For centuries, the history and landscape of Ireland has inspired writers, musicians, filmmakers, and artists of every stripe. On this trip, we’ll explore the wonders of that storied isle: taking in the landscape, history, music and poetry of Ireland with artists, photographers, and traditional musicians, and setting off on daily adventures to spark our own creative impulses. Designed for lifelong learners, and led by travel experts Erin Hart and Linda Rosen, this trip will focus on the rugged West Coast featuring counties Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Kerry and Clare and including Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula and Joyce Country.




Tour Inclusions: We reserve the right to surprise you, too!
 
* 9 Nights Accommodations in 3, 4 & 5***** hotels (see below)
* 9 Delicious Full Irish Breakfasts (unless you leave early on the last day)
* Pick up and drop off at Shannon Airport per itinerary
* Professional, experienced Irish Driver
* Modern, roomy vehicle
* Four Course Gourmet Welcome Dinner at the Award Winning Cashel House, Connemara
* Farewell High Tea/Lunch at elegant 16th c. Dromoland Castle, New Market-on-Fergus
* Photography Adventure on Dingle Peninsula with John Hooton (for all skill levels)
* Tour of Ballintubber Abbey, 5th & 12th c. ruins, Pilgrims Way and beautiful grounds
* Chat with Gavin Lavelle, well-known artist, in his Gallery in Clifden, Connemara
* Intimate Concert at Fisherman’s Cottage on the Wharf, Dingle Peninsula
* Cliffs of Moher and St.Bridget’s Well, County Clare
* Ferry across the Shannon River – County Kerry to County Clare
* Boat ride out to Inis Oirr, one of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay
* Pony & Cart ride around Inis Oirr with Irish Guide/Driver
* Thrilling boat ride underneath the dramatic Cliffs of Moher
* Traditional Music Session/Concert at the famous St. James Church, Dingle Peninsula
* Pub Crawl of 18th and 19th c. pubs in Dingle Town (drinks on own)
* Private Farewell music session with Kieran and Jono O’Connell in County Clare
* Unique, custom-designed tours of the most beautiful sites in Ireland each day!!!!!
* Daily sessions with Erin Hart, Irish Guide, Author & Speaker
* Managed and guided by: Linda Rosen, Ireland On My Mind.com
* Private Tour of Dan O’Hara’s 1840’s Connemara Cottage as presented by Martin Walsh



Places We Stay

     



The Cashel House in Connemara, County Galway
Named in the Book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

This magnificent 19th-century country house is the kind of destination we usually only dream about. The Cashel House is elegant and yet promotes serenity and relaxation. The décor is classic and traditional and features beautiful paintings and prints, high ceilings, overstuffed antique furnishings, large fireplaces with turf fires, and loads of expansive windows overlooking acres of gardens. A small formal library is perfect for a curl-up afternoon with a good book and an Irish coffee. We will be greeted warmly by staff and the family who owns it. Our bedrooms and baths will be beautifully appointed and all are unique. Every bedroom has a serene view of the countryside. The Cashel House is surrounded by 50 acres of award-winning gardens and woodlands and a private walk with pond and a stream you can hear before you see it. The Dining/Breakfast room is in the formal Conservatory overlooking the front garden. You will not want to leave. www.cashelhouse.ie




Dingle Skellig Hotel in Dingle Town, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

The Skellig Hotel is sited right on beautiful Dingle Bay and is within close walking distance to the center of the charming village of Dingle. It is within minutes of soaring mountains, long sandy beaches and the blue waters of the Atlantic. The hotel is modern, comfortable and has great services including a terrific spa, several great bars, and a wonderful restaurant with expansive bay views! www.dingleskellig.com




   



Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, County Clare

This historic hotel, originally an 18th c. mansion, is sited on beautiful expansive green lawns that overlook the tumbling waterfalls of the River Inagh, called The Cascades. The hotel is within walking distance of the charming village of Ennistymon, a bustling country market town, which has many shops, traditional pubs, historical sights and even a large, modern supermarket. www.fallshotel.ie




Your Guides

“Come with us as we explore the most beautiful parts of Ireland while
revitalizing and enlightening the creativity we all have within!”


 
 
Erin Hart   Linda Rosen
 
Award-Winning Author of:
The Book of Killowen,
False Mermaid, Lake of Sorrows
Haunted Ground

  Owner: Ireland On My Mind.com
20 Years Travel, Meetings & Conventions
Specialist in Designing Ireland Tours
Speaker, Author & Irish Tour Designer
 
"Hart writes with a lovely eloquence how
character is shaped by music, the architecture
and the history of this harsh and beautiful land..."

