Experience the essence of Irish culture in Westport, County Mayo, where you’ll view Ireland through the eyes of its people. During this charming cultural stay program, enjoy day trips to iconic landscapes and historic sites.

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 Seascape of County Mayo  Irish step dancers  Westport House  Carrowmore megalithic site, Country Sligo  Cultural traditions reflected in modern life  Connemara landscape with sheep  Connemara's Kylemore Castle, later an abbey and school  Achill Island seascape  Traditional thatched cottage amid the landscape  Typical landscape in Ireland. Credit: Ireland Tourism  Common site along Ireland's roadways  The lively streets of Galway  Lively music in a pub. Credit: Brian Morrison, Ireland Tourism

County Mayo

A One-Week Stay in Northwest Ireland

9 days from $3,890

Experience the essence of Irish culture in Westport, County Mayo, where you’ll view Ireland through the eyes of its people. During this charming cultural stay program, enjoy day trips to iconic landscapes and historic sites.

or Call 855-330-1542

Jun 9 - 17, 2017 Departure
Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Christopher Griffin hails from the West of Ireland and studied at Trinity College and University College in Dublin, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Anglo-Irish Studies. He taught many courses relevant to this travel program during his 28 years as a professor of humanities in Washington, D.C. His courses have involved much pre-history, history and other aspects of civilization and cultures. For more than seven years, Christopher has been a lecturer in English at The George Washington University, where he teaches poetry, drama, and fiction. He has led several Smithsonian Journeys tours, including “The Emerald Isle” and transatlantic cruises.

Sep 15 - 23, 2017 Departure
Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs has enjoyed leading Smithsonian groups to Great Britain, France, and Ireland since 2000.  With a Ph.D. in medieval history, she was a tenured professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she taught courses on a wide range of subjects, from ancient history through the Reformation.  A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several grants, she has also spent considerable time living in France pursuing research.  Her publications include a book exploring the Viking settlement of Normandy in northern France during the 10th and 11th centuries, and the revival of monasticism that took place as the new rulers encouraged monks to return to the region after the Viking raids.  In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Britain, France, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of these lands, their history, music, and literature, with Smithsonian Journeys travelers.