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THE REAL CONNEMARA


Experience the real Connemara, far from the tourist trail. Meet people who have been shaped by this exposed landscape and learn about the skills and crafts that have allowed this resilient race to survive here over the centuries. An intimate experience of one of the last bastions of Gaelic music, language and culture. 

We have curated a choice of two itineraries, dependent on your love of the land or sea.
Each day will include three experiences with our artisan partners, privately hosted by Ashford Castle’s Experience Ambassador.


DISCOVER THE MOUNTAINS & VALLEYS: ITINERARY 1


The basket maker

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Meet the most accomplished custodian of Ireland’s oldest craft. Over time his skills have evolved to make both traditional baskets and contemporary art pieces. Learn the skills and patience required as you help to weave a basket under the weaver’s personal tutelage.

The historian

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Walk the lonely glens and mountains of the west of Ireland with one of its most accomplished archaeologists. Take a journey through the annals of time, visiting ancient and sacred sites where our historian will bring the lives of the people who lived here to life.

The musician

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Complete your afternoon at a music-filled session in an Irish family pub. Meet the various musicians and hear how they interpret the rich Irish musical tradition. Pull your own pint of Guinness and while away the afternoon to lively jigs and reels.


DISCOVER THE COAST: ITINERARY 2


The boat & crew

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Join the crew of a traditional Galway hooker sailing boat for a magical sailing experience in the sheltered bays of south Connemara. Hoist the sail of this beautiful piece of maritime history and discover intimate island bays and beaches.

The historian

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Uncover the tangled history of some of the uninhabited islands in this remote corner of Ireland. Our passionate historian will bring you on a journey of battles, pilgrimages and famine. You will leave with a richer understanding of life in this beautiful part of the west coast.

The musician

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Meet an accomplished traditional Irish musician and instrument maker. Listen to the haunting airs and lively jigs at the island source of his ancestors, with only the Atlantic breeze and the sounds of seabirds as a distraction.