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Footsteps of the Celts Coach Tour
May 1 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm£30
Join us in the Ring of Gullion, 40 mins from Belfast and 1 hour from Dublin, where Una Walsh, our local guide will lead you on an intimate experience with restricted numbers tour to celebrate the turning of the seasons, the start of the traditional Celtic summer on the 1st May Lá Bealtaine, it is a cross-quarter day, halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.
Ring of Gullion
The celebration of Beltaine is a rural pre-Christian tradition which saw communities come together to revel in the passing of a long winter of isolation and to prepare for the hard work of the rest of the year. The word’s origin is in the old Irish Bel taine meaning bright fire.
Celts believed the sun was held prisoner during winter months only to be released each spring to rule the summer sky, and they celebrated this mythic release with fire ceremonies and a huge feast to mark the occasion. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth.
The tour will visit Dorsey, Gates of Ulster to the royal seat of Ulaid and will journey through the breath-taking landscape tracing the pagan story as it is absorbed into a Christian setting. Every peak and valley carries a story, and our Celtic Roots are near the surface influencing the human dramas that soak the hills of South Armagh.
The tour will include an interactive workshop in Libby’s Tearoom in Silverbridge.
This workshop will be an exploration of the Celtic Wheel, a beautiful themed garden which links traditional plantings and herbal lore in a lovely calm atmosphere.
Libby’s is part of Finnegan’s garden centre and serves tasty lunches and afternoon teas, time will be set aside to enjoy some delicious food here, but this is not provided as part of the cost of the tour.