--- New York Times Book Review  
  "Linda Rosen has the ability to bring Ireland to you as well as you to Ireland. Ireland's people, history, and music are passed on to anyone who accompanies her."
--- MW, Vancouver, Canada
 
www.erinhart.com   irelandonmymind.com
 
 






Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Pick up at 10:00 a.m. at Shannon Airport. We will proceed to Connemara , traversing from County Clare to County Galway, sightseeing along the way. Our check-in at the Cashel House will be mid-afternoon. . . which will give us time to explore the beautiful grounds before we have our Welcome Dinner in the Conservatory overlooking the front garden.

 
Day 2 & 3: Connemara is both peaceful and haunting at the same time. We have 2 days of exquisite tours planned for you here. You will be mesmerized by the serene countryside, beautiful fjord, breathtaking Atlantic Ocean vistas, and bustling villages. We will be visiting the villages of Roundstone, Clifden , Leenane. ..and exploring the Connemara Loop, the Inagh Valley Loop, the Killary Fjord, and the grounds of Ballinalachen Castle. If time and weather permit we will take a wee tour of Joyce Country , and possibly lift a Guiness or two at several of Ireland’s most famous pubs, Gaynors and Hamiltons in Leenane on the Kilary Fjord. . .

 
Day 4, 5 & 6:The Dingle Peninsula was once named by National Geographic photographers as the most beautiful place on earth. We agree. You will see sites that are absolutely jaw-dropping and we allow time to savor and reflect on what we see. Sites included: The Slea Head Drive, ruins of the schoolhouse from “Ryan’s Daughter,” the South Pole—one of Ireland’s most famous pubs, Minard’s Castle and the pristine Stone Beach, Lake Annascaul and Tom Crean’s grave. . . and much more. If the weather allows we will travel over the breathtaking Conor Pass. As if that were not enough. . . we are going to hear nightly the most exhilarating traditional music Ireland has to offer.

Day 7, 8 & 9: County Clare is known for its dramatic Atlantic shoreline, charming villages, and lush green countryside. We will enjoy many of these villages including; Ennistymon, Lahinch, Doolin, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Ennis and Fanore. One day we explore along the Gold Coast and tour the mystical Burren. . . a unique rocky landscape, as well as the Burren Perfumery & Poulnabrone Dolmen. Our final afternoon will be spent at the exquisite Dromoland Castle where we will enjoy high tea in grand luxury and top off the afternoon with a stroll through the enchanted Walled Garden. A perfect ending to an exceptional tour!

Day 10: Early morning transport to Shannon Airport.




 
Our Irish Favorites
 
St. James Church in Dingle Town is the site of some of the best music in all of Ireland. This once abandoned building has been revamped and now has the best acoustics found anywhere. Concerts are held here Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights during the season. The church is located right in the middle of Dingle Town. Some absolutely exquisite musicians we have heard here include: Tommy O’Sullivan, Eoin Duignan and Ger O’Beirne. This venue is absolutely amazing!   Ballintubber Abbey is a 14th c. royal abbey located in a rural area in County Mayo. It is the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that is still in daily use. Several ruins on the site are reported to have been visited by St.Patrick in 441 A.D. From this abbey, a pilgrims’ way which has been in use for over 1,000 years, leads to Croagh Patrick, a mountain 35km away. At the entrance to the Pilgrims’ Way we often conduct a service "For Those Who Have Gone Before" for anyone who cares to partake.
 
Stephon is our main guide on the island of Inis Oirr, our favorite of the 3 Aran Islands. Stephon and his team, who were born and raised on this wee island, provide a pony and cart for us as we disembark from the ferry from the main land. Our tour includes a tour around the island featuring the ruins of an O’Brien Castle, a hill-side graveyard, a ship tossed ashore years ago by a storm, the most amazing rock walls you will ever see and the incredible Inis Oirr shoreline. Stephon’s most famous line is,” Ireland is that island that is located right off the shore of Inis Oirr.” His main horse is named, “Mahtilda”. The Cashel House Hotel in Connemara is our favorite place to stay. Nothing that we have ever seen can compete with this charming, traditional country house. Built in the 19th century, it is sited on over 50 acres of award-winning gardens and woods. The property overlooks Cashel Bay and is quiet and secluded. This gracious and elegant manor house itself is everything you could possibly wish for in a vacation destination: large, beautifully decorated rooms, turf burning fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, quiet drawing rooms and library and an exceptional dining experience! We always receive a genuine, warm welcome by the McEvilly’s, the owners or Ray, the manager. www.cashelhouse.ie
 
