heal through conscious awareness. I've just relaunched the second edition of my book 'Nourishment - Stories from the Burren' first published in 2019 with the support of Creative Ireland and UNESCO Burren Geopark. Writing this has put me in a position to share authenticated information about the archaeology, geology of the area as well as ancient healing traditions handed down by medieval monks and local families. All experiences will be held in Burren UNESCO Geopark.
Burren, Co Clare Flyfishing experience
We welcome beginners through to expert flyfishing anglers and look forward to sharing this amazing experience with you! We will meet at Lough Inchiquin car park, guests will have a 30 minute lesson to learn the basics of casting a fly rod, then off we go on our fishing adventure! We will walk along the bank through an old Celtic forest to the River Fergus nearby. I have discovered many secret nooks and crannies in the landscape to share with you, along with a little bit about the history and unique flora & fauna of The Burren. With a little luck, we will catch one of the beautiful wild brown trout. Guests are often amazed at the magnificent colours of these little fish with a gold belly and blue and red spots! Couples, families and groups all love this experience! Guests are very welcome to get in touch & request an early morning or late evening fishing trip outside of those listed in the calendar.
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