Since the inception of Rock Farm Slane in 2013 as an ecotourism and activity centre, we have worked to consistently reduce the environmental impact of our business on the surrounding area and to enhance the beautiful countryside around us.
The agri-tourism development, constituting of a boutique eco campsite (Rock Farm Slane Glamping) and Strawbale Eco-Lodge and Cabin (The Lime House and Swallow’s Nest), have all been designed and constructed to mitigate against local environmental impacts and to enhance the local ecology through the use of use of natural building materials like straw, cob and lime, renewable energy and an integrated constructed wetland for foulwaste treatment and recreation area.
We are located in a National Heritage Area (NHA) which require that the management of the woodland and farmland protects the unique features of these protected areas.
For our achievements we have been awarded Meath Business & Tourism 2016 Best Boyne Valley Tourism Experience, TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders Platinum award and Ecotourism Ireland’s Global Sustainable Tourism Council Gold Award 2016. We are also proud to have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 5 star reviews throughout 2015 and 2016.
As an ecotourism business all our walks and activities have an environmental and socially responsible focus. We provide students insights into the day-to-day running of an organic farm and ecotourism business and will tailor-make the tour to the students specific subjects or areas of interest.
We are the only place in Ireland offering Recreational Tree Climbing and we get great reviews from both young and old. Our unique Strawbale Building project is also the largest in the country to have been approved by all relevant bodies including the Fire Officer! We also have an Integrated Constructed Wetland which uses natural plants to treat foulwaste onsite with zero discharge to ground. Our Organic Farm and Eco walks appeal to students who are covering a range of different subjects from Geography and Science to Ag-Science and Construction Studies.
Lighter elements of the tour include photo opportunities for all outside the beautiful Mongolian yurts, by the rare-breed animals and of course of the famous concert site at Slane Castle. There is plenty of space for students to eat their picnics and to let their hair down after the activities have finished.