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Mossie Scanlon The Australian Gael Tour Gathering Ireland

Hidden Ireland Tours

  • Tour Highlights
    A special opportunity for Australian’s to visit Ireland - on what will be a very special tour! A ten-night, deluxe cultural coach tour, personally guided by Mossie Scanlon and Con Moriarty and friends; historians, story-tellers, archaeologists, poets, musicians and more... Dublin and Counties Mayo, Galway, Clare, Cork and Kerry.
  • Tour Itinerary

    Days 1 & 2:

    Our gathering commences in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city where the story of this nation will be exposed with visits to carefully select museums and sacred places., among them the; National Museum of Ireland, National Cemetery at Glasnevin, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, The General Post Office, Guinness Brewery and beyond to the world heritage site of Newgrange and the Boyne Valley. Overnight Dublin City Centre Hotel.


    Day 3:

    Crossing from one side of the island to the other this morning, we reach the Atlantic seaboard and explore the land and seascapes of Connemara with it’s most famous son, renowned historian, archaeologist and raconteur, Michael Gibbons.

    The region represents for many “classic Ireland”, a wild place of mountains, bogs and sea inlets where the native race found a difficult peace in dark days and from where countless numbers headed to Australia. Overnight Galway


    Day 4:

    North along the shores of County Mayo this morning, we trace the footsteps of Ireland’s pre-historic races, the Formorians, Firbolg and mystical Tuatha De Danann before reaching Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s most iconic castles dating from the 13th century.

    The story of the Tudor English Plantations of Ireland is discussed today against powerful backdrops of landscapes, lavish estates and subjected Gaelic homesteads. In a magnificent day along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, highlights will include Ballintubber Abbey in the footsteps of the national saint, the colourful two of Westport, Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, the National Famine Monument and the majestic pass of Doo Lough. Overnight Galway.


    Day 5:

    Heading southward from Galway Bay into the spectacular region of County Clare known as the Burren, one of the most intriguing landscapes on Earth and home to an extraordinary natural and cultural history.

    The gigantic Cliffs of Moher lie en-route before crossing the River Shannon and entering the ancient kingdom of Kerry and the majestic Killarney Lake Valley. Overnight Lake Hotel, Killarney.

    Days 6 & 7:

    Iveragh (Ring of Kerry) and Beara Peninsulas.

    The peninsulas that extend into the North Atlantic from the southwest of the island of Ireland were long perceived to mark the edge of the world. The spectacular natural and cultural history of this place has provided a powerful fascination for discerning travellers for centuries today.

    On one of these days, we will journey along the Ring of Kerry, one of Europe most scenic touring routes and a place where 10,000 years of history and archaeology lies imprinted in the land.

    The great peninsula of Uibh Ráthach (Iveragh) holds remote and hidden places. The lofty McGillycuddy Reeks dominate the interior overlooking intricate coastlines and islands with hikes along ancient ways and through holy landscapes, over wild beaches and onto Atlantic headlands at “the edge of the world”.

    Our base is the tiny fishing village of Portmagee and our launch point for the sacred rock-island of Sceilig Mhichil (Skelligs). The Beara Peninsula is probably the wildest place in Ireland and was named after the greatest of our pre-Christian pagan land-goddesses. It is a place rich in sacred stone alignments, rugged mountains and a truly incredible history, most spectacularly encapsulated in the family history of the O’Sullivans. Overnight Lake Hotel, Killarney


    Days 8, 9 & 10:

    The Dingle Peninsula is the most northerly of the five finger-like promontories of the South West. It is a powerful place where almost ten thousand years of history is etched on a landscape described by National Geographic as “probably the most beautiful on Earth!”

    Gaelic culture thrives here and after hill, island and coastal walking you will hear some of the best traditional Irish music in the country!

    Mossie Scanlon grew up here on the Dingle Peninsula, steeped in the gaelic culture under the shadow of one of Ireland’s holy mountains, Mount Brandon and being in his company as we meet family and friends will take us into an Ireland often talked of but rarely experienced. There will be opportunities to mingle in the great pubs of the region, meet local artisans and dine on the best seafood Ireland has to offer.

    Overnight Benner’s Hotel, Dingle


    Day 11:

    Group departs/tour ends.

  • Tour Includes
    • Ten nights deluxe hotels
    • Full breakfast daily
    • Eight select dinners at gourmet restaurants and entertainment venues (two nights free dining in Killarney and Dingle)
    • Five select lunches (days 2,4,6, 8 & 10)
    • Special whiskey tasting
    • All entry fees to museums and heritage sites
    • Island ferries and boats (Killarney, Skellig and Blaskets)
    • All ground transport (ex-Airport) in luxury coach
    • Trip co-ordinated guided throughout by Con Moriarty and Mossie Scanlon with special guests
    Your Tour Cost Does Not Include:
    • Tips to Guides
    • Beverages
    • Personal Extras
    • Any services not listed in the “Your Tour Price Includes” Section
  • Tour Includes

    COST PER PERSON $3,550.00

    (Tour Only Cost is based on Twin Share - Not including Airfares)

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $ 800.00

  • Muiris “Mossie” ScanlonMuiris “Mossie” Scanlon grew up between the sacred Mount Brandon and the ocean in the heart of the Dingle Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region). After a brief career in the Irish Naval Service, he spent time working and living in England before settling in Australia where he worked and raised his family. A co-founder of the Irish Language Association of Australia, he is a respected Irish language enthusiast and promoter as well as an author and singer. Mossie gifts a unique cultural wealth to those who share a Hidden Ireland Tour with him. See: www.mossiescanlon.com for more details about “Mossie”


    Con MoriartyCon Moriarty was born and raised in the Gap of Dunloe, at heart of Ireland’s most spectacular landscapes into a family who’s origins extend into pre-history in County Kerry. These powerful surrounds have provided powerful inspiration to Con’s lifelong passions and extraordinary knowledge of his place which along with his inimitable style has made him a guide of unique distinction to discerning travellers for more than quarter of century


    Ann CurranAnn Curran has lived all her life in the town of Dingle where she and her family play active roles in this vibrant community. Earlier careers in business and finance preceded her true vocation; that of passionate guide. Ann’s energy, personality and dedication to service makes her a much loved travel companion and a highly respected tourism professional


    Michael Gibbons Michael Gibbons hails from Clifden in the heart of the region known as Connemara. He is one of Ireland’s best known archaeologists and historians with a distinctive reputation for his lively presentations that have commanded the attention of television and radio audiences (RTE, BBC, CNN, Sky) and at locations throughout the world such as the Smithsonian Institute and Harvard University

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  • The Gathering

    Mossie Scanlon The Australian Gael Tour Gathering Ireland 11 Days / 10 Nights 09 – 20 September 2013
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