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May
10
Fri
2019
Birdwatching – Poland Wildlife Trip 2019 @ National Parks of Eastern Poland
May 10 – May 17 all-day

Join our small group for a fantastic week of bird watching and wildlife spotting in Poland.

This trip is full board for 7 nights based in two magnificent National Parks of Eastern Poland, with our wonderful local guide, who is a National Parks Ranger in Poland.

Provisional dates for our 2019 trip are from Thursday May 9th to Thursday May 16th, inclusive. The cost is €850 pps, not including flights from Dublin to Warsaw.

harrier-country

This site holds Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Penduline Tit and more!

For further event details, please visit http://tourismpurewalking.com/poland-wildlife-tour/

Listen to what Éanna and Richard from Mooney Goes Wild thought of their participation on this trip.

To read my report on our 2015 trip, please visit http://tourismpurewalking.com/wildlife-tour-poland-2015-report/

Please call 086-8318748 or email info [at] tourismpurewalking.com if you would like to join our small group or to ask any questions.

Birdwatching and Wildlife Spotting in Poland

Aquatic Warbler

Jun
22
Sat
2019
Iniskea North Island Guided Visit @ An Fód Dubh
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Iniskea North Island Guided Day Visit

Location : Blacksod Pier (An Fód Dubh), The Mullet peninsula, northwest Mayo.
Level : Easy
Duration : approx. 7 hours (pier to pier).
iniskea north island guided visit
Description :
This beautiful little island lies 4 km west of The Mullet peninsula, beyond Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead), but is some 12km and 1 hour from Blacksod pier. Abandoned since the 1930s, this tranquil spot is now home to seabirds and grey seals, ruined houses, early Christian remains, monuments and wildflowers.
The boat ride out is a pleasure in itself, as we look out for dolphins and more. Walking on the island is taking a step back in time, as we recount how the islanders once lived and what caused them to abandon their homes nearly a century ago. A trip to Iniskea is a truly fascinating, peaceful and memorable day out, filled with stories of the past.
Please allow around 90 minutes to get to Blacksod pier (signposted An Fód Dubh) from Castlebar, Westport or Ballina. You will drive through Bangor Erris and then Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead). The boat, which has a capacity of 12 passengers, leaves at 10.00 and typically returns to the pier around 17.00.
iniskea north island guided visit cross slab

Iniskea North Island – Prices, Reservation & Special Conditions (please read carefully)

Please note :

This day trip to Iniskea can be booked by pre-payment only, by using the PayPal system below. Payment is not accepted on the day of travel. Cancellations subsequent to payment having been made will not be entertained and will forfeit 100% of the payment. In the case of the trip being cancelled by Tourism Pure Walking Holidays however, either due to the boat captain’s decision regarding weather conditions or due to insufficient bookings, you will of course be refunded 100% of the charge incurred.

Adult
Date :
€ 50
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 30

Having hit the “Add to Cart” button, please proceed to the shop in the right-hand column of the website to checkout. Please provide your mobile phone number during the booking process, so you can be updated with the weather forecast and if the trip is going ahead, prior to the date.

This trip is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Enjoy this video introducing you to The Mullet Peninsula of Northwest Mayo.

Jun
29
Sat
2019
Iniskea South Island Guided Visit @ An Fód Dubh
Jun 29 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Iniskea South Island Guided Day Visit

Location : Blacksod Pier (An Fód Dubh), The Mullet peninsula, northwest Mayo.
Level : Easy
Duration : approx. 7 hours (pier to pier).
Iniskea south island guided visit
Description :
This beautiful little island lies 4 km west of The Mullet peninsula, beyond Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead). Abandoned since the 1930s, this tranquil spot is now home to seabirds and grey seals, ruined houses, wildflowers and the remains of its once thriving whaling station.
The 30 minute boat ride out is a pleasure in itself, as we look out for dolphins and more. Walking on the island is taking a step back in time, as we recount how the islanders once lived and what caused them to abandon their homes. A trip to Iniskea is a truly fascinating, peaceful and memorable day out, filled with stories of the past.
Please allow around 90 minutes to get to Blacksod pier (signposted An Fód Dubh) from Castlebar, Westport or Ballina. You will drive through Bangor Erris and then Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead). The boat, which has a capacity of 12 passengers, leaves at 10.00 and typically returns to the pier around 17.00.

