22 August 2016

Nearly Back To Bushcraft Time!

We are nearly back into our bushcraft season and cannot wait to get stuck back into making fire, building shelter and foraging!

Our next Bushcraft Skills 1 Course is 3rd & 4th Sep, including an overnight.

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16 August 2016

Some Upcoming Killarney Lakes Kayaking Tours


Wed 17th : 6pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Sunset Kayaking

Thurs 18th : 6am : €60pp
Dawn/Sunrise Kayaking

Thurs 18th : 2pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Kayak Trip

Fri 19th : 6am : €60pp
Dawn/Sunrise Kayaking

Fri 19th : 2pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Kayak Trip

Sat 20th : 2pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Kayak Trip

Sun 21st : 10am : €80pp
Killarney National Park Full-Day Kayak Trip

Sun 21st : 6pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Sunset Kayaking

To Book Please Contact Nathan:086 860 45 63 / 00353 86 860 45 63

10 August 2016

4 August 2016

Butterwort

Insect eating Butterwort; mountain and bogland plant.

Amazing healing properties - can be used as a wound dressing. Here I applied a clean slimy leaf, under a plaster, to a slow-mending cut. The healing process within eight hours was fantastic.

Butterwort produces a bactericide which prevents insects rotting, while they are being slowly digested by the plant.



It was used at one time on cattle sores and wounds. I would guess that especially their udders were treated with butterwort.

It was used at one time to curdle milk and make a buttermilk type product in Sweden and Norway.

27 July 2016

Bog Myrtle

Bog Myrtle, Also Known As Sweet Gale, Bog Sally, Candle Berry

Found North Europe, West Europe, Parts Of North America

Grows Bog, Marsh, Wet Mountain Terrain

Catkins Generally Collected In Spring

Leaves Generally Collected In Summer





Midge/Flea Repellent - Crush leaves and rub on skin

Candle Wax - Boil fruit, known as drupe. Not commercially viable

Beer Flavoring - Known as gruit, replaced by hops. Used up to 16th century. Reputation for causing headaches

Vikings used to drink an alcoholic brew made from sweet gale, which they believed gave them extra strength and battle madness


Astringent Herb - Stems Bleeding/Discharge

Antiseptic Herb - Slows/Stops Infections

Diuretic Herb - Increases Passing Of Urine


Used To Treat Wounds, Acne, Skin Problems, Digestion Problems

Dried Bark Used To Treat Intestinal Worms

Make Tea From Fresh Or Dried Leaves

Flavor Soup/Stew/Meat From Fruit Or Leaves. Use small amounts

Used To Dye Wool Yellow

Used In Scottish Wedding Bouquets

Abortifacient Herb - Potential to cause abortion. Not to be used if pregnant


Considered a blessed plant in Irish folklore. In Mayo ash from bog myrtle was used on Ash Wednesday

Another Irish legend has it once being a large tree, but its wood was used to make the crucifixion cross. The tree was then cursed, becoming small and stunted.

22 July 2016

How To Make Sloe Gin Dark Chocolate

Empty bottles of sloe gin, full of juicy gin-soaked sloes
Dark chocolate melting in a pan of hot water
Lemon ready to grate onto chocolate
Baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
Empty the sloes plus any juice/gin left in bottles into baking tray. Then add the melted chocolate
Grate lemon rind, then place in freezer once cooled. Best eaten within two weeks!

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20 July 2016

Seven Useful Kayaking Techniques

Seven Useful Kayaking Techniques:
1. Lean Forward / Knees Apart / Feet Braced
2. Hands On Paddle Shoulder-Width Apart
3. For Power Have Paddle Vertical & Blade Deep
4. For Steering Have Paddle Horizontal & Blade As Wide As Possible
5. Place Blade As Far Forward As Possible Each Stroke
6. Push Or Follow-Through Top Arm When Paddling Forward
7. Push Correct Foot On Foot Brace When Paddling Forward

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19 July 2016

Summer Has Returned - Kayaking Conditions In Killarney National Park Are Superb!

Summer has returned! Kayaking conditions are superb and work has never felt less like work!

These photos are from a dawn sunrise kayak tour on the Lakes of Killarney...

14 July 2016