We are happy to run a one-day post conference fieldtrip (Sat 2nd July), subject to sufficient demand. Sign up as part of the registration process.
Sadly, most hunter-gatherer sites in Ireland are widely scattered and don’t have a huge amount to see - or those that do are hard to access. We therefore propose to take delegates on a one-day visit to the iconic landscape of Glendalough, a remarkable valley in the Wicklow Mountains with a famous early medieval monastery and much more. UCD School of Archaeology have been running a long term research project in Glendalough. The trip is a great way to see a different part of Ireland’s landscape and heritage. It is a beautiful and remarkable place.
Coaches would leave Dublin at 9am on Saturday 2nd July, returning c 5pm. It is a one hour journey each way. Please note that Glendalough is the wrong side of Dublin for the Airport: we will return guests to Dublin centre. Given the vagaries of traffic, our timings cannot be precise for the return.
The trip will involve a gentle walking tour, almost all of it on well-graded paths (and you can sit out the short bits that aren’t!). We would likely cover 5-6 miles in the day. There are snack and lunch facilities on site, and guests should be prepared to purchase their choice of the options available. Once the trip begins, limited shelter is available. Its lovely if the weather is nice!
This film about Glendalough ‘Spirit of Glendalough’ (see video below) was made by the local community heritage group, Glendalough Heritage Forum. It gives you a good sense of the character of the valley - but our tour may be less spiritual in focus!
Likely cost per delegate (transport only) €10-15 (tbc)
The Spirit of Glendalough