Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking Festival’s ‘Big Day Out’

Wild Atlantic Matchmaking Festival’s ‘Big Day Out’

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On Saturday morning some survivors from Friday’s Wild Atlantic Matchmaking revels gathered by the Lake Isle of Innisfree for a ‘Big Day Out’ comprising a guided canoe trip on Lough Gill, a guided tour on electric bikes and a ‘sensory’ nature walk lead by Tina Pommer of Leitrim Landscapes.

The “Big Day Out” participants were rewarded for their early rising efforts with a stunning morning of drifting mists over Lough Gill’s mirror-calm waters with Adrienne and Graham from Adventure Gently, guided canoe tours, leading the group into the River Bonet where, as the cobwebs were blown away’ the festival goers enjoyed craic and banter in magical surroundings.

As the day progressed the group enjoyed not only the area’s gorgeous scenery and wildlife, but wonderfully warm sunshine.  Could this really be North West Ireland in mid October?

People then had more chance for a bit of banter and chat as their route took them along a quiet country road from Innisfree to Creevalea Abbey and back, while cycling effortlessly over the hills on electric bikes led by Eileen Gibbons of Electric Bike Trails, Leitrim Village.

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To wind up the event Tina Pommer led the group on a sensory walk on part of the Sligo Way.  During the walk, adapted from a meditative Japanese dance form called ‘body weather’ which explores the perimeter between the body and its environment, she charmed the group into developing mindfulness and self discovery.

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All this fresh air and exercise was then offset by an impromptu music session and pint in Stanford’s Pub, Dromahair.

This event will be held again in October 2015, so why not join us then?

Here are a selection of photos from the day.

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Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

Wild Atlantic Way Matchmaking festival's 'Big Day Out' 2014

 

Kelloggs BIG DAY OUT at Lough Allen Hotel

 

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WE JUST HAD THE BEST DAY OUT WITH CORPORATE GROUP ‘ KELLOGGS’  THEIR MEETING WAS AT LOUGH ALLEN HOTEL.

WITH THE  BIG DAY OUT TEAM, 29 KELLOGGS FOLK EXPLORED THE LOUGH ALLEN BASIN WHICH INCLUDED SIGHTING KINGFISHERS, FORAGING THE LOCAL AREA AND ELECTRIC BIKING THE HILLY ROADS.  WHAT A GOOD DAY !

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DROMAHAIR, LEITRIM, MATCHMAKING FESTIVAL 9th to 12 Oct, 2014.

Dromahair’s Matchmaking Festival 9th to 12th October, 2014

BIG DAY OUT SPECIAL EVENT
BIG DAY OUT SPECIAL EVENT

This Saturday 11th October as part of the Wild Atlantic Matchmaking Festival, we have a very special Big Day Out at a very special price! 

If you or someone staying with you, would like to join us for some gentle exercise, walking, canoeing and biking at Lake Isle of Inishfree, Lough Gill, please phone 0851 821 547 to book. 

Matchmaking Festival          Flyer for Matchmaking festival

    Meet your perfect match and strike it lucky!

COME JOIN US ON SUNDAY 18TH MAY FOR THE NEXT BIG DAY OUT!

NEXT BIG DAY OUT IN LEITRIM 18TH MAY, LOUCH MACNEAN...COME JOIN US

NEXT BIG DAY OUT IN LEITRIM 18TH MAY, LOUCH MACNEAN…COME JOIN US

COME JOIN US SUNDAY 18TH MAY FOR A BIG DAY OUT IN LEITRIM, AT LOUGH MACNEAN, GLENFARNE, TO BOOK PLEASE PHONE EILEEN 087 7386439

Leitrim Landscapes, Electric Bike Trails and Adventure Gently are joining forces again for another BIG DAY OUT IN LEITRIM, this is a really fun filled day, a chance to participate in a nature / foraging walk, view the wonderful scenery of North Leitrim from a Canadian Canoe and cycle with ease, letting electric bikes take the work out of the hilly roads of Glenfarne.

The cost per person is €50 for the full day, 11 – 4pm, however if you have a group, contact us for a group discount.   Also we can run a BIG DAY OUT IN LEITRIM event especially for your group of 10 or more again just give us a phone….087 7386439

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

The BIG DAY OUT TEAM

 

Sky filming Big Day Out in Leitrim

There was a golden sun and a red moon when Sky came to Glenfarne. On Tues
15th April Sky Irish Tv came to film Big Days Out in Leitrim. Leitrim
Landscapes Guides Rob and Tina treated presenter Francie Boylan to a nature
and foraging walk. A canoe trip with Adrienne & Graham from Adventure Gently
was next on the list with fab views of Lough MacNean and folowing a lakeside
picnic the crew, prsenter and guests took off on electric bikes supplied by
Eileen & Seamus from Electric Bike Trails. These three Leitrim business
collaborate to bring guests together to experience whats best about Leitrim

Filming, cycling, canoeing and foraging, Francie can do it all!

Filming, cycling, canoeing and foraging, Francie can do it all!

Francie getting geared up!

Francie getting geared up!

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to go Electric Biking

Ready to go Electric Biking

Electric Bikes .... easy peasy

Electric Bikes …. easy peasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Action' Adventure Gently

‘Action’ Adventure Gently

Francie and Graham from Adventure Gently

Francie and Graham from Adventure Gently

Take two to the water with Adventure Gently!

