Come enjoy the rich culture and beautiful landscape of Ireland with Wingate family and friends!

Each year, Wingate University organizes a unique Alumni and Friends trip that offers a wonderful opportunity to see the world with others who share at least one thing in common: Their love of blue and gold.


Kilkenny Castle

In July of 2018, we invite you to join us on a nine-day trip to Ireland, with visits to the beautiful cities of Galway, Derry, and Dublin, among others. You will have the opportunity to explore the scenic beaches of Achill Island, enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting at the famous Mourne Seafood Cookery School, and tour the history-rich city of Kilkenny. As Ireland is known for its spirits, no trip would be complete without guided tours of the Walled City Brewery and the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

We’ve done all the planning; all you have to do is say yes to a great Wingate Alumni and Friends trip!



Our flight will depart from Charlotte-Douglas Airport on July 11, 2018, for the Dublin Airport, and return flights to Charlotte-Douglas Airport will depart on the morning of July 19, 2018, from the Dublin Airport.

How much

The cost for this year’s trip, including airfare, is $3,869 per person based on double occupancy.*
If you wish to have a single room, please email Brittany Bumgarner or call her at 704-233-8303 for pricing supplements.

If you would like to add trip protection to your purchase, the cost is $262 per person and will be administered through World Cultural Tours. To read more about what is covered under their policy and what isn’t, click here. Once you have made your initial deposit, you will have the opportunity to accept or decline trip protection.

*This trip total includes fuel surcharges and air taxes up to $500. These fluctuate and we will do our best to get the lowest rate possible. If fuel surcharges and air taxes exceed $500 per person at the time of booking, you will be notified of the difference and it will be added to the last payment in the schedule below.

Payment and Deadlines

June 1, 2017: $500 deposit per person due — to be accompanied by an official registration form and copy of passport
August 1, 2017: $700 per person due
November 10, 2017: $700 per person due
February 1, 2018: $700 per person due
April 10, 2018: Remaining balance (Including fuel surcharges & air taxes exceeding $500)

To make your first deposit and subsequent payments, please use our secure online form. Once you make your initial deposit, you will receive follow-up instructions from Brittany Bumgarner regarding the official registration paperwork and the submission of your passport copy.

You may also mail your first deposit (along with this form and a copy of your passport) and subsequent payments via check made payable to Wingate University to:

Brittany Bumgarner
Wingate University Alumni Relations
PO Box 159
Campus Box 3071
Wingate, NC 28174

The Itinerary

To see our detailed itinerary, please download the 2018 Alumni and Friends Ireland Trip Itinerary (PDF).

  • Day 1: Overnight transatlantic flight to Dublin, Ireland
  • Day 2: Arrive in Ireland- Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens- Galway
  • Day 3: Day excursion from Galway to Achill Island and Westport
  • Day 4: Depart Galway en route to Derry with stops along the way
  • Day 5: Derry/ Walled City Brewery Tour & Tasting
  • Day 6: Depart Derry en route to Dublin with cooking demonstration on the way
  • Day 7: Dublin/Trinity College tour/Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour & Tasting
  • Day 8: Day excursion from Dublin to Kilkenny
  • Day 9: Depart Dublin for Charlotte-Douglas Airport

For more information, or if you have questions about this amazing opportunity to connect with other alumni and friends of the University, please email Brittany Bumgarner.