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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...
Fairy Places in the Burren: Underbelly of the Burren, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Fairy Places in the Burren: Underbelly of the Burren, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

There is an abundance of fairy places in the Burren. It is like the fairy hub of Ireland. Mysterious hidden dolmens, fairy forts and raths, caves, fairy trees and cairns all combine to provide an experience of the elementals at its best. Welcome to the Underbelly of the Burren – the area that lies below the backbone of the Burren hills. I call it the Underbelly because without a good digestion system we do not thrive- and this area is key to the wellbeing of the Burren. It is the source of its many underground rivers. Moreover, I sense it provides the nervous system energetically for the Burren. So, be prepared to be surprised as you explore the fairy places in the Burren on this day tour.  There are many hidden gems here you can explore. Try your hand at divining and dowsing -learn how to dowse old monastic sites and wells. Or listen to the healing sounds of the gong or drum playing in an underground cave! Fairy places in the Burren Tucked under the belly of the Burren hills this rolling countryside is full of elemental surprises. The fairy places in the Burren are so rich that this is like the fairy hub of Ireland. Rivers wind and disappear into the ground with no warning – each year as the water recedes new “swallow holes” appear where the water has tunnelled a new underground route to the sea beyond the mountains. The Punchbowl is a hidden nature haven we visit en route to the peaceful setting of a ninth century ecclesiastical site and holy well up a narrow “boreen”. Traditions are still...