14 04, 2014

Foraging with Chefs

Today I am off to Mount Juliet in Co. Kilkenny, with a group of chefs to show them the delights of foraging on the lovely Mount Juliet Estate on the banks of the Nore. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and we are going to really enjoy ourselves down in the woods, […]

30 03, 2014

Barn News and Workshop Update

We are almost there! After five months of begining our barn renovation with a brilliant bunch of builders and a great architect, the end is in sight! We can now really see what our beautiful building will finally look like. I know a lot more about insulation, first fix electrics, plumbing and tanking( making […]

12 03, 2014

Blackstairs Eco Trails Great New Web Site!

We are delighted with our new look web site. Thanks to Pixelpod for a great design! We have added lots of new features, new photographs, a simpler  booking system and a greater amount of detail on all our workshops and walks. Very shortly we will add  stunning new photographs of our barn which is […]

14 01, 2014

New Workshops for 2014

We are busy here at Blackstairs Ecotrails with the  development of our Barn as a bespoke centre for all  eco and green activities and we are delighted to announce lots of new events for you  for 2014. So here we go!

First up, our foraging Workshops. These are day long workshops with a delicious organic […]

29 10, 2013

Getting Children into the Outdoor Classroom

Getting Children into the Outdoor Classroom

Did you know that 40% of young children between 7-11 have never climbed a tree? That as many as 60% know more about Pandas and Siberian Tigers than they do about Song Thrushes or how many spots there are on a Ladybird.

A recent article by George Monbiot for the […]

23 10, 2013



A Wild Christmas Gifts Foraging Event

Date November 16th
Time  10.30- 4pm
Cost €95
This is what we will do We will forage for Sloes, Sweet Chestnuts, Rose Hips and more.  We will  then make delicious Sloe Gin, Rose Hip Jelly, Chestnut Stuffing and you will go home with wild foods to make your […]

6 10, 2013

October Hike Sunday 27th

On Sunday October27th  we are having one of our regular Hikes through the hills to lovely deserted valleys with cool mountain streams.

Photo Suzanne Clarke

Here’s the deal.

We will meet at Killedmond at 12 for light refreshments then off we go to the unspoiled wilderness areas of the Blackstairs.

We will provide a  simple packed lunch.

On our […]

29 09, 2013

Foraging Walk and Talk Saturday October 19th 2013

Before the Pooka comes we are having a last Autumnal forage to look for berries, greens, nuts and fungi in the beautiful Barrow Valley. The hedgerows are bursting with fruits, haws, hips and sloes. The Beech trees are laden with nuts and if the squirrels have left any nuts for us on the Hazel […]

23 09, 2013


This Saturday September 28th, we  are holding one of our regular Wild Mushroom Hunts at the Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow.

We will meet up at 10.30 am and have an introductory chat about the different types of fungi to look out for. We are not going to bamboozle you with facts but give […]

5 08, 2013


There is something deeply satisfying about going into a beautiful wood looking for wild mushrooms .The combination of  trees, undergrowth and stillness combined with  the thrill of discovering some  delicious edible fungi or getting to know some of the fantastic varieties that live in our broadleaf or coniferous woods appeals to  us. Whether it […]