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  • Discover the Burren, meaning ‘rocky land’ – a large limestone plateau in County Clare in the west of Ireland

  • Visit two of Aran’s spectacular stone forts: Dun Aonghasa, perched high above the Atlantic on the edge of a cliff, and Dun Eochla in the heart of Inishmore

  • Spend a day pursuing a literary theme, exploring Coole Park – once home to Lady Gregory, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre – and the 16th century tower house at Thoor Ballylee, where the poet W B Yeats lived

“A balanced and informative programme, with comprehensive explanations on site… backed up by Mike’s well presented and illustrated talks”

- ACE customer on a previous tour with Mike King

Discover the unique limestone geology and beautiful natural landscape of the Burren, with its dramatic coastal cliffs at Moher, its prehistoric tombs such as Poulnabrone, and imposing stone abbeys, such as Corcomroe, as well as round towers, crosses and castles. At Craggaunowen castle and archaeological open-air museum, it is possible to see a reconstructed crannog and other Irish monuments, the mastermind of John Hunt; we will also visit the Hunt Museum in Limerick.


This tour offers the chance to experience the rugged landscape of ancient forts, such as legendary cliff-top Dun Aonghasa, and amazingly well-preserved early medieval churches on Inishmore in the Aran Islands.


Our itinerary will also delve into the fascinating lives of Lady Gregory, W B Yeats and the Irish Literary Revival Movement at the Gregory estate of Coole Park and W B Yeats’ home of Thoor Ballylee, and at the award-winning Kiltartan Gregory Museum, near Gort.


This tour will be led by Mike King, BA, MA, a museum professional for over 30 years who has worked in both Northern Ireland and Scotland. Mike has worked as Heritage Manager for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. He is interested in engaging travellers in archaeology and history, especially Irish archaeology, the early medieval culture of Britain and Ireland, European pilgrimage and Rome’s legacy in early medieval Europe. He is particularly fascinated by carved stones, and created an exhibition on the megaliths of Northern Ireland. He also coordinated the protection and movement of a 10th century high cross in Downpatrick.

Tour Code

Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, seven breakfasts, seven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £525.

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