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Tour Ancient Irish Past

Tour Ancient Irish Past

Sites from the ancient Irish past Tour the ancient Irish past in an an atmospheric area back of Coole Park. Here a number of prehistoric monuments from the ancient Irish past are scattered are scattered. Once this land was more like the Burren Uplands and it is older rock by 50 million years. We can walk across limestone pavement past beautiful rare flowers to a hidden dolmen grave and ceremonial site. Try dowsing ley lines at the dolmen! There is a cist grave in the vicinity too. Try your hand at dowsing the burial site, and try some interesting sound experiments at the stones. After walking back across the dry bed of the turlough (disappearing lake) we continue to tour the ancient Irish past by entering a hidden and beautiful “fairy fort” . This was a ring homestead, complete with enclosed well, storage chambers, and an underground passage.   If you wish to make this a full day tour you can walk through the beautiful nature reserve at Garrylands and have lunch in the adjoining Coole Park, by crossing the system of turloughs that are dry when the rains lessen. Jackie will drive around to meet you at the café in order to escort you back to your car.     PRICES: half day €110   Full day €170 for one or more GUIDE BOOKS AS SOUVENIRS   3 guide books are or sale on the Burren, written by your guide Jackie Queally + 2 books on the Celtic...
Secrets of W B Yeats Landscape

Secrets of W B Yeats Landscape

The W B Yeats Landscape surrounds the town of Gort in the Burren Lowlands in County Galway. The limestone region hosts a mysterious river that keeps disappearing and reappearing. There are some wonderful rare geological formations to explore as well as some ancient holy sites. We visit a deep river cave and a series of collapsed caves in beautiful woodland. This is part of the WB Yeats Landscape as he used to picnic here with his benefactor Lady Gregory. Here you can hear the healing sounds of the drum and gong played to add to the atmosphere and help you merge with the wonders of nature. A Mysterious River Further up a magical tiny road that follows the river Beagh, we stop at hidden sites such as a holy well and a church that has been there since at least the ninth century. This church was probably part of a longer pilgrimage route to Holy Island on Lough Derg. We can dowse the water and energy lines too. Next along the road is a delightful thatched cottage whose owner invites you for tea and great home baked goods in her sheltered courtyard. Finally we can explore and learn the sad history of a Mass rock and “bullaun” set in a stone circle close to an old settlement long gone. A Writer’s Inspiration If you want to extend this tour to a full day you can have lunch in Coole Park, former estate of Lady Gregory and walk through the dry turlough in Summer to the adjacent native woodland of Garrylands. This all the old haunt of Yeats and so is...
Sacred Ireland tours longer version

Sacred Ireland tours longer version

Thanks again for everything! We enjoyed the trip and certainly had some great laughs. Our favorite place there was the farmers land and the fairy circle in the Burren.  Hard to pick because it was all great in Ireland. Keith California I created the Sacred Ireland tour after decades of visiting Ireland’s sites. Backed by my research as a writer and my personal network of knowledgeable friends I invite you to share my insights. The tour includes the sites you would see on the shortened version of our sacred Ireland tours, such as the megalithic cairns of Sligo.  They also can include Lough Crew Cairns and wonderful sites in the Boyne Valley. We can start in Dublin to admire the Book of Kells and the art forms of many other manuscripts, and the antiquities in its museum before ending the tour. In the Boyne Valley, we pay more attention than other tours would to the unspoilt and under-excavated site of Dowth. It is more accessible yet in some ways more mysterious. Since archaeologists have not excavated it much, it lies in a far more natural state than Newgrange. Our accommodation is a delightful period house beside the site. You will appreciate the context of the landscape more by continuing your journey on foot to Newgrange from Dowth. This is a magical journey along the Boyne. It culminates on the Hill of Tara, where the ancient high Kings were inaugurated, and where the myths of Ireland’s races still ring on. Journeying westward your Sacred Ireland tour takes in Lough Gur, one of Ireland’s most sacred sites.  The hill and lake is full of myths and legends. A massive stone circle stands nearby that is somewhat unusual in...