Going Back To Basics
Wilderness Survival Skills
This half day activity is ideal for groups who’d like to learn how to survive in the woods. You and your team will learn exciting fundamental survival skills whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery we have here on the estate. The basic survival skills you will learn can include how to build an effective shelter from available resources that will keep you dry and warm, how to build and start a fire for warmth and for camp cooking, and if you wish we can even teach you how to make water safe to drink. This really is a great fun day out with the added benefit of learning some essential survival skills.
Cooking over the fire will be a great opportunity to test your culinary skills in the outdoors and toasting marshmallows always taste better out in the fresh air. But first you must orienteer to find them!
Introduction – this begins with survival priorities and discussion on the use of your survival kit.
Protection – how to create shelters from both man-made and natural resources, as well as different ways of starting fires.
Acquisition – How to source water and make it safe to drink, as well as food preparation, which may even include toasting a marshmallow or two!
Pricing: €35 per person
Minimum numbers: 8 (Add a snack for €3)
Make the most of it
To make a full day of it add the spectacular Hike to the 5,000 year old Seefin Burial site for a full day adventure.
This is an ancient burial site which is situated at the top of a small mountain. Rich in heritage, walkers of all abilities will find the Wicklow Mountains truly spectacular with gorgeous views of Dublin on a clear day. The roof of the Heritage site has fallen in so it is possible to go in and explore this fascinating part of our history.
This linear hike to the burial site is 7km taking roughly 2 hours 30 mins and requires sturdy footwear and rainwear. This is an add-on to the bushcraft half day.
Pricing: €45 per person for full day
Min numbers: 8
Minimum numbers: 8
Spectacular Gaisce Journey
Adventure at our core
Kippure Estate is the ideal base for your Gaisce award with an idyllic location set in the Wicklow Mountains. With 240 acres of varied landscape situated beside the Wicklow Mountains National Park, you won’t find a better venue for your Gaisce awards requirements.
Bronze Gaisce Package
Hiking in the wild Wicklow mountains over 25 km taking 2 days.
Self-catering group accommodation (full board options also available).
Onsite instructor available overnight in case of emergencies.
Highly experienced and suitably qualified outdoor leaders (Ratio 1: 12).
€85 Guided walk and accommodation
Add Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch for a total of €113 per person
Why choose Kippure Estate?
Kippure Estate is proud to employ a number of highly experienced group leaders who between them have led many Gaisce programmes. Each of our leaders will make the difference in the smooth running of your President’s Award outdoor activities, by providing complete, professional support from beginning to end.
Make your Gaisce Award adventure even more rewarding by incorporating a trail of historical landmarks, all of which can be found on or near our estate. Some of the sites you can explore include:
Stone age Passage graves (Megalithic Tombs) dating from about 3000 BC on three nearby mountain peaks (Seefin, Seefingan and Seehan).
Ruins of old hut sites and the remains of a limekiln.
A sixth century queran stone, which was used for grinding corn.
A large variety of trees growing in a circle, described as a nursery in 19th century documents.
The picturesque Coronation Plantation, which was planted in 1831 to celebrate the crowning of William IV as King of England.
School’s out for Summer
With 240 acres to experience the best that nature can offer, give children a chance to get out into the wild in a supported environment. Getting children to go outdoors these days is hard when there are so many electronic games for them to play indoors. But children need to be outside playing and breathing lots of fresh air which helps them sleep at night, lifts their spirits and keeps them fit and healthy. Forest School is all about letting children be children while exploring nature.
At the Forest School Summer camp we encourage child-led learning and with our guidance your child will learn how to: build shelters, climb trees, whittle wood into usable objects, erect low ropes and swings, light a camp fire in the Leave No Trace way, cook on an open fire, connect with nature, show their creative side, share stories and songs, identify plants and animals and much more!
Forest School Summer Camp
at Kippure Estate for boys & girls: 7-12 years
4 Day Camp: €140 per child
(10% reduction for siblings)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Give your children a wonderful wilderness experience through bushcraft adventure, nature games and exploration
Here at Kippure our main goal is to facilitate learning. We give the children the choice of what they want to learn and in this way they build resilience and self-confidence which is crucial in the early stages of their lives; it sets them up for life.
Weather is not an obstacle if they are dressed properly so they will be expected to wear warm clothes, a good waterproof raincoat and rain trousers, wellies, hat and gloves and have a waterproof bag to carry a full change of clothes (just in case). They should also bring a healthy packed lunch of sandwiches and fruit (like in school please avoid ‘empty’ calories and E numbers), and bring bug spray and sun cream to cover all eventualities.
As this is an outdoor forest school where they will be running, jumping, climbing, dragging branches and generally doing all the things children enjoy, scratches or bruises may be unavoidable. We will endeavour to keep these to a minimum. All our forest school leaders are First Aid trained.