People often describe their need to ‘quiet their mind’. But what does this mean?
When we sit to meditate, it sometimes seems that our mind is busy all the time, from the start to the end of the meditation. This is not unusual. It’s the nature of our mind to be busy. That’s what the mind does … it creates and presents thoughts to us, it keeps us informed of potential problems, it reminds us of past problems, it prepares us for situations, it tries to resolve past conflicts, to prevent future conflicts …. I’m getting stressed just thinking about it!
So, don’t think about meditation as ‘quieting the mind’, think of it as ‘knowing the mind’.
During a meditation practice, as each thought presents itself, try to catch it … have a quick look … a quick acknowledgement as if to say … yes, thank you for letting me know and then … simply return to the object of your meditation … not putting any great importance on the thought … a kind of a ‘meh’ reaction and then simply … returning ….to your object of meditation.
See your developing meditation practice as a training session for the mind. You are creating a new habit for the mind. It takes practice to develop good habits and developing good “thinking” habits is no different. The more you encourage and guide the mind back to the object of meditation, the easier it becomes over time. Conversely, if you frequently allow the mind to lead you into the next interesting story or train of thoughts, the more likely it is to continue with this habit.
No time like the present … give it a go…..
This is the “tome” that we send out to visitors when you book with us. We believe in being equipped with all the relevant information to ensure that you have the best possible time when you stay with us!
Make a cup of tea and enjoy the read!
Here’s some info about Loop Head Peninsula (www.loophead.ie) that may be of interest:
Dolphins! Fantastic operators… just up the road… http://www.dolphinwatch.ie/ – also winners of a Gold Award from Ecotourism Ireland!
Horse riding and pony trekking with the fantastic Carmen’s Riding School. The school that is practically around the corner from Purecamping, see: https://www.facebook.com/CarmensRidingSchool
Loop Head Bike Hire & Tours – Giant touring bikes, e-bikes also available, bikes delivered to Purecamping: 065 906 2486 or 087 641 3413
Watersports in Kilkee with NevSail… again a great crew, see: http://www.nevsailwatersports.com/
Nice seaweed baths and therapies in Kilkee at the Thalasso Therapy Centre, see: http://www.kilkeethalasso.com/
Walking with Laura at: http://www.thelongwayround.ie and Carmel at: http://carmelmadigangallery.com/walksshorebooking.html
Tours and Taxi with Around the Loop, see: http://www.aroundtheloop.ie
Real nice meal out, check out: Murphy Blacks at http://www.murphyblacks.ie/ or the Strand Bistro at http://www.thestrandkilkee.com/
Casual pub and food: Naughtons in Kilkee at http://www.naughtonsbar.com/Kilkee.html
Good seafood and pub: The Long Dock in Carrigaholt at http://www.thelongdock.com/ or Keatings Bar in Kilbaha at http://keatingsbar.com/menu.html
Yoga classes available on Sat and Sun mornings June to August. €10 per
adult €5 per child. These can be arranged at other times
time-permitting, with a minimum of 4 adults.
Querrin pier is only 15 minutes walk from us. There is a nice shingle shore and swimming is possible at high tide. Glasheen beach at Doonaha is 4kms away which is a lovely sandy beach.
Waste & Recycling Tips
Handling waste at Purecamping really gives us an insight into the volumes of waste generated these days. Unfortunately, our production and waste streams are not integrated 🙁
The Story of Stuff website provides very accessible resources on waste, especially for schools and so on. Check out their videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRNnYXD8Elz5zwKQ2jAcbAg
Here’s our suggestions for happy waste and recycling at Purecamping:
Separate your waste as you go! Have three separate waste bags in your tent and car for recyclables/waste/organics. Use a paper bag for organics, it can then go straight in the compost bin in the campers’ kitchen.
Glass? – use the glass recycling bins only! Recycle the corks!
Cooked food/organic waste? – use the brown compost bin – meats, veggies, bread, left overs
Is an item recyclable? – Unsure? Check the label on the blue bin lid! (No food contamination in recycle bins – rinse containers!)
Remove the caps from plastic bottles before recycling them, so that we can compress bin contents!
Disposable barbecues – Be smart and safe – don’t burn the grass. When you’re done, put the cold ashes in the communal fire pit (or in a hedge) and recycle the aluminium tray and steel mesh!
Stuff! It’s easy to bring lots of stuff when camping, think minimalism. Stay warm, fed, and dry.. after that you’ll do 🙂
As of 2018, we no longer permit plastic drinking bottles or take-away drinking and food containers. We have reusable water bottles for sale and very good FREE drinking water.
As to items like failed air mattresses and camping tables, we have an impressive collection already. Please take these with you instead of donating them to Purecamping.
If someone needs help getting it right, feel free to assist them in making the right choice.
Take responsibility for your waste and plan for it, don’t leave it to one of the kids as a last minute thing to put everything in one bin, while everyone else waits in the car…
Finally, consider the ‘leave no trace’ option and bring away everything that you brought with you.
Rant over, thanks for listening…
Our kitchen is fairly well stocked with plates, cutlery, pots and pans and the like.
