On Wednesday afternoon, from 1.15pm until about 6.30pm, there will be an optional excursion for all conference participants and accompanying persons. Three excursions are planned, all departing by coach from the conference venue after Wednesday’s scientific programme. The conference dinner will follow at 7.30pm.

More details (and pictures) will be posted here shortly, including advice on how to sign up for your preferred trip and on the cost of each (payable in cash at the registration desk on Monday June 20).

  • The Cliffs of Moher
    One of the most famous and most visited sites in Ireland, spectacular sea cliffs at the edge of Europe. The cliffs are in County Clare, about a 90-minute drive from Galway. This trip will take you to the cliffs of Moher visitor centre and along the short clifftop walk.
  • The Derrygimlagh Marconi Loop walk (5km)
    Derrygimlagh bog is close to the town of Clifden at the western extreme of County Galway. Despite its remote location, it is a site of great historical significance: it is the location of Marconi’s first commercial wireless communication station which was established in 1904, and it is the landing site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in 1919. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty, a pristine peat bog surrounded by the Connemara mountains and just a few hundred metres from the Atlantic coast. The spectauclar walking loop is 5km in length and includes several exhibits about the Marconi station, and the Alcock and Brown monument. The terrain is flat or undulating, with no steep or exposed sections. The path has sections of road, gravel, boardwalk and grass. For this one, you will need comfortable walking shoes and possibly a raincoat.
  • The South Connemara Coast
    This trip will take you west from along the shore of Galway Bay, which is famous for its sandy beaches and views to the Aran Islands and the cliffs and hills of County Clare and the Burren region. You will visit the towns of Spiddal and Inverin in the Galway Gaeltacht, where the Irish language is heard as much as English. The trip will follow the coast to Rossaveal (the main departure point for ferries to the Aran Islands) and return via an inland route, taking in the renowned Connemara scenery in the Maam Cross area, and the town of Oughterard.