Irish summer is almost here, and this means for you there’s a pretty good chance of catching some sunshine and enjoying some of the great activities while staying at Ashford Castle.
Ashford is a magnificent estate with many activities to suit any visitor, and Ireland’s school of falconry provides one of the best experiences you can think of.
Ireland’s School of Falconry at Ashford Castle
Perhaps one of the most unique and exciting activities available to you at Ashford is falconry. Ireland’s School of Falconry at Ashford is the first school of falconry in Ireland, established in 1999 by Deboragh & James Knight. Although falconry is almost 4000 years old (it dates to about 2,000 B.C), it is still practiced today in almost the same way.
The Falconry School is situated on the grounds of Ashford Castle among gorgeous woods. It’s about 5-10 minute walk from the castle.
Falconry lessons and training programs are available throughout a year, but spring and summer seasons are traditionally the most popular ones with falconry fans. If you’re new to the sport, this won’t be a problem: no experience is necessary, and lessons provided are aimed to be a great introduction for all ages and levels of experience.
As you go through your falconry lessons, you’ll be given useful information about birds of prey and taught how to release your own hawk or training the hawk to catch prey. You’re more than welcome to bring your camera along, many visitors have left with great photos and fond memories of the falconry school.