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“You have to try it .”

Ireland's School of Falconry
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A chance for you to fly a hawk around the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle in a private one hour Hawk Walk. No-one ever forgets the moment when their hawk first swoops down from a tree to land on their gloved fist - Flying a hawk is an experience of a lifetime!
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We read so many of the rave reviews about the falconry that we knew we had to try it. Did it live up to the hype? We are happy to say it did.
We learned so much about the birds and their lifestyle.
They really are amazing creatures. We enjoyed learning to fly them and seeing them in action. We were very impressed with the facility and all that they do to care for the birds.
It was a unique experience. Highly recommended.

Thank thelevines
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife, since she was a teen, has dreamed of handling a hawk. On our trip to Ireland I made sure we did the Hawk Walk (extended) at the Ashford Castle because we do not have this as an option in Ontario (that I know of). Our guide (I cannot read his name he wrote down for use, but it begins with a "C" and he has a full, bushy beard) was very knowledgeable. Answered all of our questions (and we had many). Our walk was very entertaining. We had Swift, Joyce and Stoker on our walk with my wife and 11 year old daughter. We even had the opportunity to fly the Eagle Owl. I do not think anything could have topped this experience.

Thank Derrick W
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

The guide that Eric had, his name was Ed, was very informative and he is committed to his employment and he is very dedicated to providing a wonderful experience to all his patrons. Eric will never forget the wonderful time he had learning all about the falcons.

Thank Kathryn M
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Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

We did an 8 day tour around Ireland and stayed at Ashford Castle. We booked the hawk walk prior to leaving home. It was simply amazing! One of the very best experiences we have ever done. An activity that you will never forget. The guide was so informative and patient. My 16 and 18 year old really learned a lot about the hawks. We did the extended walk and flew Dingle the owl. It seemed right out of Harry Potter. The falconry school is about a 6 minute walk from the front door of Ashford. You can also ask for transportation in one of the hotel's Range Rovers. The birds very gently take off and land on a leather glove, but you should still wear long sleeves.

Thank Rudypup
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

Staying at the Ashford Castle and participating in the Falconry experience was a fairytale experience. What a beautiful experience to connect with nature and learn about this awesome sport. Our guide was amazing as she actually had 18 of us on the "experience" and she handled 18 people, two birds and 4 little kids with grace and patience. During the Falconry experience we were lead through some gorgeous scenery which felt like an Irish rainforest. It was a once in a lifetime experience we will treasure forever.

Thank CaliforniaFoodieGirl
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