What’s it all About?
The adventure weekend is a BigStyle classic open to anyone from total water sport beginners to salty old sea dogs.
The idea is pretty simple:
- You come down to the lodge after work on a Friday, have a drink and a chat and meet a load of new people.
- Then get up on Saturday, spend the day doing all manner of watersports, yoga, hiking and eating unreal food.
- Then have a big Saturday night with bonfires, music sessions and general craic.
- Then get up on Sunday and do it all again.
- Then go home wrecked and happy on Sunday night.
Read on for the details.
We’ll be running surf lessons and providing rentals depending on your level. Cross beach is a perfect spot for learning and we’ll do everything we can to get you standing on your first wave
We’ll be taking you guys on a SUP adventure through some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery, either on the sea or in one of the many lakes.
We’ll be sure to run through the basics of SUPing and run the trip 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
The BigStyle Games
More info when you’re down… For the moment just imagine Stand up Paddleboarding meets gladiators
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.
This is the stuff that we’ll do if the weather doesn’t allow for the main activities… but they’re still class.
This is where we put on helmets, wetsuits and buoyancy aids – then we jump off cliffs and swim through caves.
If the weather isn’t playing ball for watersports (which is rare out wesht) we’ll dust off our hiking boots and take on Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s famous Holy Mountain.
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 out to start the day’s adventures, in between activities the Lodge team will serve up some hearty lunch.
After the day’s adventures it’ll be back to BigStyle HQ for beers, food, bonfire, craic, tunes and a fair bit of bejaysus.
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 get our activities done by 2 or 3pm and then after a bit of lunch try and hit the road, we’ll also have a return bus heading down to meet the 5.45 Dublin bound train.
We’ll be exhausted… the good kind of exhausted though
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):
- BigStyle games
- 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 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
– Warm & comfy clothes for after beach/hiking etc