Take two to the water with Adventure Gently!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuala from Leitrim Landscapes and Francie Boylan

Nuala from Leitrim Landscapes and Francie Boylan

Forager Tina Pommer and Francie discussing the delicacies of tender beech leaf sandwiches... yum!

Forager Tina Pommer and Francie discussing the delicacies of tender beech leaf sandwiches… yum!

Nature lovers with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks on film

Nature lovers with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks on film

Walking Guide and wildlife expert Rob Wheeldon and Francie

Walking Guide and wildlife expert Rob Wheeldon and Francie

Dublin Launch of BIG DAY OUT IN LEITRIM

JJ O Hara, Castle View B&B Dromahair, John Lowe, Leitrim Enterprise Board and Nuala at the recent Dublin Launch of BIG DAYS OUT IN LEITRIM

JJ O Hara, Castle View B&B Dromahair, John Haughton, Near fm Community Radio, Dublin and Nuala McNulty (Big Days Out in Leitrim / Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks) at the recent Dublin Launch of BIG DAYS OUT IN LEITRIM

Come have a taste of Leitrim, Nuala at the BIG DAYS OUT IN LEITRIM Dublin launch

Come have a taste of Leitrim, Nuala McNulty (Big Days Out in Leitrim / Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walkes) at the BIG DAYS OUT IN LEITRIM Dublin launch

JJ O Hara, Castle View B&B, Dromahair and Tina Pommer in Dublin

JJ O Hara, Castle View B&B, Dromahair and Tina Pommer (Big Days Out in Leitrim / Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walkes) in Dublin

Barbara Tomasella from Sustainable Travel and Green Traveller.ie and Nuala showcasing Big Day Out in Leitrim in Dublin recently
Barbara Tomasella from Sustainable Travel and Green Traveller.ie and Nuala McNulty (Big Days Out in Leitrim / Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walkes) showcasing Big Day Out in Leitrim in Dublin recently.
JJ O Hara, Castle View B&B, Dromahair, John Haughton, Near fm Community Radio, Dublin and Joe Lowe, Leitrim Enterprise Board and Joe

JJ O Hara, Castle View B&B, Dromahair, John Haughton, Near fm Community Radio, Dublin and Joe Lowe, Leitrim Enterprise Board

EVENTS FOR 2014 ANNOUNCED

EVENTS FOR 2014

Have a Big Day Out in Leitrim with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks, Adventure Gently Canoeing and Electric Bike Trails. We offer you a one hour nature and foraging walk, a one and a half hour canoe trip and, after a break for lunch, a one hour cycle on pedal assists bikes. Get yourself out in nature in a relaxed mode with expert guides from the three Leitrim based businesses and we’ll give you a day to remember.

For more information and to book:

bigdayoutinleitrim@gmail.com

Ph Eileen on 00 353 (0) 877386439

DESCRIPTION OF LOCATION AND WHAT WE HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU.

Dromahair, Lough Gill/Bonet

Nestled in the Eastern foothills of the Ballygawley Mountains near the shores of Yeat’s famous Lough Gill, we start our trip in Dromahair. We wander through the lush forests on a short forage and maybe even find some chanterelles if the time of year is right. The little lanes winding their way through a typical rural Leitrim landscape are just perfect for a leisurely ride on the fabulous electric bikes. You might even spot some of the wildlife as you whiz along almost effortlessly. Lough Gill and the wonderful Bonet River are the playgrounds for a short canoe trip with Adventure Gently. One is reminded of times gone by as every bend and every corner unravels a new view. Sometimes we stop at the ruins of an ancient tower house and paddle around the little island close by and count the water lilies.

Reflective River Bonet, Dromahair

Reflective River Bonet, Dromahair

Glenfarne Forest/Lough McNean

Overlooking fabulous Lough MacNean across to Co. Fermanagh you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery in this unknown little piece of heaven. The forest walk in the former Tottenham estate is home to lots of wildlife and, during foraging season you’ll fill your basket but no checkout! Glide gently on the lake that covers three counties, you might even drift into Cavan you’ll be so relaxed while paddling the Canadian canoe. After a break for lunch, it’s into the saddle for a ride on electric bikes. To test the battery we’ll bring you up a nice hill or two! The local guides tell you all you want to know about the wildlife and some local folklore as well.

Canoeing on Lough McNean

Canoeing on Lough McNean

Leitrim Village Lough Allen Canal

After a very enjoyable hour, foraging and discovering the beautiful woods and listening to the sounds of nature, you’ll transfer to the canoes just a hen’s race from the woodland. Located just between Leitrim and Roscommon at Batllebridge you get to choose river or canal. In fact, we’re so good to you that we wont make you choose, we’ll let you paddle on both as they flow parallel for some time. When you’ve had a little rest and some food to keep the energy up, it’s onto the bikes for a fabulous cycle in the byways around Leitrim village. As we’re all about getting you out into nature while enjoying exercise, guides are very well informed about the areas that we visit.

Electric Bikes....Cycling made easy

Electric Bikes….Cycling made easy

Guides are:
Tina Pommer, Nuala McNulty and Rob Wheeldon, Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks

Adrienne Diamond and Graham Robertson, Adventure Gently Guided Canoe Tours

Eileen and Seamus Gibbons, Electric Bike Trails