At A Glance:
  • Upcoming departures:
    October 20 - 27, 2024
    October 19 - 26, 2025

    Sojourn begins:
    Swords, Ireland

    Sojourn concludes:
    Belfast, Ireland

    Price from:
    $3,995/person (DO)
    $4,695/person (SO)

    Combines with:
    Great Castles of Britain

    Scotch Whisky in Depth

  • 1) What kind of weather can I expect in Ireland in October?
    Average daytime temperatures in October range from low-40’s to high-50’s, but it can get cooler in the late evenings and night. Rain can be frequent at this time so participants are encouraged to bring a lightweight, waterproof jacket or a small umbrella.

    2) Can I arrive before or remain after the sojourn?
    Yes. If you would like to arrive in in advance of the sojourn or remain after it has concluded, Scholarly Sojourns can help you arrange your hotel accommodation and is often able to secure attractive rates. We can also organize multi-day excursions for you to spend time in Dublin, Belfast, or other areas of the country. Please indicate these preferences to us once you have registered for the sojourn.

    3) How much walking will be required on this sojourn?
    This sojourn involves several tours of historic monuments and towns that require walking a considerable distance. Several of the castles ruins we visit have uneven floors and narrow, winding staircases. All participants should be comfortable walking up to a mile at a time and climbing up to three flights of stairs at a time. In a few instances, it is necessary to climb upwards of 75 stairs to see every part of a monument.

    4) I am a single traveler, can you help me find a roommate?
    Scholarly Sojourns will do all we can to match single travelers with a suitable roommate if they desire. But we cannot guarantee that roommates will be available. Therefore all single travelers should register as such and be prepared to pay the single traveler rate should a roommate not be identified.

    5) Is this sojourn appropriate for children?
    This sojourn is not appropriate for children. Young adults, however, will find the program quite enjoyable, and they may find it gets them extra credit in their history class.

    The works below will help to better acquaint you with the subject matter of this sojourn.

    Understanding the Castle Ruins of England and Wales: How to Interpret the History and Meaning of Masonry and Earthworks. Hull, Lise. McFarland. 2008.

    The Great Castles of Britain & Ireland. Hull, Lise. New Holland Publishers, Ltd., London. 2006.

    Tour meeting point and starting time: The meeting point for this tour is Swords Castle in the village of Swords which is just on the north side of Dublin. Swords is easily reached from both central Dublin and Dublin Airport by public transport or a modest taxi journey. Participants should plan to arrive here by 2:00PM on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

    Optional air package from/to New York: $1,198/person
    The air package includes round-trip, trans-Atlantic flight, airport transfers in the destination, and 100% travel assurance. This travel package can be booked once you have registered for this sojourn and paid the deposit of $500 per traveler. Scholarly Sojourns can also help arrange your travel from any US gateway.

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