Rocky Road to Dublin

We’ve had a great few days with the St. Paddy’s Day events in Ottawa – from dressing in green to joining the celebrations with the Irish Embassy with the Ambassador & Hurley family (& met the new Ottawa Rose of Tralee) to participating in a St. Paddy’s Parade (and playing hurling)! It’s enough to bring out the Irish in us all!

So, let’s focus on travel to Ireland in this week’s newsletter!  And draw some inspiration from Newfoundland’s Irish Descendants with “The Rocky Road to Dublin.”  (Did you know that Newfoundland is sometimes said to be more Irish than Ireland? 🙂 Irish Times article


Dingle Peninsula Guided Walk
8 Days – July 16, 2016 (Other dates available)
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast.
Moreover it is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments. This mountainous finger of land, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, has supported various tribes and populations for at least 6,000 years. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage, which ranges from prehistoric times through the Early Christian period to the Middle Ages. There are plenty of small hamlets to enjoy good Irish cheer along the way and in the evenings you will stay at a selection of B&B’s, chosen for their good character, location and excellent Irish breakfasts.
Priced from  $2,149 CDN p.p. $ land only (based on double).
St. Patrick’s Trail
12 days – May 21, 2016 (other dates available)


Travel through “The Land of Saints and Scholars.” 
Explore the roots of Irish Christianity by following in the footsteps of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. Visit areas associated with other popular saints, hermits and monks.
Priced from $3,362 CDN per person, based on double, land only,
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Shades of Ireland
10 days – April 6, 2016 (Other Dates Available)

From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle.

Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have coffee and scones at a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide – either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!

Priced from $2,169 p.p. CDN $ (based on double), land only..

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Sheila Gallant-Halloran

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