Experience the essence of Irish culture through the eyes of its people in Westport, County Mayo, and the surrounding region. During this charming Cultural Stay program, enjoy day trips to historic sites and iconic landscapes in northwest Ireland, from Sligo to Galway.

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 Connemara's Kylemore Castle, later an abbey and school  Westport town center. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Typical landscape in Ireland. Credit: Ireland Tourism  Traditional thatched cottage amid the landscape  Irish step dancers  Seascape of County Mayo  Carrowmore megalithic site, Country Sligo  Cultural traditions reflected in modern life  Connemara landscape with sheep  Achill Island seascape  Westport House  The village of Clifden. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  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 $4,190

Experience the essence of Irish culture through the eyes of its people in Westport, County Mayo, and the surrounding region. During this charming Cultural Stay program, enjoy day trips to historic sites and iconic landscapes in northwest Ireland, from Sligo to Galway.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Gorgeous remote areas were accessible through Smithsonian and came to life with the sharing of knowledge in an interesting manner by both the dedicated local tour guide, and the knowledgeable coach driver. I’m still Smiling!!!

- Debra, V.

Though this trip centers in Westport, it is a fabulous journey through time and space in Western Ireland, capturing the politics, poetry, history and beautiful landscape of the region.

- Mary Anne, M.

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Experts

May 30 - Jun 7, 2020 Departure
Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin

Christopher is from County Galway in the West of Ireland. He studied literature at Trinity College, University College in Dublin, and the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He has published many articles and theatre reviews. For 28 years Christopher taught humanities mostly to working adults at Strayer University in Washington, DC.  For eight years he was a lecturer in English at The George Washington University, where he taught Irish poetry, drama, and fiction.  For 25 years at Politics and Prose bookstore in DC, he has led numerous classes on various interests, including Irish literature, Shakespeare, literary Washington, and film. He was a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on over a dozen Smithsonian Journeys and has lectured at Smithsonian Associates.

Sep 12 - 20, 2020 Departure
Hilary Lennon

Hilary Lennon

Hilary Lennon is an expert in Irish literature and lectures and researches on a wide variety of subjects relating to Irish literature, culture, and history. Hillary completed her Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin and is now the Harriet O'Donovan Sheehy Research Fellow in the School of English, University College Cork, where she lectures in the area of Irish literature. Her publication Selected Letters of Frank O'Connor is forthcoming from Cork University Press. Hillary has served as the academic leader on many Smithsonian programs in Ireland.