Ireland Itinerary

Mystical Ireland

Dates 5th July to 18th July 2014

Day One 5th July 

The tour begins in Dublin where you will be picked up from Dublin Airport and transferred to a Dublin Hotel.  Here you will have a chance to settle into your accommodation, unwind and / or explore Dublin at your own leisure. We have a welcome dinner and a great chance to meet and get to know each other!

Accommodation:  Buswells Hotel  Meals Included: Dinner

Day Two – 6th July

 We will visit Trinity College which houses the Book of Kells and then to the National Museum of Ireland where you are magically transported back to 7000 BC, including examples of Celtic & Medieval Art, which is the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts’ in Europe.

We travel from Dublin to Trim this is a medieval town that houses the largest 13th Century Anglo-Norman Castle.  The castle was used in Mel Gibson’s film “Braveheart”.  This will be our base for 4 nights.

Accommodation: Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim     Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Three – 7th July

From Trim we travel to the Boyne Valley the site of three megalithic Passage Tombs—Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange.  These were built over 5000 years ago. They are truly remarkable remnants of a highly evolved society.  Both ritual and settlement were centred around the tombs throughout the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Early Christian time. So that we can truly appreciate Knowth and Newgrange, only limited numbers of people are taken from the visitors centre by mini bus. We will have the opportunity to explore Dowth which is still covered with grass, and not been excavated.  After a day here, we then return to Trim.

Accommodation: Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim     Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Four & Five – 8th and 9th July

We will meet our facilitator (TBA) , where we explore the ancient and sacred sites in the County Meath such as Loughcrew, Hill of Tara and Fourknocks.

We will listen and learn about the legends and fairy lore connected to these sites, we will at some of the places we visit, opportunity for meditation, healing and rituals.  We will also see the High Cross of Kells and the Holy Wells of Kells.

Accommodation: Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner on both days

Day Six & Seven 10th and 11th July

We leave Trim and head for the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough situated in a most beautiful valley.

We will be staying here 2 days, so that you can enjoy this serene setting, which is also the setting for St. Kevin’s monastery. The monastery was founded in the 6th century and has the distinctive round towers, which are found throughout Ireland.  In this beautiful place, we can explore the area allowing us time to relax and connect to our inner world.

Accommodation Trooperstown House  Meals Included Breakfast and  Dinner on both days.

Day Eight – 12th July

We will travel by train down to Killarney where we will be taken by bus to the picturesque town of Kenmare. The Kenmare’s Gaelic name is Neidin (little nest) called because it nestles amongst the mountains of Cork and Kerry.

We will be based here for 4 nights, as it is a perfect setting for exploring the South West Ireland. To enjoy spending our 4 days in comfort, the accommodation will be several cottages, that allow us private sitting room, own patio, and time too caught up on that laundry.

Cait Branigan will join us for our next stage of our sacred journey.  Cait Branigan who lives and works with this spiritual land, will be working with us, throughout our time in the South West Ireland, allowing us to understand this ancient land

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Homes, Kenmare  Meals included: Breakfast   & Dinner

Day Nine – 13th July

You have a full day to yourselves in Kenmare.  This will give you the opportunity to rest or explore Kenmare with its many craft shops and visit its own stone circle which is very close to the town.  You may like to visit Kenmare’s Heritage centre which reflects the history of the area.

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Homes, Kenmare  Meals Included:  Breakfast

Day Ten – 14th July   

 Today we travel around the Ring of Beara.  It has its own natural beauty that has been almost untouched by the human hand.  It is not over-commercialised like many other tourist areas, and looks as if time has stood still.  This area is rich in historical and archaeological places of interest including many hidden stone circles.  This isolated area gives  us a perfect opportunity to meditate, experiment with dowsing rods while learning about, and experiencing, the stone circles.

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Homes, Kenmare Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

 Day Eleven – 15th July

 Today we head toward West Cork to visit the impressive Drombeg Stone Circle, dating back to 100BC—with its winter solstice (21st December) sunset alignment.  Whilst journeying we pass through specular mountain scenery.

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Homes,  Kenmare Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Twelve – 16th July

It is now time to leave our Kenmare base and head for Tralee via the Dingle peninsular made famous   the film Ryan’s Daughter.  As well as the beautiful scenery the Dingle peninsular has a number of ring forts, high crosses and other ancient monuments. Tralee is home to The National Folk Theatre (Samsa Tire).  In the evening we will enjoy a stage theatrical entertainment of music, dance and folklore that has evolved in Ireland from the earliest time to the present.

The 2012 year’s production is OILEÁN – Celebrating the Blasket Islandsis production celebrates life on the Blasket Islands, exploring the way of life of the islanders and their spirit of survival. The 2013 still to be announced.

Accommodation: Ballygarry Hotel, Tralee  Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Thirteen – 17th July

Our final destination is Ennis, with its narrow streets, old shops and  pubs.   Before we reach there we visit Lough Gur which dates back to around 3000 BC. Then finally arriving at Ennis a medieval town for our last night in Ireland, there you have time to pick up those last minute presents before leaving tomorrow.

Accommodation: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis  Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Fourteen – 18th July

Our  memorable journey ends at Shannon Airport or you may chose to  extend your stay in Ireland

Meals Included: Breakfast

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