Archaeological Tour of Clew Bay

A one-day tour guided by qualified archaeologists from Achill Archaeological Field School.


Dates: 22 April, 13 May, 10 June, 26 August 2017
Cost: €75 per person


Tour departs Archaeology Centre, Dooagh, Achill at 8:00 a.m.

Tour Itinerary

Rockfleet Tower House – erected by the de Burgos, an Anglo/Norman family who became more Irish than the Irish themsleves. Associated with Richard-an-Iarainn de Burgo and his wife, the famous Grace O’Malley.

Burrishoole Abbey – a 15th Century Dominican Abbey founded by Richard (MacWilliam) Burke.

Murrisk Abbey – home to the Austin Friars or eremites of Saint Augustine who were mendicant friars who combined monastic life with outside religious activity.

Aghagower Early Medieval complex – ‘Field of the Spring Well’ is an early ecclesiastical site mentioned by the Scribe, Tirechan, a native of County Mayo. Contains an impressive Round Tower and a Romanesque doorway in the nearby church.

Srahwee Wedge Tomb – one of the best preserved in the country. Dates to the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age c. 3000 BC.

Annagh Kiladangan archaeologcial complex – stone rows with sites that increase in size from north to south. A former ‘king’ of Kiladangan was the brother of the first husband of the famous Celtic Queen Maeve of Connacht.

Bunlahinch Clapperbridge – a prehistoric form of bridge that is said to have originated in Sussex in England.

The Tour will be guided by an experienced Archaeologist and includes transport.

Participants can choose to bring a packed lunch or, time permitting, arrangements can be made to stop at the picturesque town of Westport for lunch.

Numbers limited, so early booking advised.

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