Hosted by Mairtin Óg Lally **Ireland Trip** North-West and Northern Ireland
Dates Sept 21st to 29th, 2018 **OPTIONAL EXTENSION – ADD CLONAKILTY GUITAR FESTIVAL!** This September we’re giving you the opportunity to add a few extra days to the start of the tour to come to the Clonakilty Guitar Festival in West-Cork, way down in the South of Ireland! Premace Well, you can think of […]
September 21, 2019
Sept 21st to 29th, 2018
**OPTIONAL EXTENSION – ADD CLONAKILTY GUITAR FESTIVAL!**
This September we’re giving you the opportunity to add a few extra days to the start of the tour to come to the Clonakilty Guitar Festival in West-Cork, way down in the South of Ireland!
Well, you can think of this is the “sequel” to a few previous Tellus360 Trips.. You’ve already met the main characters, seen the first few sets and have definitely caused a good few scenes! This is the part where you come along to see a little bit more and get a little deeper into the plot.
Although it really helps if you’ve seen the first one, you can still keep up with what’s happening on the second one. But it’s much more fun to have been on the first go-around!!
In general, you can expect the same (maybe slightly faster) pace as previous trips. Looking at the Itinerary, you will notice that there is probably more contrast between each region that we will visit each day. We will cross international borders, and will have to also switch currency to the UK Pound for a few days towards the end.
Taking feedback from previous trips, we’ve added more time on islands and went another couple steps into the wilderness and away from the city lights. We’ve also added a few more locals from the
Saturday Sept. 15th to Sunday Sept. 23rd, 2018 – Put it in the diary!
This is a Rain or Sun event and will be running whether we have 2 people or 22 people. We’ve been talking about this trip for years, and it is 100% happening!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ROUTE (Or at least the “planned” route..)
Day 1 (Sat) – Dublin straight across to Galway City
We’re going to “B-Line” it straight out of Dublin and across to Galway City in time for some of that fine Saturday afternoons madness and excitement. We’ll drop off the bags at the hotel and get some fresh air out and about the town. You will be brought on a walking tour of Galway, where we will show you our hometown, our favourite bars, restaurants and hangouts.
Galway is just magical on September Saturdays. The streets are buzzing with music, weather should be lovely, and everyone usually in a great smiley mood. It’s an atmosphere that can only be experienced to understand. We consider this to be our “shoulder season”, which is the time just after the crazy busy tourist season. So the town has that exhaled sense of “AAAaaahhhhhhh……..”
Overnight for two nights in Galway City Center.
Days 2 (Sun) – Galway Day Two
The guys who would have been in Clonakilty the the previous few days will arrive into Galway on the Sunday around lunchtime. Anyone who’s already in Galway will be taken on a half-day mystery tour a little further outside of the City. Anyone coming in from Clonakilty will be brought on their walking tour of Galway City, and given the warm homely welcome that their inevitable hangover will surely enjoy!
We’ll have a get together in the evening time, before taking off on a walking food tour of the City.
Days 3 (Mon) – Galway City to Inishbofin Island
On the Monday morning we wave good bye to Galway and start heading west to the tiny fishing harbour of Cleggan. After a quicky 30 min crossing, we will arrive on “Boffin”. From here our plans will be truly weather dependant, so you will have to be ok with a little bit of “going with the flow”.. Our plan for the day is to do a hike of the island with a couple local history experts, as well as a short boat trip to a neighbouring deserted island – Shark Island. To get here we’ll be taking a 12 person RIB. All wet-gear, life-jackets etc will be provided so no need to worry about that. You’re not going to get a much more exclusive and unique experience than visiting an island (Shark), off an island (Boffin), off an island (Ireland)…
On the 2018 trip, it was unanimously decided that the music on Inis Boffin was definitely the best on the entire trip. You can take that as a heads up to be ready for a night of incredible music, some tasty beer and some wonderful chats with the local islanders.
