Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths, a unique experience on the west coast of Ireland
I first came across Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths when I was on a self-catering holiday in Cork on the west coast of Ireland. Perched proudly on Allihies Pier I spotted a line of Whiskey Barrel Hot Tubs. In this idyllic setting people were arriving to submerging themselves in whiskey barrels filled with hot water and freshly picked seaweed from the nearby shore. It looked like pure heaven and such a unique experience, I just had to find out more ..
Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths was established during the summer of 2018. The idea was to provide one of the only fully mobile seaweed bath outfits in Ireland. These unique baths can regularly be seen set up at varies scenic piers and harbours in West Cork and along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
I wanted to find out more so I reached out to Owen of Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths. We talked about this unique idea, the Irish whiskey barrels they use, the hurls and their custom-made heating system.
How did you come up with the idea?
I had been upcycling disused whiskey barrels into small wood fired hot tubs for a decade (and still do!). 3 years ago, I decided to try and set up a mobile seaweed bath operation. And here we are heading into our 3rd year and very grateful for all the support we’ve received.
Where do you source the seaweed?
At various locations where we set up our baths along the west coast of Ireland and along the beautiful and rugged Wild Atlantic Way.
What are the benefits of a seaweed bath?
Great for the mind and body including relaxing muscles and the skin.
Is the water cold or hot?
How have you had to adapt with Covid-19?
We shut down during level 5 restrictions. In terms of our setup, we were lucky as we were by default already implementing social distancing. As an additional to emptying, scrubbing and rinsing every barrel, because of Covid-19, we also steam clean all our barrels now as well.
Tell me all about the lovely piers and places you visit in Ireland?
All beautiful locations in West Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway that overlook the ocean and connect people with nature.
Would you ever consider opening on the east coast too?
No plans currently but we are available for corporate hire, find out more by clicking here.
How can someone book?
Via our website, wildatlanticseaweedbaths.com – when we announce a location via our social media pages.
What the plan for 2021?
Unfortunately we have temporarily cease operating our seaweed baths in line with current restrictions but look forward getting back to the Wild Atlantic Way when safe to do so. Hoping restrictions will ease by May or June and we can re-open.
Owen and the team at Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths are looking forward to welcoming you to their unique experience on the west coast of Ireland – sure to provide a truly memorable experience on your next holiday along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. And of course if you are looking for a self catering holiday home on the west coast of Ireland then Trident Holiday Homes have some beautiful coastal properties available.
Eilís M – Editor of the Trident blog
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