I’m Mindie Burgoyne and I began doing tours to Ireland’s thin places back in 1991. Since then I’ve developed the kind of tour I always wanted to go on — one that explores the hidden Ireland, the secret Ireland that the big tour buses often pass by. I wanted a tour where I could spend more time at the sites than in the car or bus, and I wanted a tour that would help me connect with the land, to be inspired by this magical landscape that was once home to my ancestors.
I hated the stress of finding the accommodations based on where I was going to be on a particular night. I hate the stress of driving on the left and the expense of a rental car.
For years I did the self drive touring and loved the flexibility that it offered, but I wasted so much time getting lost, and though Ireland was a beautiful country – even to get lost in, I wanted to get the most for the money I spent. And as Ireland got more developed, it also became more stressful to do the self drive and rental car prices went through the roof after the 2008 economic crash.
Our Thin Places Tours – We Do it All for You
I’ve put together these tours that provide relaxing transportation to well-known and hidden mystical sites that are all located in a specific region so you’re not driving all day going from one end of the country to another. We stay in city centers in 4 star hotels, all with private baths, and I try to keep guests in one location for several nights so the schlepping of luggage – packing and repacking – is kept to a minimum. All your evenings are free, so you can roam about, visiting pubs, talking with the Irish or taking a solitary evening walk in a nearby mystical site.
We Won’t Be Doing the Breweries and Pub Crawls
I was never interested visiting sites crawling with tourists – so if you want to visit breweries, distilleries, big shopping venues or do the pub crawls, my tour wouldn’t be a good fit. If you want to touch ancient stones that have been standing in a mystical alignment for 3000 years, or visit a passage tomb that predates the pyramids, or walk the same steps as 5th century monks and saints, or learn the stories of Celtic heroes, villains and saints, or climb a holy mountain, or tie a rag onto a fairy tree, or feel the earth energy that vibrates from a holy site, learn to use dowsing rods, or stand beneath a dolman …. my tours might be a good fit for you.
Connecting with the Irish People
Lastly, I still contest that the best thing about Ireland is the Irish people. So many of these big tour groups have the guests pop out of the motor coaches, snap some pictures, grab some pub food and pile back in the bus. There’s never time to really visit or get to know the Irish people. We hire local guides and provide activities on the tour that connect our guests with Irish people. Meaningful conversations are had and in some cases, the connections our guests make last long after they have returned home.
We hope you’ll consider joining us on a Thin Places Mystical Tour of Ireland.