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Romantic Shepherds Huts for Cozy Autumn Breaks

We are gearing up for Autumn at Blackstairs Ecotrails; great foraging days in the hills picking berries, fruits and fungi. Indoors,  warm log fires and  wood stoves to keep our guests snug in the Eco Centre and if you are staying with us, comfy, cozy Shepherds Huts.                    "Shepherds


Foraging Recipes for April and May

We have been busy with foraging workshops over the last few weeks and I promised to put up some seasonal recipes for you. So here we go! Always remember that if in any doubt  with a plant, flower,berry or fungi, please seek expert advice before you cook up!. The recipes  here are all very simple

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2016 Events at the Barn

With the clocks going back at the weekend, we know that the year is winding down, so it is time to look forward to 2016! We are planning lots of events for the coming year and we will also be highlighting our amazing Eco Centre which is suitable for so many different types of events

Wild Food Summer School

It's Wednesday evening, just three days since  our 2015 Wild Food Summer School ended. We had three days of foraging, talks, film, demonstrations, wild food cooked by extraordinary chefs and the brilliant and one and only Miles Irving who was with us for the weekend, sharing his passion and love of foraging and how we

First Foraging Workshop April 12th 2015

I am writing this as the sky darkens, birds fall silent and it looks like night time here in the Blackstairs. March  20th, the morning of the partial solar eclipse. It does look peculiar out there! However  despite the darkness we are kicking off our Spring season with lots of events here at our Eco

Winter Herbal & Culinary Larder

About Winter Herbal & Culinary Larder workshop A hands on workshop to stock up your larder with herbal tonics, salves and creams to keep you fighting fit for winter. Jacquie Burgess our Master Herbalist will ensure our wellness and preparedness for winter.We will also cook up some delicious treats EG Sloe Gin,Rowan Berry Schnapps,Turkish Delight

Ten Things I liked about the Wild Food Summer School – David Donohoe

  Ten things I loved about The Blackstairs Eco Trail's  Summer School Autumn has always been my favourite season, with that golden sun that burrows beneath the skin to leave enough glow to last the winter - the same sun that ripens the fruits of the hedgerows and jolts those enigmatic mushrooms into springing forth.

Update on Wild Food Summer School

I had breakfast outside this morning with the sun high overhead in an extraordinarily blue sky. Fresh strawberries from the garden, warm brown bread from the oven and a big pot of tea! Bliss. Yes I'm trying to whet your appetite for our Summer School. We have a great line up  of speakers- see  details

Wild Food Summer School

We have been working away here in the Blackstairs on a very exciting project. The first Wild Food Summer School which we believe is a first in Ireland. In August we will have three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks and on the final  day a  Tapas style Sunday lunch of foraged food