The guided tours of the tractor drawn carriages take visitors on a 2 km journey through the Centre where you get to a hilltop view. Rising to 300 meters above sea level where you have a bird's eye view of the largest blanket bog in Europe, dotted by over 100 lakes and a view to the Atlantic Ocean.
Then the tour take you to the turf cutting demonstration, where on long summer days people used to spent back-breaking work cutting out the turf spreading & futting it for the 8 weeks, bringing it home with the donkey and baskets in order to have fuel for the long winter months. Try your hand at cutting the turf.
Then the guided tours take you to the cottage of Dan O'Hara, the legend who lived here up until 1845 with his wife ad seven children, totally self-sufficient on a mere 8 acres of marginal land depending mostly on the potato crop, milk, eggs, chicken, fish and wildlife which abounded in abundance at the time.
But things were hard back then, and the landlord with his exorbitant rents made it an impossible task. By 1845 Dan O'Hara was evicted due to non-payment of rent. He emigrated to America where his wife and 3 of his children died on the long sea journey. Listen to the whole story told in his cottage now restored.
Other activities on request at the Centre include sheep herding, horseshoe throwing, tug of war, roasting a pig, hurling demonstration etc. We will facilitate your need for any kind of tour at your request!
Visit the reconstruction of a crannog ring fort, dating back some 2500 BC. Also in this area is an ancient oratory dating back to the 6th century. There are explanatory plaques on each reconstruction.
Demonstration bread making, Irish coffee making. Self-guided tours are also available for day-trippers and individuals!
Also included, but must be booked well in advance full day walking tours on this 1000 acre estate. Visiting pre-history graves, children graves, the ancient village, shaking bog, waterfalls. You must come prepared with good boots & clothing if the day is raining. Lunch for a picnic along the way, drinks etc. Not for the faint-hearted. The minimum group for this is 20 pax.
Open March to November
Off-season by request for groups
Daily 10am -6pm Last admission 5pm
Self Guided Individual Admission Rates
Family Ticket(2Adults + up to 4 Children) €22.00
Self-guided Individual rates include:
video about the centre
short informative walk through the Crannóg
long informative walk up to the cottage
Visit for an hour, come for the day, stay for a week all is possible here.
Guided Tours available for groups. For more information regarding group options and rates please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 095 21246