Kieran and Jon O’Connell are musical brothers from Lahinch, County Clare. Eoin O’Neill, a musician from that area, suggested we hire the O’Connells for our farewell night. We are so glad we did. The O’Connells play a variety of music. We prefer to hear the traditional Irish ballads. If you would like to sample something they have done, check this out on You Tube: 14th Annual Corofin Traditional Festival 2015 with Kieran O’Connell. O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub in Dingle Town, Dingle Peninsula. This pub, with music inspired and led by Tommy O’Sullivan, has the best music any pub in Ireland has to offer! Be prepared to be wowed!!! If you are lucky enough to go to Dingle you will be drawn to this place again and again! Tommy, a well-known musician, is not only a wizard at the guitar but has a beautiful voice. Saundra, his elegant wife, often contributes to the evening’s festivities with her beautiful ballads. www.osullivanscourthousepub.com
 
Siopa Ceoil is a music shop located in an old fisherman’s cottage on the wharf area of Dingle Town. We have been absolutely delighted by the concerts we have heard here over the years. Concerts are offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with different talented entertainers each night. During intermission guests are served a delicious Irish Coffee. Some of Ireland’s most famous dancers, singers and musicians have performed in this wee, intimate cottage for us including: Seamus Begley, David Geaney & Donogh Hennessy. Step into this charming shop, check it out for a moment, and you will likely be greeted by the owners, Michael or Dara Herlighy. www.siopaceoil.ie Gavin Lavelle – Don’t go to Clifden without popping into Lavelle’s Art Gallery…..right on the main street. Lavelle’s gallery is located in the owner’s grandparent’s original home but you wouldn’t know it once you are in it. He is a well-known artist in Ireland as well as the European Continent and the United States. Stop in and check out the wonderful original art displayed here…..his own as well as several other talented Irish artists. Gavin is a great storyteller and knows just about everything regarding the area he lives in. We have asked him to speak to our group regarding creativity ….because not only is he one of the most creative people we know…..he is successful at it!. www.lavelleartgallery.ie
 
John Hooton, award-winning photographer, is Ireland On My Mind’s photographer of choice. Whenever we include a photography session on one of our tours, he drags us out to disserted beaches, abandoned buildings and historical ruins and we couldn’t be happier! All of us always say our photography skills improve drastically after a lesson from John, inspite of our varied levels of skills and equipment. www.john-hooton.com Dromoland Castle – We usually end our tours with an elegant farewell tea or lunch at this majestic castle once owned by the fighting O’Brien clan. As you enter the castle gates a winding road brings you through lush, green lawns with beautiful lake views. Stroll with us to the main dining room and view the grand staircase, glittering chandeliers, ornate fireplaces, and exceptional original artwork. The extraordinary 18th c. walled garden is adjacent to the castle. This is our favorite way to end a tour! www.dromoland.ie

Watch: YouTube ….Dromoland Castle Video
 
Irish Musicians. Over the years, we have gotten to know many well-known and talented Traditional Irish Musicians! You will hear and even meet many of them on our tours. We pub crawl every night we are in an Irish village! The music is outstanding and not to be missed. The Kane Sisters. We hired the Kane Sisters, Liz and Yvonne, Letterfrack, County Galway, to play for our group and everyone said that without a doubt these were best Irish fiddlers they had ever heard! The Kanes grew up playing together and are just as enjoyable on a personal level as they are as musicians.

Watch: YouTube ….The Kane Sisters: Paddy Fahey’s/Mullingar Lea/Paddy Fahey’s Video
 
Scenes from the Quiet Man Movie. Even if you are not a Quiet Man aficionado you will love the sites we explore found in this 1951 classic: the Quiet Man Bridge, John Wayne’s favorite pub while on location for the filming, the village of Cong, the grounds of Ashford Castle, the Connemara Loop, Glassilaun Beach, White O’Morn Cottage, John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara Statue and more! , O’Brien’s Tours.We always use Bill O’Brien’s Boats to ferry across Galway Bay to Inish Oirr. His customer service is terrific, his boats are always on time. he has a great record of no major accidents. Combine that with the fact that Bill, himself is always on the wharf to watch over everything is a winning combination! www.obrienline.com

Watch: YouTube ….Bill OBrien Ferry Video



 
Important Details
$500.00 deposit per person. Space in not held without a deposit check. Final payment is due JUNE 15, 2017.

Cost includes all features listed in Tour Inclusions. Hotel accommodations are based on twin-bedded rooms. Private rooms are difficult to book, and require an additional fee. All airfare, alcoholic beverages, tips to our driver/guide, meals not listed in the Inclusions above, and charges of a personal nature are extra.

All participants must be ready to depart Shannon Airport by 10 a.m. on September 18, 2017. (Note: your flights from the U.S. will have to leave on the day before, the 17th of September, in order to reach Shannon on that date.) If not on board our vehicle at that time, travelers are responsible for their own transportation to the first night’s hotel.

