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What’s the craic?
So what is this??
Well, this is the next episode in what has been a very interesting and fun series of annual expeditions to Ireland from Tellus360. Although the annual trip is open to everyone and anyone who wants to join in, nearly everyone who has been on the trip has had one thing in common – Tellus360! Between locals, regular to the store / bar, musicians, staff and just friends from around Lancaster we’ve managed to pull together groups of between 18 and 26 lunatics to come across the pond to explore the Emerald Isle at least once a year.
Each trip has been curated by Mairtin Óg Lally and Joe Devoy, both first generation Irish:
Joe, owner and operator of Tellus360, has lived in the US for most of his life and uses this trip as one of his annual trips home for his mother to wash his clothes. The fact that, despite living in America for over 25 years, Joe still has not lost any part of his accent whatsoever… Is amazing really!
Mairtin lived in Lancaster for 4 years working on the earlier versions / iterations of the organism that is Tellus360. Before moving to the US of A, Mairtin spent his youth pulling pints in his family’s bar in Galway City and washing the buses for his Dad’s tour company back in Ireland. On one of the Tellus360 trips to Ireland Mairtin decided to move home to Ireland again and to help continue and grow the family tour business…
That’s all we’re saying for now – If you want to get to know Joe and/or Mairtin any better then you need to sign up to this trip!
Where did it all start?
For that we need to look back to 2012 when the whole Tellus360 thing was getting off the ground. 24 East King Street was the home to the first of what turned out to be many iterations of Tellus360.
Folks were visiting the store for shopping, art, furniture and gifts. Really, I think they were just visiting for the free wine and to hear Joe’s hearty laugh echo throughout the building.. Regardless of why they were there, nearly everyone would be talking about their connections to Ireland; how beautiful it is, and that they always wanted to visit, but never had the chance or that the timing was never right. Actually, the most frequent excuse was that it was too expensive, and took a month to fly there.
In hearing this all too often: “Feck it, we should organise a trip to Ireland! It will be class!!!”
And now, 6 years later, we’re looking for the next group of victims to come join us on what has been dubbed as the “trip of a lifetime” – Just ask anyone who has been on this trip with us before :)
Is this the right trip for me?
If it’s leprechauns and Blarney stones and a whistle-stop tour that you’re looking for then maybe this trip is not for you. This trip is fairly casual, and the group tends to be very easy-going. We’re more focussed on giving you a taste of the true Ireland, with plenty of opportunities to meet our family, friends and other locals in the smaller towns around the country.
The towns we visit are usually a good mix of both “on” and “off” the beaten track. The activities are great fun, inclusive and unique. The food is fantastic, and the beer and whiskies are world class! The beds are super-comfy, the transport is smooth, and the start times are both sensible and flexible.
Most importantly: your guides are hilarious, drop-dead gorgeous and amongst the most modest in Ireland :)
If you’re not sure, just set a time to meet with Joe or to get on the phone with Mairtin and we can give a better idea if this is for you.
How many more friends will I make?
This trip will be limited to 26 guests. This will ensure that we can get around to the smaller towns and more quaint accommodations.
In saying that, some of our friends and family will be joining us for various parts of the trip, so this number will fluctuate up and down throughout the trip.
An Scéal… (The Story…)
Day 1 – Saturday – Dublin to Galway
We will start the tour on Saturday morning, where we will collect anyone who is in Dublin City already and then pop out to the Airport to collect anyone who is arriving to the airport that morning. We will then point the bus west, and hightail it to Galway!
Saturday afternoon is the best time to explore the town: The town is buzzing with weekend excitement; shoppers productively dancing through their checklists; musicians busking in the streets; cafés vibrant with chats and bars lively with the afternoon sports and live music. It’s never too early to grab a pint on a Saturday.
Mairtin will give you a short walking tour of the city and give some pointers and recommendations for how to get about the town. Although we will select a pub as a meeting point for later, you will have most of your day to explore at your own leisure.
Overnight in Galway City.
Day 2 – Sunday – Explore local area, Second night in Galway
Some of Ireland’s most impressive natural features and point of huge historical significance are within a short drive of Galway City. Anyone who wants to spend more time exploring the city are more than welcome to take more free time, but anyone who wants to venture further outside the town, hop aboard!
Overnight for the second night in Galway City.
Day 3 – Monday – Galway to Aran Islands (Inis Óirr)
After a short trip from the city to the harbour, we will board a passenger ferry which will take us to the smallest of the three Aran Islands. Being a Monday in May, we usually have the entire island to ourselves. You will have the option of taking a horse and trap (Lancaster style) or minibus tour of the island or else to take a bike and explore on your own. Although small in size, this island is home to a shipwreck, isolated lighthouse, a sunken church, the last islander to hand knit the Aran sweaters, and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. We highly recommend a walk to the back of the island where you will be the only person for miles, visiting all three pubs on the island and possibly taking taking on Joe in the Inis Beer challenge!
Overnight on Inis Óirr.
Day 4 – Tuesday – Return to mainland, explore Connemara and Burren region, West Clare
Back to the mainland to explore the mountainous Connemara region. Although in heavy decline on a national level, many rural traditions and customs are still thriving in this beautiful region. Specifically, we will discuss the Irish Language, smuggling poitín, thatched cottages and the Quiet Man before visiting Mairtin’s home house for a cup of tea and some biscuits (cookies)!
