We have organised some optional activities after the end of the workshop, to help you see a little more of Ireland in limited time (or get your vacation off to to a good start). You can select and book these tours when you register, or use the registration form again after you’ve already registered for the Workshop.


Sea Kayaking with Saoirse na MaraMore places available! Saoirse na Mara have added an extra guide for this trip, so it’s open for booking again.

18.30, Thursday 28 June

On this trip you’ll spend about two hours of exploration on the sheltered Atlantic waters of Galway Bay (if weather permits) or the River Corrib. Travelling at a gentle pace by kayak (canoe), you will enjoy a different perspective on the west coast of Ireland. No previous experience is needed, and the trip will be organised by fully qualified and highly experienced guides from Saoirse Na Mara (Freedom of the Sea). All equipment will be provided. Click here to read about the experience of sea kayaking off the West of Ireland. (This takes place at the same time as the Food tour below.)

The price will be €45, including transport to the location, and a packed snack. You can use the registration form to book a place.


19.00, Thursday 28 June

Galway is the 2018 European Region of Gastronomy and has more Michelin-starred restaurants* than London or San Francisco. The unique culinary ecosystem is built on wonderful produce from land and sea, local ingenuity, and cosmopolitan influences. On this tour you’ll visit four venues with an expert guide to sample the best of the West’s food and drink. There will be 5-10 minutes’ walk between each stop. Start with an empty stomach! (This takes place at the same time as the Sea tour below.) Cost: €65
*normalised by population!

Science and History

The Great Telescope at Birr Castle08.00, Friday 29 June (with transfer to Dublin Airport)

Birr Castle has a unique place at the intersection of science, engineering and history. Lord and Lady Rosse built the Leviathan telescope here, and observed spiral galaxies for the first time. The telescope was the largest in the world from 1845 to 1914, and still stands. Their son was Charles Parsons, creator of the modern steam turbine. Birr will soon become a working observatory again, with a radio telescope under construction as part of the LOFAR European network. The castle has a museum of the family’s scientific work, as well as beautiful gardens with a famous collection of rare plants.

A coach will depart Galway city centre at 8.00 am. You will have about 2 hours and 30 minutes to explore the museum and gardens, and the coach will then continue to Dublin Airport, arriving by 2.00 pm. The price of €40 includes travel, admission to the grounds, and refreshments in the café.