Gaisce Adventure Trip
To cater for all the needs of the adventure section of the Gasice Award we at the Ox Mountain Adventure Camp have upgraded our facilities to ensure a safe and comfortable stay for both students and Teachers/PAL's.
Now in our 5th year of hosting Gaisce groups our biggest addition this season is for PAL's who can avail of the use of our new Ox Mountain Lodge free of charge (booking dependant). The Lodge is a modern day living unit refitted in 'Log Cabin' style. It includes 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 with two single beds. A fitted living room come complete with a wood burning stove and TV services. The Lodge also has a fitted kitchen and its own shower/toilet.
The Lodge is located by the campsite so as Teachers/PAL's can be close to students.
A link can be found below to a full description to our Ox Mountain Lodge.
For students we have a large camping area which is supported by its own cabin, fitted with electricity, toilet and a kitchen sink. Students can use the cabin services without needing to leave the camp site area.
Our fire pit also sits beside the camping area providing students with the opportunity to enjoy some camp fire fun at night.
We also provide tents for students which they erect or 'pitch' themselves.
The campsite like the entire Ox Mountain Adventure Camp is securely located behind our electric gates and fencing and our remote location provides added security and tranquillity for students.
For adverse weather conditions our fitted out Bunk 'n' Barn facility can be used by students.
The Bunk 'n' Barn building comes complete with fitted wooden bunks.
Toilet and washroom area, kitchen sink and fridge are also fitted to the building.
Students can relax in the building passing any severe weather conditions dry, warm and safe with a few board or table games.
We also have a large BBQ unit for students to prepare their own food under supervision by us, thus by further promoting the self-reliance ethos of the Gaisce Award
To comply with the require walking distances for the Gaisce Award we enjoy the choice of several routes in our area.
The main route consists of traversing a hill top peek leading to forest trail and eventually joining the famous 'Sligo Way'. A loop around Easky Lough brings students to their furthest point from the camp at which point a quiet country road leads us back to base camp and some well needed dinner.
Secondary routes for shorter distances include a hike to a hill top peak knowing locally as the 'Robbers Den' descending into a close quarters forest pass which corals students to the promised land of a 'hard core trail' leading back to base camp.
Other routes include hikes to picturesque hidden hill top lakes and the locally famous 'Stirring Rock'.
All hikes are fully supervised and led by experienced guides throughout and great care is taken in regards student safety.
Students can also learn about our mountain environment on a casual basis as we traverse the routes.
For student down time our site connects to an adjacent forest with clear trail walks and leads to the local Mass Rock Site which can be visited within a 5-minute walk.
Our guides work to the highest standards to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for students and are –
Mountain Leader Trained
Qualified in Remote First Aid care.
They also –
Employ the ‘Leave No Trace’ policy.
Follow guidelines set out by Mountaineering Ireland regarding Child Protection Policy’s.
We are a fully insured provider.
Bronze Award - € 45.00 (1 night)
Silver Award - €75.00 (2 nights)
Review from Scoil Muire agus Padraig Swinford Co.Mayo
We thoroughly enjoyed!! Our two day stay at the the sublime Ox Mountain Camp recently. Monica and Dermot are like a Mam and Dad that look out for their customers with the highest class of hospitality that I've ever encountered, and I've stayed in many camps. These people are salt of the earth people.
I can't wait to go back again. A little gem in the beacon of positivity of Sligo. Gaisce is the best place here.
Scoil Muire agus Pàdraig
REVIEW FROM DAVITT COLLEGE
This has definitely been the best centre I have used for obtaining the Gaisce adventure award.
The facilities are second to none.
Evening activities were excellent.
The walks were breathtaking and challenging as they should be.
Our guide, Dermot meticulously planned our route. All flora and fauna, land features and local stories were relayed to the children.
I have been to bigger centres both in ireland and abroad. Masshill would definitely be as good if not better.
Well done and thank you Dermot, Monica, sinead, Catriona and stevie.