We’ll have a somewhat early start this morning for a day long bus tour of the area around Galway. In the morning, we’ll begin with a drive to the Burren National Park. This is a unique natural area in Ireland, consisting of barren limestone plateaus. We’ll have a couple of hours of free time at the Burren National Park trailhead, where you can go on one of several hikes.
From the Burren, we’ll head toward the coast, with a stop at lunchtime at the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. We’ll then proceed to the small village of Doolin, where you’ll have a free afternoon and may be able to catch some traditional music in one of the pubs.
While on the bus, Professor Cope will do a short lecture on Ireland’s environmental history and contemporary issues of sustainability. At our stops in the Burren and Doolin, Professor Doggett will lead seminar discussions of the works of J.M. Synge set in the area, including “Riders to the Sea” and excerpts from The Aran Islands. We’ll also talk a little bit about the poetry of Lady Augusta Gregory.
The key places we’ll be visiting are labeled with red pins in the map below: