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Archive for April, 2011

After one of the coldest winters on record with consistent freezing temperatures for four weeks over the Christmas season Spring has arrived. The sure sign of this is the emergence of spring wild flowers in the Vale of Avoca, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

The appearance of these delicate little blossoms belies their hardiness and

Celandine

ability to survive January’s harsh weather.  If you come walking with us you will see the bright yellow flowers and patterned dark green glossy leaves of Celandine and the white flower of Wood Anemone or ‘Wind Flower’ the latter appear to bow as you pass by.

Both plants have been used as natural remedies for hundreds of years. While Wood Anemone is poisonous unless you have the skills of a herbalist, Celandine is a source of vitamin C highly prized in China and Russia.

Wood Anemone

We have just released details of a whole range of new walks, activities and overnight breaks:

  • Bring the past dramatically to life with our Storytelling Nights which include a four course meal taking place on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12th May at 7.30pm in Fitzgerald’s Pub, Avoca made famous in the TV series Ballykissangel – €45 per person.
  •  AvocaVale, mines and Mottee Stone Walk combining forest paths and panoramic views with one of the high points, the Mars-like landscape of the long abandoned Avoca Mines, and the real possibility of spotting a Red Kite, an amazing bird of prey!  €25 per person.
  • For those more energetic, a guided ascent to Lugnaquillia, Co Wicklow
is an option which takes place on Saturdays starting 21st May – €75 per person.

For more information go to our website www.avocatours.com or email us at tours@avoca.com

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This is the Avoca river flowing through the Vale of Avoca just one of the wonderful sights you will see while on a guide walk or activity break with Avoca Tours.

Located in one of Europe’s most beautiful locations. With its forested valleys, flowing rivers and streams, quiet country roads and picturesque villages it has to be seen to be believed.

What we offer?

• Unique guided walks covering literary, mining and religious themes and historic mansions

• Traditional arts and crafts such as story telling and traditional wood work

• Films trails including locations for Hollywood blockbusters and national TV

• Activity breaks such as adventure cycling, kayaking, art, golf, cooking and more

• Coach tours

• A wide range of accommodation to suit all pockets

All of this is rounded off with Fitzgerald’s Pub, which is famous throughout the British Isles, and beyond as the location of the highly popular TV soap Ballykissangel. Offering a unique blend of Irish ‘craic’, fine food and wonderful staff we guarantee a memorable holiday event.

More wonderful reports and photos to follow!

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