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Ireland's School of Falconry

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An experience of a lifetime

I have been fortunate enough to have experienced diverse, breathtaking adventures in my travels... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nancy S
Castle Pines, Colorado
The Best

This experience was simply outstanding. Or as they say in Ireland... “Lovely”. Conal did a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jim L
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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“harris hawk”(53 reviews)
“hawk walk”(190 reviews)
“birds of prey”(39 reviews)
A chance for you to fly a hawk around the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle in a private one hour Hawk Walk. No-one ever forgets the moment when their hawk first swoops down from a tree to land on their gloved fist - Flying a hawk is an...more
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| Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland
+353 94 954 6820
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been fortunate enough to have experienced diverse, breathtaking adventures in my travels. The best have involved animals and wildlife. On horseback, under the sea, in jungles, etc. This ranks right up there with the best! Jacob was a fabulous guide and Edra was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This experience was simply outstanding. Or as they say in Ireland... “Lovely”. Conal did a great job of providing instructions and information. The falcons were North American Harris Falcons. They did have a few other types too. To watch the birds fly from your glove...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were privileged to walk through the forest with Oscar Wilde and Millicent. They were gracious to perch on our arms, take off swiftly and land with precision. Millicent's wings mussed my hair as she glided just above my head through the forest. Oscar was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sharply honed customer service and an inviting atmosphere made our visit one to remember forever. Marine, our falconer, took us on private hour-long walk through the woods and around the grounds. We learned to hold falcons on our gloves and walk through the woods of...More

2  Thank Giologic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all were pleased with the in-depth explanations of the birds and how to fly them . On our "walk" each of us in the group of 7 had several chances to have the Harris Falcon alight on our gloved arm...very cool

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I pre-booked this Hawk walk before traveling to Ireland. We had read about it and decided this was an opportunity you can't pass up. We were right! If you are traveling in Ireland, you cannot miss this. Driving up to Ashford Castle...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing time on our hawk walk! Joe provided tons of great information and truly had a passion for the birds. Yvonne was more than accommodating to ensure we got in for this experience on the beautiful castle grounds. It takes about an...More

1  Thank LagunaEire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You may never have thought much about falconry, but it is worth the visit. You get to go out on an exercise walk with the birds and to launch and catch them, under the careful guidance of one of the falconers. Mostly they fly and...More

1  Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this experience! My 16 year old nephew and I were paired with handler Connor and were impressed with the thorough explanation he gave before the walk with our two hawks began. His guidance working with the birds from beginning to end gave us...More

1  Thank BorderTerrierMom2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As part of our Rick Steves tour of Ireland, we did the Hawk Walk where each of us had the opportunity to fly a Harris Hawk. The school located on the beautiful grounds of Ashford Castle was clean with a wide variety of birds to...More

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todd c
3 April 2018|
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Response from Lisa C | Reviewed this property |
There is hardly any walking involved.
25 March 2018|
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Response from Art G | Reviewed this property |
The cost was -depending on exchange rate- $100 USD for an hour session. You walk with a Harris Hawk on a gauntlet, you stop periodically to let the hawks fly out and return. This happens numerous times on the beautiful... More
27 June 2017|
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Response from DebH892 | Reviewed this property |
I emailed to set up time, date, number of our group and I heard back within 24 hours each time I had a different question. Once we got there, "Mel" was out falconer and she was awesome!