Singles Weekend, September 2016
Singles Weekend: September 23rd – 25th, 2016
If you’re single and into outdoor adventure, we have a weekend of fun in mind for you.
This will be our fourth Singles Adventure Weekend, proving to be very popular with singles who are up for adventure and craic.
This isn’t a match-making festival. What we do is bring like-minded people together and provide a fun environment to make new friends – single friends, with whom more than friendship may (or may not) develop. There’s something about adventure in the great outdoors – particularly the more high-adrenaline activities – that bonds people quickly.
And because the focus isn’t on potential romance, there is no awkwardness either. Just strangers with a love of the outdoors getting to know others.
If that appeals to you, read on…
Here is the line up for the weekend:
|Friday 23rd Sept
||Ferry departs Roonagh Pier
||Transfer to accommodation
||Dinner at Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant
||Banter in The Sailor’s Bar
|Saturday 24th Sept
||Lunch at Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant
||Activity of Choice*
||Dinner at Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant
||Live entertainment at Sailor’s Bar
|Sunday 25th Sept
||Morning stroll to explore the island
||Ferry departs Clare Island
Adventure West are the activity experts at Clare Island Adventures.
The Beach Challenge will take place on Saturday morning, and will involve the participation of all guests. The larger group will be divided into smaller teams, and you will be tasked with an obstacle race, that will include building and paddling a raft (the paddling part will be optional – not all team members need partake in that aspect) This is a light-hearted, fun activity that will set the tone and spirit for the rest of the day.
Coasteering is one of three optional activities for Saturday afternoon. Strictly for water babies! This is a thrilling hybrid activity that involves a bit of rock scrambling, a bit of cliff jumping and a bit of adventure swimming. If you’re comfortable swimming in the sea, this is great craic. We’ll start you off with very low level jumps (hardly even jumps at all) and as your confidence builds up so will the heights. Thrills galore!
Rock-Climbing & Abseiling is the second afternoon option. No previous experience is necessary – our friendly and skilled instructors will have you scaling rock-faces in no time. All you need for this one is a head for heights and a can-do attitude. We’d especially encourage newbies to give this one a go – you will be so delighted with yourself when you’re debriefing with your pals in the bar afterwards.
But if neither water nor heights are your thing, don’t panic! There is also the option of a guided hill-walk through the stunning landscape that Clare Island boasts. If you’re a keen photographer, this might be the one for you as the island has some of the most studied flora and fauna in all of Europe, and your guide will ensure you don’t miss out on anything special.
Base camp for the weekend is Go Explore Hostel and Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant. Included in the basic price is your accommodation in Go Explore Hostel for two nights. The rooms are split between male and female for the weekend. All our rooms are en-suite. Go Explore Hostel is one of Ireland’s premier hostels.
If you choose not to stay at Go Explore Hostel then the price is reduced to reflect same and you can choose to stay in one of the islands many excellent B&Bs close to the hostel. However, if you go for this option you must deal directly with the B&Bs yourself. Telephone numbers are below:
- O’Grady’s Guesthouse beside the pier – Phone (098) 22991
- Nelly Woods B&B – Phone (098) 22986
- Granuaile House B&B – Phone (098) 26250
- O’Malleys B&B – Phone (098) 25893
- Ciaran and Ann’s–Phone (098) 25106
- Sea Breeze B&B – Phone (098) 26746
- Cois Abhainn B&B – Phone (098) 26216
- The Lodge, self-catering accommodation – Phone (098) 26057 / (098) 26250
Included in your package is breakfast both days, your lunch on Saturday and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant is fast becoming known for it delicious cuisine and fresh seafood. You will be served dinner in the intimate setting of the BARD room before a great night of entertainment.
The Sailor’s Bar is a hive of activity at weekends, hosting a mix of local and national arttis, with a blend of traditional Irish and contemporary folk music. It’s a popular venue with islanders and visitors from Westport, Louisburgh and further afield. In addition to swapping stories with the other weekend adventurers, you’ll find a friendly and hospitable crowd to enjoy the banter and craic with.
Alan & Brian from Clare Island Ferry Company are the third members of Clare Island Adventures and responsible for getting you to the island. The Ferry is also included in your package so all you need to do is show up at Roonagh Pier and we’ll take it from there.
How it works
It’s different strokes for different folks. Choose the activity that most appeals to you. If you’re coming with friends, don’t worry about what they want to do – you’re going to be making new friends on this weekend!
On Friday night everyone will be mixing together so by bedtime you won’t be strangers anymore. After breakfast on Saturday there will be a beach challenge – the group will be divided into teams who will race one another as they build a raft, complete an obstacle course and then race the rafts around a 300m course (anyone uncomfortable in the water need not take part in the paddling part of the race).
Saturday afternoon’s activities must be selected when booking – this is to ensure proper instructor ratios per activity as well as the sufficient provision of gear. (If you’re opting for coasteering and have your own wetstuit, feel free to bring it along. But we provide everything you need, so no need to be concerned if you don’t have any gear)
And after dinner on Saturday, there’ll be live music and plenty of opportunity to continue the banter and craic. At that stage folks, if you’re not mixing, what can we say? It’s not our fault! But seriously, we don’t think that’ll be an issue for anyone at that point…. So, welcome aboard – we look forward to meeting you.
All in price for the weekend is €215 per person – this covers return ferry, B&B in Go Explore Hostel, two dinners, one lunch and ALL activities including gear provision.
Ex B&B (if you opt to stay in one of the local B&B’s) price is €160 per person.