We also have a pizza oven, which you need to book and pay for separately. This is not available on certain evenings e,g, Friday and Monday at the moment.
Also bring wellies if the weather is wet (or not)… there are plenty of places to shelter if it does rain, so don’t get bothered if the forecast isn’t promising!
Bring torches! Head torches are very useful as you make your way around the campsite. Our camp lighting is minimal and uses solar energy.
From Shannon Airport follow signs for Galway and then take the exit for Kilrush when nearing Ennis. Follow signs to Kilrush.
From Galway follow signs for Limerick and then take the exit for Kilrush when nearing Ennis. Follow signs to Kilrush.
From Dublin follow signs for the South, and then for Limerick. From Limerick follow signs for Galway and then take the exit for Kilrush when nearing Ennis. Follow signs to Kilrush.
From Limerick follow signs for Galway and then take the exit for Kilrush when nearing Ennis. Follow signs to Kilrush.
From Kilrush follow signs for Kilkee. Approx 8km from Kilrush, turn left at a church (L2016) and follow the Wild Atlantic Ways (N) signs for 5km (the road twists and turns a bit, but stay on the main route). At Querrin crossroads, with a school on your right, turn right, and drive 300m. Purecamping is on your left.
You are here!! Welcome!!!!
Loc8 code: P7N-67-JV8
For public transport options, check out the journey planner with Querrin as your destination.
We have a taxi service on Loop Head called “Around The Loop”. Contact Martina or Carmel on 00 353 87 9602047.
When you stay with us at Purecamping, we ask that you and members of your group adhere to the following conditions and ethos:
Check-in from 16:00-20:00
Check-out by 11:00
We accept payment by cash, cheque, or credit card.
Bank details for deposits. Please make sure to give your full name that is associated with the booking on the transfer.
– Bank name: Bank of Ireland
– IBAN: IE96 BOFI 9042 3786 0940 27
– BIC: BOFIIE2D
Any outstanding amount is payable upon arrival.
A non-refundable deposit of 15% is payable at time of booking. For a no-show or reduced stay after the day of arrival, the full amount of the holiday is due. If your holiday is cancelled within 5 days of your arrival date, 1 full night will be due in addition to the 15% deposit.
There must be one responsible point of contact for groups and this point of contact is responsible for sharing these conditions and our ethos to group members.
A noise and damage deposit of €50 may be required for some bookings.
Purecamping is a quiet family campsite where people come to “Get away from it all”. We ask that you consider other campers when it comes to late night noise, etc.
The geodesic dome has been dismantled after a continuous stream of storm damage. Indoor spaces available are the Campers kitchen and the Tolglann.
“Quiet time” is from 23:00-09:00. The campsite gate will be closed for vehicular traffic from 23:30. If you are taking a taxi home, please ask them to drop you at the top of the road. This approach ensures less disruption for sleeping campers.
Alchohol is allowed at Purecamping in moderation.
Drugs are not permitted at Purecamping.
Abusive or agressive behaviour will result in expulsion from the site.
We are an eco-campsite, so we ask that all elements of the environment are considered and protected.
Please use solar showers where possible and conserve water by having a “navy” shower
Ask Trea or Kevin about the eco-technology that we employ on site.
Wifi is available for your convenience to help you with your holiday plans and email, etc. It is not intended for online gaming and video streaming. Other than these practices killing our bandwidth, Purecamping is an opportunity for adults and children alike to step back from online technology and enjoy life. Therefore, we ask that children’s online activity be kept to a minimum and we reserve the right to turn off the wifi access at any time.
Other notes of interest:
We welcome dogs, but not currently in our bell tents or cabins, as we’ve had problems with removing every doggie hair and doggie trace in the past. The problem arises when we subsequently have guests with allergies. 🙁
We ask that all visiting dogs are kept on a lead though, because we have a responsibility to our own animals (dogs, cats, hens, and donkeys). In fact, we lost one of our cats to a visitor’s dog, so we need to be careful…
Dogs must be kept under control, that usually means being kept on a lead.
If you think your pet will be fretting and barking through the night, it might not be ideal to bring them as it will upset your sleep and your neighbours 🙁
We encourage you to bring your own firewood for campfires, but we do have some available on site.
We hope you have an absolutely wonderful time at Purecamping and the Loop Head Peninsula!!!!
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Lughnasa celebrations at the Loop Head Labyrinth, August.
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We don’t so much do Glamping here at Purecamping, we prefer to use the term, Cosy Camping. We are not really that Glamorous 🙂 but we do certainly provide top quality tents and cabins, cosy duvets and pillows and warm blankets to our guests. We also have a really good local linen service that ensures that we have lovely fresh ironed linen for our guests. We try to maintain clean working facilites at all time but are sometimes under pressure at our busiest times in the the summer. We are upgrading our toilet and shower block facilities this year (2017) providing Easy Clean surfaces to make our job easier and your facilities even cleaner 🙂
But … I did come across this nice description of Glamping which we do actually match, so, its official, we are a glamping site!! :
“It isn’t just about getting away for a time to be closer to nature and under the stars. It is also about visiting hospitality venues that are equipped to give their guests a unique, and often quirky, outdoor experience.” from Inspired Camping