Live Like a Local Immersion Trip 2015: April 30 – May 12
Returned: May 12 from Dublin; Arrived Philadelphia: 2:06 PM on May 12
We had another incredible trip! We welcomed a small group to my native West Cork and introduced them to our driver Martin’s favorite places along the coast of Clare, Kerry and Galway. SCROLL DOWN for the itinerary, map of the route and special highlights.
How do I sign up for a trip like this?
Contact Marian to find out what’s on the itinerary for this year. With your completed registration form and deposit – you’re in!
Arrived in Dublin and stayed overnight at a centrally-located but quiet hotel where the museums, victorian park, and lively pedestrian area were right outside your door. Next morning, pick up by our driver-guide, Martin Murphy. Martin escorted us in an elite van with panoramic windows. He is a musician who plays fiddle, tin whistle and bodhran. He is also a former chef and ‘foodie’ – and as earlier travelers will confirm – a great storyteller. We crossed the midlands to Galway, and mostly followed the coast roads to explore national parks, heritage sites, and lake areas from Connemara to West Cork.
For 9 days we experienced the changing landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way There we spent 2 nights each in: Cashel Bay Co-Galway, Doolin Co-Clare (The Music Capital of Ireland), and Dingle Co-Kerry. Next it was a 3-night stay in Durrus village Co-Cork, where we met many of the characters and artisans who call the Sheeps Head Peninsula their home. From this base, we explored and did day trips on the Beara, Sheeps Head, and Mizen Head peninsulas.
Live like a local and walk the Sheep’s Head Way
This is a trip for those who like to connect with people and be part of a community.
It was also Marian and Martin’s third ‘Live Like a Local’ trip, so by now we know well the authentic places that strike a chord with our guests. And we helped people experience the real Ireland and return with a sense of place and hopefully a few new Irish connections of their own.
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Then, it was back to Dublin
To experience life in a vibrant city for our final two nights. We stayed in a quiet, central hotel near Stephen’s Green by the historic Georgian district. So you can walk to the nearby pedestrian area of Grafton Street, listen to the buskers playing music, have a coffee at Bewleys or browse one of the many bookstores.
Some travelers went to Trinity College & Book of Kells, the Ha’penny Bridge, Temple Bar (left bank district) or whatever made this a personal Dublin special experience.