2014 TOUR

June 1-10, 2014

Beginning in County Mayo, we explore Ireland’s spectacular western coastal region including the breathtaking views on Achill Island. We experience the legendary landscape of County Sligo which enthralled Nobel Prize winning poet, W. B. Yeats. We cruise on Lough Erne and see the 6th century monastic site on Devenish Island. We visit Navan Fort, Eamhain Mhacha in Irish mythology, home of the Red Branch Knights and the kings of Ulster. We walk the medieval village of Carlingford with its narrow streets and quaint pubs. We enjoy the Cooley Mountains and their spectacular views, the Monasterboice Celtic High Crosses and the world famous passage tombs of the Boyne Valley, that predate the Egyptian pyramids by a thousand years. We finish in Dublin city with a session at Ireland’s oldest pub and a night at one of Dublin’s renowned theaters.

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Your Tour Price Includes:
Luxury motorcoach transportation
First-class accommodations for 8 nights in rooms with private bath
9 Irish breakfasts
8 delicious dinners
Admissions to all group activities and sites including ferries and sessions
Baggage handling, gratuities and taxes for hotels and included meals. All for $2899 per person sharing LAND ONLY*
Single Supplement $400
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NOTICE: The group will meet outside the Customs Hall in Shannon Airport at 7:30 am on June 2nd.
Passengers are responsible for all airfares, departure taxes and airline surcharges. We are happy to assist you with your flight arrangements and pre-tour accommodations, if necessary, at no extra charge. Please note that flights should be booked into Shannon (SNN)  and out of Dublin (DUB). Aer Lingus and United have the best arrival times.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 • Departure Day

We take an overnight flight to Shannon where Robbie along with Alice and Sean Rattigan, our musicians and guides, will meet us outside the customs hall.

Day 2 • The Hills of Connemara 

Photo: Roxanne O'Connell

Following a traditional Irish breakfast, we will board our comfortable motor coach and travel northwest through the rugged landscape of Connemara to our hotel in Muranney, County Mayo. Once we arrive at our hotel, the rest of the day is free to relax and get over jet lag or explore the coast of Clew Bay. After dinner, we have the first of our nightly traditional music sessions and a chance to get to know one another.

Day 3 • Céide Fields & Achill

Photo: Fionán O'ConnellWe wander the scenic back roads of Mayo en route to Céide Fields Heritage Center on the site of a recently discovered farming community dating back over 5000 years. Then it’s on to Ballina for lunch and a visit to the Jackie Clark Collection, a fascinating private museum of Irish historical documents. In the afternoon we explore Achill Island with its breathtaking panoramic views and we visit the castle of Ireland’s famed pirate queen, Grace O’Malley.

Day 4 • Carrowmore & Glencar

Photo: Fionán O'ConnellWe visit the Museum of Country Life In Turlough. Then it’s on to Carrowmore, the largest megalithic site in Europe. Situated in the shadow of Queen Maeve’s cairn atop famed Knocknarea, it has more than 60 ancient monuments. After lunch in Sligo town we visit magnificent Glencar waterfall, made famous in the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Then it’s on to our lakeside hotel in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

Day 5 • Lough Erne, Devinish Island & Florence Court

We take a boat cruise on Lough Erne and visit Devenish Island and its 12th century round tower. After lunch we tour the 18th century Florence Court house and walled garden, the ancestral home of the Earls of Enniskillen.

Day 6 • A Castle, a Fort & a Cathedral

Photo: Fionán O'ConnellWe begin at Enniskillen Castle, home of  the Fermanagh County Museum and the Enniskillings Museum. Then we ramble on through County Tyrone to Navan Fort in Armagh, the ancient royal site of the Ulster kings and one of the most important sites in Irish mythology. We follow that with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh before continuing on to our hotel in County Louth.

Day 7 • The Cooley Penninsula 

Photo: Fionán O'ConnellThe Proleek Dolmen, a megalithic portal tomb built around 3000 BC and its adjacent wedge tomb will be our first stop. Then it’s on to the mountains of the Cooley peninsula with its panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough. Following a visit to the legendary Long Woman’s Grave, we take a walking tour of medieval Carlingford with its narrow streets and quaint pubs. After lunch we continue to the award winning Cooley Distillery where an expert whiskey maker will reveal his secrets.

Day 8 • Newgrange & Dublin

newgrangeOur guide, Harry Long, will interpret the mysterious carvings on the Celtic High Crosses at Monasterboice. Brú na Bóinne, the crown jewel of Irish archeological sites, which includes the famous passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth will be our lunch stop. Then it’s on to Dublin, Ireland’s capital city for dinner and a music session at the Brazen Head, Dublin’s oldest pub.

Day 9 • Dublin’s Fair City, 

Photo: Fionán O'ConnellToday you are free to explore Dublin at your own pace with a ticket for the Hop On/ Hop Off bus which runs on a continual loop to the major visitor sites very 15 minutes. You can visit the National Gallery, the National Museum, the Guinness Storehouse, the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol and dozens of other sites. We cap off our evening with a visit to one of Dublin’s premiere theaters before farewell drinks at our hotel.

Day 10 • Heading for Home

We depart our hotel for Dublin Airport. Don’t forget to leave some time for shopping at the Duty Free shop.

Don’t want to go home?

If you would like to extend your stay, please contact Robbie O’Connell at

1-800-299-CELT or email:

robbie@celtica.com before you send in your registration form.

Photo/Graphics Credits: Fionán O’Connell, Roxanne O’Connell