Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change.

September 9th - September 20th, 2022

DAY 1 - September 9th - Arrival in Dublin

Arrive and settle in our Dublin hotel.

In the evening we will have a brief talk about what the trip holds in store.

Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

DAY 2 - September 10th -

To give some context for the tour, we begin with a trip to the National Museum of Ireland to see their wonderful exhibition of the country’s prehistory.

We can take advantage of any spare time to enjoy Ireland’s liveliest city.

Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

DAY 3 - September 11th -

Heading through the Wicklow Mountains, we visit Castleruddery stone circle, a site with a history far more complex than appears on the surface.

Then on to Brownshill Dolmen, home to the largest capstone in Europe.

From here we head south to have lunch in the historic city of Waterford, long famous for its glass-making industry.

Then on to Cork, to settle into our hotel for a relaxing evening.

Hotel Isaacs, Cork

DAY 4 - September 12th -

Heading north east towards Tipperary, which ironically is not far, we will visit the Knockroe passage tomb, the only site in Ireland with chambers aligned on both the rising and setting midwinter sun.

After a picnic lunch in picturesque surroundings, we will head back south to visit the stunning site of Labbacallee, Ireland’s largest wedge tomb.

Hotel Isaacs, Cork

DAY 5 - September 13th -

Our first stop this morning is the imposing Gurranes Stone Row. Only three stones remain standing. One lies fallen nearby and a fifth was removed in the 19th century.

Then on to Drombeg Stone Circle, one of the best known and most impressive axial circles in Ireland.

From here we head back towards Cork, stopping at Bohonagh, our second axial circle, then on to Reanascreena, the third axial circle of the day.

Hotel Isaacs, Cork

DAY 6 - September 14th -

Leaving Cork, we head north stopping in County Clare to visit one of the most iconic of Ireland’s Portal Dolmens, Poulnabrone, standing proudly on the Burren’s Limestone pavement.

Then to Parknabinnia, where alongside the tombs, there are the remains of a Neolithic capstone factory.

After lunch we head on to our hotel in Sligo.

Riverside Hotel, Sligo

DAY 7 - September 15th -

Our first visit will be to the impressive court tomb of Creevykeel, then on to visit some of the many tombs in the Carrowmore megalithic cemetery.

After lunch we will climb one of the most imposing of all sites in Ireland, Queen Maeve’s Cairn.

Riverside Hotel, Sligo

DAY 8 - September 16th -

Heading east we will visit the Carrowkeel passage tombs, then on to the stunning Neolithic passage tombs at Loughcrew.

Finally we head to our hotel in Drogheda.

Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda

DAY 9 - September 17th -

Today we travel north to the Ring of Gullion, to visit a cluster of imposing sites, all fairly close together: Clontygora Court Tomb, Ballymacdermot, Court Tomb, the Ballykeel Dolmen and Annaghmare Court Tomb.

The day will include a picnic lunch with views across to the Mountains of Mourne.

Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda

DAY 10 - September 18th -

First stop is the magical Hill of Tara, a place steeped in Irish History and folklore.

Then on to the wonderful Four Knocks passage grave before heading in to Dublin for a late lunch and the rest of the day to explore the city.

Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda

DAY 11 - September 19th -

Our final day - we head first to the ruined passage tomb of Dowth. From here we can get a sense of the Bru Na Boinne landscape and see Newgrange, glistening in the distance.

From here we travel the short distance to Knowth, one of the most remarkable sites in the whole of Ireland, and then, a visit to Newgrange itself, to experience the remarkable feat of engineering built over 5,000 years ago.

Then back to our Hotel in Drogheda for our relaxing last dinner.

Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda

DAY 12 - September 20th -

Saying our Goodbyes.

About

The Archaeology Channel Torus: The Megalithic Ireland Experience

An Educational Tour Designed for ALI and Led by Standing With Stones Filmmakers Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin!


Beginning in the largest Irish city and circumnavigating the country, this 11-day adventure includes ancient wooded mountains, verdant valleys, rugged coastline, and picturesque villages. All hiding some of the finest examples of Ireland’s long and complex prehistoric past.

Our journey begins in Dublin, where we spend two nights and visit Ireland’s National Museum and take some time to enjoy Ireland’s liveliest city!

Driving southward through the Wicklow Mountains, we visit a diverse assemblage of sites and spend three nights in Cork, from which we take day trips. The array of sites includes circles, a dolmen, a passage tomb, a wedge tomb, stone rows, and the historic city of Waterford with its glass-blowing industry

Moving northward in western Ireland, on the way to Sligo and around it, we stop in County Clare to see Poulnabrone, Ireland’s most iconic portal dolmen, and climb Queen Maeve’s Cairn, one of the most imposing Irish sites. Those are just the highlights!

We make our way eastward to Drogheda, our base for the rest of the tour. It keeps getting even better, with the stunning Neolithic passage tombs at Loughcrew, a cluster of imposing sites at the Ring of Gullion, the magical Hill of Tara, the eye-popping engineering feat that is Newgrange, and much more.

Over a decade ago, our tour guides Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin released Standing with Stones, the only comprehensive film overview of the megalithic monuments of the British Isles. This remarkable feature-length documentary film and book take the viewer on a journey of discovery, revealing the true extent and variety of megalithic Ireland and Britain.


The price for this tour is fixed, as we have a cap of 12 participants and expect to have that number.

12 participants: $5900 each

This is a double-occupancy per-person rate. Add $700 for the tour if you are traveling as a single.

Registration fee: $1000 to ALI. This amount is included in the total price above. Spots are limited, so register today!

Costs not included: alcoholic beverages, gratuities for service providers (guides, waiters, drivers, maids), personal travel insurance, and airfare to and from Ireland.

Dates: September 9 - 20, 2022

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Contact us directly at: tours@archaeologychannel.org