Wild West Irish Pilgrimage

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 in this very special small group tour. This experience will bring you to W.B. Yeats’ “Land of Heart’s Desire” in the Sligo/Leitrim region of Ireland, to sacred places from County Mayo, Connemara and Galway to the Burren/Coastal region of County Clare.

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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.

This Pilgrimage includes music; dance; poetry; group and solitary nature walks; visits to sacred Celtic 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 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 Pilgrimage…

Dates in 2017 for the Wild West Irish Pilgrimage include:

  • May 1 –  May 9th, 2017
  • August 3 – August 11, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov 2, 2017

We only offer a few of these tours, so availability is limited. 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 Irish Embassy in Washington D.C. praises Wild West Irish Tours

“on the work they do in bringing people from both sides of the Atlantic in a fun way…”

Wild West Irish Tours was delighted to celebrate the launch of our new Ireland Music & Dance Festival Tour, with the help of the Irish Embassy and Irish singer, Mai Hernon.

At a recent launch of the launch of the Fleadh na hEireann in Fairfax Virginia, Claire Fitzgibbon, the Cultural Attache of the Irish Embassy, stated the following:

“The Embassy is delighted to be associated with Wild West Irish Tours’ launch of the 2014 tour season and the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which this year is taking place in Sligo. The Fleadh is a major event in the Irish cultural calendar, and one which brings people from all over the world together through their shared love of traditional Irish music. We applaud Wild West Irish Tours on the work they do in bringing people from both sides of the Atlantic together in a fun way, further cementing the bonds of friendship between our two great nations.”

Read the complete article on Sligo Today.

In America, it was turned into a business. Now, it’s benefiting the local economy, bringing bus loads of tourists into Sligo and the north west. Its origins go back to March 2007. That’s when American Michael Regan-Waugh brought his partner Trish O’Donnell Jenkins to Sligo for a holiday.

Four years later, on March 17th, 2011, they left their jobs, sold their house in the U.S. and started Wild West Irish Tours.

Read the whole newspaper article on The Sligo Champion Digital Edition.

The Irish Independent, which has the highest circulation for a daily newspaper in Ireland, published a story about Wild West Irish Tours recently in their Weekend Review section. The article, written by Irish journalist Caitriona Palmer, was a feature for “The Gathering 2013.” The story tells of an Irish-American family, the Galligans, going back “home” to Ireland during the year of the Gathering, with Wild West Irish Tours.

Enjoy this wonderful piece.