Ireland's Island Heritage, Travel

Ireland's Island Heritage: Itinerary

AIFS Flight Dates

Outbound: June 1 | Inbound: June 27

Ireland's Island Heritage

Academic Program: June 5 - June 26

Thursday, June 1

Optional overnight flight from U.S. to London.*

Friday, June 2

Arrive London.* Transfer to Hotel.* Rest of day free. Overnight in London.*

Saturday, June 3

Half-day sightseeing tour of London.* Overnight in London.*

Sunday, June 4

Optional flight to Dublin.* Transfer to Maynooth.*

Monday, June 5

Orientation session and afternoon class.

Tuesday, June 6


Wednesday, June 7

Morning class. Visit the Boyne Valley and Hill of Tara, site of many ancient archaeological monuments, and according to legend, the mythical site of the reign of over 100 of Ireland's kings.

Thursday, June 8

Morning class. Walking tour of Maynooth. Visit to Russell Library

Friday, June 9

Full day field trip to Trim, including the 11th century keep and castle ruins made famous by Mel Gibson's Braveheart.

Saturday, June 10

Dublin field trip.

Sunday, June 11

Free day for independent sightseeing.

Monday, June 12

Depart Maynooth for Terryglass. Visit Durrow and Clonmacnoise, boat trip on the River Shannon.

Tuesday, June 13

Travel to Dromineer, historic harbor town, then on to Inis Cealtra (Holy Island) by private boat. Overnight in Terryglass.

Wednesday, June 14

Visit Lorrah site of a Norse invasion in 843 and many ecclesiastical ruins.

Thursday, June 15

Travel to the west coast village of Liscannor via the Ailwee Caves. Overnight in Liscannor.

Friday, June 16

Morning class. Afternoon visit to The Burren, a striking landscape of limestone hills and the iconic Cliffs of Moher.

Saturday, June 17

Morning class. Ferry from Doolin to the Aran Islands. The three Aran Islands of Inis Mór (Big Island), Inis Meáin (Middle Island) and Inis Oírr (East Island) are famous for their historical monuments and geological formation, and are one of the last locations in Ireland where Irish is still primarily spoken. Overnight on the Aran Islands.

Sunday, June 18

Field seminar on the Aran Islands including a visit to a goat farm and a cheese tasting.

Monday, June 19

Take ferry from the Aran Islands and travel on to Dún Chaoin via St Bridget's Well and the Tarbert Ferry. Overnight in Dún Chaoin.

Tuesday, June 20

Free day in Dún Chaoin, birthplace of the Irish language on the western tip of the Dingle peninsula.

Wednesday, June 21

Morning class and field trip to the Blasket Centre.

Thursday, June 22

Morning class. Take the ferry to the Blasket Islands, a Gaeltacht region until the 1950s with famously documented island traditions.

Friday, June 23

Ring of Kerry field seminar.

Saturday, June 24

Morning class followed by a field seminar to megalithic Kilmalkedar with its ancient monastery and Mount Brandon, the highest peak of the Dingle Peninsula, and end of the Christian pilgrimage trail, Cosán na Naomh.

Sunday, June 25

Travel from Dún Chaoin to Dublin via Cahir Castle, one of Ireland's largest castles situated on an old stone fort, and the magnificant Rock of Cashel, traditional seat of the kings of Munster. Overnight in Dublin.

Monday, June 26

Free time to explore Dublin. Farewell event.

Tuesday, June 27

Optional return flight from Dublin to U.S.*

AIFS reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

* Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only.