Center for Arts & Letters Study Trip

Ireland scenery

Center Selects Ireland for its 2018 Trip

If you have never traveled to the Emerald Isle, it is a must visit. If you have seen its rugged mountains, imposing valleys, and deep, clear lakes, listen to your heart and visit her again.

In Ireland—the Center for Arts and Letters’ April 25-May 4 trip destination—we will see some of the country’s most interesting and charming sites. We will travel the island’s Wild Atlantic Way coastline, marvel at sweeping and majestic southern shores and celebrate the magic of Dublin.

We will drive through Ireland’s emerald green countryside to view the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, and explore the Renaissance city of Galway’s rich, scenic beauty. Other sites will include the ancient Ross Errilly Friary, Cong village (the setting for John Wayne’s “The Quiet Man”), Connemara’s Inagh Valley, the Mamm Turks Mountains, and the beautiful Kylemore Abbey, whose dreamy reflection is captured in a Connemara lake.

Travelling southward, we will see the medieval Bunratty Castle and visit one of the country’s prettiest villages, Adare, with its thatched cottages and colorful gardens nestled next to the River Maigue. We will travel the Dingle Peninsula’s scenic roads, one of the most beautiful places on earth and the location for “Ryan’s Daughter.”

Other visits will include the Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, the historic Lismore Castle Gardens and the seaside town of Youghal Bay.

As we make our way to Dublin, we will stop in Waterford and tour its famous crystal factory before visiting Curraghmore House and Gardens with a stop in Insitioge, nestled on the Nore River. In Dublin, we will visit St. Stephen’s Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College and its Book of Kells. We will driving through the Wicklow Mountains to see Powerscourt House and Gardens, Glendalough, Vale of Clara and Avoca. Our trip ends with a visit to the iconic Guinness Brewery. Sláinte!

For a complete itinerary, contact the Center for Arts and Letters, 816-501-4607 or