API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Dublin programs. All excursions are subject to change.
THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC. Edinburgh’s streets are steeped in history and are home to the Scottish Parliament, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.
RING OF KERRY & DINGLE
The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest. There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed! Dingle is renowned for its landscape panoramic views and also for the warmth of its people. It is a small fishing village with many castle ruins, ancient monuments and archaeological sites.
Barcelona is home to a remarkable cultural energy, unique cuisine and fiercely individual spirit. The glorious modernist architecture (Art Nouveau) studs the city streets and avenues, and is mainly represented by the various works by Antoni Gaudí including the Sagrada Familia Church. The city also boasts an artistic legacy, from important Romanesque and Gothic works to major galleries.
KILLKENNY CASTLE AND CITY TOUR
As a Medieval city, Kilkenny has maintained its historical allure and architectural grandeur for tourists around the world. Nestled on the river Nore, Kilkenny is a medley of cathedrals, monasteries, defensive Norman walls, castle turrets and bridges all strung together with winding medieval alleyways. Nicknamed the “Marble City” after their well-polished, limestone pavements that glisten on a wet day, the city is renowned for its beauty. Winning the title of city over 400 years ago, Kilkenny still retains the charm of a provincial town, but has strong ecclesiastical roots and is home to the Butler Family’s Castle. A trip to kilkenny requires a visit to this prominent and noble city structure. The castle was built in 1195 as a Norman settlement and symbol of occupation and was originally a wooden structure, but now the stronghold is a stone fortress of four large circular towers and a massive ditch, whose ownership was transferred to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 for 50 pounds. These tenacious people have gained the nickname “the Cats” across the land of Ireland due to their fighting spirit in the traditional Irish sport of Hurling, which has won them the most all Ireland finals out of any county. Kilkenny has a lot to offer visitors and tourists alike with fantastic restaurants, hotels and pubs scattered all over the town and superbly preserved and valued history. It is no wonder that Kilkenny remains one of the top day trips from Dublin.
Belfast offers the buzz and vibrancy of a capital city whilst being a gateway to the rural retreat of Northern Ireland. The students will spend the weekend enjoying many facets of the areas attractions while learning about the significance of the city throughout Irish and world history. Students can marvel at the beauty of Giant’s Causeway and test their mettle crossing the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. The birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast’s industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture. Students will spend an afternoon exploring the interactive, award winning Titanic Experience museum, with many hidden surprises and memorabilia from the ill fated vessel. No visit to Belfast would be complete without a tour of West Belfast. Students will take a walking tour with local guides who will explain the complicated history of the North Irish conflict from both sides of the divide. Students will have to chance to question the issues and discuss the Peace Process with those who have helped to shape and develop it.accessible.