The Year of Family and Friends

This year and indeed every year since Wild West Irish Tours began taking travelers (our beloved “Wild Westies”) on adventures in the Wild West of Ireland, we have been delighted to have so many families travel together with us. We have had anything from grandparents with grandchildren, mothers and daughters, complete families and just about every other family combination! Very often this includes family friends.tm_dolman.jpg

We have decided to make 2017 the “Year of Family & Friends”and are launching our celebration with a wonderful promotion. As you may know, our tours have a maximum of 8 people per tour. (When we have the demand for more than eight, we simply create a “twin” tour and have two separate tours going simultaneously.)

Here is the special deal: Book two people (you and a friend or family member) on one of our tours and  receive a $150 discount per person! So, if you book a group of 8 family or friends, you can save $1200! Please use discount code JAN when you’re checking out to take advantage of this offer.

You must book your tour before February 11, 2017 to qualify for this incredible offer! Not valid for prior purchases.

Due to demand for our beloved and unique tours, we have added many dates for the coming season! For our Wild West Irish Tour Michael(Signature) we have added the following dates:

  • May 17-25
  • June 28-July 6
  • August 17-25
  • September 22-30
  • October 14-22

For our popular Wild West Irish Tour – Clare-Connemara, we have added:

  • July 22-30

See our Booking Dates and Prices page to book your tour now!

Wild West Irish Tours presents:

The Celtic Pilgrimage

“Pilgrimage is an inner journey of the heart, soul and mind where the pilgrim is enabled to connect to the spirit within each of them while making an outer journey in a landscape that has a story.”

Wild West Irish Tours invites you to join us as we connect with Celtic spirituality, tradition and folklore by following the footsteps of our ancestors and exploring sacred places. This special experience will bring you to W.B. Yeats’ “Land of Heart’s Desire” in the Sligo/Leitrim region of Ireland, to the very paths taken in the Burren/Coastal region of County Clare, by Irish Celtic philosopher and poet, John O’Donohue, author of Anam Cara – A Book of Celtic Wisdom.

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Join us in 2017 and explore the traditions and rituals of the four Celtic seasons (Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtine and Lughnasa) and the connection between Celtic spirituality and the four elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

The Celtic Pilgrimage includes music; dance; poetry; group and solitary nature walks; visits to sacred places; opportunities to participate in yoga and mediation; and explorations of artistic expression in a nurturing environment. We visit places from our Wild West Irish Tours itinerary, and journey to places that are seldom seen and mystical. As always, our group will consist of no more than 8 pilgrims/travelers, and we will stay in 4-star B&B-style accommodations. We are guided by local men and women who have a strong connection to and knowledge of Celtic spirituality, traditional wisdom, the landscape, history, archaeology and  folklore.

Meet this local Celtic legend and Myth-keeper on the Celtic Pilgrimage:

As a potential pilgrim, you may experience the following before departing on a pilgrimage:

  • A longing or yearning to participate in/make a journey with a deep purpose.
  • A call to do something different and to set about preparing for the challenge required to answer that call. (The call may have its origin in a dream.)
  • A setting out on the journey, having done the necessary planning to make the pilgrimage happen (both spiritual and logistic – travel, accommodation, preparation, and a decision on what gifts the pilgrim wishes to bring and leave at the pilgrimage destinations.)
  • An acceptance that the pilgrimage may bring the pilgrim on an unpredictable path that will be followed regardless, without complaint.
  • An anticipation of their arrival at the destinations of their pilgrimage (what it will mean personally to them to have answered the call and reached their destination)
  • A consideration of what benefits/fruits the pilgrimage will have for them.

Walk this path on your own Celtic Pilgrimage…

Dates in 2016 and 2017 for the Wild West Irish Tours Celtic Pilgrimage include:

  • October 25 – November 2, 2016
  • February 2017  (dates to be announced)
  • May 1 –  May 9th, 2017
  • August 3 – August 11, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov 2, 2017

We only offer four or five of these tours, so availability is limited. To book your October 2016 tour now, click here. To book your 2017 tour, click here.

For specifics about the tour itinerary, please contact Wild West Irish Tours at info@wildwestirishtours.com or phone us in the U.S. at 804-918-7060.

 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote an article about the owners of Wild West Irish Tours, Trish O’Donnell-Jenkins and Michael Regan Waugh on the unique approach Wild West Irish Tours has to experiencing Ireland.

“Ours is not a kiss-the-Blarney-Stone tour. We let Ireland be Ireland. We take you to meet people we know — dancers, singers, storytellers,” he said. “They perform for us and the people we bring along with us.”

Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch article.

The Chare Champion interviewed Michael about the history of Wild West Irish Tours, his Irish heritage, and his plans for the future as tours expand into County Clare.

“It’s almost a watershed event for me to be officially starting tours in Clare where my grandmother came from. What we want to do eventually is have our whole tour in Clare but this year we’re going to have more than half of the tour in Clare.

Read the whole article on clarechampion.ie

Ken and Antonette Kaufman came on a Wild West Irish Tours special “Emigrant Trail Ancestry Tour” to find his family roots. Here is his story:

“As long as I can remember, I have had a desire to know more about my Irish ancestral origins. When I was considering visiting Ireland for the first time, I knew I wanted to see the area of my great-grandfather, John Gallagher, an ancestor whose origins I learned about from a letter my grandmother received in the 1960s. However, I was afraid this goal was unrealistic for one who never navigated the country lanes of Western Ireland. Much to my delight, I discovered that Wild West Irish Tours was offering an emigration themed tour in County Sligo, the home county of my Gallagher/Mullarkey line.”

Read the full article on thewildgeese.irish.

Wild West Irish Tours has enjoyed the company of one of Ireland’s best known Photo-Bloggers, Val Robus, also known as “Magnumlady.”

On 4 occasions, Magnumlady did a “ride along” with Wild West Irish Tours during our adventures in the Wild West of Ireland. Together we explored the mystical Carrowmore Tombs with Myths & Legends author, Michael Roberts.

The Irish Blogger also joined us for trips out to the incredible Innismurray Island, a boat ride on the Rose of Innisfree and an adventure exploring a mysterious ancient beach on this perilous rocky coast. Our thanks to Val for her beautiful photos.

Enjoy all 4 adventures through Magnumlady’s eye!