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From Yeats Country to the Fermanagh Lakes

5 Jun — 12 Jun 2019 | Tour Director: Niamh Whitfield

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Niamh Whitfield,

MA, PhD, FSAScot, FSA

archaeologist and art historian specialising in medieval Ireland

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 1055 on Aer Lingus, arriving Dublin 1220. Continue to Sligo for five nights at the Riverside Hotel.

Day

2

Morning introductory lecture followed by Carrowmore (excavated megalithic cemetery). Afternoon: Sligo Abbey (Dominican friary founded in the 13th century) and walking tour at Rosses Point (pretty seaside village, much visited by the young Yeats).

Day

3

Morning guest lecture followed by visit to Niland Collection (contemporary Irish art including works by Jack Butler Yeats). Afternoon: optional walk at Carrowkeel (passage tomb cemetery on the Bricklieve Mountains) or visit to Boyle Abbey (Cistercian abbey) and King House (restored Georgian mansion).

Day

4

Full day excursion to Lough Gill: Tobernalt Holy Well, Dooney Rock and Dromahair (both referred to in poems by Yeats); Creevelea Abbey (Franciscan friary); Parke’s Castle (17th century fortified manor house); boat trip on Lough Gill to view Innisfree and other places associated with Yeats.

Day

5

Morning: Creevykeel (Neolithic court tomb), Drumcliffe (burial place of Yeats and his wife Georgie, early medieval high cross). Afternoon: Lissadell House (early 19th century house and garden, home of Yeats’s friends, the Gore-Booth family, which included the Irish rebel Countess Markievicz).

Day

6

Morning: walking tour at Streedagh (where three ships from the Spanish Armada were wrecked). Afternoon: Florence Court (Georgian mansion and landscaped grounds). Transfer to Enniskillen for two nights at Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel.

Day

7

Morning: boat trip to Devenish Island (early and late medieval ecclesiastical site). Afternoon: boat trip to White Island with its early medieval sculpture, Boa Island (enigmatic Janus-faced sculpture).

Day

8

Morning: Castle Coole (mansion designed by Wyatt). Transfer to Dublin for 1550 departure, arriving Gatwick 1715.

Tour Dates

5 Jun — 12 Jun 2019

Days

8

Cost

£1695

Tour Code

YCFL-19

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Testimonial

Niamh was excellent and I learnt a huge amount.

Recent ACE Traveller


FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:

£135.00

Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £200.

 
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