Tours of Ireland - The Land of Saints, Scholars and Musicians

The Land of Saints, Scholars and Musicians

SPRING 2018 Tour
“The Land of Saints, Scholars and Musicians”
Depart USA April 16 and Return USA April 27

This NEW Tour is planned and led by Masterful Irish Guide, Dave Hogan and covers a wide area in the west of Ireland:

SITES SOUTH OF SHANNON – with guide, Dave Hogan

Rock of Cachel
– Spectacular site! Once the seat of the Kings of Munster
Includes:
-St Patrick’s Cross (replica)’
- Cormac’s Chapel and round tower
- Cathedral
-Hall of Vicars’ Choral (museum), Dormitory, Castle

PLUS a stop at Lough Gur (largest stone circle in Ireland)

SITES JUST NORTH and WEST OF SHANNON – with guide, Dave Hogan

Sites include:
-Kinvara – one of the most charming fishing village on Galway Bay
-Caherconnell – large stone fort
-Cocomroe Abbey ruins
-Cliffs of Moher – one of the most famous tourist sites in all of Ireland
-John O’Donohue’s grave site—O’Donohue is the beloved author of Anam Cara.
-Doolin – lunch in charming village renowned for its traditional Irish music
-Burren Region

CITY OF GALWAY

We will overnight two nights in City of Galway.  Time in Galway City is free time for travelers with optional one-two hour
interpretive walking tours including St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church which is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland and is in continuous use as a place of worship at the heart of Galway’s life. The building was completed in 1320!

EAST OF GALWAY – with guide, Dave Hogan

Travel to this site is not yet a definite part of this tour.  We will travel into County Roscommon to the Ancient Royal Site of Cruachan (Rathcroghan), a four square mile archaeological complex dating back over 5000 years with 60 different monuments, including an immense ceremonial mound. The literary home of Queen Meave, the Warrior Queen, Rathcroghan is one of five ancient Provincial Royal sites
dating back to the Iron Age. While there is much to explore above ground, some travelers will want to go underground. Those who wish can enter Oweynagat, the “Cave of the Cats”. Oweynagat is a natural stone cave used since the Bronze Age. It is of huge mythic importance as an entrance to the “Otherworld” or the womb of Mother Earth. It is also appreciated as an underground fairy fort. We will provide you with a coverall so you can literally slide down into the cave. Visit YOUTUBE to see a video of Oweynagat.

WEST OF GALWAY CITY—ARAN ISLANDS with guide, Dave Hogan

Inishmore in the Aran Islands This will be THE site for one day of our tour.  Inishmore is the largest of the Aran Islands (over 7,000 acres) and includes many ancient stone forts and churches among its antiquities. Most impressive of the stone forts is Dun Aengus. It rests on the edge of a perpendicular cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean. It is one of the
finest prehistoric monuments in Europe. Approximately 1100 people live here making it by far the most populated of the islands. The main village on the island is Kilronan.

CLIFDEN ON ATLANTIC COAST with guide, Dave Hogan

We will overnight three nights in the picturesque city of Clifden. The city of Clifden in Connemara is positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the 12 Ben Mountains with spectacular scenery. Clifden is a place to relax, not just a place to ‘breeze through’! You will enjoy walking the city streets and back roads with 5,000 years of living history including Clifden Castle! You will have time to peruse the many quality shops, lunch in tea-shops, and enjoy pubs with traditional Irish music in the evenings. With its many fine restaurants, Clifden is quickly emerging with the reputation as the West’s ‘Gourmet Capital’. However, you may prefer the wide variety of excellent food in the many pubs.  Our final morning in Clifden is free with the option to visit one of the most popular tourist sites in Ireland: Kylemore Abbey.  Returning travellers will appreciate that we are attempting to arrange a meeting with the Abbess . We will take an early afternoon departure on our last day in Clifden.

COUNTY MAYO (to the north of Clifden) with guide, Dave Hogan
- Ceide Fields is an archeological site on the north County Mayo coast, northwest of Ballycastle. The most extensive Neolithic site in the world and contains the oldest known field systems in the world. The creation and development of the Céide Fields goes back some five and a half thousand years.

TOUR COST: See our FAQ Page

Guides reserve the right to make changes to our Itinerary in the event of extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.  Arrangements can also be made (at additional traveler’s expense) for self-chosen local activities such as horseback riding or for additional self-chosen taxi service.

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