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FAQs

FAQs 2017-11-14T14:27:01+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If flying to Ireland it is best to arrive at Cork Airport. Norwegian do direct – and cheap – flight from Rhode Island to Cork. We can arrange to pick you up from this airport only. You don’t have to fly to get a pick-up from this airport. We will coordinate transportation for you from the airport to the retreat center. This is an additional cost as not all guests will require transport (just €20 per person for the 60 minute journey). We often coordinate shared rides among guests landing around the same time, so that the transportation fee decreases per person. If you have a flight number email it to us and we’ll be there!

If driving yourself from Cork airport it’s only 60-70 minutes.

Cork Airport
Kinsale Rd, Cork

Get on N71 from R600 and R613
11 min (9.4 km)

Head east
160 m

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit
280 m

Continue straight
250 m

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Avenue 2000
Go through 1 roundabout
400 m

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit
210 m

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R600
4.7 km

Turn right onto R613
3.3 km

Turn left to merge onto N71 toward Bandon/West Cork
170 m

Follow N71 to Clonakilty
38 min (39.2 km)

Merge onto N71
2.6 km

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on N71
14.1 km

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on N71
2.1 km

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto New Rd/N71
Continue to follow N71
19.6 km

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on N71
800 m

Drive to your destination
12 min (8.9 km)

Slight left at O’Rahilly St (signs for Dunmore)
100 m

Turn left
3.7 km

Turn left
1.5 km

Turn left
2.9 km

Turn left
550 m

Turn left
160 m
Dunowen House
Dunowen, Ardfield, Co. Cork

If driving from Shannon Airport which has many US in-bound flights from various US locations…

Trip is about 2.45 hours

Take R617, Bawnnafinny and R579 to Carrigrohane Rd/N22
14 min (10.2 km)

Follow N22
3 min (2.7 km)

Take Curra Rd, The Grove and R586 to N71
33 min (28.8 km)

Follow N71 to Clonakilty
14 min (15.3 km)

Drive to your destination
12 min (8.9 km)

Slight left at O’Rahilly St (signs for Dunmore)
100 m

Turn left
3.7 km

Turn left
1.5 km

Turn left
2.9 km

Turn left
550 m

Turn left
160 m
Dunowen House
Dunowen, Ardfield, Co. Cork

If flying to Ireland it is best to arrive at Cork Airport. Norwegian do direct – and cheap – flight from Rhode Island to Cork. We can arrange to pick you up from this airport only. You don’t have to fly to get a pick-up from this airport. We will coordinate transportation for you from the airport to the retreat center. This is an additional cost as not all guests will require transport (just €20 per person for the 1 hour 20 minute journey). We often coordinate shared rides among guests landing around the same time, so that the transportation fee decreases per person. If you have a flight number email it to us and we’ll be there!

Others find that flying to London in the UK and then taking the 50-minute flight to Cork is handy. There are also many US originating flights to Shannon.

If driving yourself from Cork airport it’s only 80 minutes and a non-stressful drive (once you get past the infamously named “Magic Roundabout near Cork Airport).

Cork Airport
Kinsale Rd, Cork

Take Avenue 2000 to N27
3 min (1.3 km)

Drive along N22, R585 and N71
1 h 18 min (89.4 km)

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N27
3.1 km

Turn left onto the ramp to N25/South Ring (West)/N22/N71
750 m

Merge onto N40
6.7 km

Continue onto N22
17.0 km

Turn left onto R585
2.3 km

Turn left to stay on R585
20.1 km

Slight right to stay on R585
24.3 km

Slight left onto R584
4.8 km

Turn right onto N71
10.3 km

Turn left
Restricted usage road
1 min (210 m)
Linden House
Reenmeen East, Glengarriff, Co. Cork

Driving from Shannon Airport. This is a 3 hour drive.

