Experience Wild Ireland: Survival Training and Bushcraft Camps

Last updated on November 25, 2023

Get out of your comfort zone and into adventure! Bushcraft and survival training are in vogue!

Everyday office life is too cosy and at the same time not challenging enough. Too many people live in cities, far away from nature.

The scout camp during school days is a long time ago, but the memories are still alive – why not do something like that again?

Why Bushcraft or Survival Training?

Survival training, isn’t that a bit exaggerated? No, because it’s not about fighting for your lunch with a knife in your teeth, but about learning skills to get along better in nature and with nature.

Nature awakens the senses! Learning more about nature helps us reconnect with the fauna and flora that surround us. We walk through the landscape with more alert eyes, seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting it more consciously.

Bushcraft or survival training also helps us to understand ourselves better, how do we react to exertion, cold, hunger or thirst?

I don’t have to light the barbecue at home with two sticks, I have a lighter! Yes, of course, we don’t need many outdoor skills at home, but it’s still a lot of fun to learn them!

And you don’t have to be a “tough dog” to take part in bushcraft survival training, because there are many organisations that offer training and camps for ordinary people.

Ireland is a very beautiful country for nature lovers. Here you will find beautiful and special landscapes, which are clearly different from those on the European continent. The flora is partly different and so is the fauna. So why not dive deeper into Irish nature?

By the way, I myself spend as much time as possible in the mountains and forests of the Wicklow Mountains. Originally from Germany, we have been living in Ireland for several years. At our location south of Dublin, at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, we run our motorbike rental business in the summer (www.easycruiser.tours) and also offer nice guest rooms (www.the-view-accommodation.ie). in my spare time I like hiking. I also know a bit about bushcraft.

In the following I would like to introduce some bushcraft and survival providers in Ireland and maybe you would like to book a survival or bushcraft camp in Ireland on your next holiday:

Outdoors Ireland

Outdoors Ireland offers several interesting formats for bushcraft and bushcraft survival enthusiasts. There are one-day and multi-day courses. The location is at Glengarriff on the southwest coast of County Cork. See: https://www.outdoorsireland.com.

Survivalist Ireland

Instructors with military backgrounds and crisis experience – Survivalist Ireland’s Advanced Course promises tough days. This is not about bushcraft, it’s about survival! There is also a 2-day beginners course, but only for groups. You can certainly ask to join a group though. See: https://survivalistireland.com/advanced-course/.

Western Bushcraft Skills

In, or rather at, an old castle not far from Galway you can do a two-day basic bushcraft course. See: https://www.westernbushcraftskills.com/weekend-courses.

Pat Falfey

Pat Falvey is an Irish mountaineer, adventurer and book author. In the mountains of Killarney (southwest coast) he offers courses on trekking, mountaineering and camp/survival. The latter runs under the heading Teambuiding, but the text also mentions individual bookings. See: https://patfalvey.com/product/team-building-events/.

Wild Walk Bushcraft

Wild Walk Bushcraft is a company in Northern Ireland. Various courses are offered at different locations in Northern Ireland – quite extensive and interesting range of courses. See: https://wild-walk.co.uk/courses/adult-courses/.

Eclipse Ireland

In Kenmare, on the south-west coast of Ireland, you’ll find this adventure centre. There are lots of fun and adventure courses, including bushcraft. See: http://www.eclipseireland.com/contentpage/bushcraft.

Adventure Wicklow

In the Wicklow Mountains, close to Dublin, you can do a small half-day course in Bushcraft – good to get a taste! See: https://adventurewicklow.com/wilderness-skills/.

Strangford Lough Activity Centre

Strangford Lough is a beautiful coastal lake in Northern Ireland. The Activity Centre there offers lots of exciting activities, including bushcraft. See: https://strangfordloughactivitycentre.com/outdoor-activities/bushcraft/.

Leave No Trace Ireland

Leave no trace – in all outdoor activities it is always important to preserve the beauty you experience for others. Leave No Trace Ireland has published a little guidebook that I would like to share with you: See: https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2105051-LNT-7-Principles-PocketGuide.pdf.


Conclusion

Are you ready for your Ireland adventure? That’s right, you’re sure to have fun!

Ireland is a beautiful country with wonderful nature and landscapes. Immerse yourself in nature and experience it with all your senses – together with like-minded people.

Your bushcraft or survival adventure is waiting for you – let’s go to Ireland!

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Uli Written by:

Hello and welcome to my blog. Originating from Germany, my family and I now live in Ireland (at least part time). We have travelled this amazing isle many times and know many parts of it very well. In this blog, I would like to share valuabe tips and information for your next trip to Ireland with you. Enjoy the content, yours, Ulrich Kn├╝ppel-Gertberg