What you'll do
We'll begin at one of the area's most beautiful beaches looking out over Clare Island and Inishturk, in an area of international conservation importance. We'll walk along the beach and look at the area's many different seaweeds, including pepper dulse and carrageen moss. You'll learn how to identify them, how to prepare them, and of course, taste them, including some that taste like truffles. As we walk along the beach, you'll learn about the amazing ecology and geology of Connemara. You'll see local wildlife, and if we are very lucky, we'll see otters, seals, and dolphins. You'll discover the oldest landmark of human habitation in the area and learn about how this world-famous dramatic natural landscape has evolved over millennia. We'll explore the geology of the area through the rocks on the beach and discover its importance. We will also see a prehistoric midden and charcoal that's thousands of years old.
I am an ecologist who came to Connemara in 1998 and was captivated by its beauty. I have been living beside this beach for almost 15 years. We built close to the beach—so close that I can hear the ebb and flow of the tide with the waves lapping on the sandy shores. I have seen the beach in winter and crunched across its icy shore, and I have swum its cool seas in summer. I've watched the barnacle geese fly overhead in winter and curlews feed on the wet grass fields beside the strand. I have stood still and watched the otter feeding and have glimpsed the bottlenose dolphins off shore.
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Where you'll be
We'll be on White Strand Beach on the northwestern coast of Connemara. To the west is Inishturk, Crump Island, The Bills, Clare Island, Achill with views of the cliffs, Mweelrea—the highest mountain in Connacht, and the mouth of Killary Harbour, including the guiding blocks erected by the British navy. The Mayo Hills are peaking over the south and you'll see the pyramidal shape of Croagh Patrick with the white church glinting in the sunlight.
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Up to 10 guests aged 12 and up can attend.
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Bring a camera, sunscreen, wellies, and waterproof attire. Remember beaches can be slippery places
Foraging for Seaweed in Connemara
£32 / person
£32 / person