Gaelic Inspiration

July 12-22, 2020
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Begin your voyage in Dublin, a city immersed in history, culture, and art. Sail on Nautica to Waterford. Just off the shore of the Celtic Sea and founded by Vikings in the ninth century, this port city retains a medieval ambience. Next, arrive in Cork, a delightful fishing town sprawled over the River Lee. Marvel at the historic landmarks including St. Anne’s Church and the Old City Gaol.

Travel to Bantry, sheltered by the Sheep’s Head hills and the rugged Caha Mountains, showcasing one of the country’s most attractive harbor fronts. Enjoy its mild climate or stroll through its ancient woodlands. Explore Galway, a city on Ireland’s west coast where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. Eyre Square is a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Londonderry is the only completely walled city remaining in the British Isles; see the powerful Bogside murals or stop by one of the energetic pubs.

Then sail to Belfast and take in the ornate Victorian and Edwardian architecture, gracious gardens, and friendly pubs. See the astounding Giants’ Causeway, a geological anomaly of tightly packed, uneven basalt columns disappearing into the sea, or perhaps visit the iconic ruins of Grey Abbey. In Douglas, situated on the Isle of Man, see a collection of Viking artifacts in the Manx Museum.

Before ending your trip in Dublin, visit Liverpool, a city that has recast itself into a vibrant destination with eclectic bars, restaurants, and world-renowned museums.

Questions? Contact Donna Coggins via email at travel@wm.edu or call 757-221-1165.

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