22 May – 1 June
Dates
11 Days
Duration
12 to 14
Groupsize

  NATURE AND MYSTERY

       in Connemara, on Inishmore and in the Burren

A journey with leisurely hikes in three very different magical landscapes, accompanied by the words of local writers and philosophers on the ideas of Celtic wisdom and Celtic Christianity, encounters with local personalities, Irish music and plenty of time at your disposal.

The tour will be led by Elizabeth Zollinger, founder of the project “Celtic Spirit” on Inis Mór and the theologian Brigitte Fuchs

More detailed tour information is given in the Itinerary Section.

PROGRAMME DATE

22 May – 1 June 2020

BOOKING

no later then end of February (early booking recommended: places limited and flights are cheaper if booked early)

TRAVEL / FLIGHTS

Dublin Airport (flight individually or with other participants)

Meet in Dublin Airport at at 11.30 am

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INCLUDED

10 nights B+B and hotels sharing

All transport (excluding flights)

6 evening meals and 2 lunches

Guided tours and other activities in accordance to program.

NOT INCLUDED

Flight to and from Dublin

6 evening meals and lunches (mostly picknick)

Beverages and tips, insurance

ACCOMMODATION

1 night in Silken Thomas Hotel in Kildare

3 nights in friendly B+B’s in Roundstone

3 nights in beautiful B+B’s on Inis Mór

3 nights in the cosy O’Connors Guesthouse in Doolin

COST

Approx. CHF 1860. – (Euro 1620.-, depending on exchange rate) from Dublin Airport and back.

Additional nights in Galway, Dublin and in Doolin can be booked: starting from Euro 38.- (CHF 45.-), B+B sharing.

SUPPLEMENTS

Single rooms: CHF 290.- (Euro 250.- dep. on exchange rate)
(As the hotels/guesthouses are small there are not many single rooms available and we would appreciate if people are willing to share, maybe even part time)

Small group supplement: 10/11 participants: CHF 140.- (Euro 120.-), if there is a substantial change in the exchange rate we will adjust the prices.

CANCELLATION

Up to 60 days before departure: 10% of the total price
59-31 days before departure: 50% of the total price
30-1 days before departure: 80% of the total price
On the day of departure or no show up: 90% of the total price

Brigitte Fuchs

Elizabeth Zollinger, an artist from Zurich, lives part-time on Inis Mór since 1974 and is strongly connected with the island, its people and its culture. In cooperation with some Islanders she created the project “Celtic Spirit “in 1996, offering Cultural Weeks which aim to retain the culture and heritage of Inis Mór while developing and promoting a sustainable tourism on the island.

Brigitte Fuchs grew up in Bavaria and has lived in Switzerland since 1990. She has travelled regularly to Ireland over the last 15 years and is fascinated by the unspoilt nature, the Celtic spirituality and the people she finds there. Between 1996 and 2015 she worked as a pastor in various parishes in Switzerland, but is currently self-employed, offering funeral and other rites and support to people during difficult periods of life. She also works as a substitute pastor in the Canton of Berne. For more information about Brigitte and her work, see : www.corpore-et-anima.ch.

download pdf: Nature and Mystery

Additional information

PhysicalityWalks can be adjusted to suit ability, Language: English and German
Age12+
1

Day 1

Arrival in Dublin, 11.30 meeting at the airport and transport to Kildare, guided tour of Solas Bhride (Light of St. Bridget) Centre, traditional music in the pub.
2

Day 2

Bus trip to the west coast to picturesque Roundstone, Connemara, personal time, evening: film about Celtic Wisdom.
3

Day 3

Day hike with guide Paul Phelan through the mysterious endless moor around the largest and wildest moor lake Lough na bhFaoileann, evening: music and dancing with locals.
4

Day 4

 Morning: coastal hike with Paul along wide sandy beaches, lunch in Ballinahinch Castle and a stroll in the beautiful park.
5

Day 5

We walk on the old pilgrimage path to the holy Maumeen Pass and down into a wide green valley, continue to Rossaveal harbour and cross over to Inishmore.
6

Day 6

Meeting at Elizabeth’s house and introduction to the ideas of the Celtic Christian Church, walk to the Seven Churches and along the cliffs to the famous prehistoric Dun Aonghasa. Dinner in Catherines Coffee Shop.
7

Day 7

Meeting with Dara Molloy, the Celtic-Christian priest, ritual at the holy well, visit to the megalithic tomb and hike to the legendary Worm Hole (Poll na bPéiste) under the cliffs.
8

Day 8

In the morning time for shopping or coffee in Kilronan and boat to Doolin, afternoon at your disposal.
9

Day 9

Meditative walk with guide Mary McGaugan to the holy well of St. Coleman and other places in the Burren.
10

Day 10

 Hike along the famous Cliffs of Moher and time at your disposal.
11

Day 11

 Return to Dublin Airport by private bus.

(Note: Walks can be shortened!)

Kildare

Roundstone

Inishmore

Doolin

Seals
Roundstone
Ballinahinch Castle
Dogs Bay
Roundstone
Inishmore Cliffs
Seven Chruches
inishmore, Dun Aonghasa
Burren
Burren
Cliffs ofMoher