One of our favorite towns in the world is Skibbereen, Ireland. Nestled in far West Cork, the town of 2,500 or so is known for its bustling famers market, its state-of-the art 1 gig/sec internet hub, a vital arts scene orbiting around the West Cork Art Center housed in the 4-story Uillin Gallery, and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet in the world.
Skibbereen is also the gateway to the beautiful River Illin estuary and the Baltimore harbor that includes the following amazing sites:
Lough Hyne: a one-of-a kind salt-water lake with unique tidal schedule
Knockamagh Wood: hike through the woods covering the hill 640ft above Lough Hyne
Baltimore Beacon: 70ft-tall 18C marker on the cliff overlooking Baltimore bay
The Sibin: a quaint country pub with some of the best food in Ireland
If you think Irish food is just potatoes and stew, you are in for a surprise. Over the past few decades, the island has become a leader in local sourcing, sustainable agriculture, and world-class cuisine.
Gougane Barra – impeccable dinning
Check out the “Eat & Drink” page on our website to get a flavor of the kind of places we’ll eat. For example, at the secluded mountain resort, Gougane Barra Hotel, chef and co-owner, Katy Lucey, will prepare us a beautiful 3-course meal while her husband, Neil, will pair it with the perfect beverage.
That’s just a taste of all the wonderful meals you’ll have on our Irish Tours. If this sounds good to you, click here and scroll down to Book Now! Sláinte!
Galway, a colorful city in the west of Ireland, is know for its maritime history and its vital nightlife. In the spring of 2019, YDU Tours will spend a delightful afternoon in this port town with all of its dining, shopping, and site-seeing wonderfulness.
Some of Galway’s gems include:
The Claddagh – the part of Galway where the traditional Claddagh ring was created – it’s situated right on the water with beautiful views of the city
Christopher Columbus’ statue – researched his voyage there. In 1477, Christopher Columbus visited Galway and this was noted in the margin of his copy of Imago Mundi. The people of his birthplace, Genoa in Italy, presented a memorial to the people of Galway in commemoration of this visit.
St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church (Church of Ireland) is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland still regularly used. Christopher Columbus almost certainly worshipped here in 1477.
Galway City Museum portrays the fascinating history of this ancient town. For instance, in 1473 Galway was almost destroyed by fire. However, this provided the impetus for its wealthy citizens to erect lavish houses e.g. Lynch’s Castle, and the city was rebuilt in a planned fashion.
Lynch’s castle (the residence of one of the Mayors of Galway and now a bank) is the oldest building in Ireland in daily commercial use.
At Tigh Neachtain
Font in St. Nicholas’
There are 35 heritage sites, 31 museums and 10 art galleries in Galway City and County.
– Galway Cathedral, the iconic, modern stone church in the heart of the city
– Michael Fury’s grave featured in James Joyce’s story, “The Dead”
– Ard Bia restaurant, one of Galway’s most enduring restaurants, housed in one of the city’s most iconic restaurant space
Come with us to Ireland in 2019 and see theses lovely Galways places. Just click on one of the buttons below to reserve your spot. Check out the YDU Tours page for more info.