Skylark Experience

 Available for small groups

€ 495 per person sharing – includes  4B&B, 4 Dinners, 4 lunches, all guides and boat trip

skylark experienceImmerse yourself in the nature and culture of the beautiful island of Inishbofin, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Walk this ancient landscape, spend half a day sheep farming,  do some birdwatching, harvest your own seaweed , visit an uninhabited island, and plant a ridge of spuds!

This 4 day ecotourism experience will be based mostly outdoors in Inishbofin’s beautiful landscape, with guided walks, farm visits, and shore walks. In the evening we will show nature films, slideshows and have a little traditional music.  Exact itinerary will depend on weather conditions. There will be an organised outdoor activity every day, plus free time for people to relax and enjoy the island’s 3 Looped walks, hire a bike, or go horse riding.

Hands on learning experiences will include:

  • Interactive Farm visit. Participants will get the opportunity to spend a half day on a small farm, helping the farmer with seasonal jobs, such as gathering sheep for checking, weighing, feeding lambs. They can learn the skill of shearing a sheep using traditional hand clippers.
  • Introduction to birdwatching and nature walk to East End of island, ending at Duach Beach Conservation project. Find and sample some seaweeds, learn how to harvest sustainably.  After wards they can participate in voluntary 2 Minute Beach Clean highlighting problems of marine pollution and plastics.
  • Plant a ridge of spuds at Lacey’s Farm, a local vegetable grower, and monitor progress over the summer via social media.
  • Boat trip to neighbouring island of Inishark, whose population were permanently evacuated in 1960. It has several interesting archaeological sites, such as Clochan Leo, as well as rare birds, a colony of grey seals and stunning cliffs and sea stacks.
  • Guided walk to the ruggedly beautiful Westquarter area of the island, featuring Neolithic field systems and Bronze Age archaeology, including the remains of 3000year old Dun Mor promontory fort.
  • Plant a tree/hedge at one of our nature areas.
  • Visit to Inishbofin Heritage Museum run by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne

Bring binoculars, waterproofs and walking shoes. Also suncream – Inishbofin can be surprisingly hot in May and June!

All activities are subject to weather conditions.

Course runs from 1 pm Sunday to 1pm Thursday.  Ferry departs at 5pm.

Cost € 495 per person sharing, includes 4 B&B, 4 Dinners, 4 Lunches, all guides and boat trip (weather permitting)

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