Introducing your brand new obsession: Alpaca trekking.
Yes, it’s a thing, and we could not be more obsessed.
If, like many of us, you swoon at the idea of getting to pet a cute, fluffy alpaca, then you’re in for a treat. Nestled in the heart of West Cork lies Waterfall Alpaca Farm. Steeped in history with its Bronze Age Stone Row and a 16th Century castle nearby, this family-run farm is a truly remarkable experience.
The first of it’s kind in Ireland, the Waterfall Alpaca Farm offers the chance to take part in one of the most unique things to do in Cork; alpaca trekking. This increasingly popular activity takes you (along with your designated alpaca) on a 40 minute trail through an enchanting forest alongside a river, with stunning views of the nearby waterfall nestled beneath a canopy of ancient oak trees (sign me up, STAT!)
You’ll also get the chance to meet the other resident animals on the farm, which include ponies, donkeys, hens and giant rabbits, and they even have designated picnic tables for lunch alfresco after the trek.
If you fancy staying overnight, they also have a cabin on-site, nestled amongst the rolling hills of Castledonovan. The cosy cabin sleeps four people, and gives you access to the farm walk and is situated near the river.
Sound like a bit of you? The alpaca trekking season kicks off in Easter, and they will be accepting bookings mid-March at €30 per alpaca, or €20 per person accompanying.You can find out more on their website here, and keep an eye on their Facebook for updates as they tend to book up fast!