Glasgow Archaeological Society is planning a three day trip to Ireland next year, from Sunday, 18th June 2017 until Tuesday, 20th June 2017. The travel and accommodation is being arranged by Caledonian Travel, based in Glasgow.

Our group will travel by coach from Glasgow University to Cairnryan, where we will embark on the ferry to Belfast. In Ireland members will be based at the Carrickdale Hotel and Spa, Dundalk, County Louth, which is a family run hotel, set in extensive grounds. All rooms have en suite facilities, television, tea/coffee facilities, free WIFI etc. The hotel also has a full-service spa and an indoor pool.

Interior view of the main mound at KnowthDuring the three day trip we propose to visit the Neolithic Sites of Newgrange and Knowth; the Monastic Site, Round Tower and Colmcille’s House at Kells and the Titanic Experience, Belfast and the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.

The cost of the three day trip will be £265 per person, based on two persons sharing either a double or twin-bedded room. The supplement for a bedroom for single occupancy will be £35. The cost of the trip includes:

  • Coach travel throughout the three days
  • Ferry
  • Two nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Carrickdale Hotel and Spa, Dundalk
  • All entrance tickets
  • Fees to guides
  • Driver’s gratuity

A copy of Caledonian Travel’s ‘Terms and Conditions of Booking’ is available here and which you must read carefully. A few essential points to draw to your attention to:

Once the deposits have been lodged with Caledonian Travel they are non-refundable.

If you cancel your holiday less than 30 days before the trip there will be the following cancellation charges: 22 to 30 days before the trip – 30% of the total holiday price 15 to 21 days before the trip – 50% of the total holiday price 8 to 14 days before the trip – 75% of the total holiday price 7 days or less – 100% of the total holiday price

You will require to take out appropriate holiday insurance cover and you must bring a European Health Insurance Card.

It is necessary on this trip to have a photographic form of identification e.g. passport, driving licence with photo or concessionary bus pass. We recommend your passport. In order to secure this exclusive trip with Caledonian Travel we must confirm our booking as soon as possible.

As we are using Caledonian Travel we are bound by their requirements and Terms and Conditions including cancellation terms and the request for more information than normal on the Booking Form to comply with Customs Regulations and the Passenger Manifest (e.g. date of birth) If you would like to join this GAS trip to Ireland next June, please complete the enclosed form and send it with a deposit for £30 (per person) to arrive no later than Monday, 15th August, 2016. The balance for this trip will be due by Monday, 8th May, 2017.

If you are interested in joining us on this trip, please contact our Excursions Convenor via our contact form. 


Image: Interior view of the main mound at Knowth, by Ann Gormlie