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Foraging at Lúnasa | Lúnasa Festival

Mountain Ways Ireland, 11A Cloughinny Road, Forkhill, Newry, County Down, BT35 9RY
Foraging at Lúnasa

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As part of the Lúnasa Festival, re-discover the ancient art of foraging. Join us to learn about edible 'weeds' and medicinal wild plants once used by our ancestors at Slieve Gullion's foot.

Summer is all about abundance. However, It's also a time of the year when there can be a gap as we come out of Spring and wait for hedgerow fruit. Join us as we look for some of those cross-over plants and seek what's left of the Spring larder.

Join Brian from Mountain Ways Ireland on his farm which has a diverse foraging ecology. He is a wild food enthusiast and will introduce you to this fascinating world. To most people, the hedgerow is one green mass but after this event, you'll see it very differently.

After a short introduction to the ancient art of 'gathering', you set off on foot to meet the plants. This slow-paced guided walk allows you to get back in touch with deep ancestral skills. This is what our forefathers did on a daily basis and rich folklore goes hand in hand.

The species-rich hill farm is set in the spectacular Ring of Gullion landscape. It's the perfect setting to slow down and tune in with nature. When you meet and gather wild plants here, it's like stepping back in time. In a small way, you can experience life as your ancestors did for thousands of years.


Taste As You Walk

On this 3-hour workshop/foraging experience, Brian will begin by introducing you to some basic "do's and dont's" of foraging. He will outline safety guidelines as well as run through identification and preservation techniques.

Brian will also show you some of the deadly plants meaning you stay safe.
You will learn how to identify a range of common 'weeds' and plants. This is the secret world of wild edibles and medicinal plants. Brian will reveal some of that magic for you.

These plants were once revered by our ancestors right here at the foot of Slieve Gullion. You will have the chance to taste from nature's wild larder.

Better again, taste some of the delicious wild food nibbles that Brian has preserved over the season!
What to expect on this foraging walk
This event is limited to relatively small numbers. This means that people have a chance to get up close with the plants.
It is an outdoor event so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
The walk is gently paced and suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness and mobility.
Suitable for older children accompanied by an adult.
Unfortunately no dogs are permitted (apart from guide dogs).
This experience is aimed at total beginner to intermediate level forager

Facilities

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Station nearby

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£45.00 per ticket

Please contact the organiser for any further information that's required.

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Opening Times

Season (10 Aug 2024)
DayTimes
Saturday10:30 - 13:30

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from either Belfast or Dublin – Travelling on the M1 Motorway, Exit through the Forkhill Exit, B113.

This sign also directs visitors to Newry, Warrenpoint and the Mourne Coastal Route.

From the slip road you will pick up the first sign for Slieve Gullion Forest Park (4th exit from north, 1st exit from south).

On the exit road you will pick up signs for Forkhill B113 and Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

After 1.5km you will pass a petrol station on the right and another on your left.

A further 2.5 km will take you into the village of Meigh, after exiting Meigh and a further 1.5 km you will pass by the entrance to Slieve Gullion Forest.

Continue on for a further 3 kms passing alongside the village of Drumintee.

After passing the Three Steps Bar and Lounge on your left-hand side, continue for a further 500 metre being careful not to miss the next minor road, The Cloughinny Road, to your right.

Turn right on to The Cloughinny Road and you will find us 800 metres further on along the road, 4th house on the right, with black railings and tall white piers.

There should be signs at the gate for Mountain Ways Ireland.

If you are coming from Jonesborough (Junction 18 on M1), take the road for 5 kms to Drumintee / Forkhill, turn left when you reach the Three Steps Bar and Lounge on the corner of the B113.

From the Three Steps Bar, its only 500 metres being careful not to miss the next minor road to your right, The Cloughinny Road.

Turn right on to The Cloughinny Road and you will find us 800 metres further on along the road, 4th house on the right, with black railings and tall white piers. There should be signs at the gate for Mountain Ways Ireland.

Public Transport Directions

We are located exactly halfway between Belfast and Dublin and just 5 minutes off the main North / South Motorway.

45 minutes' drive will take you from either Dublin or Belfast international airports.

There are regular train and bus connections between both Dublin / Belfast to either of our local towns of Newry or Dundalk.

Either of these towns are a 10-minute drive away and taxi transport can be arranged if you let us know in advance.

You will need car transport to arrive at our home and farm.

There is ample free parking available for either car or small coach.

Look for the Mountain Ways Ireland Signs at the Farm Entrance.

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