The Heroines journey. A week in the west of Ireland.Following the footsteps of Grace O Malley. One of Ireland's most courageous women.

  • Sligo, Ireland
  • May 5 - 12, 2021 (8 days)

Event Highlights

  • The Atlantic Ocean is the star of the week.
  • As our travels are along the Wild Atlantic way, we would be remiss not to spend some time at the beach.
  • A luxurious steaming bath of fresh seawater and wild organic seaweed will follow our ramble on Strandhill beach.
  • Seaweed baths have been a tradition in Ireland for hundreds of years and Ireland’s only indigenous spa therapy. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were an estimated 300 seaweed bathhouses in Ireland and nine in the small town of Strandhill. The last of the original Strandhill bath houses was destroyed in September 1961 by “Debbie” – the worst hurricane to hit the country. A population shift away from the Atlantic coast and the rise in popularity of un-organic treatments brought about a decline in the tradition.
  • Through VOYA, the Walton family has revived the Irish seaweed baths and their reopened baths in Strandhill are now one of only a few in the country.


Our days will be framed with a yoga class followed by brunch.
Grace O'Malley leads the way, on our first day away.
A visit to Claire Island and Clew bay will start our week; Following the story of one of Ireland's fearless leaders.

"Who thinketh herself no small lady" - Sir Nicholas Malby on meeting Grace O'Malley.

The Sea Queen will be followed by Queen Maeve, the queen of Connacht.
On a clear day the burial karn of Queen Maeve is visible from the grounds of Temple house.
Queen Maeve’s trail is a sacred, magical place in County Sligo; A special place made sacred by our stone age ancestors and mythologized by their Iron age descendants - and by a modern poet.

The beauty and mythology associated with the Sligo landscape were the great inspiration for Nobel Prize winning poet W.B. Yeats. As a dominant regional landmark, Knocknarea is particularly prominent in his work, being featured in a total of seven poems.

“The wind has bundled up the clouds high over Knocknarea and thrown the
thunder on the stones for all that Maeve can say.” - W.B. Yeats

About This Event

A week in the west of Ireland following the footsteps of Ireland's most courageous women.The historical story behind Grace O’Malley is a powerful one.

Pirate Queen, a brave crusader and original feminist hero, Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley in Gaelic), sneered in the face of tradition and took to the seas where her fierce nature defied the unforgiving depths of the Atlantic.

We will follow Grace’s story around the west of Ireland, from Clew bay to Claire Island.

Clew Bay has, according to tradition, 365 islands, one for every day of the year. It’s probably the most beautiful bay in Ireland, and the views of it from all around Westport are spectacular. The biggest, Clare Island, guards the entrance to the sheltered bay and is home to 130 people. With its Blue Flag beach and many historical and archaeological sites, Clare island is accessed by a short ferry ride. Most of the others in the bay are are uninhabited, although a few brave souls cling to the age-old tradition of living on a small island all year round.

Temple house will be our home for the week. It is a classical Georgian manor set on a private estate of over 1,000 acres. This luxury country house in County Sligo, Ireland is overlooking a 13th century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar. The Perceval family home since 1665, the present manor was redesigned in 1864 and enjoys the authentic and unpretentious luxury country house atmosphere.

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. William Butler Yeats.

What's Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in a 700 year old historic Manor ,set on over a thousand acres with a private lake.
  • Meals and snacks
  • Tours to some of the most mystical places on the Wild Atlantic way.
  • Yoga classes and hikes.

What's Not Included

Flights and airport transfers.

Venue Highlights

Half a mile of avenue meandering through mature parkland brings you to Temple House, its lush green grass maintained in perfect order with the assistance of sixteen hundred sheep and their lambs. Fine old trees provide the flock with a measure of shade on hot days and, in all directions, there is a screen formed by the natural woods that cover more than half the area of this impressive estate.

Temple House, a luxury Country House in county Sligo, Ireland, is a classical Georgian manor set in a private estate of over 1,000 acres, overlooking a 13th century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar. The Perceval family home since 1665, the present manor was redesigned in 1864 and enjoys the authentic and unpretentious luxury country house atmosphere.


Superior Twin Room - Twins
A charming twin room with 2 of everything because two close sisters used to share this room a long time ago. Gorgeous half tester beds with comfy mattresses make you feel very special.

Room Amenities
Full choice breakfast
2 over sized single beds
Free WiFi
Luxury VOYA organic toiletries
En suite bathroom with separate bath and shower
Tea and coffee tray


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free


Start with Irish apple juice and smooth pure orange juice. Perhaps you prefer to ease yourself in to the day with strong French press ground coffee or freshly brewed loose leaf tea.

Choose from our homemade granola, rhubarb compote from the walled garden, Greek style Irish yogurt, a range of fruits and selection of traditional cereals. Home made brown soda bread is a real favorite too.Menus are seasonal and vary each day – this is a sample
We take great care to source our ingredients as locally as possible, often mere metres from the dining room. We offer a set menu but are always pleased to cater for dietary requirements with advance notice.


Daily flights from most north American cities daily.
Scheduled Transportation is available to Temple house.

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