Ireland Road Trip 2024

A once in a life time trip to the Emerald Isle.

Date: 3 Sep 2024

Price: £950

We’re going to Ireland, folks and I can’t wait. This is a once in a life time trip that will see us taking on Dublin, to my family home town in Kilnaleck. From there, we’re off to Galway for the live music before finishing up with a tour up stunning West coast.

This trip is one of our most ambitious and wide ranging yet. We have a gorgeous home to enjoy in Dublin, a stunning hotel to saunter around in Kilnaleck and an extra beautiful home/semi mansion to look forward to in Galway. Throughout, we have our own bus and driver and in Kilnaleck we’re hosting what I’m going to describe as the first ever Guitar Social festival as occupy the village from which I came and its one solitary pub for a night of live music like no other.

Price: £950* this includes all workshops, transport, accommodation with morning breakfasts with the exception of the hotel in Kilnaleck where breakfast is paid for by the individual-otherwise, its a pot noodle in your hotel room-the coastal tour and a place on a holiday that you’re grandchildren’s grandchildren will be talking about when their describing their cool great great grandparents on a spaceship in about 100 years time.

*You can spread this cost over 12 months in 3 payments. If you are able to pay in full you will receive 20% off of your next Guitar Social course or 10% off of your next Guitar Social retreat. Email for further information.

Where you’ll sleep: In Dublin and Galway you will be in shared rooms. In Kilnaleck you will have your own room. People are matched empathetically on all Guitar Social retreats. For example, if you have a single bed in Dublin, you will probably have a double bed in Galway, and, if you’re 21 and female, you will be in a room with similar people. Likewise, if you’re 81 and male, you’ll be in a room with other such legends.

We spend very little time in our accommodation. We do workshops there in the morning and typically return home late. Furthermore, we only secure the very best of what is on offer in any given location with our accommodation. Where we stay is where most of the budget goes. The feedback on our choice of homes is always very high.

The reason The Guitar Social can do retreats all over the world at low prices is because people share, and, after ten years, you can be sure you will be secured in a bed a room that fits your needs.

The itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Dublin at 1pm and head to our sprawling city centre pad to drop off our bags, toast our arrival and then head out for some food.   The late afternoon sees us back at the accommodation for a collective jam through some Irish standards, then, back out to catch some traditional live music at The Cobble Stone Pub and likely, many others. 

Day 2 Chef Thomas is cooking up some Irish Bubble and Squeak for breakfast served with a workshop on Celtic Punk.  Later, we will be heading to the Irish Rock and Roll Museum Experience*. The afternoon is for exploring Dublins street scene and shops and the evening is a pub crawl taking in four of the top ten Irish music pubs in central Dublin.

*Entrance is not included in the price.

Day Three- Kilnaleck- A mini Guitar Social festival in a one pub village

Day 3 We’ll be getting picked up in a private bus to take the two hour drive to our four star hotel in Kilnaleck which happens to be the village where some of my family are from. 

After a 90 minute workshop on traditional Irish music in the conference room, lunch is served with a view over the lake.  A quick Whiskey, and then its a mile walk down to the Village where our evenings festivities begin. 

There’s  just one pub in Kilnaleck and the whole village has been told we’re coming. I’ve hired a traditional band that welcomes audience participation. I played with them last November and had a blast. Some of my family will be there, including uncle Pete with his accordion, my second cousin the Elvis impersonator and a distant relative that as the seventh son of a seventh son has magical powers which sounds unlikely, but by all accounts, is probably true. 

The night ends when the final song is played. I’m yet to figure out how we get back to hotel but I am gunning for a lift in a cart on the back of a tractor. 

Day four and five- Kilnaleck to Galloway via the Cliffs of Moher, Burin with a stop in Doolin

Day 4 Breakfast and then back on the bus for a two hour lush and green journey to Galloway. After dropping off our bags and settling into our new home, lunch is at The Quay Street Kitchen followed by a walk around the Medieval end of town.  The afternoon is reserved for drinks and songs at the accommodation. Later, we’re back out on the street to participate in some traditional pub jams. 

Day 5 Early morning workshop on contemporary Irish music.  Then, we’re heading out on a private tour of the cliffs of Moher and Burren. Our first stop is the majestic Dungaire Castle, which sits proudly over Galway Bay. We then roll through the Burren Region to arrive at the Allwee Cave. Once emerged and back in the light we will stand  a while on the cliffs of Moher, and reflect on an incredible holiday. In the not too far distance, 30, 000 birds comprised of 20 different species singing songs just for you. 

