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Ireland Tours (2018)

Celtic Journeys Presents:
HART OF IRELAND: Exploring the Archaeology, History, Folklore & Music of Ireland with Erin Hart
July 3-14, 2018
$3,476 (per person based on double occupancy; $750 single supplement)

Ireland Tour 2016

Join me for this unique trip through Ireland, visiting many of the places that have inspired my writing, from ancient tombs, the peat bog and its hidden treasures, and the music and folklore and otherworldly aspect of the people and the places, past and present. We'll head across the midlands taking in the historic Tullamore Dew distillery, a bog preserve, the ancient Hill of Uisneach, and a museum built right over a 2,000-year-old oak road. Then up to the northwest shore (more bogs), beaches, ancient settlements and tombs, visiting an archaeological field school, the fantastic Museum of Country Life, and a few traditional music sessions. Down through Connemara to Galway, where we'll visit with storyteller Eddie Lenihan, explore the Aran Islands ancient sites and Galway City, then back across the midlands, stopping at the ancient monastery of Clonmacnoise, and on to Dublin, where we'll have a tour highlighting the 1916 Rising, visits to the National Museum and the Book of Kells, perhaps a session or two, and finally our farewell dinner.

Options available for extending your stay in Ireland before or after the tour.

Questions? Please contact Jean Wynne at Celtic Journeys,, or call (651) 291-8003.


Full Itinerary

Tuesday 03rd: Depart USA for Ireland
Depart USA on your overnight flight to Ireland.

Wednesday 04th: Mullingar—Tullamore Dew—Mullingar
Arrive Dublin. After clearing customs & immigration your driver/guide will be waiting to greet you. Journey across the Midlands bogs and enjoy your welcome to Ireland with a visit to Tullamore Dew, home of one of Ireland's oldest whiskeys. Continue a little further north from here and overnight in Mullingar. Enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Thursday 05th: Clara Bog & Hill of Uisneach
This morning we travel to Clara Bog Visitor Centre for a guided tour of Clara Bog to learn of these ancient fuel sources and amazing finds within the different bogs. From Clara, we journey to the mythological and spiritual centre of Ireland at the Hill of Uisneach. We will have a guided tour and learn of its many ancient monuments and the goddess Ériu, for whom Ireland is named, buried beneath the Catstone here. Return to Mullingar for dinner and overnight.

Ireland tour 2018

Friday 06th: Ballina—Corlea Trackway
We travel to the town of Longford and a visit to Corlea Trackway, and follow in the footsteps of the Celts and how they used this Trackway to traverse the bogs and cross the country in ancient times. We continue to Ballina for dinner and overnight.

Saturday 07th: Mullet Peninsula & Ceide Fields
Day tour on the Mullet Peninsula, including a visit to the Ceide Fields, the oldest known field systems in the world. Over five thousand years of history lies buried in the bog located overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. Continue out along Black Sod Bay and spend some time in Belmullet before returning to Ballina for overnight with evening at leisure.

Sunday 08th: Westport—Achill Island & Achill Archaeological Field School
Depart Ballina and journey towards Clew Bay towards Achill Island and a visit to the Achill Archaeological Field School. Continue on to Westport for dinner and overnight.

Monday 09th: Museum of Country Life
Leisurely breakfast and the morning free to explore Westport on your own. In the afternoon, we will take a trip to Castlebar to visit the Museum of Country Life to learn about rural life in Ireland. Return to Westport, where you are free for dinner and maybe music in Matt Molloy's pub.

Tuesday 10th: Galway Leenane—Kylemore Abbey & Eddie Lenihan
Leaving Westport, we travel through the Delphi Valley, renowned as the Famine Trail, and continue along Clew Bay to the village of Leenane (Leenaun). From here we continue to picturesque Kylemore Abbey. Continue through Connemara to Galway for dinner and overnight. After dinner, you are joined by storyteller Eddie Lenihan, for fairy tales of Ireland.

Wednesday 11th: Aran Islands & Dun Aengus
Take the short journey to Rossaveel where you take the ferry to the Aran Islands. Take the minibus tour of the Islands and time to visit the ancient fort at Dun Aengus. Return to the mainland and to Galway where you are free to enjoy the many restaurants and pubs for dinner this evening.

Thursday 12th: Clonmacnoise & Dublin (2 Nights)
Depart Galway after breakfast and as you make your way across the midlands, visit Clonmacnoise, the 6th century monastic settlement founded by St. Ciaran on the banks of the River Shannon. Continue directly to Dublin for afternoon arrival and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city to acquaint you with the historic sites. The evening is at leisure for dinner on your own.

Friday 13th: Walking Tour Dublin & Farewell Dinner
We start this morning with a walking tour with Lorcan Collins highlighting the history of the 1916 Rising. The remainder of the afternoon free to explore the city. A farewell dinner tonight to share the memories of the tour.

Saturday 14th: Dublin to the USA
Depart Dublin Airport on your return flight to the USA.

Options available for extending your stay in Ireland before or after the tour. Erin will make sure that you experience music with locals as you tour throughout Ireland.

Ireland tour 2018

Included in your trip:

  • Accommodation for 10 nights with breakfast each morning
  • 6 evening dinners
  • Transportation with a professional driver-guide
  • Ferry and tour of Aran Islands
  • Storytelling with Eddie Lenihan
  • Tullamore Dew
  • Hill of Uisneach
  • Corlea Trackway
  • Ceide Fields
  • Achill Field School
  • Museum of Country Life
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Walking tour in Dublin

Not Included:

  • International Airfare
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Gratuities for your driver-guide, recommended €7 per person per day

QUESTIONS? Contact Jean Wynne at Celtic Journeys,, or call (651) 291-8003.