Nourish and revive your connections with nature and the natural world. Book a ‘Grass -Roots’ Getaway for the May and June Bank holidays
Here are some of our top recommendations to plant yourselves firmly in the moment and to enjoy a nature escape with Irish Landmark Trust.
Ballealy Cottage, Co. Antrim (Sleeps 5)
If you are a wildlife enthusiast or would simply like to encourage family members to immerse themselves in nature, look no further than the exceptionally placed Ballealy Cottage. Here, in the quiet and lush grounds, guests have reported sightings of wild deer and pheasants. This get away retreat is completely removed from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. A very unique selling point for this property, is the existence of a colony of resident bats who become active in the summer months. Although this won’t suit everyone, it offers a very attractive opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and these pipistrelle bats. Both children and adults alike, who hold a genuine passion and interest for bat watching, will not be let down by Ballealy Cottage’s privileged position. For the chance to tap into additional nature pedagogy, the nearby ‘World of Owls‘ is well worth a visit. This charity ensures the survival of owls.
Trail the path of a lightkeeper and rest in the comfort of our cosy cottages at the foot of this rugged and remote coastline. Two lightkeeper cottages are available with the potential to accommodate two groups of four. Nestled under the lighthouse’s idiosyncratic black and yellow colour bands, these two cottages offer a very special platform to experience a true sense of remote, where a group of friends or family members can catch up in a unique setting while still maintaining some personal space. A pair of decent binoculars is high on the what to pack list. Very lucky guests have reported seeing a peregrine nesting at the top of the lighthouse and dolphins swimming the adjacent coast. The schedule you commit to here requires no reminder on your phone. You simply show up, wrap yourselves up in warm blankets, make hot drinks and sit outside. Meetings with the breathtaking sunrises and magical sunsets will certainly not disappoint.
Termon House, Co. Donegal (Sleeps 6)
Here guests will enjoy a privileged view of the Atlantic sea. The sounds of nature are everywhere with the wind, birds and sea offering a natural orchestra with meditative and refreshing tones. This is an opportunity to fish for crabs and collect periwinkles. Think slow, mindful activities on the beach as you search for driftwood or relive the simple childhood joys of sending a message in a bottle. Glenveagh National Park is located only 45 minutes away for adventurous guests who feel like broadening the scope of their wildlife pursits. Guest feedback suggests that once you settle in Termon House the likelihood is that you will find happy contentment just where you are.
Knocknalosset House, Co. Cavan (Sleeps 4)
Under the night sky at Knocknalosset House, guests will enjoy the solace and magic associated with zero light pollution. Imagine the moon and stars as your only guide. The house hosts a beautiful enclosed front cottage garden. You might like to search for frogs, birdwatch or just sit quietly and soak up the dance of multi-coloured dragon flies. Knocknalosset House is a magical remote sanctuary, with melodious birdsong posing the only threat of interruption. Dun na Rí forest park (5 euro admission) offers wonderful walking trails surrounded by beech and chestnut trees and the chance to meander stone bridges over brooks. Canoeing in Lough Oughter is an additional option for those who would like to explore the beauty of the lake.