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Falconry.

Even before recorded history, our ancestors flew birds of prey. From the steppes of Asia to medieval Europe, from 5000 yrs ago to the present day, Falconry has become a way of life for Falconers around the world. Waterford Castle offer you the opportunity to privately fly a trained hawk on our beautiful grounds.

Guided by the expert falconers from Hawkeye Falconry Ireland, this is an experience of a lifetime.

To book simply choose your preferred experience and contact info@hawkeyefalconry.ie, or call 0830039743 / 0860589300.
Discount for large groups.

Falconry Experience

Duration 90 min €100 for 1 person 
€50 per person extra

Your Falconry Experience will include a Simulated Hunt, a Hawk Walk and an Owl Encounter. We will demonstrate the Ancient Art of Falconry. Watch our Hawks demonstrate their aerial hunting skills by snatching food out of the air and witness a simulated rabbit hunt where our Hawk will chase and catch the dummy bunny and the Falconer will demonstrate the transfer from the dummy bunny. Your Hawk Walk will include a brief introduction into the Art of Falconry and interesting facts about the Harris Hawk you will fly. You will first be taught how to recall the Hawk from the trees while working on some amazing photos and videos. You will then set off for your Hawk Walk with a Falconer where you will take over the flying of the Hawk, calling the Hawk to your gloved fist several times.

On return we will finish with a brief Owl Encounter. Fantastic photo and video opportunities throughout the experience.

Hawk Walk

Duration 1 hour €70 for 1 person 
€30 per person extra

Your Hawk Walk will include a brief introduction into the Art of Falconry, interesting facts about the Harris Hawk you will fly, and an Owl Encounter.

You will first be taught how to recall the Hawk from the trees while working on some amazing photos. You will then set off for your Hawk Walk with a Falconer where you will take over the flying of the Hawk, calling the Hawk to your gloved fist several times.

On return we will finish with a brief owl encounter. Fantastic photo and video opportunities throughout the experience.


Private Experiences for Guests

All payments to be made to the falconer on the day.
It is advisable that guests wear long sleeve tops in summer.
Suitable footwear is advised.
Children over 6yrs can fully take part in the experience, children under 6 can spectate.

Waterford Castle in association with Solas Centre

We are pleased to have hosted the winners of our coloring competition, in conjunction with the Solas Centre South East Cancer Foundation.

The winner, Bella and her class from Newtown School, Waterford got to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort & Hawkeye Falconry donated a bird of prey experience for the very excited young class.

Hawkeye Falconry then honored us by releasing a rehabilitated Kestrel back to the wild, to now reside at Waterford Castle's 310 acres.

This little bird was rehabilitated by John Duggan of Hawkeye Falconry who hand fed him and today watched him fly high. This is the third bird rehabilitated by John and the second to be successfully released back into nature.

Falconers all over Ireland are rehabilitating and releasing birds back into the wild as what better hands for these birds to be in, so this is a good news story of this little Kestrel being released and now residing on our 310 acre Island.

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