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West Cork

West Cork 2017-11-03T10:19:33+00:00
From €280 per night

We have two wonderful 5-star luxury locations in West Cork. Dunowen House, Clonakilty and Linden House Glengarriff.

West Cork, the southernmost stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way zigzags gently, past gardens lush with sub-tropical plants, between hedgerows thick with fuschia. By hundreds of inlets, tiny coves, and beaches, just right for long days spent in the salty air… whale-watching, hiking, kayaking on a saltwater lake in the moonlight, or simply enjoying a pint watching the world go by. There’s something restorative and re-energising about West Cork, the temperate Gulf Stream climate, the peaceful vibe and creative scene. 

These Fitness and Wellness Retreats are suitable for everyone. Couples, singles, older and younger. You will be joining like-minded active people who are looking for something different.

Included in the package price at each location are:

  • Accommodation in a luxurious 5-star location
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. We use local produce cooked to a very high standard with all the health benefits of that.
  • A group nutrition coaching session to ensure you leave with a knowledge of good eating for life-living.
  • All exercise classes such as ViPR, Beach Bootcamp, Circuit Training, Yoga.
  • All organised activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, horse riding, and guided adventures.
  • Guides, transport to and from activities, as well as any demonstrations
  • Transport to and from Cork airport are also included.

During your “free space” time if you’d like to “chill or challenge” here are some options:

  • Therapies are available as an optional add-on. Transport if off-site included.
  • Personal training is available as an optional add-on. This will either be on a secluded beach or in Dunowen’s beautiful garden.
  • Personal nutrition coaching is available as an optional add-on
  • More challenging activities such as rock climbing, sailing, coasteering, and scuba diving are available as optional add-ons . Transport included. We have a great team of local experts.

A SAMPLE DAY AT YOUR RETREAT at Dunowen House, Clonakilty

  • Early Rise and Group class on Red Strand Beach : yoga/beach bootcamp/ViPR/Circuit Training/beach run
  • Healthy tasty breakfast of homemade breads, yoghurts, fruits, cereals at Dunowen House
  • 1/2 day Snorkling in Lough Hyne Nature Reserve
  • Free space/Therapy
  • Dinner at Dunowen using local ingredients in season.
  • Free space. After a long day’s activities some people like to relax and go to one of the fine local bars for a pint of Beamish or Murphys

A SAMPLE DAY AT YOUR RETREAT at Linden House, Glengarriff

  • After breakfast boat trip to stroll through the gardens of beautiful Garnish Island in Glengarriff
  • Packed lunch and 3-4 hour hike on Dursey Island (accessed via cable car)
  • Return to Free Space/Therapy
  • Dinner in Linden house
  • Traditional Irish music session in the village
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Our Cork retreats at Dunowen House, Clonakilty and Linden House, Glengarriff  both take in the  two distinctive areas of West Cork: one the Haven Coast with it’s rolling green hills meeting golden beaches, vibrantly coloured towns with artisan food producers and art galleries. The other area the remote Peninsulas with their small coves, impressive cliffs, hidden lakes, whale watching and island hopping. Both are wrapped in a deep history spotted with stories of rebellion, pirates, heroes and villains.

Dunowen House near Clonakilty is surrounded by beautiful green hills and fields which fall to meet cliffs and numerous golden beaches. Linden House in Glengarriff is surrounded by lush green woods in the almost sub-tropical area that leads to both the Cork and Kerry mountains and the West Cork islands.

If flying to Ireland it is best to arrive at Shannon airport (SNN). 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. We often coordinate shared rides among guests landing around the same time, so that the transportation fee decreases per person. In the RESERVATIONS section you can insert your flights.

If driving the exact address is:

Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Moher Lodge, Kinielty, Liscannor, Co. Clare.

We are 7kms from Lahinch driving straight out on the road to the Cliffs of Moher. As you enter Lahinch follow the signs for the Cliffs of Moher and Liscannor (it’s a right turn before you come into the main street of the village).

Drive along that road, with the golf course on your left. After 4 kms you will reach Liscannor Village. Continue driving through Liscannor Village. After another 3kms turn left, just before The Rock Shop (which is on the right side of the road). After 200 metres you will reach a crossroads, turn right. Continue up the road for approximately 750metres (it’s a tiny road!), we are the third property on the left, you will drive up a long driveway and we will be waiting for you there.

Want to take a taxi?

If you wish you can catch a taxi from the airport directly to the Retreat for approximately €60 – €80. We recommend contacting Philip O’Dwyer, who offers competitive rates from Shannon to the Retreat compared to picking up a taxi at the airport. Phillip can accommodate individuals and groups. To pre-arrange transfers please contact Philip directly at:

Email: thetaxicompany@gmail.com
Phone: +353 (0) 65 707 5000
Mobile: +353 (0) 86 606 6761

Public Transport:

Dublin Coach has a great service from Dublin (airport or city centre) to Ennis. Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: http://www.dublincoach.ie/

Bus Eireann run a service (Route 350) from the Ennis train station to Lahinch and Liscannor (close to us). Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: http://www.buseireann.ie. We can arrange a taxi to pick you up from there or you can contact Philip directly. Let us know which option you are going for when booking.

If flying to Ireland it is best to arrive at Shannon airport (SNN). 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. We often coordinate shared rides among guests landing around the same time, so that the transportation fee decreases per person. In the RESERVATIONS section you can insert your flights.

If driving the exact address is:

Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Moher Lodge, Kinielty, Liscannor, Co. Clare.

We are 7kms from Lahinch driving straight out on the road to the Cliffs of Moher. As you enter Lahinch follow the signs for the Cliffs of Moher and Liscannor (it’s a right turn before you come into the main street of the village).

Drive along that road, with the golf course on your left. After 4 kms you will reach Liscannor Village. Continue driving through Liscannor Village. After another 3kms turn left, just before The Rock Shop (which is on the right side of the road). After 200 metres you will reach a crossroads, turn right. Continue up the road for approximately 750metres (it’s a tiny road!), we are the third property on the left, you will drive up a long driveway and we will be waiting for you there.

Want to take a taxi?

If you wish you can catch a taxi from the airport directly to the Retreat for approximately €60 – €80. We recommend contacting Philip O’Dwyer, who offers competitive rates from Shannon to the Retreat compared to picking up a taxi at the airport. Phillip can accommodate individuals and groups. To pre-arrange transfers please contact Philip directly at:

Email: thetaxicompany@gmail.com
Phone: +353 (0) 65 707 5000
Mobile: +353 (0) 86 606 6761

Public Transport:

Dublin Coach has a great service from Dublin (airport or city centre) to Ennis. Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: http://www.dublincoach.ie/

Bus Eireann run a service (Route 350) from the Ennis train station to Lahinch and Liscannor (close to us). Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: http://www.buseireann.ie. We can arrange a taxi to pick you up from there or you can contact Philip directly. Let us know which option you are going for when booking.

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. The Cliffs of Moher Retreat is a vegetarian fitness retreat. Donegal is an omnivore retreat. 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 form 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.

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.

reservations

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