The Wild Altan Way · November 12-19th, 2016
All the members of Altan will accompany you on a luxury tour bus, hosting you on a journey to the sources of our music and inspiration.
We will greet you at Dublin airport and head northwards to Belfast, visiting the Titanic Quarters there. Belfast, of course, was the hometown of the late Frankie Kennedy, who founded the band with Mairéad back in the 1980’s.
We will visit the spectacular Giant’s Causeway on the north Antrim Coast and spend some time in the world famous Bushmills Distillery before heading to the ancient city of Derry, founded as a monastery in the sixth century by St. Colmcille.
The center of the city is still surrounded by intact 17th century walls: a stroll around the wall give give you a great feel of this historic town.
The rest of the tour will be in Co. Donegal taking in the magnificent scenery of Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland, on the Inishowen peninsula, where our fiddle player Ciaran Tourish was born and raised. Other points of interest will include the renowned stone ringfort of the Grianán of Aileach, dating from the 5th or 6th century and famous for its panoramic views of Lough Foyle, Lough Swilly and further afield.
We will head westwards then towards Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s home, visiting Glenveagh Castle and National Park, the iconic Errigal Mountain, and the mythical and mysterious Poison Glen, where we will regale you with stories of Lugh and Balor of the Evil Eye. En route we will pass Lough Altan in the shadow of Errigal mountain and the origin of the band’s name.
We will visit the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair and stay in the beautiful An Chúirt Hotel, before heading south to visit the highest seacliffs in Northern Europe;Sliabh Liag (Slieve League)and stay at the Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel, which is one of the finest hotels in the world. Altan will be dining with you every evening and socialising with the tour group. We also look forward to the pleasure of some tunes and chat every evening in your company. You may even come home with a few words and phrases of Irish Gaelic, as the band members and their friends speak the language!
You can also join the tour from any part of the world by getting a return flight to Dublin for 12 th-19th November , but make sure you contact the tour company; Hammond Tours for onland prices and to secure a place.
All of us in Altan are looking forward to welcoming you to our home.