Located just 40 mins drive from your cottage at Fuchsia Lane Farm you will find the wonderful wilderness and sculpture park, Lough Boora Discovery Park, located between Cloghan and Birr, Co. Offaly.
The park is an innovative environmental project created in an old bogland and consists of walkways, cycleways, an outdoor sculpture park and visitor cente with cafe and bicycle hire. It is a wonderful place for people of all ages to enjoy nature, get out in the open air and experience some unique flora and fauna that can be found in a cut away bogland.
The uniqueness of this place was recognised recently when it was named the winner of Royal Town Planning Institute Ireland RTPI Ireland’s Best Places competition. This nationwide competition, organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute Ireland, celebrates the places protected, planned or improved by town planners for communities.
Lough Boora Parklands attracts some 100,000 visitors a year. Once an industrial peat bog, its transformation includes the creation of a nature reserve maintained by the Irish Wildlife Trust that aims to ensure its natural resources and biodiversity remain for generations to come. You can be one of these people!
Halloween brings together ancient pagan celebrations at the onset of winter with more modern commercial opportunities for ‘Trick or ‘Treating’ This weekend we were able to enjoy some of the best of local food producers and retailers in Nenagh as they put on a wonderful display of ‘A Taste of Nenagh’. This event, now in its second year, was a wonderful family friendly day around the streets of our local market town. We enjoyed sampling some scrumptious produce, met the producers and friends along the way. We made a little video to capture our memories too! The Halloween celebrations continued over the weekend too with Spleodar childrens festival.
Autumn brings wonderful colours and an easier way of life here in the country. The hedgerows are overflowing with berries and fruit ready for the picking and the trees and woodlands are changing to their amazing hues of brown, gold, red and all variations that even the most skilled artist would find hard to capture.
Situated in the peaceful countryside of North Tipperary, our self catering cottages allow you to enjoy some peaceful and cosy time in your cottage and yet you are so close to the wonderfully welcoming community of Terryglass.
This time of year you can enjoy the forest walks in Portumna, Kayaking with Becky and Rueben on the Lough Derg Blueway, cycling the country lanes using our bikes and then finish your evening in the cosy surrounds of The Derg Inn or Paddys Pub.
Now in its 50th Year this annual festival in the Georgian town on Birr, home of the famous Birr Castle and Science Park, once again prepares for a week long celebration of art, music, vintage antiquities, children workshops, events and conversations which make this one of the ‘must see’ festivals in the region. Birr is only 30 mins drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm and we always encourage our guests to visit this festival. For more details visit http://www.birrvintageweek.com or click on the link below for the full programme
Once again this summer season sees a range of food and food tourism events taking place all around the Lough Derg area. We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful area and recently many of the promoters who operate along the Lough Derg Blueway gathered together in the majestic sunshine in the even more majestic Portumna Castle to launch this year’s programme. Events this summer include Tapas Nights, Meet the Cheesemaker, Yoga in Nature, Chocolate Making and Mindful Bread Making!
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we are delighted to be hosting Mindful Bread Making which is being run in conjunction with our son and his new business, Abbey Bread. He recently won the National Student Enterprise Award for this venture and we hope you all get to enjoy some of this famous bread here on August 2nd.
The Taste of Lough Derg 2018 programme was launched by Sinead Hennessy, Failte Ireland’s Food Tourism Officer as well as Mr Joe McGrath, chairman of the Lough Derg Marketing Group.
We are delighted to see that Aqua Splash makes a return to Lough Derg for the 2018 season. This is a great place to allow children (of all ages!) to enjoy the water, burn off some energy and simply have a splash in the wonderful Lough Derg. It is another example of the great activities that can be found all around the lake area, all part of the Lough Derg Blueway Dromineer is one of the lovely villages found around the lake and while there you can enjoy coffee and treats in the Lake Cafe
Many of our guests take the opportunity to visit the Burren while they are staying here at Fuchsia Lane Farm. Such a trip usually includes a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. One of the most beautiful sights from the famous cliffs is, of course, the Aran Islands. For the 2018 season we are partnering with Doolin Ferries who operate a daily service to the Islands, as well as a tour of the Cliffs from the ocean side, and guests staying with us here at Fuchsia Lane Farm can avail of a discount that offers up to 40% off the normal price when they book online in advance. When you check in with us we will give you a special code which you can use on the Doolin Ferry website
We are very excited with the opening of Portumna Castle and Gardens this weekend as the season begins. This is always a great place to visit, so full of history and lore and the guides there will really bring the place to life for you. The kitchen garden, which has painstakingly restored over the years is a lovely place to browse and see how vegetable gardens were managed in the past to supply all the vegetable needs of the ‘big house’.
This season sees a new coffee shop and exhibition space on the Castle Grounds. This is housed in the beautifully restored stables yards and we are sure it will become a great spot to visit!
Lough Derg is a haven for a range of local craft producers, artisan food makers and artists. Spending some time in this peaceful area allows you an opportunity to really engage in a journey of discovery into a rich vein of surprises in the neighbouring counties of Galway, Clare and Tipperary.
One can experience all this as part of a cycle or touring route along the lake shores and some examples that we can recommend are:
It’s official! The Lough Derg Blueway, a collaboration between Galway, Clare and Tipperary County Councils, designed to develop quality on and off water trails and activities all around the majestic Lough Derg, on the River Shannon is open for business.
The Blueway is a network of canoe trails, walks, cycle routes and tourism service with one aim in mind: ‘Get out and about’! This area is so accessible, unspoilt and peaceful with some many natural attractions on offer and we believe it is the ideal destination for your activity break. Just watch the video and see for yourself!