Prehistoric Ireland

Newgrange world Heritage Site
Newgrange world Heritage Site
Megalithic passage tomb, Newgrange
Megalithic passage tomb, Newgrange
Trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College Library, Dublin
Trinity College Library, Dublin
St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin
St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin
Castle Gate, County Galway
Castle Gate, County Galway
Carrowmore megalithic cemetery
Carrowmore megalithic cemetery
Megalithic architecture
Megalithic architecture
Granite Bowl inside of Newgrange Passage Tomb. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart
Granite Bowl inside of Newgrange Passage Tomb. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart
Dr. Kelli Ann Malone lecturing on tour. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart
Dr. Kelli Ann Malone lecturing on tour. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart

Experience the fascinating Prehistory of Ireland. Travel through the rugged landscape with one of the leading experts in Irish Archaeology, Dr Kelli Ann Malone. The monumental passage tomb of Newgrange – with its widely known stone carvings – is but one of the highlights on a tour that takes in Dublin, the Boyne Valley, Carrowmore, mystical Galway, and the island of Inis Mor. Particularly famous for its Celtic remains, Ireland has so much to offer archaeological enthusiasts.

This is more than just a tour for the Prehistoric purists. Join us to discover impressive burial monuments and captivating archaeological sites of earliest Ireland, scattered across this most verdant of isles.

  • Admire artefacts at the National Museum in Dublin
  • Visit the Hill of Tara - legendary seat of power in Ireland
  • Boat trip to Inis Mor
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the delightful city of Galway
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Ireland

Themes

  • Prehistory
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

After leaving London, we arrive in Dublin, a city founded by Vikings and where the River Liffey meets the Irish Sea. We enjoy a city walk, followed by a visit to Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells. Our last stop of the day will be at the elaborate 12th century structure of St. Patrick’s Cathedral before we check into our hotel.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: Lunch & dinner included

Day 2

Our adventure today begins at Fourknocks, a burial chamber discovered in 1949. Here we have the chance to step inside the main tomb and marvel at a rare carving of a Neolithic face. The highlight of the day is a visit to the Hill of Tara, which was, according to legend, once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. We will wander the Iron Age hilltop enclosure and view the so-called Stone of Destiny. This afternoon we spend time in the capital’s exceptional National Museum, delving into its fine exhibition on prehistoric Ireland. The artefacts include a remarkable 4,500-year-old longboat and the reconstruction of a passage tomb.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

This morning we journey to Newgrange, a monumental burial mound from the Neolithic period, which pre-dates both Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. From here, we enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Knowth, situated in the Boyne Valley. Knowth is home to over twothirds of all the known Megalithic art of Western Europe.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We head for Loughcrew - a rugged group of partially engraved Megalithic carvings - and then our journey moves onto the coastal town of Sligo. This area’s natural harbour once saw trade from Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Following lunch, we encounter one of the best and largest examples of an Irish Court Tomb at Creevykeel.

Hotel: Overnight in Sligo
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Today’s highlight is our visit to Carrowmore, considered as the largest prehistoric cemetery of Ireland. 30 monuments are still visible on site. After lunch, we will wonder around the Carrowkeel megalithic complex, one of the most important Neolithic centres of prehistoric Ireland.

Hotel: Overnight in Sligo
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We start our day with a scenic drive south to the delightful city of Galway, on the shores of the North Atlantic, a settlement originally established in the 12th century. En route, there will be stops to view Drumanone Dolmen and Castlestrange Stone. After lunch, we journey to Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren, one of the most iconic archaeological monuments of the island. Upon arrival in Galway, we visit the Prehistoric collection in the Galway City Museum and end the day with a city walk.

Hotel: Overnight in Galway
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 7

On our last full day we catch a ferry across to Inis Mor, a magnificent island bearing a wealth of sites and monuments. We visit Dun Aengus – the largest prehistoric hillfort on the Aran Islands. The impressive enclosure walls are dramatically situated on the edge of a steep cliff above the sea.

Hotel: Overnight in Galway
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

We travel back to Dublin to return home or onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Sun 23rd June - Sun 30th June

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Guaranteed Departure

$3,303

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sgl supp: $595

PIR19A

Led By: Dr Kelli Ann Malone

Guide Lecturer

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