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Heritage Walking Tour of Slane Castle Demesne

Rock Farm Slane is an ecotourism provider that specialises in walking and bike tours of the Slane Castle demesne and the wider Boyne Valley.

We also have a Boutique Eco Camp with 7 Yurts and Shepherds Huts at our which sleeps up to 28 people sharing.

Rock Farm Slane is based on a 90-acre organic farm, which is part of the Slane Castle estate. The farm specialises in rearing a variety of organic beef, organic pork from free ranging Tamworth pigs and grows organic fruit and vegetables.

This is the first season of walking tours on the Slane Castle estate and in celebration this particular tour will be given by Carina Mount Charles focussing on the living history of the Slane Castle Demesne.

Please find below information on our tour, transport and accommodation options.

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Heritage Walking Tour of Slane Castle Demesne

The Slane Castle Demesne in its present state was formed in 1701 by the Conyngham family who continue to reside and work there today. Carina Conyngham (Countess of Mount Charles) is married to Alexander Conyngham (Earl of Mount Charles), Henry (The Eighth Marquess) Conyngham’s oldest son. Carina and Alex began their ecotourism venture in 2010 and now offer Glamping, walking and cycling tours of the local area.

The Heritage Walking Tour is hosted by Carina and provides an exclusive insight into the living history of the demesne from megalithic period, when the neighbouring Bru Na Boinne complex was built to the modern day of rural life on the Slane Castle Demesne.

Maximum party size: 25

* For group bookings, please enquire at info@rockfarmslane.ie

Tour description

This tour is based on a 5 hour walk from the organic farm at Rock Farm Slane along the historic Slane Bridge and through the Gothic Gates at the bottom of the hill, along the old main avenue in the Demesne Wood that carriages used to take to Slane Castle. The tour includes a tour of Slane Castle, picnic lunch at the medieval castle of Carrick Dexter and a hike along the ridge of the Hill of Slane to the legendary motte where St Patrick lit his Paschal fire in around 432 A.D. and established Christianity in Ireland.

Tour Length: 3 ½ hour walk

Slane Castle historic tour: 40 minutes

Slane Food Circle picnic lunch at Carrick Dexter (45 minutes)

Total time: 5 hours including lunch

Departure time: 10am. Tea and coffee served at Rock Farm Slane Strawbale Farm Office from 9.30am

Route: Easy, small steady ascents and only two main road crossings.

Alternative return route: From the Hill of Slane participants can descend into the village of Slane for well-earned tea and cake and a spot of shopping at several recommended stops including the Slane Craft Collective and the various tea rooms in Slane.

Slane Food Circle produce & photo opportunities

Opportunities to purchase Slane Food Circle products will be available as well as fabulous images of this unique route and outstanding scenery along the River Boyne.

Transporting purchases

Slane Castle Irish Whiskey, Slane Food Circle and Rock Farm Slane will endeavour to transport your product to you to meet you at the end of your journey.

Green travel arrangements

Rock Farm Slane is an ecotourism business that encourages guests to avail of local public transport options. Pick-up and drop off from Slane Village (Bus Eireann – National or Collins Coaches – Dublin/Monaghan) and Drogheda MacBride Train station can be arranged. Please contact us on 041 988 4861 or info@rockfarmslane.ie for assistance.

Alcohol consumption

Please take care when consuming alcohol during walking activities. Rock Farm Slane will not be held responsible for any accidents if the participant is deemed over the limit.

Walking tour – Terms and Conditions

Please enquire at Rock Farm Slane for a full set of terms and conditions. We will provide you with terms and conditions with your booking.

                                                                                                                  

SLANE FOOD CIRCLE – Lunch Platter and ice cream

 

The ingredients for the Slane Food Circle cold meats and cheese platter with organic salads will come from the following members:

Boyne Valley Blue Cheese

Michael Finegan is well known both locally and nationwide for his award-winning blue goats cheese from his own herd of 300 milking goats.

Carlitos, Dunleer

Declan and Carmel Moore established Carlitos Restaurant in 1996 and produce a range of sauces and chutneys, as well as purchasing from the Slane Food Circle.

 

Cockagee Cider, Mark Jenkinson 

Mark Jenkinson is the proud winner of  the Best Medium Dry Cider in Ireland award at the Cider-Ireland Craft Cider competition (Slow Food Ireland Applefest 2013. Mark uses the ancient technique of Keeving to produce this fine, high quality dry cider.

Des Crinion – Stackallen

Des Crinion is an organic farmer producing cheese, ice cream, eggs and salad crops just outside the village of Slane

Newgrange Gold

Newgrange Gold Rapeseed and Camelina Oil is grown and produced at Crewbane in the heart of the Boyne Valley. The oils are 100% traceable because the rapeseed is grown, pressed and bottled entirely on the farm.

Rock Farm & Conynghams

Carina Mount Charles and her husband, Alex, produce a variety of organic vegetables, fruit, pork and beef throughout the year on the Rock Farm under the Conyngham’s label.

Shalvanstown Organic Farm

John McDonnell, Shalvanstown is an organic farm and produces a range of organic beef and lamb, cereals and field vegetables.

The Whole Hoggs

Peter & Susan Whelan run a free range pig farm outside Slane.  They produce gourmet sausages and dry cure their own bacon along with charcuterie.  They also run a small herd of dexter cows.

 

COSTS

5 hour Guided Tour + refreshments + picnic lunch

€55 per person (inc VAT)

Based on minimum booking of 4 people

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Further discounts are available on overnight accommodation at Rock Farm’s boutique campsite www.rockfarmslane.ie/boutique-camping.

For prices please visit our online booking system at www.rockfarmslane.ie or enquire at info@rockfarmslane.ie or 041 988 4861.

Prices are dependent on dates and party sizes.