Bealtaine - Experience a Week in The Real Ireland
Are you ready for a unique, off the tourist map, real Ireland experience? Join us this May in the Irish Heartlands
- Tour Details
The Hill of Uisneach , one of the most sacred and historic sanctuaries in Ireland is the location of the first great Beltane bonfire to be lit in Ireland. In ancient times, all of Ireland would be dark on the eve of Beltane 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.
We only offer this tour once per year. The week features unique experiences and is focused on Ireland's ancient and mythological past along with a few contemporary sites and activities included. Our primary focus of course, is the Hill of Uisneach, where the Bealtaine ceremonies will take place, although there is 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. The tour visits these sites and explores the alignments so important to the ancient people of Ireland.
We only offer this tour once per year. Tour begins on April 29, 2019 with arrival in Dublin and departs Dublin on May 6, 2019 for 8 days and 7 nights. The week features unique experiences and is focused on Ireland's ancient and mythological past along with a few contemporary sites and activities included. Our primary focus of course, centers on the Hill of Uisneach, where the Bealtaine ceremonies will take place, although there is 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.
Besides the royal sites, there are other precise alignments with ancient sites connecting sunrise in the east to sunset in the west, all aligning through Uisneach on the eight Celtic holidays throughout the year. Our journey explores many of these sites as well as sites along the "Staff of The Dagda" which aligns north/south from Ardmore to the northern most point of the island of Ireland at Malin Head.
The weekend includes visits to other local treasures found in Westmeath including The Seven Wonders of Fore, Loughcrew Cairns, a traditional Irish music session, along with several more local secrets not found on the usual tourist maps.
There is even more to experience besides immersion into the ancient past including traditional Irish music, whiskey tasting, and a few local treasures.
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Daily transport to scheduled attractions, hotel and scheduled meals
Double occupancy hotel accommodations (single supplement available)
Knowledgeable local guide/driver
Admission fees to all scheduled attractions
Breakfast each day (with exception of day of arrival)
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Day 1 - Arrival, Fourknocks tombs, Fore Abbey
Day 2 - Athlone Castle, Kilbeggan experience, back to Mullingar
Day 3 - Mullingar to Cashel and back to Mullingar (3 hours)
Day 4 - Mullingar - Emain Macaha - Newgrange - Hill of Tara
Day 5 - Trim - Croghan Hill - Dunn Ailinne, Kildare
Day 6 - Mullingar - Lough Gur - Rathcroghan
Day 7 - Uisneach (Loughcrew in the morning)
Day 8 Depart
Join us on this authentic and intimate journey for a truly unique Ireland experience into Ireland's ancient past!
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