Exploring the Environment

An exploration of both the natural and man-made heritage of the region with morning presentations and afternoon field trips.

Please note: We are working on our 2024 course programme. Individual course pages will be updated and may be amended from now until early October. However, all published course dates for 2024 are confirmed to go ahead.

Title Location Price
Saturday, 29 June 2024 — Saturday, 6 July 2024
Exploring the Environment Gleann Cholm Cille €210 Book now

Gleann Cholm Cille, as it exists today, is the result of the interaction of man and the landscape over thousands of years. This course gives an understanding of the natural and man-made heritage of this spectacular valley of St Columba.

Topics include: the landscape before the arrival of man, the impact of the first inhabitants, the bogs and their flora and fauna, patterns of land use and other environmental themes.


The course format comprises a series of illustrated talks in the morning followed by guided walks each afternoon. The walks are not over-strenuous but a moderate level of fitness is required. Participants should bring walking shoes and rain gear.

Ireland’s Flora
Walk to the Silver Strand

MondayThe wild Irish Boglands
Flora, Fauna, History, Conservation
Bog Walk

TuesdayEarly man in Ireland
Lifestyle, buildings, tombs, impact on the environment
Neolithic tomb walk at Malinmore

WednesdaySome threatened Irish habitats
Meadows, dune systems, wildflowers
Nature Walk in Gleann Cholm Cille

ThursdayEarly Christianity in Gleann Cholm Cille, holy wells
Walk – Turas Cholm Cille

FridayTraditional buildings, field systems, place names
Walk part of Sliabh Liag or part of walk towards Port