Bealtaine - The Real Ireland
Are you ready for a unique, off the tourist map, real Ireland experience? Join us this May in the Irish Heartlands
Journey to the sacred center of the real Ireland as we celebrate the ancient fire festival of Bealtaine on The Hill of Uisneach, County Westmeath. Enjoy food, music, meet lots of friendly locals, and immerse yourself as a participant in the ceremony. Journey back in time for an intimate and authentic experience to the real Ireland of an ancient past we've long forgotten, but a past that remembers us well!
The Hill of Uisneach , one of the most sacred and historic sanctuaries in Ireland is the location of the first great Beltaine bonfire to be lit in Ireland. In ancient times, all of Ireland would be dark on the eve of Bealtaine and when the great bonfire was lit on Uisneach Hill, it was visible to over a quarter of Ireland. Then as the fires were seen from far away more fires would be lit on the the surrounding hills, and then an outer ring would be lit on the coasts. Remember to look outward after the bonfire is lit and you will still see the other fires lit along the surrounding hills.
This special week features unique experiences and is of course, focused on Ireland's ancient and mythological past along with many contemporary sites and activities as well. Our primary event of course, is the festival which centers on the Hill of Uisneach, where the Bealtaine ceremonies will take place, although there is so much more to explore, all revolving around alignments with Uisneach. The royal seats of Ireland's four provinces all have precise alignments with then mythical fifth province of Midhe at the Hill of Uisneach's Stone of Divisions. The tour visits these sites and explores the alignments so important to the ancient people of Ireland.
Also included this week are visits to Athlone Castle, The Rock of Cashel, and many other local treasures found in Meath and Westmeath including The Seven Wonders of Fore and the Loughcrew Cairns. Enjoy whiskey tasting and a traditional Irish music session, along with many more local treasures off the usual tourist maps.