4 4 – 5 Hour Lough Corrib Connemara Adventure Sailing and Hiking Tour. Myth, Magic and History among the islands of 40 mile long Lough Corrib. Historical and archaeological adventure on “Catherine” a traditional style sailing vessel and incorporating, Irish Mythology, folklore, legends and from your informative and entertaining guide William Mc Evilly, MA, BA, Archaeologist, Sailor, singer and storyteller who runs these trips as interactive learning experiences to fund his ongoing research in Connemara. Meet at Oughterard Quay, Connemara, County Galway.
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Meet at 11 am on Oughterard Quay, Connemara, County Galway (Please contact your guide for dates /days, we can be flexible and will do our best to accommodate you) where we will board “Catherine” and sail the beautiful waters of Lough Corrib. No sailing experience necessary (but you can get involved in the sailing if you have some!), you will be well cared for by our professional crew and you can experience first hand what it was like for the ancient sailors who traveled on this beautiful and enchanted Lough.
One can take in the breath taking vista of this beautiful lough which is dotted hundreds of quaint wooded islands. To the north west one can see the breath taking and majestic Twelve bins and Maamturk mountain ranges as one glides silently along on your journey back in time. As one approaches our destination of the Isle of Inshigill (Or Castle Kirk, Grace O’Malley’s castle) one can see in the distance the magnificent Ashford Castle, a thirteenth century Norman Knight, red earl, Robert De Burgo and on the shores of the Lough near Oughterard village one can see the well preserved seat of the O Flaherty Clan, at Aughnanure Castle. Sail the picturesque waters upon which the divine Tuatha De Dannan sailed and learn about their epic battle with the Fir Bolga on the shores of the lough, near Cong in County Mayo. Click here for background information about Loch Corrib Archaeology and History of Lough Corrib
There is evidence of Neolithic and Bronze presence on and around the Lough and recently ancient crafts have found in sediment of the lough, lending further power to the myths and legends of this beautiful area of Connemara. Visit the ancient monastic site founded by Saint Patrick in the 5th century AD. Sail on the same water frequented by the fierce Viking warriors and hear tails of their Exploits. A bueatifully preserved Viking boat with axes and swords was found recently on the bottom of the Lough and their ancient craft lies in the sediment of this ancient lough for well over a thousand years. You can hear magnificent tales about the beautiful and fierce Pirate Queen, Grace O Malley, who’s Castle lies on an island to the North of the Lough. I hope you can join us on our journey back in time and experience first hand this magical of this unspoiled area of Connemara.
Enjoy Irish Music (with the kettle boiling for a cuppa found the fire) with An Anu
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