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The Colony Tour

Dugort, Ireland
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About The Colony Tour
The Colony Tour is Achill's Number 1 Walking Tour. The Tour is a gentle two hour walk around the historic ruins of the 19th Century Protestant Achill Mission with BAFTA-winning writer and Achill islander Kevin Toolis. Learn about the fascinating rise and fall of the Irish Prophet Edward Nangle who in the Year of Our Lord 1831 came to Achill to save the heathen native Irish from the errors of Popery - and ignite a bitter religious war for the entire destiny of the Irish nation with his arch rival His Grace Archbishop of Tuam Dr John MacHale. A war fought out in Bibles, guns, boycotts, famine and starvation as the devastating Great Famine of 1847 raged and hundreds of desperate islanders took the soup to survive. Tours run Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
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Sinead B wrote a review 11 Aug
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Extremely informative and enjoyable tour about an extremely interesting period of interest. Would recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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easterntravellers wrote a review 6 Aug
Norfolk, United Kingdom162 contributions82 helpful votes
This was a really good tour - Kevin was not only hugely knowledgeable about the subject matter but also very good at putting across the information and stories in an engaging and insightful way. We especially liked the fact that he drew parallels between the history of the Colony with the social and politocal context of the time and used his own experiences to connect it with up to the moment events and situations in the wider world. Reallly good value for the 20 Euro as well!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Lauren M wrote a review 1 Aug
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This was a wonderful history of the area. Kevin was superb in his story telling and answering questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the information, the scenery and the walk.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Liz S wrote a review Jul 2022
Westport, Ireland21 contributions30 helpful votes
Great mornings walk, very informative on the history of this beautiful part of the world and Kevin really draws you in, I would recommend anyone I know do this tour if they get the chance.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Geraldine C wrote a review Jul 2022
Galway11 contributions16 helpful votes
A thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour about a fascinating part of Achill history, and it was so interesting to see the sites that one would never get to see without a guide
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from TheColonyTour, General Manager at The Colony Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you Geraldine
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