From Yeats Country to the Fermanagh Lakes
5 Jun — 12 Jun 2019 | Tour Director: Niamh Whitfield
• Study a fascinating range of sites, from Neolithic tombs to enigmatic medieval monuments and elegant country houses
• Lovers of Yeats’s poetry will enjoy visits to Rosses Point, Dooney, Dromahair, Innisfree and Drumcliffe
• Discover the beautiful Sligo landscape and stunning lower Lough Erne
Niamh Whitfield, MA, PhD, FSAScot, FSA
archaeologist and art historian specialising in medieval Ireland
Depart Gatwick 1055 on Aer Lingus, arriving Dublin 1220. Continue to Sligo for five nights at the Riverside Hotel.
Morning introductory lecture followed by Carrowmore (excavated megalithic cemetery). Afternoon: Sligo Abbey (Dominican friary founded in the 13th century) and walking tour at Rosses Point (pretty seaside village, much visited by the young Yeats).
Morning guest lecture followed by visit to Niland Collection (contemporary Irish art including works by Jack Butler Yeats). Afternoon: optional walk at Carrowkeel (passage tomb cemetery on the Bricklieve Mountains) or visit to Boyle Abbey (Cistercian abbey) and King House (restored Georgian mansion).
Full day excursion to Lough Gill: Tobernalt Holy Well, Dooney Rock and Dromahair (both referred to in poems by Yeats); Creevelea Abbey (Franciscan friary); Parke’s Castle (17th century fortified manor house); boat trip on Lough Gill to view Innisfree and other places associated with Yeats.
Morning: Creevykeel (Neolithic court tomb), Drumcliffe (burial place of Yeats and his wife Georgie, early medieval high cross). Afternoon: Lissadell House (early 19th century house and garden, home of Yeats’s friends, the Gore-Booth family, which included the Irish rebel Countess Markievicz).
Morning: walking tour at Streedagh (where three ships from the Spanish Armada were wrecked). Afternoon: Florence Court (Georgian mansion and landscaped grounds). Transfer to Enniskillen for two nights at Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel.
Morning: boat trip to Devenish Island (early and late medieval ecclesiastical site). Afternoon: boat trip to White Island with its early medieval sculpture, Boa Island (enigmatic Janus-faced sculpture).
Morning: Castle Coole (mansion designed by Wyatt). Transfer to Dublin for 1550 departure, arriving Gatwick 1715.
5 Jun — 12 Jun 2019
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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £200.