Minimum number of 8 participants is required to operate this tour. If that number is not met we reserve the right to increase the cost or cancel the tour, in which case all money will be refunded.

Cancellation fees: Due to the special nature of this tour all payments are non-refundable. Trip insurance is highly recommended (a brochure will be sent at deposit).

Double occupancy, per person: $3,900 ...................................... Single supplement: $995.

Questions? Call Linda Rosen at 763-475-0508 or email her at: irelandonmymind@msn.com




 
Please call or email Linda Rosen with any questions regarding this tour or registration:

Linda Rosen
Ireland On My Mind.com
irelandonmymind@msn.com
763- 475- 0508


Based on 12 Travelers
$3900 per person sharing
$3,900 if booked before June 15, 2017


Not Included:

*Airfare *Lunches not included in program *Dinners
*Drinks *Travel or Health Insurance *Personal Expenses
*Baggage Handling & Gratuities *Tips to Driver



Registration and Reservations:

In order to reserve your place in this trip, contact Ireland On My Mind either by phone or email and we will hold your spot for 2 weeks. We require a $500.00 deposit to secure your place.



Flying to Ireland:

If you are traveling from the U.S., you will need to leave your home city one day before the program begins. You most likely will be in the air all night and your flight should land at Shannon the morning of day one. If you prefer to fly in earlier, we would be very glad to assist you in recommending a place to stay. Although we do not include airfare, we would be glad to assist you in arranging airfare...especially if several of you are flying together. Just call.



Meeting At The Shannon Airport:

We will meet you on the morning of Day 1 in the Shannon Airport. We will bring you back to Shannon on the morning of Day 9. Please arrange a flight that comes in early the morning of the first day or if you prefer you can come a day early. Try to book a flight that leaves for the U.S. late morning or mid-day. If you have any questions regarding your flight times...do call!

DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION:

DEPOSIT: $500 per person at time of registration

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 15, 2017

CANCELLATION POLICY: NON-REFUNDABLE

*Trip cancellation INSURANCE is strongly recommended



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Terms & Conditions for Tours with Ireland On My Mind:

Baggage: Due to the shortage of space in our vehicle all participants are requested to bring on one carry-on sized suitcase (although you can check it) and one other bag to hold your camera and purse.

Health: Although we do not regularly take lengthy hikes on these tours, the terrain in Ireland can be rough and uneven. There is some walking involved on any tour. Participants should be able to walk 5 or 6 blocks a day and be able to climb steps without any difficulty. If you have any questions regarding your ability to participate in this tour, please consult your physician.

Smoking: Because of the small size of this trip and its intimate nature smokers cannot be accommodated.

Passports: An up-to-date U.S. passport is required in order to enter Ireland. Please make sure that your passport is not due to expire with 60 days of your entry into the country.

Cost: The cost of the tour may increase due to unforeseen circumstances. The price of booked tours will not increase.

Change in Tour Itineraries: Unexpected events occur every so often which may cause us to change the itinerary advertised. IOMM will do its best to substitute an activity or service which is equal or better than the one listed. If, due to weather or any other act of God, we cannot fulfill the listed itinerary, Ireland On My Mind will not be held responsible.

Insurance: Due to the cancellation polices we strongly urge all clients to purchase travel insurance. We also recommend purchasing health insurance.

Tour Cancellation: If we don’t fill out the tour, we retain the right to cancel. In this case, all funds will be returned to the client in full. Ireland On My Mind will not be held responsible for expenses as result of the cancellation such as non-refundable airline tickets or any travel expenses. If a tour is cancelled due to events beyond our control, we will refund all funds at the time of cancellation.

Waiver of responsibility: Ireland On My Mind is making all ground transportations arrangements pertaining to the tour, hotel reservations, and any food service or activity reservations needed. Ireland On My Mind or any of its agents will not be held liable to injury, death, delay, theft, damage or other incidents, however caused. Tour organizers and agents will take no responsibility for:

  1. Additional expenses from changes in exchange rate or tariffs.
  2. Financial Losses to client due to cancellations or late arrival.
  3. Any expenses due to sudden sickness, strikes by hotels, airlines, or any other acts of God such as weather conditions.
  4. Injury, loss, or damage of property, including cameras , luggage and personal property.

Personal Responsibility: I am entirely responsible for my own personal safety, health and general well-being during the Tour. I release Ireland On My Mind and its representatives, agents and affiliate from any liability for any injuries or damages I might occur. I understand that I must provide health and travel insurance for myself as it will not be provided by Ireland On My Mind.

I have read the above terms and conditions and fully understand them. I release Ireland On My Mind and its agents from all responsibility and liability.