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In 2020, we are introducing our new Ancestry Trail Tour, which will cover counties Sligo, Mayo, and Galway/Connemara, following the trail of the Irish Diaspora through emigrant places and stories, like Addergoole, Ireland’s Titanic Village, and many other special sites!

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Maximum of 8-10 people per tour; however, we welcome family groups and private groups of up to 12-14 people! Please contact us for details.

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Our new Ancestry Trail Tour, covers counties Sligo, Mayo, and Galway/Connemara, following the trail of the Irish Diaspora through emigrant places and stories, like Addergoole, Ireland’s Titanic Village, and many other special sites!

Tour Map Notes

You will be picked up in Dublin and returned to Dublin. Your tour includes 8 days of transportation and touring in a comfortable mini-bus.

Tour Highlights

Hennigan’s Heritage Centre is situated in unspoilt countryside overlooking Creagaballa Lake, near the workhouse at Swinford where thousands of people from the region died during the 19th century due to starvation.

( Image from http://hennigansheritage.com/ )

The route will take you to Ashleigh Falls, a beautiful waterfall, where you will be able to stroll along the river. We will continue to Leenane, a village on the southern shore of Killary Harbour, on the northern edge of Connemara

Dan O’Hara’s Homestead was built on the original site, where Dan O Hara lived with his wife and seven children in a cottage shadowed by the Twelve Bens.

 

( image from www.discoverireland.ie )

A Ferry will take us to Clare Island.

There you will learn about Grace O’Malley, a 16th Century Pirate Queen, educated by Cistercian monks.

Among the places to visit is the church of the sacred heart, the castle, the Abbey, the lighthouse, and a Napoleonic Tower, along its flora and fauna.

Optional is Horseback riding in the island!

In April 1912 fourteen men and women from Addergoole, in North Mayo, set sail from Queenstown, Cork for a new life in America.

The Addergoole Titanic Memorial Park and the stunning Titanic and Emigration-themed stained glass windows can be seen in the village of Lahardaun.

 

( image from www.mayo.ie )

On your drive to Achill Island you will enjoy spectacular views of Clew Bay and its islands, over 40km of breathtaking coastal scenery. including the Tower at Kildavnet, the remains of a 16th century Irish tower house.

The Deserted Village at Slievemore comprises some 80 stone cottages located at the foot of the majestic Slievemore mountain, offering a fascinating insight into life on Achill in former centuries.

Ballycroy National Park is located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo. Around 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain cover a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.

The nearby Blacksod Bay is unique in Ireland because all four species of mammals live here: common and grey seals, bottle nosed dolphin and harbour porpoise.

A drive to the harbour offers uninterrupted views of Blacksod Bay. When reaching the harbour, views of Achill Island open up to the south.

 

( Image from www.mayo-ireland.ie/ )

The Museum reflects Irish country life between 1850 and 1950.

It’s a national collection that exhibits original artefacts and displays the skills in handcrafted harvest, knots, traditional clothing, spinning wheels and boats, and so much more, that our not so distant grandfathers used.

 

(Image from www.museumsofmayo.com )

Foxford Woollen Mills is one of the last working woollen mills in Ireland, offering a background to the Mill.

Michael Davitt is the father of the Land League, an International Humanitarian and Author. His Museum is housed in the magnificently restored pre-penal church in the village of Straide.

 

( Image from www.ireland.com )

 

Sample Itinerary

On our first Day – Pick up in Dublin

You will arrive into Dublin International Airport or a nearby hotel and we will be waiting for you with our comfortable mini-coach. We’ll help you with your luggage and exchanging money before setting off for a scenic drive across the beautiful lake lands and Midlands to the west coast of Ireland.

We will be arriving in Sligo on time for a good dinner and a restful sleep.

 

Day 2:   Departing Sligo

After a hearthy Irish breakfast you will depart Sligo on your way south-west to county Mayo.

We will enjoy the view at Aughris Head, continuing to Ladies Brae, St. Patrick’s Holy Well and nearby Famine ruins.

In the afternoon, you will have the Visit of Swinford Hennigan’s Heritage Centre

Hennigan’s Heritage Centre is situated in unspoilt countryside overlooking Creagaballa Lake, near the workhouse at Swinford where thousands of people from the region died during the 19th century due to starvation. Here you will learn about historical sites & their influence on our culture, from prehistoric to the 19th century land estates and tenants, through independence and into the present.

Arrival at your B&B in the area of Westport / Newport

The B&B itself is beautifully situated on the harbour in Newport and is a perfect base for a variety of activities. Fishing boats leave from the quay in front of the house, which is on the path of a popular Newport loop walk.

 

Days 3 to 7 may vary in order, but we will cover all activities listed here, and many more!

Each day has an itinerary specially planned for you.

In the evenings, we will head out to a nearby village for dinner and take in the lovely Irish hospitality.

 

The Lost Valley of Uggool & Connemara Area

Passing by Croagh Patrick and Louisburgh, we continue to the Lost Valley of Uggool and the Doo Lough Valley Famine Memorial

Doo Lough Pass is a spectacular setting near Doo Lough (in Irish meaning “Black Lake’) between Mweelrea Mountain and the Sheeffry Hills.

