Blackstairs Eco Trails is not a walking club, not a forced march through the local landscape ,but a slow relaxing unfolding of the secret natural life of the Blackstairs Mountains and River Barrow area in the scenic and unspoilt area of south Carlow, Ireland

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This is what we offer in the Blackstairs Eco Trail 2 hour tour

A two hour amble through the lovely lanes, lowlands, bogs and streams of the Blackstairs and the River Barrow, Co. Carlow, Ireland, with expert guides

Depending on the weather, the tours will be in the foothills of the Blackstairs – low hills or no hills – or along the River Barrow in the Townslands of Rathanna, Tomduff, Liselican or Raheen and down the Barrow to Clashganny and Ballytighlea.  We will look at the natural topography of the landscape, the local archaeology – Carlow has some fine dolmens, standing stones and cairns. We will stop to look at lichens and mosses, grasses and ferns, birds and mammals.


We will slowly learn about Blackcaps (Birds) ,Bucklers (Ferns), Boletus( Fungi ), Blues,(Butterflies).We will watch for Otters and Kingfishers and the little Dipper who likes nesting under the many stone bridges in our county… and so much more.

Tour Itinerary

We begin at the Old Rectory Killedmond, Borris with tea/coffee and home-made biscuits and scones at 12 noon. Here we’ll have an introductory chat about the day’s adventures and then off to the Blackstairs or the Barrow…. a short drive from the Old Rectory.

After the tour we’ll return to Killedmond where we will name all we have found on the walk. Famous naturalists such as Robert Lloyd Praeger who wrote the book The Way that I Went loved these hills. We will show you what he discovered and so muchmore.

A good old-fashioned Rectory Tea will be included in the price at the end of the walk. Most food is organically produced at Killedmond.

Walks will start at 12.30 and will last for approximately 2 hours, followed by Tea at Killedmond.

€35 per person
10% discount  for groups of 10 to 15.
OAPS  €31.50 per person
 Further concessions for Larger Groups, Schools ,or private tours, by arrangement.


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