Please read Important Notes for ALL Excursions
The excursions can be booked by completing the Excursion section of the Registration Form on the Registration page.
Prehistoric West Cork (Full Day)
West Cork is famous not only for its stunning scenery but also
for its rich archaeological heritage. This day-long excursion travels first
to Schull, one of west Cork's most popular seaside towns. Working our way back
to Cork, we will visit a range of monuments dating from the Neolithic and Bronze
Age, in addition to enjoying the scenery of the west/mid Cork region. The six
sites will provide a chronological survey and introduce the main monument types
of the prehistoric period in this region. The fact that five of the six have
been, or are being, excavated will add considerably to on-site discussion.
Sites to be visited include: Arderawinny portal tomb; Altar wedge tomb; Mount Gabriel copper mines; Drombeg stone circle and fulacht fiadh; and Cashel hillfort.
Lough Gur, Co. Limerick (Full Day)
The focus of this day-long excursion is a visit to the prehistoric landscape surrounding Lough Gur, about 20km from Limerick city. On route we will visit the impressive megalithic tomb at Labbacallee - the largest wedge tomb in Ireland. Lough Gur has a wealth of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Medieval sites, amongst the limestone hills that surround the 'Enchanted Lake'. A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the spectacular Grange stone circle.
Each tour will depart from Cork city. Departure points and times will be confirmed in advance. If you are going on any one of the excursions, please note that participants are advised to provide their own accident insurance cover. For the pre-conference excursions, accommodation on the night before departure IS NOT INCLUDED in the cost of the tour. Each tour group will comprise a maximum number of 50 participants and will be led by experienced archaeologists who are familiar with the regions and sites visited. Please note that the excursions will only take place if the requisite minimum number (30) of participants signs up. If you have particular dietary requirements, it is important that you inform the Meeting Administrator at the time of booking. While the Organisers hope for clement weather, all participants are advised to bring warm, waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear on the tours. It would also be prudent to bring insect repellent, particularly if you are participating in the Waterford or Kerry tours.