Iniskea South Island – Prices, Reservation & Special Conditions (please read carefully)

Please note :

This day trip to Iniskea can be booked by pre-payment only, by using the PayPal system below. Payment is not accepted on the day of travel. Cancellations subsequent to payment having been made will not be entertained and will forfeit 100% of the payment. In the case of the trip being cancelled by Tourism Pure Walking Holidays however, either due to the boat captain’s decision regarding weather conditions or due to insufficient bookings, you will of course be refunded 100% of the charge incurred.

Adult
Date :
€ 50
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 30

Having hit the “Add to Cart” button, please proceed to the shop in the right-hand column of the website to checkout. Please provide your mobile phone number during the booking process, so you can be updated with the weather forecast and if the trip is going ahead, prior to the date.

This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Enjoy this video introducing you to The Mullet Peninsula of Northwest Mayo.

Jul
20
Sat
2019
Cong Woods History, Legends and Nature @ Cong
Jul 20 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Cong Woods History, Legends and Nature : Prices & Reservation (includes picnic lunch and taxi back) :

Please note that cancellations within one week of the event date will not receive a refund.

Adult
Date :
€ 20
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 10

First, select your chosen date (where there is more than one available).

Second, hit the “Add to Cart” button.

Third, proceed to your Shopping Cart on the right-hand side, to indicate number of walkers and to complete your booking.

This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Cong Woods History, Legends and Nature – A Guided Walk

This lovely gentle walk takes us between Cong in south County Mayo and Clonbur (An Fhairche) in neighbouring Galway. Dominated by great lakes and attractive woods, this is a beautiful place to take a gentle stroll through lovely nature.

It is particularly lovely in late April / early May, when the bluebells are in bloom and throughout high summer.

Location : Start at Cong village, near Ballinrobe, south Mayo and finish at nearby Clonbur . The walk is entirely off-road on 14 km of forest trails.

Level : Easy. This is a one-way walk, with a taxi ride back to Cong afterwards (included).

Walking Tour Duration : approx. 5 – 6 hours.

Description :
Discover the history and nature of this wonderful place, along with some of its most endearing legends. This walk includes lunch and a taxi back to the start. Numbers are limited.
This is a lovely gentle walking tour through native woodland, along Lough Mask’s shoreline and taking in the “Mini Burren” of limestone pavement, a ruined castle, caves and wetland habitats. We walk along an old forest track, created in the early 20th Century for the Guinness family of Ashford Castle, allowing them to take a day trip by carriage along the shore of Lough Mask and through the forest.

 

Cong Woods history, legends and nature

Walking at Cong, Co. Mayo

 

The woodlands we encounter are a mix of exotics and native broadleaves. Conifers have been removed from large areas in order to allow the regeneration of native trees, like Ash. Exotic trees planted at the time of the Guinness estate add to the variety we meet and are mature, with healthy undergrowth of wildlflowers as we go along. The mini Burren on the shores of Lough Mask presents a new habitat, with early Orchids and prostrate Juniper among other interesting plant species to be seen.
Curious features like the sink holes of this limestone landscape, the underpasses along the trail and the disappearing and re-appearing river flows add to the day. There’s also the wonderful ruin of Ballykine Castle, hidden among the Beech trees to discover, as well as Cong Abbey in the village.

This walk from Cong to Clonbur is entirely flat, with no rises of any note. No matter what level of walker you are, this is a relaxing, gentle walk that you can comfortably take part in and enjoy. Just bring along water, snacks and your camera!

Learn more about where we will discover Cong woods history, legends and nature, from this post.

Here is a link to Cong’s Tourist Information Centre.

Sep
8
Sun
2019
France Guided Walking Week 2019 @ Rural South of France
Sep 8 – Sep 15 all-day

A wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable week of walking between gorgeous towns and villages in the south of France, through mostly oak-dominated native woodlands.

If you would like to receive the tour brochure,

please drop me an email to info@tourismpurewalking.com.

Questions? Give me a call on 086-8318748.

We walk mostly off-road, through beautiful forests and alongside open fields, from one stunning little village to the next. We enjoy one rest day, where we visit a super outdoors market in a beautiful and bustling town. This trip really gets you into the very heart of rural southern France, for a week of great walking, food, wine and company, all at a relaxed pace. There is no climbing involved!

Please visit here for event details.