IRELAND YOGA RETREAT
CLIFFS OF MOHER
IRELAND YOGA RETREAT
Explore the phenomenal beauty, culture, cuisine and – of course the pubs – of Western Ireland. 8-12 people with a private driver, mythology guide and yoga teacher, visiting the famous Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, and other wonders of Killarney. A great trip for solo travelers, friends and mother-daughter/son duos.
IRELAND YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES:
- 6-day guided tour of ancient sites, villages & culture of Southwestern Ireland
- 5-nights luxury accommodation at the 5-star Dromoland Castle & 4-star Lake Hotel, Killarney
- Visits to the following attractions and sites: Ring of Kerry, Aaron Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Dunbeg Fort, Bee Hive Huts, Gallarus Oratory, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, Dun Aenghus Fort
- Boat trip to Skellig Michael (weather permitting)
- Gentle yoga sessions interwoven throughout the day in parks and mythological sites
- Morning serenity walks on the shores on castle grounds and the shores of Lake Killarney
- All breakfasts & 3 dinners. Lunches on excursions are not included.
IRELAND YOGA RETREAT ITINERARY:
On arrival at Shannon Airport, meet with your experienced Irish driver/guide who will transfer you to a nearby hotel for a welcome breakfast. Feeling suitably refreshed, travel to Killaloe, said to be the home of the famous Banshee Aibhill who haunted the rock of Craglea above Killaloe. Aibhill was said to be attached to the house of O’Brien and visited the last High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, the night before his death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 to tell him of his fate! Relax after lunch as you travel to one of Ireland’s most popular towns, Killarney. Overnight at Lake Hotel, Killarney.
This morning enjoy the grounds of the hotel with its wonderful views of Lough Lein (Killarney’s lower lake), the mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarthy Mor castle ruins as you partake in a yoga session prior to breakfast. Following breakfast, discover the wonderful scenery on the famous Ring of Kerry. Weather permitting, take a boat trip to Skellig Michael which lies off the coast of Port Magee and where a well preserved 6th century monastic settlement can be found. Continue to Kenmare to explore its Stone Circle and Holy Well before returning to your hotel in Killarney.
Following breakfast travel around the Dingle Peninsula which although not as well- known as the Ring of Kerry, is just as beautiful. The scenery to the west of Dingle town is particularly rugged with views out to the formerly inhabited Blasket Islands. Whilst travelling around the peninsula you will visit Dunbeg Fort, a small but impressive fort located on a sheer cliff promontory projecting south into Dingle Bay, Bee Hive huts that are thought to be over 4000 years old, the Gallarus Oratory which is the best preserved church in Ireland and was built between the 7th and 8th century and Riasc Monastic Settlement which contains the ruins of a 6th century monastery and important carved stones. Overnight at Lake Hotel, Killarney.
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to Bunratty Castle and its associated Folk Park that depicts life in the 19th century. En-route stop at the picturesque village of Adare, one of the prettiest in Ireland, and visit the Franciscan Friary, Trinitarian and Augustinian Priories and Desmond Castle or just walk along the main street admiring the thatched roofed cottages. Lunch (you’re on your own) may be taken at one of the oldest pubs in Ireland at Bunratty, Durty Nellie’s. After lunch enjoy the scenery as you travel to one of Ireland’s natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to over 700 feet along a five mile stretch of the Clare/Atlantic coastline and the views are just incredible. Continue through the Burren region of Clare with its unique flora and fauna that grows on the mystical lunar like landscape and learn of local folklore. Visit such places as Hermit’s Cave and the Poulnabrone Dolmen before arriving at your hotel which is part of Dromoland Castle Estate. We stay at the 5-star, historic Dromoland Castle.
This morning we travel to the largest of the three Aran Islands, Inis Mor. On the island there are several ancient stone forts and churches, the most impressive being Dun Aenghus which rests on the edge of a perpendicular cliff which rises over 300 feet above the sea. Another beautiful night at the exquisite Dromoland Castle!
Closing breakfast, goodbyes, and off to the Shannon Airport for your return flight home — full of vitality, breast memories and stories to share!
YOGA CLASSES WITH GAYLE OLSON
Join Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson for sunrise and sunset yoga inspired by and in communion with nature: sun, sea and fresh air. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the practice will include Gayle’s trademark hands-on massage adjustments and encourage you to maintain a strong, meditative focus on your breath — and on the joy of yoga.