Blackstairs Ecotrails is One Year Old!

It’s our birthday next week and to celebrate we are offering for the entire week of June 4th to Saturday June 9th a very special Ecotrail price. All walks will be €25 instead of €35.

Over the last year we have walked through lovely water meadows, followed sparkling mountain streams and stood and listened for warblers in  ancient oak woods. We have  watched for damselflies and stood entranced as  kingfishers fed their young.

We have walked through the foothills of Mount Leinster along cool mountain lanes once used as drovers paths. We have examined in detail the fantastic flora of the   the  River Barrow Valley. We have thrown ourselves beside the Barrow and listened to the plop of fish rising and with the  call of the cuckoo and the grunt of the badger we have been transported back to the  wonders of this natural world.

Beautiful Carlow Beech

Beautiful Carlow Beech

As we celebrate the 50th year of publication of Rachel Carson’s wonderful book Silent Spring ( the book that changed the course of my life) our world is always under pressure; climate change, development, man-made disasters but for  the duration of our ecotrails we concentrate on the beauties of nature.

Carson once said

“a child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood”

On our Ecotrails we stop, look, listen, wonder, taste and smell all that is around us; all that  is still “fresh and new and beautiful”.

Here in this magical part of South Carlow, we are holding onto what Carson calls the “wonder and excitement ” of the natural world..

Come celebrate with us and share the beauty of this summer with us at Blackstairs Ecotrails.

Let’s go Walking!

The poet

We lave no trace, only our footprints and the soft sound of our voices as we walk through these timeless magical places.

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