Wandering Wicklow with Friendly Donkeys

There is something special about donkeys!  How could you not love those long fluffy ears, gentle eyes, shaggy coat and cheeky character?

Come and enjoy an unforgettable donkey experience in the peaceful setting of our family farm in Wicklow.

Duration

2 hrs

Group Numbers

8

Price

from €35

What you’ll do

You will be warmly greeted when you arrive.

We will show you around our yard and tack room and briefly talk you through the experience to make sure you feel confident and comfortable with our long eared pals.  We will share some insider tips and tricks about how to look after, halter, feed and groom donkeys and then you get to try it all for yourself when we catch the donkeys from their paddock.

During the time spent grooming and brushing your donkey, you will get to know each other a little and slowly build trust and a friendly bond. They are very social animals who love cuddles and a good massage with a brush.

Then off we go for our tour! The walk is fairly easy with a mixture of road and forest path and we take our time and never rush anyone. There is lots of time for hugs, kisses, selfies and photos with the donkeys and some beautiful views to enjoy too.

When we return it’s time to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and yummy biscuits and we will share some entertaining stories about our donkeys’ unique and quirky personalities and why Ireland has a particularly strong traditional link with donkeys.

What’s Included

Snacks

Yummy biscuits and some donkey treats for your 4 legged companion.
We can cater for vegans & gluten intolerance with a few days’ notice.

Coffee · Tea · Water

We have lovely fresh water from our own well and lots of tea, coffee and hot chocolate for after the walk.
You are welcome to bring a reusable bottle and fill with water here.

Outdoor Gear

We have a small selection of rubber boots in most sizes we can happily loan out if needed

Where you’ll be

You’ll visit our family farm and glampsite at Cronybyrne.

Nestled close to the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough Valley and just 1hr from Dublin. It’s the perfect place to explore the Irish countryside with lots of green fields, rolling hills and fairy-tale forests.

Our rural location is best suited to guests travelling by car but we can happily help arrange transport from the local train station at Rathdrum or bus stop at Ashford.

If your preferred date or start time isn’t shown, please do get in touch to see whether we can customize a time for you.

What to bring

  • Closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes to walk in
  • Rain Jacket for the Irish weather surprises
  • Sun screen in summer/Heavy coats and hats in winter

We believe that travelling and respect for nature are two concepts that can happily go hand in hand.

Our donkeys are naturally curious so they will want to get to know you.

Nothing is compulsory, you can be involved in as much or as little of the experience as you would like.  An encounter with animals should make us feel that we all are part of nature and that we all share the planet together. It is very important to us that our donkeys are content and free to express their natural behaviour.

They live in a very natural environment as a group in open green fields surrounded by woodland. Physical and mental stimulation are very important for their well-being and they are really affectionate companions who enjoy walks and meeting new people.

Travelling and respect for nature are two concepts that should go hand in hand.

Here’s what some of our previous guests thought

This was a wonderful experience. What a magical farm with wonderful people and beautiful animals that are really loved and taken care of. The walk was really nice and we had some tea and biscuits afterwards. Would really recommend this experience if you like a nice walk in one of the nicest places in Ireland, want to meet great people that love their business, and if you like being around (really gentle) animals.

Such a great day! Ringo, Neasa and her partner really made us feel so welcome. It started snowing part way through our walk and it was so magical. They were so genuine and shared such fun stories about past donkey experiences on the farm. Real highlight was being able to walk back alone to the donkey pen with Ringo and meet all the other donkeys. They’re such friendly creatures and seems like they love their life on the farm!

Neasa and Alan were wonderful guides, and Ringo the Donkey melted our hearts. This experience was absolutely fantastic, and we were so thrilled to have been able to do it. We were lucky to get such great weather, and it was such a mindful 2 hours, before getting back for a great coffee and some lovely biscuits. I honestly can’t recommend Neasa and Alan (and Ringo) enough.

Flora in Wicklow

Fantastic morning spent down in Wicklow, a great opportunity to wander and explore Wicklow and a really enjoyable hands on experience with the donkeys, will definitely be back sometime to see Ringo and the gang!

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