Make a Thursday of it at Rock Farm Slane
Thursdays are special at Rock Farm Slane and a perfect day out for everyone in the family. Top off a visit to the Farmers Market with a fascinating Rock Farm Tour around the working organic farm on the historic 1500 acre Slane Castle Estate and an exhilarating kayaking session on the River Boyne. Carina Conyngham and her team at Rock Farm were proud winners of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild Environmental Award 2022.
Rock Farm Tours
Guided tours of Rock Farm are a fascinating insight into this pioneering 90-acre organic farm and ecotourism destination on the historic Slane Castle Estate. Learn about the life of an organic farmer and artisan producer. Walk through the farm that is home to rare breed animals like Dexter cows and Tamworth pigs as well as the happy flock of chickens who provide free range eggs. Tour the organic market garden and see fields filled with the barley used for the whiskey made at Slane Distillery. Learn about eco-tourism, glamping and strawbale buildings. Enjoy sample tastings of produce from the Farmers Market. Guided tours of Rock Farm run on Thursdays at 11am and 2pm. The cost is €15 per person and tours must be pre-booked (firstname.lastname@example.org). Visitors are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and dress for the outdoors.
|Happy Rock Farm Hogs|
The Thursday Farmers Market is a buzzing hive of activity as local artisan producers converge on the Hay Barn with their delicious produce and craftworkers unpack their creative best. It’s a lovely community event and a perfect spot to grab a barista coffee or a delicious hot lunch. Standholders include Baska Bakery, an artisan micro bakery based in Oldcastle who specialise in naturally, slow fermented sourdough bread without use of industrial additives or chemicals, The Cider Mill, Lus Aromatherapy, CnS Imagery, Plenitude Ferments, Bee Natural, Lu’s Indian Street Foods, Mullaghbeag Nurseries and Sophie Hunter Millinery. The Rock Farm stall always boasts a tempting display of organic meats, organic free-range eggs and organic vegetables.
The Farmers Market runs from 11am to 4pm Farmers Market customers are welcome to enjoy the signposted walking trail around Rock Farm free of charge.
|Lucho Diez (left) leads his group|
Take to the water
Complete a wonderful day out at Rock Farm Slane with a kayaking trip on the River Boyne which flows through the beautiful village of Slane. Tours run at 10am and 2pm and last 90 minutes. Book through the Rock Farm website with Boyne Voyage.
Rock Farm Slane is an organic farm certified under The Organic Trust which also offers glamping and eco accommodation. Glampers can choose from a broad choice of yurts, shepherd’s huts and bell tents, some of which are open all year round. Self-catering houses include Lime House, Ireland’s biggest straw-bale house, which sleeps 22 people and is popular with groups of friends, for celebrations and for family reunions. An outdoor wooden hot tub and natural swimming pool are just two of the added extras which make Rock Farm a very special destination. Rock Farm is part of the Slane Food Circle.