The 'Bog & Beach' Experience
"An exceptional residential experience in an international award-winning cultural retreat."
The Bogland & Seashore of Conamara
Connect with nature on relaxed guided walks | Stimulate your taste buds with local artisan foods | Enjoy an inspiringly creative rush-craft workshop | Experience authentic local Irish culture | Stay in distinctive accommodation in a Conamara hill-village. ..... & breathe in the pure fresh air of Conamara's seashore & bogland!
"A beautifully restored hill village that literally sits on layers of Irish history, Cnoc Suain offers a thorough immersion in local culture." Travel + Leisure Magazine.
A Walk on the Wild Side !
Experience the Natural history & archaeology of the Conamara landscape with a Nature workshop & guided walks. Engage, if you wish, in a stimulating discussion on the environment & sustainability.
Trace the human story of life in Conamara - in the bog & by the sea - down through the millennia.
Enjoy a stroll on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and explore Conamara's coastline habitat. Learn of seaweeds many uses - in cooking, health-care, cosmetics & gardening.
Explore the wondrous nature of Conamara's Ancient Bogland - it's mysterious flora & fauna, powers of preservation & use in skin care ....... and also, of it's fascinating role in Climate Change.
The Flavours of Local Foods
Delight in a unique tasting menu of locally sourced food - organic where possible.
Experience a traditional cooking demonstration of Irish Soda Bread, Carrigeen Moss Pudding.
Enjoy Herb garden experiences - the traditional uses of herbs and wild plants, including nettles !
An Irish Cultural Evening
Join in a memorable Irish evening of music, song, dance & storytelling - hear the haunting & distinctive sounds of Gaelic song & poetry by the open fire. If you wish, participate in an Irish céilí dance ... an enjoyable fun occasion !
Learn phrases, salutations & a song in the Gaelic language.
"While we ourselves are bilingual (Gaelic & English speakers), the ‘Bog & Beach' Experience is conducted in the English language (with some Gaelic phrases used)." Dearbhaill Standún & Charlie Troy.
The 'Bog & Beach' residential experience is suited to Independent travellers and groups.
"The hill-village includes tiny dry-stone wall cottages, fabulously unfussy and toasty, with underfloor heating and walk-in showers, beds are cosy and window cills deep and whitewashed." Alastair Sawday's ' Ireland Guide '.
Included:- The above mentioned programme (Friday evening to Sunday morning), 2 nights accommodation, 2 Dinners, 1 Lunch (Day 2), Tea/Coffee breaks, Breakfast (self-catering) - ingredients supplied in the cottages. Taxes & gratuities.
Not included:- Transportation to/from Cnoc Suain.
"All this is laid on, in one of my favourite natural retreats, by two of the finest hosts I know, leading conservationists of both natural and cultural heritage, Dearbhaill Standún and Charlie Troy." Catherine Mack, The Irish Times.
The 'Bog & Beach' Experience - for dates & rates - please contact: Cnoc Suain