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Fungi, Roots and Berries at Ring of Gullion Autumn Fest

Mountain Ways Ireland, 11A Cloughinny Road, Forkhill, Newry, County Armagh, BT35 9RY
Three people enjoy Foraged Food around a table with Brian from Mountain Ways Ireland


Come and join us foraging for the day in Forkhill as part of Ring of Gullion Autumn Fest 2023.

The story of wild food and medicine is as much part of our heritage as is song, poetry, storytelling.

As autumn moves to winter we find less and less to forage or so it seems to the untrained eye.

Foraging in Ring of Gullion

Many of our fruiting fungi friends have gone back down into the mycellium but there may still be some cold weather mushroom specialists to find and explore.
There are also many edible wild roots if you know where to look and autumn / winter is the perfect time to harvest them as all of that summer goodness and nutrition has been transferred below ground.

If we're lucky, some edible berries and nuts may still be hanging on.

For thousands of years up until the recent past this is exactly what our ancestors did to survive and thrive so lets follow in their footsteps for a day.
Join me on a wild food exploration day and together we will begin to peel back the layers to the mysterious kingdom of fungi, roots and berries.

We'll try to find any cold weather mushroom specialists and perhaps some of the last of our autumn fungal friends depending on how frosty the weather has become.  Learn how to ID fungi and mushrooms in a systematic way using a mushroom identification key – field guide.
One of the names for a mushroom in the Irish language is 'Fás aon Oíche' which translates literally as 'The growth of one night'. They say that mushrooms hide when they hear you coming! They definitely occupy an elusive world of folklore and fantasy.

I have been watching, learning, studying fungi and wild food for many years and would love to share some of that knowledge with you.

What's included in the Fungi, Roots and Berries at Ring of Gullion Autumn Fest?

- Approximate 5 hour day including foraging walk of 2.5 + hours, light lunch, ID skills, wild food processing, cooking and tasting.
We meet at 10.15 am at a location close to my home (exact details on booking)

- We begin with walk of field and forest looking for mushrooms, fungi, roots and berries. (Please note that it is not permitted to uproot any plant without land-owner permission.)
- Learn how to ID mushrooms in a structured way using a proper 'field ID guide'
- You then drive back the short distance to our home and barn where Lorraine will be waiting with a warming cup of our signature mushroom soup, bread and a range of wild and preserved foods.
- After lunch, we can futher explore and expand on our IDs again learning the essential skills of using a key and wide range of books and other sources.
- We go for a short foraging walk again and I will show you how to spot the small above ground clues indicating a rich bounty of tasty nutrtious roots just below the surface. Together we will dig, harvest, process cook and taste these.
There will also be a range of other preserved wild plant roots to learn about, see and taste. 

Sustainably sourced and ethically foraged ingredients only will be used.

Click here to find out more about the Ring of Gullion's Autumn Fest

Ring of Gulion Autumn Fest 2023


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Road Directions

How to find Mountain Ways Ireland from Belfast or Dublin

Directions from either Belfast or Dublin – Travelling on the M1 Motorway, Exit through the Forkhill Exit, B113. This sign also directs visitors to Newry, Warrenpointpoint and 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 Park. Continue on for a further 3km 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.

How to find Mountain Ways Ireland from Jonesborough direction

If you are coming from Jonesborough (Junction 18 on M1), take the road for 5km 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.

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