Singles Weekend, September 2020
Singles Weekend: Sept 11th – 13th 2020 – CANCELLED.
We regret that due to continued COVID 19 infections, and concerns in ensuring social distancing measures will always be adhered to, we have had to cancel this month’s event. We look forward to bringing it back again in May 2021.
If you’re single and into outdoor adventure, we have a weekend of fun in mind for you.
Every year, we begin and end the main season with a Singles Adventure Weekend, which has proven itself 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 provisional line up (subject to change) for the weekend:
|Friday Sept 11th||6.45pm||Ferry departs Roonagh Pier|
|7.15pm||Transfer to accommodation|
|8.15pm||Dinner at Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant|
|10.00pm||Live Music in The Sailor’s Bar|
|12.00||Clare Island Challenge|
|2.00pm||Lunch at Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant|
|5.00pm||Showers & Free time|
|6.30pm||Dinner at Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant|
|10.00pm||Live entertainment at Sailor’s Bar|
|11.00am||Morning stroll to explore the island|
|1.00pm||Ferry departs Clare Island|
After breakfast on Saturday, there will be a short guided walk. This will be followed by the Clare Island Challenge – a team-based orienteering course. (We will break the larger group into smaller teams.) You and your team-mates will race the other teams and complete some puzzles along the way.
Lunch will follow and after that it’s Raft Building. Again, you’ll do this activity in teams, but we’ll mix them up from the land-based teams. As a team you’ll build a raft on the beach, then paddle it around a small course in the harbour. Those who are not comfortable swimming in the sea do not have to take part in the paddling element. And, to keep things fair, we’ll to divide the teams to ensure a fair spread of paddlers across all teams.
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:
- 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 artists, 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 they’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 which the whole group gets to participate in.
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 raft building 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 €275 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 €199 per person.
Terms & Conditions:
- To confirm your space on this weekend, we just require a €70pp deposit.
- The balance of your payment is due 4 weeks prior to the event.
- For cancellations up to 4 weeks prior to the event, we retain €4 admin charge and refund the balance of your booking deposit.
- For cancellations within 4 weeks of the event, we retain your deposit, and refund the balance.
- For cancellations within 48 hours of the event, we retain €145 and refund the balance.
- It may be necessary to change the Saturday afternoon activity, due to adverse weather conditions or operational requirements.