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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 Traditional thatched cottage amid the landscape  Typical landscape in Ireland. Credit: Ireland Tourism  Irish step dancers  Seascape of County Mayo  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  Westport House  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 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

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.

May 29 - Jun 6, 2018 Departure
Hilary Lennon

Hilary Lennon

Dr. Hilary Lennon completed her PhD in Trinity College Dublin and she is now the Harriet O'Donovan Sheehy Research Fellow in the School of English, University College Cork. She lectures and researches in the area of Irish literature and her Selected Letters of Frank O'Connor is forthcoming from Cork University Press. Dr. Lennon is vastly experienced at discussing and teaching on a wide range of Irish writers, as well as being very experienced at discussing a wide variety of subjects relating to Irish culture and history. Dr. Lennon has also been the academic leader on numerous Smithsonian programs in Ireland, and is therefore well placed to ensure a very enjoyable and stimulating tour for all participants. 

Sep 18 - 26, 2018 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.