The West of Ireland

June 29 - July 6, 2024

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June 29 - July 6, 2024

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive, we will only respond by email if you are selected to join a tour.  We regret that we cannot accept everyone who applies.

If you are applying to join the tour with another person(s) each person in your traveling party must complete an application.  Note on your application whether you are applying to be accepted together.

After submitting your application you will be added to a waitlist while we review your application. If you are selected to join the tour, we will contact you by email to confirm your availability and interest.

We will not charge your credit card on file without notifying you first of your acceptance.


Ireland Walking Tour - 2024

Poetry, Myth and Music for the Soul

Join David for a celebration of Ireland's Celtic culture, both traditional and emerging, set on Galway Bay in County Clare. The trip is an unforgettable pilgrimage over ancient limestone and windblown shores, gathering at places of special inherited significance in both Irish history and the Irish religious imagination. You will have the opportunity to hear world-class musicians and experience why County Clare is renowned for carrying the soul of traditional Irish music.

June 2024

Ireland Tour Details




Our lodgings are rustic, traditional cottages located throughout the village of Ballyvaughan, on the shores of Galway Bay. Each cottage holds four to six people with a living room and peat fire, a kitchen, one or two bathrooms and laundry facilities.

David’s morning talks occur in the staff cottage. Rooms are shared with one other person, with a limited number of private rooms available for a supplemental fee. Please note that we are not able to guarantee en suite bathrooms, even when we can grant a private room.

Walking & Hiking



Most of our walks are through the limestone, wildflowers, and grasses of the Burren. Walking this landscape requires a high degree of attention and sure-footedness due to rocky, uneven ground and deep fissures in the stone that can turn an ankle in an instant.

Several of the walks last four or more hours in duration. While they are not strenuous in the traditional sense of steep and continuous elevation gain, we find that for some, the physical balance and stamina required in sustained walking over this rough terrain can be too difficult, especially if you have any challenges with balance or limitations of mobility with knees or hips.

Before applying for the tour, we ask that you be as realistic as possible in assessing your abilities in this regard.

Arrival & Departure



Please time your flights to arrive at Shannon Airport in the West of Ireland by 2:00 PM (14:00 local time) on Saturday, June 29th, 2024. If you are arriving in Ireland before the 29th of June, you will arrange to either meet the group at Shannon Airport or make your own way to Ballyvaughan.

The minibuses will depart Ballyvaughan for Shannon Airport on the morning of July 6th. Please schedule your departing flight no earlier than 8:30 AM, as the first minibus will arrive at Shannon Airport no earlier than 6:30 AM. If you need to depart earlier, please let us know, as this will require a taxi at an additional charge. We apologize that we are unable to transport people in the afternoon.

What the Tour Cost Includes



Total cost for the tour is $5500 USD per person for a shared room and $6250 USD for a private room.

The cost of the tour includes David’s services as leader and guide; all accommodations for seven nights; all breakfasts and either lunch or dinner each day; transportation in-country during the trip, pick up from Shannon Airport on the first afternoon of the tour, and return to Shannon airport the last morning the tour.

Not Included: Airfare to Ireland. Lunch or dinner each day, depending upon the day’s activities; private taxi service to/from Shannon Airport.

Cancellation Policy



If, after acceptance, you need to withdraw your application before your final payment is due, Many Rivers will issue you a refund, minus $500 USD.

If you withdraw after the final payment, Many Rivers will issue you a refund, minus the full deposit of $2,500 USD per person, only if we are able to fill your spot.

Amenities & Services



There is no wifi in the cottages. It is somewhat nomadically available at establishments in Ballyvaughan. There is a good signal for cellular services.

You are advised to bring at least $50 per day for a meal, drinks, etc. – more if you wish to buy local crafts and woolens, or if your appetites extend to the gourmet. The currency in Ireland is the euro. There is no ATM in Ballyvaughan, so it is best to withdraw money at Shannon Airport. Credit cards are accepted in most places.

Application Process & Payment



We do not accept applicants on a first come, first served basis. Participants are chosen based on multiple factors in order to create a diverse group for each tour.

Once you submit your application, you will be added to our waitlist while your application is reviewed. All participants accepted to join the tour will be notified by email. We are unable to notify applicants by phone or text.

For applications received before January 31st, we will notify you the week of February 12th if you are accepted to join a tour. For applications received after January 31st, we will notify you within 30 days of receipt of your application if we are able to offer you a spot on the tour.

If you do not receive notification by email of your acceptance, you will remain on the waiting list in case a spot opens up. You will be notified if you are accepted, but not if you remain on the waitlist.

If at any time, you wish to withdraw your name from the waiting list, please notify the primary tour contact by email.

Passport & Travel Insurance



Each participant needs a passport valid for six months beyond your departure date from Ireland.

We strongly advise participants to purchase travel insurance.

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