Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way
Art, Culture and Landscape
October 8-15, 2015
Join us for a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches for 1,500 miles along Ireland’s western seaboard. This trip will be focused on the southwestern part of the “way” where we will explore the history, culture, archaeology and secret places of this coastline. Kerry tourism states “Here, the ocean’s force has carved a coast of wild, raw beauty. Huge Atlantic rollers crash and churn, shaping jagged ocean crags, archipelagos and inlets, sea loughs, surfing strands, and the sheer granite walls of cliffs that are amongst some of the highest in Europe. And lighthouses safeguard sailors all the way up the coast “. It is with this splendor as our constant companion that we will explore, delve into the ancient past, and experience Ireland in a way you will always remember. Tour leader Joan Slack will guide you each day, with the addition of local guides interpreting the places we visit. Those interested in sketching and painting can join artist Denny Robertson, Director of Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation, Lac du Flambeau, Wi.( www.dillmans.com.), for short artistic sessions in the landscape whenever opportunities arise throughout the tour.
The trip will begin in Dublin, where we will learn about the culture and history with a walking tour and visits to several places of interest, such as the National Museum and Dublin Castle. Next we will travel to the Beara Peninsula. We will stay for several nights as we explore the coast, standing stones and circles, and legends in the landscape, visiting storytellers, artists and galleries.
We then head to the Burren, where we will explore the unique limestone hills, visit ancient dolmens, and walk with a local guide “off the beaten track”, to magical places, such as holy wells and prehistoric cairns. Our walk features nineteenth century potato cultivation ridges, a Great Famine relief road from the 1840s, a Stone Age megalithic tomb and impressive views of parts of Counties Clare and Galway. The outing includes incisive commentaries on the geology, archaeology, history, flora, wildlife and farming of the Burren.
Throughout our trip we will sample fresh seafood, hear local musicians, drive through brightly painted villages, and walk among monastic ruins and round towers. We’ll return to enjoy one last day in Dublin. We are also offering a tour that begins and ends in Dublin October 20-31, which you are welcome to join if you would like to extend your travels in Ireland! Trip cost: $1675 per person