Aerlingus is the national airline carrier of Ireland and Go West managed a unique incentive tour in the west of Ireland incorporating water and land based activities. This was a family incentive tour for top executives in the Company and their families. The tour allowed everyone to have fun from children’s activities during the day time in Aillwee Caves, Loughwell Farm Park, Rusheen Bay Riding school and so forth. Other activities included a puzzle trail and dinner and a private cruise on the Corrib Princess.
Some highlights included the following:
Yacht Cruise on Galway Bay
Passengers will board a 35ft yacht for a cruise on Galway Bay, the yacht can take 10 passengers.
Puzzle Trail of Galway City
The group are met by a Town Crier and divided into teams for a Fun Puzzle Trail of Galway. Members of each team are given a different coloured baseball cap to help identify them. The Town Crier presents each team leader with a Survival Pack which includes a map of Galway city centre and a list of clues. The trail will lead competitors through the historic streets of Galway and en route they will meet with another interesting character, for example, King Charles, Old Lady or James Joyce. The hunt for clues will take approximately 90 minutes and finishes in a city centre bar or on board the Corrib Princess. Each team will have questions to answer, clues to find, and tasks to complete. The puzzle trail includes
• Town Crier
• Two Character Actors
• Maps, Clues
• Baseball Caps, Fun Prizes
• Event Manager
Visit Cnoc Suain – Interactive Cultural Experience
This morning we will depart Galway City for Cnoc Suain (restful hill) in Spiddal, a renovated small village of thatched and slated stone cottages located on 200 acres of stunningly beautiful ancient landscape, bog, lake and sea. Some of the cottages date back to 1691.
As Gaelic speakers, musicians, natural scientists and owners of this historic hill village, Dearbhaill Standun and Charlie Troy are the perfect hosts for the group.
They will accompany the group on a short walk through the Connemara Bogland that surrounds Cnoc Suain. Charlie will introduce them to the fascinating archaeology & natural history of the bog including turf harvesting.
In one of the old thatch cottages, Dearbhaill, a native Gaelic speaker will relay the history of the local area. They will hear the Irish language spoken and enjoy stories about the life and customs of the inhabitants of the cottage. She will demonstrate the art of bread making.
Dearbhaill, a talented musician is a founder member of the much acclaimed traditional music group Dordan. She will play the fiddle and will be accompanied by a local musician on the accordion and tin whistle. Together they will perform a selection of jigs and reels as guests enjoy a drink in the main cottage. There will be an opportunity to learn an Irish dance! This is a unique opportunity to experience Irish culture in an exclusive setting. We will return to our hotel in Galway city, dinner is arranged in a city centre restaurant.
Guided Tour & Sheep Dog Demonstration
Our Driver/Guide will take us through Connemara, one of Europe’s last great natural wildernesses with towns and villages existing along a beautiful, indented coastline. We take the very scenic road from Galway towards Oughterard, the gateway to Connemara and passing through quaint villages on the way with views unmatched anywhere else in Ireland. Not far into our journey we will get to stop at the famous bridge that was used in the Quiet Man film with John Wayne.
We will pass through Maam Cross where you will see for the first time one of numerous lakes that makes Connemara so famous. While driving we will have the Maumturk Mountains to our right side before seeing the magnificent Glencoaghan horseshoe part of the twelve Bens mountain range, one of Ireland’s famous hiking routes.
We now make our way through the wonderful Inagh Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of Connemara where we will stop to take in the breath-taking views with some photos. Our next stop will take you on to the magical Kylemore Abbey, the only Irish home of the Benedictine Nuns. Built originally as a Castle (1868) it is one of the best examples of Irish neo-gothic architecture. The estate features include a Victorian Walled Garden, restored Abbey, Reception rooms, Gothic Church, tranquil walks, craft shop, pottery, and restaurant.
After lunch we will make our way to ‘Killary Fjord’, Ireland’s only fjord. Marvel at all the mussel beds in the fjord as you look at Mweelrea, the highest mountain on the west coast of Ireland. You will not be disappointed with this natural wonder of the world
The tour will continue to Maam to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Sheepdogs are used when handling flocks of sheep, as they offer the safest and most efficient means of carefully moving sheep from one location to another. The skill of the handler is to move the sheep steadily so as to cause no distress. You will see a practical insight into these skills with a variety of sheepdogs and their individual qualities and style with a variety of sheepdogs and their individual qualities and style. You will continue back to your hotel in Galway
Connemara Hawk Walk, Ashford Castle & Cong Village
You will be met by a professional tour guide who will provide you with an interesting commentary as you travel to their first stop at Ashford Castle in the village of Cong. The route taken will give them a taste of the scenery that Connemara is famous for as they travel along the shore of Lough Corrib through the villages of Oughterard and Clonbur to Ashford Castle, one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the World and home to Ireland’s oldest established School of Falconry.
Starting at 14h45 they will enjoy a 60 minute private Hawk Walk through the grounds of the Castle where they will fly the hawks. No previous experience is necessary. An experienced instructor will introduce them to their hawk and soon they will be setting off around the magnificent woodlands to fly a hawk free. As they fly the hawks, their instructor will explain about the hawks’ exceptional eyesight, their speed and agility and how the hawks were trained. The hawks will follow the group from tree to tree through the woods before swooping down to land on a gloved fist.
After the Hawk Walk, there is an opportunity for the group to stop off at Cullen’s Pub on the grounds for some refreshments before they participate in a guided walking tour of Cong Village. The walking tour will include Cong Abbey, the Monks fishing houses, the dry canal and a stroll through Cong Village to see movie locations of the 1952 production of “The Quiet Man.
Lunch at Lisloughrey Lodge
Lunch is arranged in Lisloughrey Lodge, the former head gamekeeper’s house of the Ashford Estate.
Lisloughrey House is located on the grounds of Ashford Castle overlooking the shores of Lough Corrib. The group will dine in Wilde’s Overlooking Lisloughrey Quay with a spectacular view of Lough Corrib, Wilde’s at the lodge Restaurant serves contemporary country cuisine in a unique setting.
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