Falconry School at Lyrath Estate
Lyrath Estate Hotel is home to the Hawkeye School of Falconry, a first of it’s kind in the South East of Ireland. Experience this ancient sport of Kings with a private Falconry Experience on the Estate.
Private Hawk Walk
Your Private Hawk Walk will begin with an introduction to the Hawk you are about to fly.
Our falconer will brief you on a 5000 year history of the ancient art of falconry.
You will set off on a walk as your hawk follows you, watching your every move.
Your falconer will teach you how to recall the hawk from the treetops to your gloved hand and send him back to the trees again.
During the walk, your falconer will work with you to ensure you get some amazing photo and video opportunities as you call the hawk several times to your gloved hand.
To finish up your Hawk Walk you will be introduced to one of our owls.
As you fly the owl, your falconer will teach you about the species and their habitat.
The owls are super cute, very photogenic and they do love an owl selfie!
Duration 1 hour approx
Private Family Experience
The family experience is tailored to families with younger children.
The experience will begin with a guided tour around our falconry school where you will meet a selection of our birds of prey.
We will introduce you to one of our friendly Harris Hawks before we take the bird into the field for some free flying. Here we will teach each member of the family how to call the bird from the trees to your gloved fist for some photos and videos.
Then it’s time to meet the cutest members of our team…….the Owls!
We will teach you about the species of owl you are flying while capturing some fantastic photos and they do love an Owl selfie!!
The falconer will work closely with young kids throughout the experience but will use their discretion on the day as some kids can find it a little overwhelming when they have free flying birds around them for the first time.
Duration: 1 hour approximately
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What if the weather is bad?
In the event of very bad weather please contact the school or hotel reception to check if experiences will go ahead. If we have light rain showers we can proceed but if the rain is heavy and persistent we may have to cancel as it is neither enjoyable for people or birds!
What Falconry Options are available?
For a brief synopsis on our experiences please see our Falconry Experience summary information…for further information you will find a detailed account of our experiences on http://www.hawkeyefalconry.ie
Advanced booking is recommended.
Can Children take part in Falconry?
We have tailored a specific Private Family Experience for 2 adults and up to 3 children to cater for younger children. For all our other experiences children must be a minimum of 10 years of age. For more information on this experience please visit http://www.hawkeyefalconry.ie
What should I wear?
We recommend that long sleeve tops are to be worn during experiences and suitable sturdy footwear also. We spend most of our time in grass and flip flops (although nice and cool to wear during summer months) are not ideal for trekking through grass or woodland areas!
How to book in?
Choose a date, time and experience that works for you.
If you need assistance or have any further questions, please call 083-0039743/086-0589300 or contact hotel reception. Please note that there is a 24 hour cancellation policy in place.
We can be extremely busy during peak season so advanced booking is recommended, however if a private experience is not available to you we offer a Group Eagle Experience with a maximum of 10 people most afternoons that you can join if you wish!