Have you ever thought of taking alpacas for a walk? We hadn’t either. Once you have an encounter with them, we think you will be smitten. Alpaca trekking isn’t new. South Americans domesticated alpacas some 5000 years ago and have been working with them ever since.
Our treks start at the alpaca’s barn where Simon and I will put on head collars and leads (on the alpacas, not us). We usually take anywhere between two and ten alpacas at a time. Our boys are trained to walk in a line and not to stop for some grass along the way, however they do when they think they can get away with it. After a brief health and safely chat, we then head up into the forest behind our land. It is a magical place and virtually untouched with emerald green moss and clovers covering every surface.
About half-way through the trail, we will stop in an area that is set aside for breaks. The boys have an enclosure where they are given a well deserved snack and can graze. The humans can also take a break with a snack. There are plenty of logs and benches around to sit on, but you might get a wet bum! Throughout the trek, there are no end of photo opportunities. The views overlooking Kenmare bay is my personal favourite. When we arrive back at the farm, some of the alpacas may have a little treat in store for us…
What it costs
- €45 per person (12yr min.)
- Booking in advance is essential
- Gift Vouchers available (phone or email for more info)
- One Daily Trek at 10:30am
Anyone attending must be age 12 and older, all under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All guests must be fluent in English for safety whilst handling the animals.
What to expect
- The trekking experience usually lasts for two hours. This is Ireland, so the weather can be a very wet and unpredictable. We will still trek in light rain, the forest does provide great cover. Treks may be cancelled due to heavy rain, wind, or icy conditions.
- Meet and greet with the alpacas
- A guided walk through the beautiful forest with the alpacas
- Unlimited photo opportunities with the alpacas and the stunning views overlooking the Cloonee Lakes, Kenmare Bay, and the Ring of Kerry mountain range
- Snack break with the alpacas in the forest (feel free to bring your own snack)
- Spinning and fibre demonstration
Things to bear in mind
The forest has been kept as natural as possible, therefore the trail can be uneven and muddy at times with rocks and tree roots underfoot. The terrain has a few inclines/declines. Appropriate footwear is essential.
We are not able to have dogs on site please. Our alpacas see them as predators and get quite nervous around them. Besides, Walnut the cat will fly up the nearest tree and it will take us a week to get him down…
Lastly, you may have such a great time you may not want to go home! How about staying over in our B&B the Alpaca Lodge?