Foraging ,Walking, Hiking, with Blackstairs Eco Trails

Mary White hiking on the Barrow Track in  Carlow Photo: Tony Maher

Mary White hiking on the Barrow Track in Carlow Photo: Tony Maher

Want to discover the secret life of the Blackstairs Mountains in County Carlow, Ireland? Want to know more about birds, flora, fungi, mammals and butterflies of the Blackstairs mountains and the River Barrow? We’ll lead you on an unhurried, relaxing eco walk – low hills to no hills!

We run Eco Trails, Guided Hikes, Workshops, Foraging, The Foraging Hen Events – Elegant Hen Parties for Elegant Brides, Teachers Courses, School Visits Childrens Trails and Fun in the Wild!


If you would like us to travel to you to give a talk, seminar, field trip or workshop in your area on Climate Change, GMO’S, Foraging, Fungi, Sustainability or biodiversity, please contact us.

Heritage_logo_small_100Mary White is one of the Heritage Council’s Heritage Experts. Schools can book a visit by logging onto

LNT_logo_ireland_100Blackstairs Eco Trails is delighted to be a formal partner of Leave No Trace Ireland. We are dedicated to the seven principles of Leave No Trace, more details can be found on their website


Event  Calendar for Blackstairs Eco Trails 2015

Foraging Workshops on   

April 12 th,  May 16th,  June 13th,   July 11th,   Aug 22nd

These full day , hands on workshops (10.30 am to 4.00 pm ) where you learn about wild safe food with foraging and cooking up what we find .Includes a three course organic lunch and information sheets .
A Children’s Foraging Workshop will take place on August 15’th

Wild Herbal Workshops

 March 28th, July 4th.

Full day workshoppm )  run by a fully qualified herbalist who s (10.30 am to 4.00 identifies wild herbs and makes them into herbal remedies which will cure many common ailments. Includes a three course organic lunch and information sheets.

Celtic Tree Trails

  April 19th, May 9th, May 30th,June 7th

Learn about Irelands Native Trees and their importance to our Celtic forbears.We will introduce you to the secrets of the Celtic Tree Alphabet on our tour through the woods

Wild Fungi Workshops

  Sept 5th, Sept 26th  Oct 10th

Full Day Workshops (10.30 am to 4.00 pm ) to learn about the amazing world of fungi; learn what is safe to eat and what is not. Get to know these wild fungi  in broadleaf woods and in coniferous woods. Information sheets and recipes supplied.
Day includes a full three course organic lunch.


Three days of foraging, talks, cook ups, debates,celebrity chefs,15 Minute Soap Box Talks demonstrations and stalls  to tempt you.
Date  September 11th, 12th & 13th – 2015.


Please see our website for further details –

Ecotrails  -

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Booking essential.
(minimum  no. 5.)

 Monthly Mountain Hikes

– 3 to 4 hours,  including packed lunch. Booking essential.


The Barn at The Old Rectory

The Barn at The Old Rectory is now ready for your event. It is in a completely secluded and private setting. It has the highest Eco credentials and is surrounded by a stream, Water garden, Rose Garden and  wild meadows. Click here for more details.

Barn Entrance

Barn Ground Floor

Environment, Community and Local Government Logo, Leader Logo, The European Agricultural  Fund for Rural Development:  Europe investing in Rural Areas.


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Fuair an tionscnamh seo fóir-dheontas ó Chomhpháirtíocht Forbartha Chontae Cheatharlach Teo, Clár Forbartha Tuaithe atá maoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann faoi Chlár Forbartha Tuaithe Éireann 2007-2013 agus ag Ciste Talamhaíochta na hEorpa d’Fhorbairt Tuaithe: infheistiú na hEorpa i Limistéir Tuaithe.
This project received grant aid from Carlow County Development Partnership Ltd under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 which is financed by the Irish Government and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.

We have some great workshops and walks for 2015