NEW YEARS EXTRAVAGANZA
What’s it all About?
New Years is a tricky enough state of affairs, the big city centre blow out invariably turns into a washout and you’re left promising yourself that you’ll plan something better next year… but never do.
Have no fear though – this year the Shtyle has everything firmly under control.
We’re going to put together the best New Years event this country of ours has ever seen. Imagine three days of great of food, chilly winter surfs, live tunes, a whopper session in a great country pub, cosy vibes, swims with hot whiskies followed by hot tubs… and then double it.
Read on for a run down of all the details.
- Two nights accommodation in the Atlantic Lodge
- Three meals a day including one serious sit down meal on New Years eve
- Yoga on the morning of New Years Eve
- Music, and lots of it. A trad session the P. Dans pub on the first night and a live gig in the lodge on NYE and then back to P. Dans for more live tunes
- On New Years Eve there’ll be the BigStyle Scavenger hunt followed by a surf/swim and rounded off with a dip in the tubs
- A New Years Day dip followed by hot whiskies and a dip in the tub
- More craic than you’ll even begin to know what to do with
Get down to a very festive Atlantic Lodge for around 6 PM on Monday evening where you’ll be met with a big serving of hearty winter food, then it’s into P. Dan’s pub for traditional music and a few pints.
At 9am on Tuesday morning, for those of you feeling limber, we’ll be running a yoga class in our studio overlooking the sea followed by a serious brekkie. In a festive departure from our usual Porridge we’ll be serving up a cooked breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.
Then we’ll be kicking off BigStyle’s 1st annual scavenger hunt throughout the lonesome hills of Killadoon. The crew will be divided into groups and set out into the wilds – the first one to complete it gets the much coveted ‘Scav-prize’ that evening.
Then it’s back to HQ for a big lunch followed by a short, sharp surf session or sea swim. When we come back to the lodge the hot tubs will be fired up and ready to ease your cold bones… we’ll also be holding a mulled wine reception the likes of which hasn’t been seen in years.
Then it’s into the lodge for a massive sit down meal of festive delights, then we’ll flip the lodge around and have one last ‘Live at the Lodge’ music session before the year is out.
After that it’s into the pub where there’ll be more live music and craic until the wee hours.
Welcome to 2020 (it sounds impossibly futuristic)
So it’s up for breakfast from 10.30am to 12.30pm so there’s no pressure to get moving too early.
I think we’ll admit to ourselves that we might give yoga a miss in the morning.
Then when everyone’s ready for action (or as ready as they’ll ever be) we’ll cruise down to Killadoon beach for the big New Year’s day swim. Afterwards we’ll have hot whiskies and hot chocolates ready and… the piece de resistance… the hot tubs will be back warmed up to thaw you out.
What’s not included
- Transport down. No problem for drivers and we’ve got a train & bus package for those non-drivers.
- Alcoholic beverages – but there’ll be plenty of opportunities to stock up in an off-licence or enjoy a creamy pint of black stuff in a local boozer.
So there are two ways of getting down to us.
1. SELF DRIVE
If you have your own car it’s a straightforward 3.5 – 4 hour drive down the M6. If you’re driving solo or have space in your car we’ll try to find you some other guests to carpool with.
Once we know who’s going we can start putting plans together regarding this.
2. TRAIN & LIFT
You can take the train from Dublin to Westport and we can collect you from Westport train station and bring you straight to the lodge.
The transfer from Westport train station to the lodge costs €10 each way
From Dublin the plan would be:
Outgoing: Take the 18.15 train from Dublin Heuston to Westport on Friday evening
Return: Take the 5.45 train from Westport to Dublin Heuston on the Sunday evening
The train usually costs €40 return and takes 3.5 hours
What to bring Section
- Beach towel
- Wetsuit if you have one (we’ll of course provide one if you don’t)
- Warm and waterproof clothes, and plenty of changes of socks and trousers etc. It’s the West of Ireland in late Autumn… be prepared.
- Hiking boots (waterproof if possible)
- Reusable water bottle
- A bit of booze if you’re that way inclined