Hawkeye School of Falconry at Lyrath Estate

Even before recorded history, our ancestors flew birds of prey. From the Steppes of Asia, to medieval Europe, from five thousand years ago to the present day, Falconry has become a way of life for Falconers around the world. Whether or not you have experienced Falconry before, you will get a chance to handle these magnificent creatures, letting them fly from your gloved hand and returning to feed. It is a profound experience to interact so closely with a hunting animal.

At Hawkeye School of Falconry, they are totally dedicated to this Ancient Sport of Kings. This, the noblest of all field sports, gives you the unique opportunity to personally fly, handle, feed and interact with some of their trained Hawks and Owls. They adhere to a very high standard of Falconry and only use practising Falconers for all their services. At Hawkeye School of Falconry, they provide a range of Falconry experiences at our purpose-built school on the grounds of the beautiful Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. In addition to their school, they also provide a mobile unit which services other hotels in the South-East area.


Hawkeye School of Falconry Experiences 

Hawk Walk 

Approximately 1 hour private experience just for your booking.

  • There is approximately 30 min walking time in this experience, so suitable for semi-active persons.
  • You will meet 2 birds of prey. You will be taught how to fly a Harris Hawk to your gloved fist and learn about the species and then meet, fly, and learn about our Owl towards the end.
  • Suitable for children over 10 years of age

1 person €90

2 people €70 each
3 people €60 each

4 to 10 people €50 each


Falconry Experience

Falconry Experience again is a private experience, this experience differs in the content and lasts approximately 1 hour also.

  • For the most part of this experience the flying of our birds is for the most part stationary with only a small amount of walking involved.
  • First you will be taught how to fly a Harris Hawk to your gloved fist and learn about the species.
  • Secondly you will watch the falconer demonstrate how to fly a Falcon to a lure and learn about this species. This demonstration is extremely fast paced and a thrilling spectacle of aerial skills from our Falcon.
  • Finally meet, fly and learn all about our Owl species.
  • Suitable for children over 10 years of age

Price: Minimum 2 people €90 each – 3 people €80 each – 4 to 10 people €70 each


Family Experience 

Family Experience is private and is suitable for families with younger children.

  • This experience has only a small amount of walking and you get to meet our friendly Harris Hawk and some Owls.
  • This experience is a perfect way to introduce children into the world of falconry in a relaxed and fun manner.

Price: €150 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children.         


Group Eagle Experience is a mixed group experience (all other experiences are private) which is run on select days of the week at 3.15pm and lasts approx 90 minutes. This experience is everything our Falconry Experience has to offer with the thrilling addition of getting up close and personal with our beautiful Eagle Priscilla and witnessing her in flight!


Price: €65 per person minimum age for this experience is 14 years of age.


*Long sleeve tops and sturdy footwear to be worn*

**Please note there is a 24 hour cancellation policy for experiences**