The oldest established falconry school in Ireland offers you the chance to fly hawks around the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle in a one-hour private Hawk Walk. Within minutes of arriving, you will have a hawk on your glove and be setting off to fly your hawk around the beautiful woodlands surrounding Ashford Castle. As you walk through the gardens, your hawk will closely follow you, flying from tree to tree before swooping down to land back on your gloved fist whenever you ask it to. Your falconry instructor will explain all about the individual hawk that you are flying, all of which have been raised & trained by the Falconry School themselves. You will never forget the moment when your hawk first swoops down from a tree and lands back on your gloved fist. Flying a hawk is an experience of a lifetime.
All of our Hawk Walks are private experiences. You will have a Falconry Instructor and a hawk or team of hawks all to yourselves and a small number of spectators are welcome to accompany you, free of charge.
Falconry, believe it or not, has quite a history in Ireland and for the past one thousand years the native Irish people have been using a wide variety of birds too catch food for themselves. Although we don't have to resort to that method anymore, Falconry is still quite popular. Here at Ireland's first ever Falconry school, you can be taught a wide variety of skills linked with these magnificent birds of prey and have the chance to fly a hawk for yourself. Ashford Castle though, isn't just home to Ireland's number one resort, the estate itself plays home to a vast array of activities, from Fishing to Falconry, Horse Riding to Lake Cruising, Ashford Castle Estate is just an outdoor activity haven.With the estate being so vast, you could always hire a bike and discover for yourself why Ashford Castle has been voted one of Europe's best holiday resorts.