Time Away in the Heart of Ireland

Write Your Memoir in the West of Ireland

May 5 – 15, 2020

There’s something about Ireland, a magic held in this place where a different rule of time applies. Where doing things slowly is better than doing them fast. Where tall stories and truth blend seamlessly. Where awakening the muse unfolds gently, coaxed into being by the landscape, the people, the stories, and song.

The Experience

 Each day we guide you further along the journey of writing your memoir, whether you are just beginning or putting on the finishing touches, ready to publish. From morning meditation and yoga, walks over untamed, wild landscape, exploring ancient ruins to quiet writing time and individual tutoring sessions, Memoir Tours supports your every step. Together we share laughter and stories over table-filled feasts, fireside conversation and sharing. We pay special attention to support the flow of quiet reflection, writing time and engagement.

Destinations

Together we explore the beauty and wildness of the Irish landscape, visiting an array of extraordinary destinations. Here is a sampling:

Rosserk Abbey: One of the finest and best-preserved Franciscan friaries in Ireland. Located on the banks of the River Moy, Rosserk Abbey commands a presence, centuries after construction of its arched thresholds. Stone-carved angels lift your spirit while exploring the stone stair and passageways. One of our favorite sites to move heart and soul.

Bartragh Island: Consistently ranked high on the list of favorite Memoir Tours excursions, stalking cockles and mussels with naturalist Denis Quinn takes us to places seldom seen on a traditional tour. After a few hours traipsing the tide flats, taking in the flora and fauna, and collecting our dinner, we return to the cottages where Denis and wife, Una, prepare a lovely traditional Irish feast. Definitely something to write home about.

Ross Beach:  a Blue Flag beach, this is where we catch the freshest breezes off the Atlantic, our footprints are often the only ones we see. A perfect place to clear the inner cobwebs before putting pen to paper, Ross Beach is our go-to morning walk. 
Downpatrick Head: a few miles north of Ballycastle in County Mayo is the dramatic and historically significant limestone outcropping, just offshore on a remote section of the Wild Atlantic Way. Downpatrick Head ranks high on the top ten list of “must see” places to visit in Ireland. Imagine taking in the breathtaking views as we listen to our guide, Denis, bring alive the history and legends of St. Patrick’s influence here.

Foxford Woollen Mills:  Truth to tell, this is one of our favorite places to take you. With a rich history as vibrant as its woolen blankets, sweaters, and scarves, Foxford offers the ultimate Irish shopping stop. The fresh-baked goods and a cup of tea in their café fuel the experience to near blissful.

Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths: After a long stretch of writing, a soothing seaweed bath will take the kinks out of your shoulders and neck, relax you, revive you and inspire you to write about things you’ve always wondered about, but have yet to experience. End of story.

Accommodations

Stay in a cluster of traditional, quaint cottages overlooking the shore of Killala Bay in County Mayo. Write in front of a peat fire in a spacious living room or cozy up at your writing desk. Each cottage holds three people and includes a kitchen and laundry facilities. A limited number of en suite rooms are available for an additional fee. 

Meals

Pantries and refrigerators are well stocked for breakfasts. A total of ten other meals are provided, either lunch or dinner each day. Enjoy locally catered feasts and a variety of picnic lunches. You’re in for a treat! Check out our blog to learn more. Be prepared to buy one meal per day, budgeting approximately 15 Euros for lunch or 25 Euros for dinner,  plus a bit more depending on your fondness for Guinness.

Travel Details

When booking your flights please be certain that you or your travel agent follow the guidelines for arrival and departure days and times. Contact us with questions regarding your travel details. Please do not buy your airfare until we confirm with you that the spaces have been sold and the tour is officially on.

Arrival

Book your flight into Dublin airport. We recommend you arrive in Dublin on May 4th, stay the night in Dublin and then make your way to Ballina, Co. Mayo on the train leaving Heuston Station, the morning of May 5th. We will assist in booking your train ticket, letting you know what train to book and send you an online link for convenient ticket purchase. We will collect you at the Ballina train station at your scheduled arrival time.

You may wish to fly in earlier for a longer Dublin experience; to enjoy the city and recover from jet-lag. Some folks add on a few extra days in Dublin before flying home.

Departure

We will transport you to the Ballina train station on the morning of May 15th arriving in Dublin’s Heuston Station in the early afternoon. If you are flying out of Dublin on May 15th, do not book a flight in the morning or early afternoon. You will need to plan transportation via bus or taxi from the train station to Dublin airport. Late afternoon & evening flights only.

 

Cost and Payment

TRIP COST

$3,975.00

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Pay Installments

$975.00 due with tour registration

$1,000.00 installment due February 1st, 2020

$1,000.00 installment due March 1st, 2020

$1,000.00 installment due April 1st, 2020

Pay in Full

$975.00 due with tour registration

$3,000.00 due March 15, 2020

If you prefer to pay by check or to discuss an alternate payment schedule please contact us.  

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

Memoir Tours guide services

Two private tutoring sessions with our guest authors

Accommodations for 10 nights (private room with shared bath) Limited number of en suite options available for additional fee of $250.00.

Meals (all breakfasts, plus lunch or dinner each day)​

All admission fees  

Transportation (all transport during the trip, including arrival and departure from Ballina train station)

 

Not Included

Airfare. One meal per day. Tips. Additional transportation costs if your flight is scheduled outside the Memoir Tours time parameters.

Cancellation Policy
In the event you have to cancel your Memoir Tours application before March 15th, we retain 10% of tour cost ($397.50). Should you cancel after March 15th, any refund will depend upon our finding a replacement for your spot. Either way, we will retain 10% of the tour cost.

Trip cancellation insurance is recommended. We do not have personal experience with any particular agency, although we have read positive reviews for Travel Guard and Allianz. Do your research to determine if purchasing insurance is right for you and which company offers the best plan for your needs.

*All costs assume the Euro does not rise above 1.3.  If this does occur there would be a small supplemental charge.

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