Shannon Airport
Ballyhennessy, Co. Clare

Head southeast
23 s (210 m)

Take N18, M20, N20, R578, … and N71 to your destination in Cork
2 h 47 min (183 km)

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N19
2.2 km

At Drumgeely Roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on N19
1.3 km

At Shannon Town Roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on N19
1.5 km

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the N18 ramp to Limerick/Bunratty
800 m

Merge onto N18
Partial toll road
20.5 km

At junction 1, Use the 2nd from the left lane to take the M20 exit to Cork/Tralee/N21
750 m

Continue onto M20
8.9 km

At junction 5, exit onto N20 toward Cork/Croom
27.0 km

Turn right onto Smiths Ln/R515
Continue to follow R515
5.6 km

Turn left onto R578
12.8 km

Turn left onto R579
11.2 km

Turn left onto O’Brien St/R576/R579
100 m

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Main St/R579
110 m

Turn left onto Strand St/R579
Continue to follow R579
4.5 km

Turn right onto N72
6.7 km

Turn left onto R583
9.5 km

Turn left onto Church St/R582
Continue to follow R582
9.2 km

Turn right
6.0 km

Turn right
1.3 km

Turn left
200 m

Slight left
2.5 km

Turn right onto N22
500 m

Turn left
12.9 km

Continue onto L3402
3.8 km

Turn right onto R584
23.1 km

Turn right onto N71
10.3 km

Turn left
Restricted usage road
1 min (210 m)
Linden House

There are flights from Dublin (DBN) to Donegal twice per day (around lunchtime and then around 7-8pm) year round . Check specifics. Cost is around €60-€80 and takes about an hour. We can arrange transport from Donegal airport (not other airports) or from the main town of Donegal, Letterkenny.

If driving the exact address is:

Castle Murray House Boutique Guesthouse, St. Johns Point, Dunkineely, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Sat Nav Co-ordinates: N: 54.620740, W: 008.37515, Elev: 45m

Tel: +353 (0)74 973 7022 (only for Directions not for information on the retreats)

Depending on the retreat the food may be vegetarian or ‘fishetarian” or omnivor but we will make sure to provide options for vegetarians and other dietary restrictions that can sometimes be challenging when traveling. Just be sure to tell us before hand. Dunowen House serves a lot of vegetarian food taken from their own gardens. Donegal is an omnivore retreat using the best from the land and sea around Donegal. We can cater for allergies but preferences based on fad diets that you may be on may not be catered for. The food we serve is active food for active people on active holidays.

Big time! Some would consider our fitness holidays to be singles fitness holidays as there will be single people there as well as couples and friends. These are fitness and wellness retreats for all. If you want to book shared accommodations, we work hard to pair you with the right people.

We generally have people from mid-20s to early 60s. There are challenging activities and exercises so you need to be aware of your limits. However, nothing will be too extreme. This is a fitness and wellness retreat where there will be time for ‘free space” or time to yourself to relax. If you don’t want to do an activity you don’t have to. This is your fitness break; your wellness holiday. If you want challenging activities we have those too such as coasteering or sea stack climbing or scuba diving.

We prefer to have a good balance of both men and women, however, some retreats end up with more women than men or even just women. We provide exercises and activities that will challenge both genders equally and be enjoyable for all.

Let’s face it, Ireland has weather that can baffle even we who have lived in Ireland all our lives. It can be high 20s (celsius) in Summer or mid-teens, or it could be Mid-20s at the end of October. They say there is no bad weather only badly chosen clothing. This is a fitness retreat that will take place indoors and outdoors. It is a healthy holiday that takes place on land and sea.

  • Bring your workout gear of course
  • Bring hiking gear (hiking boots and hiking shoes, water proofs, etc)
  • Swimming gear
  • Sunblock (for the summer retreats)
  • Rain wear
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Flipflops

Expect everything!

For women who want to try something different we have a Brazilian manufactured range of fitness gear at www.biabrazil.ie,  which you can view online and we can bring the items to the retreat for you to try (one size fits 6-12/14) with no pressure to buy.

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