Lunch in Doolin before driving by the wild Atlantic way on our way home. 

The evening is one final dash across Galloway City in search of live music.

From the Guitar Social Community

Thanks to The Guitar Social , I am living my dream after years of longing to play the guitar but feeling too scared to go for it. I am loving it. The classes are so enjoyable.
Beverley, Birmingham
The lessons are great fun, the resources are excellent and I’m learning more than ever before. On top of that, there are loads of opportunities to get together and play with other students. Best guitar lessons I’ve ever had.
Stevie, London
The class is run by a group who really understand the principles of learning and the reasons for doing it! Also we are given sensible and realistic targets and outcomes coupled with very helpful practice schedules.
Lindsay, London
The Guitar Social is unique, vibrant, edgy, always fun and uplifting. Where else could I get top quality guitar teaching alongside a jam in the park, fun Zoom guitar based games or an inspiring and sociable camping trip.
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Nicola Cortese
Nicola Cortese
03/02/2022
I started a course in Jan as a beginner with Thomas and I can already play 5 songs!.. with simple chords :) both Thomas and Fiona are really lovely and they really know how to teach whilst having fun! I'd highly recommend dropping at one of their Thursday's open mic! Tons of fun and talent for free!!!
Jonny Pollard
Jonny Pollard
02/02/2022
Very friendly learning environment, was a bit nervous to play with a group having not played socially for many years, but it was super relaxed, and I learnt a lot in the first session. Looking forward to the next session!
Adam J
Adam J
01/02/2022
Had a great time tonight! I joined on to the beginners course a couple weeks late, but Fiona was great at running me up to speed before the class. Tom was a great instructor, and managed to get us to cover lots of ground in a short space of time. The group was super freindly and relaxed, and im looking forward to going back next week!
Jakub Špaček
Jakub Špaček
01/02/2022
Having played guitar in my past within academic environment I have to say The Guitar Social club opened my eyes with their amazing and vibrant atmosphere with company of great people. Lessons are really fun and easy to follow. Feel really motivate just after few classes and my connection to the instrument greatly improved!
Paula Smith
Paula Smith
31/01/2022
Unbelievably great, not kidding.
Marcella Puppini
Marcella Puppini
31/01/2022
This exactly what I was hoping it would be. A fun and engaging way of learning a new instrument at a lovely venue, with great people and great teaching. Thoroughly recommended.
hashtagobi
hashtagobi
31/01/2022
Only been going 2 weeks but it's a great environment with good pacing throughout the lessons. The community is quite helpful + open to learn so it's really a great space for anyone wanting to hone their guitar chops!
Kevin S.
Kevin S.
27/01/2022
Is it a guitar school? A social events group? A music workshop for all ages and abilities? An open, non-judgemental route to performing? A holiday club that includes jamming on guitars around the campfire? Well–it's all these and more. The Guitar Social is built around founder & lead tutor Thomas (plus TGS Business Director, Fiona, originally one of its earliest students). Patient and passionate, Thomas and his relaxed, friendly temperament get the best from beginners to improvers and beyond. Personally for me, one core strength of The Guitar Social is that Thomas realises what most tutors and courses never do – we can all learn fast and well when we play whole songs together and discover as a group how to make them work. Thomas and TGS guest tutors will always tend to teach music theory for guitar, and focus too on scales, chord voicings, correct rhythm, licks, riffs, parts, soloing etc, but with a tendency to make it about the fun and learning gains when students jam together on great songs instead of staring at a white board and not playing much music. Jamming songs in similar or mixed ability groups helps TGS students become functioning musicians who have built useful real world skills and experience across many sessions similar to how working musicians rehearse and workshop songs. And you will have the opportunity to build live experience too if you wish – solo or with your term group or with others of your choice, in a safe, positive environment, with friendly fellow students as your audience. Never any pressure and just one example of where TGS delivers extra value. They are really worth trying. I haven't even done full justice here to all the different activities they do.
stu smith
stu smith
25/01/2022
The coolest club in London!
Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor
25/01/2022
I'm back for my second series of the Joy of the Jam. After not playing with others for over 30 years, these sessions are reminding me just how inspiring and enjoyable jamming can be. Thomas leads the sessions with huge enthusiasm and a great deal of humour. The support of his impressive musical knowledge is ever present - but this never gets in the way of our desire just have fun and be playing.
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