The Arcadia Dublin Center organizes co-curricular excursions that offer a variety of events to our students on programs in Ireland. From day trips to weekend getaways, sporting events to theatre productions, the center invites all students to participate and explore while in-country. Below is a sampling of past excursions broken out by region.

Sample Excursions

‘AN CÚAIRT AR PHOBAL’ – THE ARCADIA HOMESTAY WEEKEND

THEME: LOCAL IRELAND
REGION: ALL

An Cúairt ar Phobal (pronounced “on kurt air fubble”) literally translates to English as, "a visit to the community (or to the people)”. All Arcadia semester programmes in Ireland undertake an Cúairt ar Phobal, an innovative approach for students to understand better Irish society and culture outside of the campus environment. You are matched and housed with a local Irish family over a weekend. Upon arrival students are met by local community organizers and given a presentation on the local economy, notable attractions, community politics, and local contributions to Irish society and culture. An Cúairt ar Phobal is a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with Irish people, to get a real sense of rural Ireland, its communities, its customs and its simplicity.

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS & SKYE WEEKEND

THEME: LOCAL IRELAND, IMAGINED IRELAND
REGION: ALL

A four-day weekend excursion to explore the beautiful and fascinating history of the Scottish Highlands and Skye Island with one night in Edinburgh, one in Broadford and another in Inverness. Beginning with a free day in the vibrant city of Edinburgh, followed by a trip through the spectacular Trossachs National Park and desolate Rannoch Moor to enter the Scottish Highlands, visiting The Battlefield of Bannockburn, The Falls of Dochart, Glencoe and Eilean Donan Castle. On Skye, we will explore the ancient iron-age Dun Beag Broch, 13th-century Dunvegan Castle and its ties to the Viking invasions as well as the geological wonders of Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock. On the last day of the trip, we will visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness (keeping an eye out for any lake monsters!) and the Battlefield of Culloden before touring the Blair Athol Whiskey Distillery and returning to Edinburgh.

BELFAST AND ANTRIM COAST WEEKEND

THEME: ACTIVE IRELAND, LOCAL IRELAND, Imagined Ireland, Global Ireland
REGION: ALL

Nestled on the north coast below Cave Hill and the Black Mountain, Belfast is a dynamic city where the hospitality is legendary and the warmth of the people is genuine. On this weekend excursion you will be introduced to the political and social history of Belfast city through a fascinating talk on the internationally renowned murals of Belfast as well as an exciting tour of the city led by local academics.

We will visit the Titantic quarter, where the tragically fated steam liner was built. You will also have time to explore the Queen’s University neighborhood. The spectacular landscape of Ireland’s North Coast, highlighted by a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will show you first-hand the culturally rich heritage and beautiful landscape of Northern Ireland.

DUBLIN FOOD TRAIL

THEME: LOCAL IRELAND, GLOBAL INNOVATION IRELAND
REGION: DUBLIN & MAYNOOTH

Join Arcadia staff in Dublin on an award winning Food Trail. We will visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops. You’ll meet artisans whose families have traded for generations producing great food as well as new arrivals to the food scene bringing new international tastes and food ideas to the Irish table. And you will taste Irish produce served in both traditional and contemporary styles. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighborhood. Those familiar with the city will be amazed to discover food outlets and tasty modern surprises they never knew existed and visitors will leave with an insider and up-to-date knowledge of the best of what is happening in foodie Ireland.

ARCADIA CULTURE NIGHT

THEME: IMAGINED IRELAND
REGION: DUBLIN & MAYNOOTH

Get cultured with Arcadia at Dublin’s most famous venue! Theatre is a big part of life in Dublin, restaurants across the city offer pre-theatre menu's and Irish people like to make the most of their evenings with a fancy meal first! We will begin the evening with a three course meal in a popular Dublin restaurant, followed by a live performance in the Abbey Theatre – play to be confirmed. The Abbey is Ireland's national theatre, central to Irish culture and founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory prior to Irish Independence, the Abbey Theatre was a key part of the Irish Cultural Revival and the formation of Irish literary ethos as we know it today. A trip to the Abbey Theatre is a truly great experience – we will keep you updated on what play we will be attending!

GAME OF THRONES FILMING LOCATIONS

THEME: GLOBAL INNOVATION IRELAND
REGION: Dublin & Maynooth

Join Arcadia staff on a visit to the real Game of Thrones film locations in Northern Ireland. The activity weekend includes visits to Inch Abbey, where character Rob Stark was made King of the North and Castleward, the set of Winterfell, and Tollymore Forest Park, the stunning location of the opening scene of Season 1 Episode 1.

The hugely successful and award-winning global TV series from HBO has fans all over the world, including many of our students. As well as pretending to be from Winterfell, students enjoye the stunning scenery and learned about some of the complexities that are involved when hosting a multi-million dollar film crew. Many discussions are intended to explore the business of attracting filmmakers, funding and servicing the industry in addition to the inspirational aspects of locating in the Land of Saints and Scholars.

