What’s it all About?
BigStyle are teaming up with the Hike Life crew to bring you a fantastic weekend of adventure and craic. We are combing the classic BigStyle adventure weekend with the idea of the Hike Life lead by the wonderful Roz Purcell.
The plan for the weekend is pretty simple:
- You come down to the lodge after work on a Friday, have a drink, a chat and meet a load of new people around the camp fire.
- Then get up on Saturday – start the day with a Yoga session, Breakfast and then we will depart for Croagh Patrick.
- Afterwards we will have a late lunch and then head to the beach for an evening Surf and SUP.
- Then have a big Saturday night with dinner, bonfires, music sessions and general craic.
- On Sunday we will start the morning in the same manner but with a climb to our nearest mountain – Killadoon Hill.
- We will end the weekend with a quick sea swim and a hearty lunch.
Read on for the details.
We will head for Croagh Patrick on the Saturday and take on the Holy Mountain aiming to be at the top by early afternoon. The climbs will be lead by Roz and one of our expert local Mountain Guides. On the Sunday we will take on our local mountain, Killadoon Hill, which has breathtaking panoramic views of County Mayo.
If the conditions are right we will head for a Surf Lesson on Saturday afternoon to cool down after the climb. Those who are more experienced can pick up a board and head on in!
If conditions prove to be calm and balmy we will be running a SUP lesson on either the sea or the lake.
We’ll be sure to run through the basics of SUPing and run the lesson in flat, safe conditions – meaning it will be suitable for beginners as well as experienced SUPers.
Whatever the weather we’ll be running our yoga classes every day before breakfast in our brand new yoga room with its spectacular view
We love a good bonfire and we’ll be sure to get one burning on one of the nights if the rain stays at bay… and where there’s a bonfire there’s a music session.
The drivers should be leaving straight after work as it’s a four hour drive, while those going by rail should be on the 18.15 Westport train and we’ll have a bus to meet you at Westport station on arrival.
When we get down to BigStyle’s Atlantic Lodge the team will have food waiting for us weary travelers – all food is vegetarian but if you have any specific food requirements let us know and we’ll make a plan. We can cater for vegans and ceoliac easily with prior notice.
We’ll have a few beers at the Lodge and see where the night takes us.
We’re up nice and early on Saturday morning, around 8am, then we’ll be running a yoga class first thing in the morning in our fantastic new Yoga studio.
Then we’ll have breakfast in the back lodge and after that we’ll head for Croagh Patrick. We will aim to have a late lunch and then hit the sea for a bit of Surf and SUP.
After the day’s adventures it’ll be back to BigStyle HQ for beers, food, bonfire, craic and tunes!
We might leave the wake up a little later on Sunday but the minute we get up (after a bit of Yoga and breakfast) we’ll be back into the great outdoors for our next adventure.
The aim is to set out from the BigStyle Atlantic Lodge for our local mountain – Killadoon Hill. After the hike we will cool down with a sea swim and then a hearty lunch before we hit the road for home! The aim is to finish the weekend by 3pm.
Two nights accommodation in either dorms, triple, double or twin rooms depending on what option you go for
Yoga classes first thing both mornings
A very healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for two days
All activities and equipment (activities will be decided according to the weather):
- Loads of craic
- No hidden costs – we’re sound
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 the local pub.
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
– Appropriate Hiking Gear
– Beach Towel
– Wetsuit if you have one
– Alcohol if you fancy a drink
– Warm & comfy clothes for after beach/hiking etc