Here is the Doo Lough Famine Memorial, a plain stone cross engraved with the words ‘Doolough Tragedy 1849’, as a reminder of one of the blackest events in Irish history occurred in March 1849 during the Great Famine.

You will drive through Delphi and lake Fin Lough on your way to Killary Fjord. Passing Bundorraha Bridge we will reach Killary Harbour, with its breathtaking views.

The route will take you to Ashleigh Falls, a beautiful waterfall, where you will be able to stroll along the river. We will continue to Leenane, a village on the southern shore of Killary Harbour, on the northern edge of Connemara

Now that we enter Connemara area you will enjoy the majestic views of 12 Pins mountain range.

We continue to Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, built on the original site, where Dan O Hara lived with his wife and seven children in a cottage shadowed by the Twelve Bens.

If weather permits, we will take the Skyroad and head our way back…

 

Clare Island:

From our B&B we will depart to Roonagh Ferry, where we will board on a Ferry that will take us to Clare Island.

There you will learn about Grace O’Malley, a 16th Century Pirate Queen, who was educated by Cistercian monks and is thought to be buried at the Abbey on the island.

Among the places to visit is the church of the sacred heart, the castle, the Abbey, the lighthouse, and a Napoleonic Tower, along its flora and fauna.

You will have time to stroll around and have lunch at leisure.

Optional is Horseback riding in the island!

Ferry returns late afternoon.

 

Addergoole Titanic Society  &  Foxford Woollen Mills

Just a few miles from the village of Lahardaun lies the Addergoole Titanic Society

In April 1912 fourteen men and women from Addergoole, in North Mayo, set sail from Queenstown, Cork for a new life in America. Within days, eleven had died in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Their ship, “Titanic”, sank on her maiden voyage.

The Addergoole Titanic Memorial Park and the stunning Titanic and Emigration-themed stained glass windows can be seen in the village of Lahardane.

On our way from Lahardaun, we will pass by Ballina and Crossmolina, surrounding the beautiful lake Lough Conn. The ruins of Abbeytown Abbey and Castle Deel are on the way there. You will be able to stop for lunch and enjoy some free time.

Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre is one of the last working woollen mills in Ireland. These world-famous quintessential Irish crafts. The guided tour offers a truly unique experience to visitors by giving them a background to the Mill.

Michael Davitt is the father of the Land League, an International Humanitarian and Author. The Michael Davitt Museum is housed in the magnificently restored pre-penal church in the village of Straide.

 

Achill Island and Achill Sound.

On your drive to Achill Island you will enjoy spectacular views of Clew Bay and its islands, over 40km of breathtaking coastal scenery. You will see the Tower at Kildavnet, the remains of a 16th century Irish tower house that was used by the legendary pirate queen Granuaile (Grace O’Malley).

The Deserted Village at Slievemore is a haunting reminder of times past. Comprising some 80 stone cottages located at the foot of the majestic Slievemore mountain, the Deserted Village offers a fascinating insight into life on Achill in former centuries.

We will pass Mulranny, a seaside village on the isthmus between Clew Bay and Blacksod Bay, on our way to Ballycroy National Park

Ballycroy National Park is located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.

 

Blacksod Bay Day

Will will depart north west, passing Bangor Erris and Belmullet, surrounding the Blacksod Bay.

Elly Bay, near Belmullet town, is located on the Mullett Peninsula, an area of great scenic beauty and tranquillity in North West Mayo.

The whole bay is of international ecological importance because of the diverse habitat types to be found in the area. The bay is also internationally important for birdlife.

The nearby Blacksod Bay is unique in Ireland because all four species of mammals live here: common and grey seals, bottle nosed dolphin and harbour porpoise.

A drive to the harbour offers uninterrupted views of Blacksod Bay. When reaching the harbour, views of Achill Island open up to the south.

You will visit the Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, which gives the visitor an insight into the past history and culture of this west Mayo area in times past. In 1883 and 1884 eleven ships embarked on fifteen voyages bringing over 3300 Irish emigrants from North West Mayo to a new life in the US and Canada.

Blacksod Harbour is a working harbour with an accompanying lighthouse, Blacksod Lighthouse, which was built in 1864 and played an important role at the end of the World War II. It is still operational, however, not open to the general public.

 

Day 8:   Return to Dublin via Castlebar

We will be slowly heading back to Dublin.

On the way, you will have time to visit The Castlebar Country Museum in Castlebar.

 

Arrival at your hotel near Dublin Airport, for a good night rest.

 

Day 9:   At Dublin Airport

After this whirlwind of fun and adventure, you will have spent 8 of the most memorable days in your life. We can say this because this is what our guests tell us time and time again. Our Signature Tours are about depth and a personal and transforming experience. You will likely be saying Slán to your new lifelong friends.

 

After a good night sleep, you will be ready to take a Shuttle service to Dublin Airport with enough time for check-ins, and go through security and other clearance procedures to go home.

 

 

Tour Includes

  • 8 days of touring and sightseeing limited to 8-10 travelers
  • 8 nights in 3 to 4 star B&B or similar accommodation
  • Touring in a comfortable mini-coach with your experienced tour guides
  • Admission to heritage sites and museums
  • Daily Irish breakfast
  • Priceless memories and experiences

Please note: Airfare not included. Lunch and Dinner not included

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