CORK FOOD TRAIL

THEME: LOCAL IRELAND, GLOBAL INNOVATION IRELAND
REGION: CORK

Join Arcadia staff in Cork on an award winning Food Trail. We will visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops. You’ll meet artisans whose families have traded for generations producing great food as well as new arrivals to the food scene bringing new international tastes and food ideas to the Irish table. And you will taste Irish produce served in both traditional and contemporary styles. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighborhood. Those familiar with the city will be amazed to discover food outlets and tasty modern surprises they never knew existed and visitors will leave with an insider and up-to-date knowledge of the best of what is happening in foodie Ireland.

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

THEME: ACTIVE IRELAND, IMAGINED IRELAND
REGION: CORK, LIMERICK

Voted 'Ireland’s Best Day out' a trip to Killarney National Park is not to be missed. Nestled in the country’s largest mountain range, it is home to aboriginal forest, walkways, rivers, stately homes, cycle paths, disused mines, golf courses, waterfalls, bat caves, and islands populated by swimming deer, and well-preserved castles. We begin with a tour of Muckross house; a beautiful 19th century Victorian mansion with expansive gardens in the centre of the park. The afternoon will embark on a guided two hour hike around the picturesque Killarney Lakes, taking in Torc waterfall and maybe spotting a few deer. There will be lots of opportunities to take beautiful photos!

RUGBY MATCH

THEME: ACTIVE IRELAND, GLOBAL INNOVATION IRELAND
REGION: UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Join Arcadia staff for an evening of Munster Rugby at Thomand Park, the home ground of Munster Rugby and one of the most successful and best supported rugby clubs in the world. You cannot leave Limerick without an appreciation for this sport and what it means to the region and the hearts and minds of its people.

CULTURAL CAPITAL – INNOVATION IN OLD IRELAND

THEME: IMAGINED IRELAND, LOCAL IRELAND, GLOBAL INNOVATION IRELAND
REGION: NUI GALWAY & BURREN COLLEGE OF ART

Get a genuine insight into Irish culture and nature in the Connemara Gaeltacht! Focusing on sustainability and innovation, Arcadia students and staff engage in a wide variety of activities in a restored 17th century farmhouse. Students learn about the origins and beauty of the Irish language, through song and poem. This evening includes an introduction to the concept of foraging, local foods, herbs and seaweeds and their uses, as well as a brown bread making demonstration and tasting. Students will have an opportunity to engage with nature and ecology; learning about the Irish blogland formation, turf harvesting, sphagnum moss and its uses. You will also be introduced to rush-craft and how to make a Brigid’s Cross. Finally, students will experience Irish music, traditional instruments, sean-nós songs and participate in a Irish (céilé) dance! An all-round fantastic night!

CROAGH PATRICK PILGRIMAGE

THEME: ACTIVE IRELAND, SPIRITUAL IRELAND
REGION: NUI GALWAY & BURREN COLLEGE OF ART

Climb Ireland’s Holy Mountain with Arcadia! 8km (5 miles) west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road (R335), Croagh Patrick (pronounced Croke Patrick) stands at 764m (2,507ft) and is the third highest peak in Mayo, after Mweelrea and Nephin. Coragh Patrick is best known for its association with Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who is said to have fasted for 40 days and banished snakes from the land at the summit in 441 AD. Croagh Patrick, or known locally as ‘the Reek’, has been a pilgrimage destination since pre-Christian times and attracts pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds. Join Arcadia and engage with the sacred and the secular. Croagh Patrick is more of a hike than a climb, and is accessible for people of all ages and the rewards at the summit are well worth the trip!

BELFAST & ANTRIM COAST WEEKEND

THEME: GLOBAL INNOVATION IRELAND, ACTIVE IRELAND, IMAGINEd IRELAND, LOCAL IRELAND
REGION: QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

Join students from the Arcadia study abroad program throughout the island for a weekend of cultural activities! Beginning with a visit to the Titanic Experience, an incredible, highly interactive museum experience. Saturday you will head north to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway. Finally on Sunday, you can enjoy an informative lecture on The Troubles of Northern Ireland by a local academic, followed by a tour of sectarian Belfast and the famous political murals. There will also be three meals provided by Arcadia over the weekend.

ARCADIA CULTURE NIGHT, BELFAST

THEME: IMAGINED IRELAND, LOCAL IRELAND
REGION: BELFAST

Join us for an evening of food and ballet at the iconic Grand Opera House Belfast. Part of Belfast life since it opened in 1895, the Grand Opera House has provided a stunning setting for world class productions for over a century. We will begin with a meal in a popular Belfast restaurant, followed by a performance of Christopher Hampson's magical Hansel & Gretel, performed by Scotland’s national dance company. A truly magical evening – not to be missed!