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Slane Food Circle 25km (E-Bike/Cycle Tour) - Boyne Valley Food Series 2016

Rock Farm Slane 041 988 4861

Saturday, 7 May 2016 from 10:00 to 16:45 (IST)

Slane Food Circle 25km (E-Bike/Cycle Tour) - Boyne...

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Adult: Guided Tour + Ebike Hire + lunch + tasting + refreshments   more info Ended €65.00 €0.00
Adult: Guided Tour + Bring Your Own Bike + lunch + tasting + refreshments Ended €40.00 €0.00

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Rock Farm Slane is an ecotourism provider that specialises in walking and bike tours of the
Slane Castle estate and the wider Boyne Valley as well as tree canopy experiences. We also
have a Boutique Eco Camp with 7 Yurts and 2 Shepherds Huts which sleeps up to 28 people sharing.
Our farm house The Eco Lodge 'The Limehouse' sleeps a further to 22 people in a stunning strawbale 
natural building here on our Farm

Rock Farm Slane is based on a 90-acre organic farm, which is part of the Slane Castle estate.
The farm specialises in rearing a variety of organic beef, organic pork from free ranging Tamworth
pigs and grows organic fruit and vegetable.

Black Board with writingYurts in the magical wood at Rock Farm SlaneSheep used as lawnmowersHappy Pigs warming themselves in the sunWind blowing the barley Slane Castle irish whiskey

We are founding members of a food cooperative The Slane Food Circle which participates in a number of activities from Farmers Markets to the BoyneValley Food Series events.

                        Rock Farm Slane Ireland                  Slane Food Circle logo          

Come meet the producers
This is the third season of Slane Food Circle electric bike tours making use of these brilliant
Pedelec (pedal-assisted) bikes to transport cyclists and non-cyclists alike around a beautiful
undiscovered part of the Boyne Valley beyond Slane in the valleys below the Rathkenny Ridges.

Slane Food Circle Electric Bike Tour
This tour is based on a one-day 25km food tour by electric bicycle through the Boyne Valley
taking in the following destinations. The tour will be hosted by the Carina Mount Charles,
organic farmer and ecotourism guide.

1.Rock Farm Slane
The tour will begin at Rock Farm Slane at with tea/coffee, and a platter of goodies from our
clay oven, served from 9.30am at the Strawbale Farm Office. We will start with a practice run
on the electric bikes around the farm taking in the Boutique Campsite with Yurts and Shepherds Huts, organic Tamworth pigs, the Dexter cows, rescue ponies and the free ranging, organic
chickens. A brief guide to the Mount Charles’ sustainable farming plans and ecotourism
project will include permaculture, forest gardening, hedgerow regeneration, wildlife conservation
and natural sewage systems.

Tour Length: 1 hour including tea and coffee
Departure at 11am.
Route: Easy, no hills and quiet roads via Slane village.
Cycle time to Shalvanstown: 20 – 30 minutes

2.Shalvanstown Organic Farm
A Slane Food Circle lunch to be served at Shalvanstown upon arrival. The tour will be conducted
John McDonnell a veteran organic farmer, who will explain the benefits of organic and biodynamicfarming, as well as his experiences with cooperative farming and social enterprises like the Camphill Community and the Slane Food Circle. We will visit Fox’s Cottage with its
sweeping views of the Rathkenny Ridges and see his organic flocks of sheep and cattle
foraging on green grass and fodder crops. Arrival 11.30am

Tour Length: 1 hour including walk to Fox’s Cottage (Land Commission history and viewing
Departure 12.30pm
Cycle time to Mullagha Farm: 15 minutes
Route: Easy, small hills and beautiful scenic country

3.Boyne Valley Blue Cheese
The tour will be conducted by the awarding winning cheese producer Michael Finegan ( ) who will introduce us to his herd of goats and explain to
us his method of cheese making. Lunch will be served in the ancient courtyard of Mullagha
Farm where the history of the ancient Mill and Teeling manoir will be given. 1 ½ hour tour
including lunch. Arrival 12:45pm

Tour Length: 1 ½ hour including lunch (Slane Food Circle cold meat and cheese platter with
organic salads)
Departure 2:15pm.
Cycle time to Des Crinion, Stackallen: 20 - 30 minutes
Route: Easy, no hills and only small stretch on secondary road

4.Des Crinion, Organic Farm
Des Crinion is a veteran organic farmer who traded in a successful career in hotel management
to dedicate his life to his passion for good organicproduce. We will visit Des’s animals
including sheep, chickens, polytunnels and learn about the many organic farm enterprises
Des has been involved with. Des’s organic ice cream pudding to be served. Arrival: 2:45pm

Tour Length: 1 hour tour including pudding stop for Des’s organic ice-cream
Departure 3:45pm.
Cycle time to The Cider Mill: 15 – 20 minutes
Route: Easy, no hills. One main road crossing

5.The Cider Mill, Cockagee Cider
The tour will end with a visit to The Cider Mill to meet Mark Jenkinson and learn about the long
lost Irish Cider “cac a gheidh ” (meaning goose turd green) which originates from the
yellow-green colou r of the fruit from the Cockagee apple tree. We will also learn about the
ancient technique of Keeving which helps produce this fine,high quality award-winning cider.
Arrival: 4:00pm

Tour Length: 1 hour tour including cider tasting
Departure 5:30pm.
Cycle time to Rock Farm Slane: 20
Description of return route: 30 minutes Route: Easy, no hills. One main road crossing and
chance to visit the River Boyne and discover medieval Slane.

Food purchasing & photo opportunities
* Opportunities for purchasing food products during the journey and taking fabulous photos will
be given along the way Transporting purchases
* The Rock Farm Slane and the Slane Food Circle will endeavour to transport your product to
you to meet you at the end of your journey.

Green travel arrangements
Rock Farm Slane is an ecotourism business that encourages guests to avail of local public
transport options.

Pick-up and drop off from Slane Village
(Bus Eireann – National or Collins Coaches - Dublin/Monaghan) and Drogheda MacBride
Train station can be arranged.

Please contact us on 041 988 4861 or for assistance.

Alcohol consumption
* Please take care when consuming alcohol during cycling activities. Rock Farm Slane will not
be held responsible for any accidents if the participant is deemed over the limit.

SLANE FOOD CIRCLE – Lunch Platter and ice cream.
The ingredients for the Slane Food Circle cold meats and cheese platter with organic salads
will come from the following members:

Boyne Valley Blue Cheese
Michael Finegan is well known both locally and nationwide for his award-winning blue goats
cheese from his own herd of 300 milking goats.

Carlitos, Dunleer
Declan and Carmel Moore established Carlitos Restaurant in 1996 and produce a range of
sauces and chutneys, as well as purchasing from the Slane Food Circle.

Cockagee Cider, Mark Jenkinson
Mark Jenkinson is the proud winner of the Best Medium Dry Cider in Ireland award at the
Cider-Ireland Craft Cider competition (Slow Food Ireland Applefest 2013. Mark uses the
ancient technique of Keeving to produce this fine, high quality dry cider.

Des Crinion - Stackallen
Des Crinion is an organic farmer producing cheese, ice cream, eggs and salad crops just
outside the village of Slane

Newgrange Gold
Newgrange Gold Rapeseed and Camelina Oil is grown and produced at Crewbane in the heart
of the Boyne Valley. The oils are 100% traceable because the rapeseed is grown, pressed and bottled entirely on the farm.

Rock Farm & Conynghams
Carina Mount Charles and her husband, Alex, produce a variety of organic vegetables, fruit,
pork and beef throughout the year on the Rock Farm under the Conyngham’s label.

Shalvanstown Organic Farm
John McDonnell, Shalvanstown is an organic farm and produces a range of organic beef and
lamb, cereals and field vegetables

The Whole Hoggs
Peter & Susan Whelan run a free range pig farm outs ide Slane. They produce gourmet
sausages and dry cure their own bacon along with charcuterie. They also run a small herd of
dexter cows.

Price per adult: Guided Tour + Ebike Hire + lunch + tasting + refreshments = €65 per person

Further discounts will be applied on overnight accommodation at RockFarm’s boutique

For prices please visit our online booking system at or enquire at 
or call 041 988 4861.
Do you have questions about Slane Food Circle 25km (E-Bike/Cycle Tour) - Boyne Valley Food Series 2016? Contact Rock Farm Slane 041 988 4861

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