Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Corcomroe Abbey, Irish Day Tours

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Sunday July  13th ~ Dublin cross-country tour, Ireland Map of our bus trip today, round trip from Dublin (courtesy of Irish Day Tours) One of the most visited tourist attractions in the entire…

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Moving our Blog

To all those who follow our Blog. We are moving our blog page to our website it is still a wordpress site but It’s new URL is http://www.extremeireland.ie/blog/ . We really appreciate that you have chosen to follow our blog and we would greatly appreciate it if you would follow our new blog page.

Thanks

Johno

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Extreme Ireland Proud to support The Native woodland trust

Extreme Ireland want to give something back to Ireland and the world in general. We were looking for a not for profit organisation that best represented the ethos of our company. All our adventure activities are carbon neutral and we operate a strict leave no trace policy. Unfortunately it is impossible to operate transport without leaving a carbon footprint but we buy new buses with the smallest carbon emissions possible.

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To help offset our carbon footprint and to support what we believe to be a very worthwhile cause we have aligned ourselves with The Native Woodland Trust. They impressed us with their company structure, ethos, and passion for their cause. Their main aim is to protect ancient Irish woodland and to plant new areas throughout Ireland with native trees. The charity has a constitution whereby they only hold land and trees in trust for the Irish people so there is no way the land can fall into the hands of a commercial enterprise. They are also involved in education and involvement of community in planting and seed collection. Hopefully the involvement of local communities will guarantee the success of this project.

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The knowledge base in the Native woodland trust is impressive to say the least. They brought us on a guided walk through ancient woodland introducing us to the native trees and bushes. Their knowledge wasn’t confined to trees, they informed us on the undergrowth and flower and fauna whose habitat is the woodlands of Ireland. They also informed us on diseases that had been introduced into Ireland in the past and unfortunately the present ( ash dieback disease ) and threats for the future (processionary moth caterpillars ) currently in Britain yet we continue to import trees from Britain. It is of some comfort to know that there are people aware of the situation, asking questions to the politicians and making the rest of us more aware.

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Extreme Ireland are committed to raising funds for this charity through Irish day tours, encouraging people to volunteer, providing transport and bringing staff on volunteer planting days. We hope to Bring the message of this company to the attention of our customers and to raise awareness of its cause and importance in our society.

 

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Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway

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Walk down to the Causeway After the bridge, lunch, and cute ponies,  we continued on to another National Trust site, the Giant’s Causeway. Wayne from Extreme Ireland Irish Day Tours told us some of…

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How To Dress For Winter Activities

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The first piece of advice for all winter pursuits is to layer up. Wear multiple layers of light material rather than one layer of a bulky material. This will keep you warmer and if you get too warm you can take off a layer. The same rule applies to your legs as your upper body, wear Thermal underwear and the appropriate outer layer for your pursuit  eg. Ski pants, Climbing trousers. Waterproofs are recommended for hill walking or Hiking.

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For snowy conditions I recommend a pair of snow boots and for hiking a good pair of water proof boots. A good pair of winter socks are also recommended wool is best not cotton.

A hat is essential as are an appropriate pair of gloves for the activity you are pursuing. I highly recommend wearing a helmet for skiers and snowboarders. Most of the time you don’t need one but for that one occasion where you do it’s good to have it on. I broke my collar bone one year, the ambulance driver asked me if I wore a helmet and when I answered no he gave me a look to suggest I was a complete eejit. I wear a helmet all the time now !!

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A good pair of water proof gloves to keep your hands dry and warm in the snow, climbing or Hiking are worth their weight in gold. Last but not least a good quality Jacket that keeps you dry and warm is a great investment. All you have to do now is get out there why not learn mountain skills 1 with us the first weekend of the month every month and mountain skills 2 the last weekend of the month. We also do a full moon walk every full moon so no excuses get out and enjoy the countryside. Check out all we have to offer at Extreme Ireland

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AN ADVENTURE IN SCOTLAND

Keith McDonnell Extreme Ireland brought Teena Gates and Stephen Power on a mountain navigation course with a difference. Keith is trained in mountain navigation to the highest level and had his ability well tested by the extreme and harsh conditions in the Glengorm mountain range.

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For most of the Trip there were whiteout conditions, whiteout means that you can’t distinguish anything beyond one or two meters and it is impossible to navigate using vision as a tool. Keith and his students had to completely trust map and compass reading.  Teena says in her blog “I had a complete rescue –strategy formed in my mind for when he disappeared into oblivion” and Stephen never let keith get more than a meter or two ahead of him so that if Keith disappeared then he would know the cliff edge was there.

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He was amazed that Keith guided him to a weather station that marked the mountain peak that would have been missed if they were out by two or three meters. I think Keith secretly enjoyed that the wind was howling up to 40 miles an hour and that visibility was so poor. He had perfect confidence in what he was doing and got the pleasure of scaring the bejesus out of Teena and Stephen. Surprisingly even though conditions were far from ideal both Stephen and Teena can’t hardly wait to do it again.

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MOUNTAIN SKILLS COURSE 1st & 2nd FEBUARY

IN WICKLOW WITH EXTREME IRELAND ADVENTURES

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A Mountain Skills course with Extreme Ireland Adventures will equip you with the general knowledge and skills you will need to hike and navigate through a mountain range safely. This Mountain Skills 1 course is and introductory course to mountain or hill-walking and it includes training in route planning, compass, personal equipment, map reading and navigation.

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You will learn from the best mountain leaders in the country with years of experience on the mountains. The course is a Mountaineering Ireland syllabus held in the Wicklow Mountains, starting from Laragh and the course leader is a qualified international Mountain Leader. Extreme Ireland Adventures also has been awarded the ‘Goldstar Award’ by EFQM ( European Foundation for Quality Management ) for service quality.

