St. Patrick's Walking Weekend

March 16th to 19th Inclusive

A Three Day Walking Weekend over the St. Patrick’s bank holiday weekend with cosy accommodation at Renvyle House Hotel

Weekend Price: €279.00 per person

  • 3 Bed & Breakfast
  • 2 Dinners
  • Complimentary Packed Lunches for days guest goes walking with Archaeologist Michael Gibbons

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WALK 1 Saturday, March 17th, 2018 –Field Trip to South West Mayo, a circuit of Croagh Patrick.

Meeting at 10am at Clifden Square, return by 5pm. Price: €30.00 per person*

St Patrick came to Ireland as a captured slave from Roman Brittan; he escaped but returned in the Mid 5thCentury to Christianise Ireland.  We will explore a range of monuments associated with his holy mountain.  Including the Boheh Stone, (also known as St. Patrick’s Chair), a Neolithic Rock Art Site, reused in the 5th century as a small monastery grew up around it. It is one of the top five Rock Art Sites in these islands.  A spectacular Stone Alignment on the shores of Clew Bay and the ancient graveyard at Killadoon.  Heading to Killary Harbour we will stop at a Bronze Age Wedge Tomb, re-used as a Mass Rock and return to Connemara along the spectacular Killary Fjord.


WALK 2 Sunday March 18th 2018 – Inishbofin Island Field Trip

Meeting at 11am at Cleggan Pier, return on 4pm ferry, Price: €40.00 per person*

Inishbofin was first mentioned by the Venerable Bede in the early 8th century, as a refuge for Northumbrian Monks.  It was raided by the Vikings in 795AD and long retained strong associations with Anglo-Saxon England.   
Located on the border between the two powerful Gaelic maritime lordships of the O’Malleys and the O’Flahertys, Inishbofin has a turbulent history.   It was the last Gaelic stronghold to fall to Cromwell and subsequently had strong links with 17th century France and 18th century America. It has an earlier history with dozens of Bronze Age monuments, which we will see during our Field Trip.  Its fragmented coastline boasts dramatic sea cliffs and sea caves and is home to a rich variety of marine life

WALK 3  Monday March 19th 2018 – Omey Féichín & Cleggan Area

Meeting at 10am at Clifden Square, return by 5pm, Price: €30.00 per person*
Omey, a tidal island accessible on foot, is a spiritual place of rock and sand with hidden monastic sites, associated with St. Brendan and St. Féichín and a lost 18th century village.  Its many archaeological sites are evidence of a once thriving community 
On the Aughrus Peninsula opposite we will see an ancient Lake Dwelling, a 5000 year old Megalithic Tomb and the picturesque coastal village of Cleggan once a thriving smuggling harbour.

*Guided Walks Booking in Advance Only to Michael Gibbons, Clifden. 095 21379 or info@walkingireland.com
All walkers must have walking boots, outdoor gear


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