Bláthanna Fiáine Wildflower Walks
Join presenter of RTÉ's acclaimed nature series 'Faoi Bhláth', Aedín Ní Thiarnaigh, on a guided tour celebrating Ireland's native wildflowers. Learn to identify an wide array of flowers, gain an insight into Irish beliefs and superstitions associated with wild plants and discover the many varied uses of wildflowers in cooking, medicine and craft.
For the 2022 summer season, Bláthanna Fiáine Wildflower Walks will operate from two locations:
INIS MEÁIN, ARAN ISLANDS:
The Inis Meáin Wildflower Walk winds along the coast of the most remote of the Aran Islands, famed for its remarkable variety of wildflowers. Participants will sample edible coastal plants like Sea Spinach and Rock Samphire, and see extremely rare plants like the protected Purple Milk Vetch and Irish Saxifrage. The tour also includes much beloved wildflowers with a wealth of folklore, such as the Hawthorn and Bird's-Foot Trefoil.
Inis Meáin Summer tour dates will be posted below, with more dates to be added soon for July and August.
BALLYBUNION, COUNTY KERRY:
The Ballybunion Wildflower Walk follows the stunning Ballybunion Cliff Walk on the Wild Atlantic Way. Join Aedín on this well-worn path with an abundance of native coastal wildflowers. See pink cushions of Sea Thrift, Wild Thyme, Purple Orchids, and learn about fascinating Irish superstitions associated with common wildflowers like Ragwort and Ribwort Plantain.
Ballybunion tours can be booked via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DURATION AND COST:
Bláthanna Fiáine Wildflower Walks last approximately 1.5 hours and cost €20pps (minimum group numbers apply). Tours can be given in English or as Gaeilge.
Tripadvisor Reviews 2022:
"An absolute must. Aedín's knowledge and enthusiasm about the wild flowers on Inis Meáin is incredible. We spent a really enjoyable hour and a half ramble with the sea always in sight while Aedín pointed out the many flowers growing in the fields and by the side of the roads. Aedín kept us entertained with stories and tales of the folklore associated with many of the flowers that grow on this Island including the medicinal qualities of certain plants and plants that are still used for cooking. Inis Meáin is a fascinating place to visit and this nature walk is an amazing, unique experience that should not be missed. - Stella B "
"Aedín's magical tour gave me a whole new appreciation of what this beautiful island has to offer. As someone who loves to cook I particularly enjoyed the advice and knowledge into which wildflowers I can add to dishes. I also loved hearing the history behind some of the plants our ancestors would have used as medicine. Whether you're a seasoned island-goer or someone new to this rugged landscape, this is a tour you will throughly enjoy. - Cara Dublin ".