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Painting Tour 2001
Painter's Group Tour in Ireland

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The three areas that I suggest for a painting tour are Connemara, Co. Galway, The Burren, Co. Clare and Dingle, Co. Kerry and below I give you some brief information on these that may be of help to you and if interested then will give you much more detail.

CONNEMARA, Co. GALWAY - one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland - this is a sparsely populated area, west of Galway City, with vast stretches of bogland and many gentle heather-clad mountains.
Touring Galway and Connemara brings you face to face with time. For time stands still here amid the vastness of the mountains and the silence of the fields. Yet one never seems to find enough time to explore this vast country of the west. There always seems to be another valley, or another ancient site to draw you further from your base. As in much of the West, hundreds of stone walls stitch boulder-strewn fields together, and solitary, wind-warped trees dot the barren plains - indeed an enchanted terrain!
Kylemore Abbey, in the heart of Galway's Connemara, is a living fairytale scene. Grey and solemn against mist-swathed mountains, the turrets and towers of the imposing edifice are mirrored in a large, wood-hugged lake. In fact the abbey is a girls' school run by the Benedictine Nuns.
Connemara, the largest Gaelic-speaking area in the country, is a brown-gold landscape of constant fascination. The mist drifting on the bare bog hills of the Twelve Bens and shading the many lakes glimmering between them adds to the unearthy quality of its beauty. Connemara National Park, which encloses bog and pool and mountain, also boasts a megalithic court-tomb, which is 4,000 years old.

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ARAN ISLANDS - off the coast of Galway lie the three Aran Islands, Gaelic-speaking and home of the famous Aran sweaters. On Inishmore, the largest of the islands, the immense prehistoric stone fortifications of Dun Aenghus embrace the cliff edge while hundreds of standing stones are in silent commune with wind the rain. These lonely islands with their multitude of ancient monuments have inspired many artists and writers, including J.M. Synge.

THE BURREN & the CLIFFS of MOHER, Co. CLARE - a mountainous limestone area of north west Clare. The Cliffs and their surroundings of the coastal and Burren scenery, are dramatic and exhilarating. Clean sweep of earth to sea, austere purity of wind and rock - a timeless, spiritual quality emanates from the primeval landscape. Here, too, remains of the past are very much present: the Poulnabrone dolmen, a burial chamber erected on the cracked Burren moonscape in around 2,000 B.C., is also reputed to have been a refuge for the legendary Diarmuid and Grainne.

NOTE: The shortest boat trip to the Aran Islands is actually from Doolin in the Burren so if including a trip to the islands will probably include it during time in this region.

KERRY & DINGLE - It is always difficult in choosing one part of Kerry above another but for a painting holiday I would perhaps suggest the Dingle Peninsula and then enjoy a tour of the Ring of Kerry during one of your days in Kerry.
Justifiably known as the "Kingdom", Kerry is perhaps the richest jewel in the cluster forming the Emerald Isle. The most westerly point of Europe, its humidity produces a colourful, almost tropical lushness, while the picture-book beauty of its lakes and mountains earn it a reputation as one of the idyllic retreats of the world. An astonishing array of prehistoric remains - clochans or monastic beehive huts, raths, dolmens, standing stones, ogham stones - lend an otherworldly magic to the primordial landscape of water, mountain and sky.
The Dingle Peninsula, the most westerly point of land in Europe, is a rugged but magical place. Dotted with a profusion of Celtic monastic ruins, blessed with deserted beaches and the dipping mountain scenery which characterises Kerry, this is an elemental land of fickle sunlight and secretive mists which seem about to reveal another world. The picturesque town of Dingle is known for the craic guaranteed in its lively pubs and seafood restaurants. West of Dingle town is the Gealtacht or Irish-speaking area. Between it and Slea Head are over 500 reminders of a different time - the spectacular promontory fort of Dun Beag, numerous stone beehive huts, cave dwellings, churches, standing stones and crosses.



MEALS: Full Irish breakfast daily, 4 evening meals

· Guesthouse accommodation for nine nights, based on double/twin occupancy and all rooms with full ensuite facilities
· Full Irish breakfast daily
· 4 evening meals including first and last night
· Transport as follows
From Shannon Airport to Connemara
From Connemara to the Burren
From the Burren to Kerry
From Kerry to Shannon Airport for return flights
· Coach tour of the Ring of Kerry (visit to Aran Islands optional and to be paid locally if not arranged at time of booking)
· Transport to/from painting sites on 5 days

Not included in the price:

Personal expenses
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