The field school accommodation alternates between staying at the Doonmore Hotel on Inishbofin and camping while we are excavating on Inishark. The Doonmore Hotel is a small family operated hotel that was awarded numerous Travelers’ Choice Awards by Tripadvisor as one of the best bargain hotels in Ireland.
On Inishbofin at the Doonmore Hotel
- Staff and students house in separate male and female rooms with 2-3 female or male students in each room.
- Each student will have an individual bed and a shared bathroom with hot showers.
- All meals are taken at the Doonmore Hotel, with students being offered a wide-range of selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Laboratory research takes place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with a break for lunch and tea.
On Inishark during excavation
- Staff and students stay in high quality backpacking tents, two students in each tent, supplied by the project.
- All meals are prepared by Linda Martellaro, an outstanding cook, who provides a range of fantastic foods to meet all needs.
- Meals are prepared and served underneath an open-air rain shelter, but on normal days, we eat outside of St. Leo’s Church.
- Excavations take place from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a break for lunch. On extremely wet days we adjust working hours to avoid the rain.
- With the exception our time on Inishbofin, during the excavation on Inishark we work, live and camp outdoors.
- As a field camp in a remote location there are no showers on Inishark. All water and food is brought in from the mainland.
- Students need to bring their own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, suitable water-proof clothing, footwear, and clothing to wear at work and around camp.
- Project members thrive in this environment and its sense of adventure.
Living in this stunning location require being mentally prepared to camp in rain and sun, often in the same day.