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Complete an Adventure Journey for your An Gaisce

A President-Approved Wilderness Experience!

Kippure Estate – the ideal base for your An Gaisce
With 240 acres of varied landscape, set in the midst of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and an Adventure Centre with an excellent reputation, you won’t find a better venue for your An Gaisce awards requirements.

Summary of key benefits:

  • We are Ireland’s leading provider of educational and adventure tours, with over 10 years of experience.
  • We can offer a unique choice of packages which allow your President’s Award outdoor activities to incorporate some exciting and exhilarating challenges, including our popular high ropes course.
  • Our excellent instructors provide complete support before, during and after the event, including a visit to your school to help the students plan their trip and show them how to write up their log books.
  • Known as “the wilder part of Wicklow” the estate is in an area of outstanding natural beauty: situated along the Sally Gap road, bordering the Wicklow mountains national park, on the river Liffey and a stone’s throw away from the Blessington Lakes.
  • Both the estate and surrounding areas are rich in history, which adds an interesting dimension to your An Gaisce adventure.

Packages

We have a number of different adventure packages catering for Bronze and Silver Gaisce awards (Gold on request).

Standard Package includes:

  • An instructor who will come to your school and help organise your Gaisce trip.
  • Hiking in the wild Wicklow mountains between 25 – 50km over 1.5 – 3 days (depending on award level).
  • Self-catering group accommodation (full board options also available)
  • Onsite instructor available overnight in case of emergencies.
  • Highly experienced and suitably qualified outdoor leaders (Ratio 1: 12).

Orienteering Package includes:

  • An instructor who will come to your school and help organise your Gaisce trip.
  • Hiking in the wild Wicklow mountains between 25 – 50km, over 1 – 2 days (depending on award level).
  • Half-day orienteering session including map reading and compass work.
  • Self-catering group accommodation (full board options also available)
  • Onsite instructor available overnight in case of emergencies.
  • Highly experienced and suitably qualified outdoor leaders (Ratio 1: 12).

Ropes package includes:

  • An instructor who will come to your school and help organise your Gaisce trip.
  • Hiking in the wild Wicklow mountains between 25 – 50km, over 1 – 2 days (depending on award level).
  • Half-day day orienteering session including map reading and compass work.
  • Half-day high ropes challenges.
  • Self-catering group accommodation (full board options also available)
  • Onsite instructor available overnight in case of emergencies.
  • Highly experienced and suitably qualified outdoor leaders (Ratio 1: 12).

Why choose Kippure Estate?

Professional An Gaisce Leaders

Kippure Estate is proud to employ a number of highly experienced group leaders, including one who has led over 100 An Gaisce programmes.  Each of our leaders will make the difference in the smooth running of your President’s Award outdoor activities, by providing complete, professional support from beginning to end.

An area rich in history

Make your Gaisce Award adventure even more rewarding by incorporating a trail of historical landmarks, all of which can be found on or near our estate.  Some of the sites you can explore include:

  • Stone age Passage graves (Megalithic Tombs) dating from about 3000 BC on three nearby mountain peaks (Seefin, Seefingan and Seehan).
  • Ruins of old hut sites and the remains of a limekiln.
  • A sixth century queran stone, which was used for grinding corn.
  • A large variety of trees growing in a circle, described as a nursery in 19th century documents.
  • The picturesque Coronation Plantation, which was planted in 1831 to celebrate the crowning of William IV as King of England.

Prices & Information

For prices and more details please contact Cliona at our Education Office on 01 458 3873.

 

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