We will loop through Galway City for the last time en route to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher.
We will overnight in West Clare, beach-side.
Day 5 – Wednesday – Across the Shannon to Dingle!
After a morning walk on the beach, we will keep heading south out of Co. Clare and across into the Kingdom of Kerry! A relatively short ride will take us out to the Dingle Peninsula / Slea Head which is listed in the top 5 driving routes in Europe!
The town of Dingle is overflowing with character, music and whiskey. The food scene in Dingle is amongst the finest in Ireland so make sure to save a few bucks for a fine meal while here.
We will overnight in Dingle, close to the town center.
Day 6 – Thursday – Dingle to Clonakilty
Taking the scenic coastal route off the Dingle peninsula, we will then drive straight through the heart of the Killarney National Park. As the first National Park in Ireland, its history and beauty speaks for itself. Our route will afford us the best sections of the world famous Ring of Kerry, while also getting us to Clonakilty in West Cork in great time.
What can we say about Clonakilty? The town is stunning, the music is incredible, the people are marvelous and their stories are incredible. Ask about the story of Tojo the monkey to get an idea of the lunacy that happens in this wonderful town.
This town is a bit of a hidden gem. Not frequented by the larger international tour groups, Clonakilty is kept real and very true. It is what it is, and it’s not trying to be anything else. The character and the people of this town keep us coming back year-on-year, and the beer isn’t bad either…
Overnight in Clonakilty
Day 7 – Friday – Clon’ to Dungarvan
After shaking off a groggy head from the night prior, it will be time for some time on the Atlantic Ocean – Sailing in Kinsale! Just a short hop from Clonakilty, Kinsale is Ireland’s answer to Annapolis, MD. Lying safely on the inside of Kinsale Bay, the harbour is nearly always full with a couple hundred sail boats. All equipment and training will be provided by the great crew at Sovereign Sailing before we set sail on the open ocean!
You group will be split into two larger yachts and two smaller sport lasers, depending on your experience and your thirst for adrenaline!
A short drive down the road is homeland of the one and only, Mr. Joe Devoy. The town of Dungarvan has a gorgeous square surrounded by “Mom and Pop” shops, cafe’s and bars. In Joe’s opinion, the world’s best “Chip Shop” is right there on one of the corners..
Overnight in Dungarvan
Day 8 – Saturday – Northbound…
A late departure from Dungarvan will give you time to get a dip in the hotel pool or to make use of one of the spa treatments. We will then meander north along the Eastern coastal drive and up into the Wicklow Mountains. There are a plethora of monasteries, round towers, estate mansions and waterfalls to discover on our last day of the tour.
We will get to the hotel nice and early before the final group dinner, and to say our farewells for now…
The hotel on the last night will be located within an hour of Dublin Airport to make it an easy run to the airport for anyone flying out the next morning.
Day 9 – Sunday – Home time :(
We will finish the tour by shuttling everyone to wherever they are going next. The first shuttle will be to the airport for anyone flying out that day. The second shuttle will then bring everyone else to Dublin City Center to finish the tour. Exact shuttle times will depend on everyone’s needs and wants which we will know a couple weeks ahead of the tour.
Where possible, we will stay in 4-star level hotels and better. Where there are no 4 star hotels, like on Inis Oírr, we will be staying in high quality guesthouse accommodations.
Pricing is per person sharing in a twin or double room, but private rooms are available for an additional single supplement.
The final list of accommodations will be made available to all guests by the end of January.
We will be traveling in comfort and in style. You can expect comfy reclining seats, air-con. Depending on final numbers we will have a few tables installed on the bus for some additional comfort. There will not be a toilet on board, but there will be free WiFi.
Over the years, we have found that lots of our guests have air miles etc that they have built up from various trips and credit cards. We have also found that many want to add time to the start or end of the trip to explore more of Europe or other parts of Ireland (e.g. Dublin) which are not included on the tour. We will of course help you find the best flights that you need, but in the interest of your freedom of choice we let you take care of your flights.
Inclusions / Exclusions
✓ All land transport
✓ All guiding
✓ All accommodations
✓ Ferry crossings to/from Aran Islands
✓ All breakfasts
✓ 3 x Group Dinners
✓ Admission to all attractions
✓ All included activities
Ⓧ Travel Insurance
Ⓧ Lunches, some dinners
More Questions / Keep up to date?
Shoot a quick email to Mairtin and say hello (email@example.com). He will then register your interest in the trip and keep you up to date with how it’s progressing. He will also keep you up to date with any meetings or information nights that get scheduled at Tellus360.
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Drop a quick email to mairtinog@firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know that you’re interested in joining the trip and include any questions or requests that you might have. He’ll help you make up your mind one whether this is the right trip for you.
Using the PayPal form below, select how many of you are traveling together and make the deposit payment. You will receive an automatic payment receipt from PayPal, and another email from Mairtin confirming your registration.
Using the second PayPal form below, select number of guests and then process the balance payment just like with the deposit payment.
Deadline for the balance for the May 2018 Trip is February 9th 2018.
Pack Your Bags!
Ahead of your departure, you will receive email updates on the trip, including the final accommodations, emergency contact info, meeting points, etc.