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Alpaca Trekking Through A Magical Forest

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Alpaca Trekking Through A Magical Forest

225 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 7 people
Hosted in
English
Animals

Alpaca Trekking Through A Magical Forest

Animals

Alpaca Trekking Through A Magical Forest

225 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 7 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Alpacas take to trekking quite easily. They walk in a line, one behind the other on a head collar and lead rope. Our guided treks start at the alpacas' barn and ascend into the forest. Each trek lasts about 1.5 hours, with a spinning and fibre demonstration afterwards. The walk itself is at a very leisurely pace, and is not at all strenuous. When you arrive on site, the alpacas will be grazing, and we will call them in using their yellow food bucket! Simon and I will introduce you to the alpacas whist getting them ready with head collars and leads. We will have a brief health & safety chat, as well as give you some idea of what to expect and some pointers so you can interact with your alpaca. We will also introduce you to all of their individual quirks and personalities. Alpacas are not able to carry packs or people, so they will accompany us as we walk the forest trail. We try not to let them stop to nibble grass for long periods. Half-way around the walk, we release the alpacas in an enclosed area, so we can feed them treats, and you can get very close and intimate with them. They will love you when we give you the apples to feed them. There will be plenty of photo opportunities throughout your visit. When we arrive back at the farm, I will give you a spinning demonstration, and show you different luxury fibres from around the world. Simon will be making you tea and coffee!
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Mia

Simon and I adopted our first two Alpacas over ten years ago. It didn't take long to succumb to the addiction and our herd increased from two to four. Then to no one's surprise, four became six and so on until we reached 12. It is kind of like goldfish in a bowl, alpaca numbers grow to the size of the land you can have. You have to watch out though, before you know it you start looking for more land. We now have 17! I am fortunate to have had an extensive background working with all kinds of fibre. I also teach spinning and knitting in our workshop at the farm. When we lived in England, we owned and operated a Mini Mill next to our knitting and knitwear shop called "The Naked Sheep".

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Where you'll be

The trekking experience takes place at our home in Co Kerry and goes through the adjacent forest. We are surrounded by mountains and overlook Kenmare Bay, the Cloonee Lakes, and The Ring of Kerry. The vista here is indescribable! To locate us on the day of your trek, please enter our Eircode V93 W2R6 into Google Maps. The code is unique to our property. YOU COULD ALSO STAY AT OUR BnB "THE ALPACA LODGE" (2 persons). SEARCH FOR US ON AIRBnB.

This experience is available starting May 01, 2020

To protect the health and safety of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused until 30 April 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

Appropriate Hiking Footwear

More tips

The trail has rocks & tree roots underfoot, and will be muddy, wet and slippery after wet weather. There are some steep areas. APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR IS ESSENTIAL. Only guests aged 12+ are able to attend. Any person under 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. ALL GUESTS MUST SPEAK FLUENT ENGLISH
Mia
Alpaca Trekking Through A Magical Forest
225 reviews
From £28/person
225 reviews
From £28/person