Take a walk on the wild side with Michael Gibbons of ‘Walking Ireland’ this September for a weekend of spectacular and insightful walks around the Connemara and South Mayo region – all from the comfort of your hotel at Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa.
From Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September, Michael will guide you through 7000 years of Irish settlement, while you take in the breath-taking views and remarkable “hidden treasures” of the west coast, along the way. Wind down in the evenings at the resort with some pampering in the Delphi Spa or indulge in a local gourmet feast at the resort’s brand new signature restaurant: The Chef’s Table by Stefan Matz, where you will experience a new concept of dining with the “open kitchen”, all in the magical and wonderous surroundings of the Delphi Valley.
Michael Gibbons is one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists. Born and raised in Clifden, Connemara where he still lives with his family, Michael is a graduate of University College Galway with a degree in History and Archaeology. He is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland with thirty years of experience as an archaeologist and completed a 5 year term on the Archaeology Committee of the Heritage Council. He has worked with the Department of Antiquities in Jerusalem and for the Museum of London City Excavation Programme.
In Ireland, he worked on the Donegal Archaeological Survey and Galway Archaeological Survey before being appointed as co-director of the National Sites and Monuments Record, Office of Public Works for a period of ten years. He has directed surveys and excavations on Croagh Patrick and has mapped the uplands and islands of the Connacht Coast.
He currently works in heritage tourism, specializing in academic and cultural tourism to the Boyne Valley and the West of Ireland. Michael has extensive experience guiding groups both at home and abroad.
“Mweelrea, 7000 Years of Settlement”
Explore 7000 years of Irish History and Archaeology in the shadow of Connacht’s highest mountains. Explore a 5000 year old tomb, one of the best preserved tombs on Ireland’s west coast. Stroll through a Bronze Age landscape, complete with ancient ruined houses and long abandoned fields and cooking sites. Experience an ancient forest, entombed in bogland for thousands of years, now emerging to reveal a lost prehistoric landscape. Hear the roar of the Atlantic surf as you walk across the white sands to view a ruined monastic site which has been destroyed by winter storms.
“The Connemara & Mayo Upland Famine Landscapes”
The Great Famine still echoes around the mountain valleys and sea lochs of the Mayo and Connemara coast. Etched into the landscape are miles of abandoned potato ridges, tumbled walls and ruined cottages – a powerful testimony to the devastation that swept the area in the terrible years of the mid-19th century. The trip will explore some of these stunning sites and landscapes on long neglected and abandoned trails.
The Venue – Delphi Adventure Resort
Stay in comfortable and blissful rooms at the Resort, with everything at your finger tips: 4 Star Hotel Accommodation, Spa, Thermal Suite with Jacuzzi, Steam Room & Sauna, Restaurants, Library Room, Walking Trails, Tranquil Setting and more. The resort is located within 35 minutes of Westport and 10 minutes of Leenane in Connemara and within a stone’s throw of the breathtaking
Killary Fjord – a truly magical location. All rooms are ensuite and are stocked with organic toiletries and fresh, fluffy towels.
Delphi Adventure Resort Weekend Package
Includes (based on 2 people sharing):
* A relaxing 2 night stay for two in Delphi’s 4 Star Hotel
* Full Irish Breakfast each morning
* 2 full day walking tours with local guide Michael Gibbons of “Walking Ireland”
* Friday intro talk by Michael Gibbons
* 1 complimentary hr session in The Delphi Spa’s Thermal Suite – Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna
* Tea/Coffee and biscuits in the hotel after the walks
* Any bus transfers to/from the walks & the resort
* Free car parking at the resort
Other Accommodation Options
Aasleagh Lodge (8km from the venue)
Wild Atlantic Hostel (onsite at the venue)
Package Prices (inc. Accommodation & Walks):
Accommodation: Price from: *Early Bird Price from:
Delphi Adventure Resort 4 Star Hotel (Venue) €199 *€179.10
Wild Atlantic Hostel €108 N/A
Aasleagh Lodge €250 N/A
*Avail of the 10% Early Bird discount before Aug 31st 2015
All prices quoted are a per person rate
Weekend Package Deposit & Booking:
To secure your place on the Walking Weekend we require a 30% deposit if staying at Delphi Adventure Resort or the Wild Atlantic Hostel, or a 50% deposit if staying at Aasleagh Lodge. We conveniently offer an online reservation service on our website or we can also accept telephone bookings by calling +353 (0)95 42208.
Day Tickets (Walks, Friday intro talk, transport, tea/coffee & biscuits):
Saturday Ticket: €45 pp
Sunday Ticket: €45 pp
Saturday & Sunday Day Ticket: €85 pp
To secure your place on the walks we require your debit or credit card details at the time of booking. A deposit of 100% of the booking value will be charged to your debit/credit card if you are booking the Day tickets for the walk(s) on the website or by phone.
All walkers will need to have appropriate hiking boots, outdoor gear and a small backpack with a light lunch/water, etc. Packed lunches are available to pre-order from the hotel. Walkers must check out before embarking on the Sunday walk (unless staying an extra night). The hotel can provide luggage storage until the walkers return from the Sunday walk.
Find Out More:
To find out more, please contact the Reservation Team on:
Tel +353 (0)95 42208
Book Online: http://www.delphiadventureresort.com/hill-walking/walkingweekends2048.html.