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,  the Celtic Tree Experience -learn about the Nobles of the woods, the Ogham alphabet and why the Celts worshipped their trees ,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


We are Delighted to have been Awarded Gold Certification from Eco Tourism Ireland in 2014. We support the principles of Eco Tourism and our colleagues in the sector who run Eco Tourism businesses. We are also delighted to  adopt Friends of the Earth Ireland as our registered charity. Information on Friends of the Earth is in our Eco Centre at The Barn, Killedmond.

Please see our dedicated Ecotourism Tab on the Home  Page for our policies , Eco Tourism initiatives

and a contact list for our colleagues in the Eco Tourism business.








Emily & Leaf     dsc01843     Lake and boat setting Blackstairs Eco Trials, Ireland


DSC_0085   Walking and Hiking, steps at Blackstairs Eco Trials, Ireland   IMG_7286

Thinking about your Hen Party? We have a really lovely day planned for you. Check out our Foraging Hen Page for details. Now rated as one of the top Hen Foodie Parties in Ireland! It’s  unusual , it’s a Hen Party to crow about!

No fowl moods at our Hen Parties !



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.





We have some great workshops and walks for 2016

The Old Rectory  is open to the public on selected days . Please see list below on our opening times and dates. We look forward to seeing you in 2016

The Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris,


House and Gardens open to the public on selected days 2016

March 18-24,30-31

April 30th

May 1-5,14-17

June 4-7,25-28

July 6-11,15-18,22-24

Aug 8-11,20-28

Sept 6-8,20-23

Oct 5-7

Time 9AM-1pm

Fee €10:  OAP/Student €6: Children Free

See or call 087 270 71 89 for further details