New Walking and Eco Tourism Centre at Blackstairs Ecotrails

About one hour ago we heard that we had got planning permission to develop our lovely old barn into a dedicated walking and Eco Tourism Centre. We are so delighted to get this news because it will  enable us to welcome more walkers to Killedmond, host even more workshops and hold seminars and small conferences in a  lovely building looking out over the Blackstairs Mountains.

We hope to begin work over the next few weeks and we look forward to a grand opening when the last stone is in place, and we have kitted out our lovely old barn  with comfy sofas and long tables to examine our wild flowers and herbs, cook up wild fungi and demonstrate how to make jams, jellies and chutneys. As our home is a protected structure ,the barn has to be developed  sensitively; retaining old beams, lime wash on the walls and keeping the beautiful old windows and doors. It will be a great place to entertain our visitors and walkers.



The Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow

But in the meantime our walkers can still enjoy the lovely ambience of our home  at the Old Rectory before we set out on our walks -along the river Barrow or through the lovely green lanes in the foothills of the Blackstairs. Walking in this part of South Carlow is slow relaxing, unhurried and filled with the secret life of the Blackstairs; otters on the river, hawks and  kestrels in the hills; dainty wild flowers in spring and all the lore and  majesty of  our Celtic trees ready to be explored. Take a look at our calendar of events on the web site and come and join us for an unhurried walk through this hidden part of Co.Carlow.


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