This is a truly unique experience as Brian welcomes you into his family home and onto his small mountain farm which is nestled in the foothills of Ireland’s most mystic mountain Slieve Gullion, all set within an officially designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Take a glimpse through the doorway into the true Ireland, to feel the real, genuine culture that most visitors never get the opportunity to experience.
Upon arrival, Brian has a big ‘céad míle fáilte’ for you, a warm Irish welcome to his homeplace. After a short introduction to the ancient art of foraging you set off on foot. You will have the chance to taste from nature’s wild larder as expert forager, Brian introduces you to a secret world of wild edibles and medicinal plants.
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You will walk through the long- abandoned mountainside ‘lazy beds’ that were dug by the back-breaking labour of Brian’s ancestors in a vain attempt to avoid the cursed potato blight during the great famine of the 1840’s.
Listen to the stories of how Ireland’s wild plants and trees have been part of Irish culture and folklore from the earliest times, featuring in the brehon laws, herbal medicine, charms, cures and superstition. As you descend gently back to the farmhouse, there are stunning vistas right across this ancient borderland, historically known as ‘The Gap O’ The North’, the gateway to Irelands Ancient East.
If you have the time, then maybe choose to enjoy a wonderful freshly prepared homemade lunch in the family dining room / conservatory.
You can explore the beautiful vegetable, salad and herb garden and understand what ‘farm to fork’ really means. You may even get the chance to use some of those freshly foraged hedgerow ingredients!