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Extreme Ireland Adventures are Ireland’s premier outdoor & adventures company. With currently 60 people employed, Extreme Ireland Adventures operates several walking and adventure tours of Ireland and also some international adventures tours including ; The Northern Lights in Norway, Slovenia and Montenegro. Other adventure courses that Extreme Ireland operate include ; Rock Climbing, Mountain Skills 2 ( follow-on course ) and a 4 day survival course held on a secret remote island.
Join this on our next Mountain Skills 1 course ;
Price : €130
Duration : 2 Days
Location : Laragh, Co. Wicklow
Date : 1st & 2nd February
For more information please contact :
Stephen Power
Extreme Ireland Adventures
Head of Marketing & Business Development
Guinness Enterprise Centre | Taylors Lane | Kilmainham | D8
E : stephen@extremeireland.ie / 087-2781268 / 00353-4100700

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Ireland Adventure Travel World Summit – Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland is to host the Adventure Travel World Summit in 2014 and to coincide with this Failte Ireland has planned The Wild Atlantic Way project. The aim of this project is to develop and promote a driving route stretching from Donegal to Cork along the dramatic Atlantic coastline. Brand Identity has been developed promotional videos produced and the maps for the route have all been finalised. The next phase of the project has begun which entails signing the route, highlighting discovery points, marketing the Wild Atlantic way and selling Wild Atlantic Way experiences.

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It is envisaged that the promotion of this route will develop the area as a tourist destination for both the domestic and the overseas markets. To achieve this Failte Ireland intend to link attractions and activities, improve signage both on-trail and on-road, bring visitors to less touristic areas and encourage interaction between businesses, agencies and local groups. By doing this and if managed properly visitor numbers should increase year on year and Ireland could become an excellent adventure destination for the travel industry.

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The rugged coastline and the local adventure amenities along this route lend themselves perfectly to the adventure traveller. There are many mountain ranges, sheer cliffs and dramatic landscapes that provide excellent hiking and trekking terrain and many opportunities for rock climbing, potholing, caving and other adventure sports. The Atlantic Ocean gives a multitude of possibilities, Surfing big or small waves depending on the location and conditions,  SUPing and sea kayaking along the base of sheer cliffs to mention but a few. There is the opportunity to do whale and dolphin spotting in different locations along the coast and deep sea fishing is also available in many areas.

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Many indigenous adventure businesses have blossomed along this dramatic location providing bespoke opportunities for the adventure traveller. There is also the opportunity for tour operators to develop packages incorporating activities along the route. Extreme Ireland is one such company which have developed a selection of soft adventure tours along the route providing a high quality interactive experience to the adventure tourist. The development of this route could be a catalyst to the cooperation of international and indigenous adventure companies in supply of an individual and high quality adventure experience.

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New Grange and loughcrew

I grew up with school trips to Monasterboice and Newgrange. I enjoyed the trips but probably didn’t appreciate the historical and architectural significance of what I was seeing. Since those days (too many years ago) Newgrange has become more developed as a tourist attraction with a visitors center and is always quite busy

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We are fast approaching the winter solstice which highlights the expertise that went into building this fascinating tomb. Sunlight pours into the passage tomb on the morning of the winter solstice and lights up the central chamber. A motley crew of people gather at the site on this morning ranging from tourists to curious locals and historians to pagans but the event itself is only witnessed by a privileged few who are state dignitaries or selected from an annual lottery. For the event to be as spectacular as anticipated you need a clear morning not something often provided by the Irish winter. There is a visitors center at Newgrange with great information on the history of the area but for me I prefer the underdeveloped and less explored megalithic monuments scattered through the country.

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I have only recently discovered that there are other passage tombs in the Meath area that are just as old and just as impressive. Loughcrew falls into this category and is accessible through the year although you might have to collect the key to gain access from a local farmer in the quieter winter months and use a torch to navigate down the narrow passage. Personally I feel this adds to the adventure of this aspect and it feels like a personal experience. Loughcrew is compiled of 30 cairns and mounds and contains many inscribed and carved stones. Cairn T is the most impressive of the tombs and has the traditional cross shaped chambers with a central chamber.

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These Tombs date back to 3200bc and I think are the most historically impressive monuments in Ireland although they would have some stiff competition from the Celtic Crosses and the ruined Castles but for their age alone they come out Top for me. Another one of my favourites is Portnabrone portal Tomb and since I’m From Cavan the Shantemon Stone Row which we were always told was the crowning place of the kings of Cavan. Maybe it has to be really ancient or a tomb to keep me happy.

Anyone wanting to explore the Boyne Valley and its rich history I can strongly recommend The Celtic/ Boyne valley tour provided by Irish Day tours

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Gold Star

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Extreme Ireland achieved the efqm gold star of excellence yesterday. This European award recognises companies with excellent and sustainable results over a broad spectrum. Wikepedia says        “The assessment process is one of the most robust of any award, with a team of independent assessors spending an average of 500 hours per applicant reviewing documentation and conducting interviews on-site”. As you can see this award wasn’t achieved overnight over a year to be honest culminating in a presentation covering where the company is, where we are going, our attention to customer Service and much more. All the management were representing all the frontline staff who to be totally honest are who represent the company to the public on a day to day basis and without whose attention to detail achievement of this award would be impossible. Everyone here especially the girls from the tourist offices were elated it seemed as if it was a personal recognition of all the work they had done. Well done to all involved.

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We at Extreme Ireland and Irish day tours promise to continue to provide the same standard of excellence as we always have. Pop the Champagne. 

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