Overnight for one night on “Boffin”
Day 4 & 5 (Tue & Wed) – Off the rock, explore the best of County Mayo.
Back on the mainland we’ll start working on the “Northern” part of the trip by edging into County Mayo. Often ignored as part of tours of Ireland, only recently have I started getting properly acquainted with the “Green and Red of Mayo”. Without a doubt this part of Ireland is destined to become hugely popular, but we’re going to hit it at the right time. Blanketed in bogs, hills and lakes, Mayo has plenty of little gems. Check out the not-so-little gem of Downpatrick Head, Céide Fields and Achill Island.. Stunning stuff!
Our second day in this area will be really flexible. One might even dare to call it a bit of a spontaneous adventure. There’s just so much to see and do in this area I don’t want to force anything. I’ll explain all the options in the days prior, and we can make a decision together.
We’re going to try to wrap up the afternoons a little earlier than usual to allow you to enjoy the surrounding grounds and facilities at the night’s residence – The Mount Falcon Estate. FYI – There are amazing pool/spa facilities on site, so make sure to bring your swim gear!
Overnight Mount Falcon, Co. Mayo
Day 6 (Thur) – Head north into the wilderness of Donegal..
This morning we will make our way up through Yeats’ country of Northern Mayo, Drumcliffe, Sligo and onto Donegal. This part of Ireland boasts some of the finest beaches in the world. We’re putting together another seaborne adventure amongst the Sea Cliffs of Slieve League. These are the tallest cliffs in Ireland, reaching in the sky over three times the size of the much more famous Cliffs of Moher.
We will take our time meandering along on furthest western coastline of Donegal and try to get lost. It’s hard enough for the best minds in the world of literature to describe the sheer beauty of this region of Ireland, so I’ve absolutely no chance! Word of warning: you may find it a bit difficult to understand the dialect of the people of Donegal… So we will be on hand to translate as needed!
Overnight in Donegal
Day 7 (Fri) – Derry City, Northern Irish Coastline & Game of Thrones
Crossing into the UK you will notice a few changes to the road signs, the currencies and the dialects of the locals. Before you know it, we’ll be taking a tour of one of the most historically relevant Cities in the Island of Ireland. The Port of Derry would have been the primary departure point for literally millions of Irish people who would have fled their home poverty, famine and religious persecution in their home country in search of a better life in North America. If you have Irish blood in you, chances are that it came via Derry
From Derry we will take our time taking in the Northern Irish Coastline, and chat a bit more about the history and heritage of that part of the world. We will make sure to stop at the Giants Causeway and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge as well as a few famous filming locations used on Game of Thrones.
Later that evening we will settle into our hotel in heart-centre of Belfast.
Overnight in Belfast City
Day 8 (Sat) – Early rise, lots to see and do in Belfast City!
Being the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is an impressive City boasting incredible power and history which is outlined by religious and political division. We will set you up with tickets for the Hop-On Hop-Off Opentop Bus Tours and let you explore Belfast on your own for a few hours.
Highlights are to visit the poignant Peace Wall, and/or to visit the
We will have our final group dinner this evening, and maybe a coupe last drops of whiskey so we can sleep well before the flight(s) the next morning..
Overnight in Belfast City Centre
Day 9 (Sun) – Home time :(
Belfast is just a quick 90mins from Dublin Airport. Anyone flying out of Dublin that day will be brought straight to the airport that morning, and anyone else staying for any longer will be brought into your accommodation in Dublin City Centre.
Single Supplement $600
Booking & Questions
A $600 booking deposit is payable (per person) to reserve your seat. The balance is then due 90 days prior to departure.
If I don’t make this one, will there be a 2020 trip?
Yes – There will be an annual trip in May which covers southern Ireland, and an annual September trip which with cover the North-West and Northern Ireland.
Shoot any questions to Mairtin – IrelandTrips@tellus360.com