A meaningful engagement with the Burren and its people is a highlight for many of the the students who come here and there are numerous ways to encourage this. We provide a complimentary guided coach tour of the Burren for every group, helping them to acclimatise and give students a context for the work they are about to undertake.
Fieldtrips are a popular addition to many group programmes, enabling the students to explore the landscape in this dramatic coastal region. Within easy reach are the Neolithic portal tomb at Poulnabrone, the cave system at Aillwee, the medieval high crosses and cathedral at Kilfenora and the Cistercian Abbey at Corcomroe. Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee - once home to WB Yeats - Doolin, Fanore and the Cliffs of Moher are all within a short drive as is Galway city; the cultural capital of the West of Ireland and home to a number of arts and film festivals during the summer months.
The offshore Aran Islands prove a popular overnight trip for many groups and give students an insight into a landscape largely untouched in centuries. Other weekend options include trips to Dublin, Cork or Belfast as part of a cultural itinerary.
However, often the most fruitful element of the group experience has been the ability for faculty and students to spend focused time together on campus, reflecting and developing their ideas. Many groups affirm that their 3 or 4 weeks in the Burren often produces more work than that produced in a whole semester at home.