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School Tours at Outdoor Education Ireland Nationwide

Outdoor Education Ireland is the organisation which oversees the National Network of Education & Training Board outdoor centres in Ireland and offer an ideal environment for school tours.

Supported by the Department of Education and Science through local Education and Training Boards, Outdoor Education Ireland provide an outdoor education service to schools, colleges & youth services in addition to a range of adventure sports and related courses for individual adults and youths.

Education courses encompass both Adventure and Environmental Education and are designed to ensure memorable day out learning experiences in a enjoyable environment. An excellent range of adventurous activities are ideal for group days out and provide an exciting forum to help groups learn & achieve together at a challenging level suited to their needs.

Each Outdoor Education Centre provides its own unique programmes with courses taking place in, on and around the wild and rugged landscapes and the superb marine environment that is Ireland.

Outdoor Education Ireland have been delivering exciting adventure and education programmes for many years and are a trusted source of education coures for irish schools and colleges.

Here’s some great benefits of Outdoor Education Ireland courses…

  • Programmes are designed to meet the needs of groups
  • Enthusiastic delivery focusing on positive personal development and enhancement of life skills
  • Enjoyable and memorable experiences to last a lifetime
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff
  • Excellent safety record and highest operational standards

There are many centres throughout Ireland, all offer adventure activities and some provide specialised coures like Rock Climbing and Sailing based on proximity to their local natural resources

Outdoor Education Ireland Centres

Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre
Weaver Square,
Co. Wicklow
Tel: 059 6481002/6481747
Fax: 059 6482128
Email: info[@]baltinglassoec.com
Web: www.baltinglassoec.com

Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre
New Ross,
Co. Wexford
Tel: 051 389550
Fax: 051 389552
Email: info[@]shielbaggan.com
Web: www.shielbagganoec.com

Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre
St John’s Hill,
Co. Cork
021 477 2896
Fax: 021 477 3088
Web: www.kinsaleoutdoors.com

Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre
(Schull Sailing)
Colla Road,
Co. Cork
028 28515
Email: info[@]schullsailing.ie
Web: www.schullsailing.ie

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre
Oulagh West,
Caragh Lake,
Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 669769244
Fax: +353 669769266
Email: info[@]cappanalea.ie
Web: www.cappanalea.ie

Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre
Co. Limerick
063 91161/91059
Fax: 063 91201
Web: www.kilfinaneoec.com

Birr Outdoor Education Centre
Roscrea Road,
Co. Offaly
057 9120029
Fax: 057 9121090
Web: www.birroec.ie

Burren Outdoor Education Centre
Bell Harbour,
Co. Clare
065 7078066
Fax: 065 7078195
Web: www.burrenoec.com

Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre
Co. Galway
094 9546483
Fax: 094 9546705
Web: www.petersburg.ie

Achill Outdoor Education Centre
Achill island,
Co. Mayo
098 47253
Fax: 098 47304
Web: www.achilloutdoor.com

Gartan Outdoor Education Centre
Church Hill,
Co Donegal
074 9137032
Fax: 074 9137254
Web: www.gartan.com

Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre
Via Cootehill PO,
Co. Monaghan
049 5552988
Fax: 049 5556004
Web: www.tanaghoutdooreducation.com

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School Tours at Rumley’s Open Farm Cork

School Tours at Rumley’s Open Farm Cork offer a fun and educational environment for Irish school children.

It has been a dream of mine for many years to bring children onto my farm and give them a chance to see how food is produced from vegetables, eggs, chicken to the various different types of meat.

I strongly believe if you show children how real natural food is grown it is something that will stay with them forever.

With this philosophy in mind I have developed 3 programs that will appeal to both younger and older children where they not only get to play with the animals but to see how a working farm is run. It is also a program where teachers will learn a lot too and be able to bring some real experiences and exercises back to the class room.

Our 3 programs are as follows:

Day Plan – Junior Infants to 1st Class


  • Visit the Pet Farm where the children can get to hold and feed the animals
  • Guided Tractor Tour of the Farm tailored to younger children
  • See a cow being milked
  • Hold our day old chicks
  • Lunch
  • The Fun Bit – Access to all the indoor and outdoor activities available on the farm

Day Plan – 2nd to 4th Class


  • 2 hour Guided Farm Tour explaining how the farm works for domestic and exotic animals
  • The Working Farm The children will learn about where the food chain begins and ends.
  • Exercise A worksheet will be provided for use as a project back in the classroom
  • Lunch
  • Opportunity to play in our activity centre and meet the animals in our Pet Farm

Day Plan – 5th & 6th Class


  • 2 hour Guided Farm Tour introducing the exotic animals and explaining how the farm works for domestic and exotic animals
  • The Working Farm The children will learn about where the food chain begins and ends.
  • Exercise – From Farm to Fork – Where our food comes from
  • Lunch
  • Opportunity to play in our activity centre and meet the animals in our Pet Farm

How much does it cost?

It is €8 per child, and you just pay for the number of children who come on the day. We accept cash or cheque payments on the day. Please make cheques payable to Rumleys Farm.

For further information click here

Liberty Hill
Tel : (021) 488 5122
Email : info@rumleysfarm.ie
Web : www.rumleysfarm.ie


Zipit School Tours

Adventure Starts Here!

Zipit School Tours allow your group to Get active, get connected and get outdoors. This is a great opportunity for students to enjoy an exhilarating and challenging outdoor activity in a natural setting, building confidence, teamwork and self-esteem. Students will feel a great sense of achievement as they conquer each activity, pushing their comfort zones in a completely safe environment but with the perception of risk. Big challenges or baby steps, our energetic instructors will encourage and motivate even the most nervous student, creating a lasting sense of achievement.

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“Our students had a wonderful day and really enjoyed the experience.”

“I’d like to pay tribute to the excellent staff.”

“Thank you for a great day, the kids really enjoyed it, as did we.”

We welcome primary school children from age 9 upwards and secondary students, with circuits to suit all ages and levels of fitness. Activities last for 4 hours. Safety is always paramount.

What better way to bond with your students, than participating alongside them and facing your fears too! Free participation and free tea and coffee for all teachers. However, we do ask that at least one teacher remains on the ground at all times, providing active supervision.

We can take 150+ students in any one day, by staggering start times. We have parallel initiation circuits to ensure a streamlined throughput so you can focus on enjoying your day out. To avoid queues and ensure an enjoyable time for all, we start approximately 45 students at one time, with the next group following one to two hours after. Please contact us for exact times, depending on size of group.

If you do have a very large group, the natural forest surrounds offers plenty of open space for games and trails through the forest. Coillte also offers orienteering. Log-on to Coillte.ie/activity/hiking for more details.

If you have children with special needs, please call us to discuss their needs. All children must be physically and mentally able to manage their own safety. SNA’s must supervise children under their care on a one to one basis.

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Zipit Forest Adventures has secured a licence with Coillte (Irish Forestry Management Company) to exclusively develop this type of activity on Coillte owned land which covers about 445,000 hectares, about 7% of the land cover of Ireland.