Photo by: Dan Anderson
Location: Ireland



Ireland County Mayo to Dingle County Kerry

  • 9 days with accomplished photo tour leader.
  • Photograph the quiet side of Ireland ~ County Mayo, and spectacular land and seascapes of the Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare and Dingle in County Kerry.
  • Tour limited to 12 passengers.
  • Accommodations are in a hotel and spa just outside of Westport, in County Clare you will be based on Kilkee Bay, and in a traditional Gaelic town on the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Experience old world Ireland, away from the more touristic locations.
  • Everyone has ensuite accommodations. Discount available for non-waterfront rooms while in Westport.
  • Relaxed & flexible itinerary to make the most of the opportunities that come your way.





May 7-18, 2024


11 days


per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $300 if 6-7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $645.

Tour Overview

You will begin in County Mayo, what we call the quieter side of Ireland. Your home base is just outside the Town of Westport, which was voted Ireland’s Tidiest Little Town three times. This honor or award was designed to promote the most attractive, cities, towns, and villages of Ireland. From your home base you will explore Croagh Patrick, Achill Island, a famine village, abbey’s, lochs, and of course the local pubs.


You will begin in County Mayo, what we call the quieter side of Ireland. Your home base is just outside the Town of Westport, which was voted Ireland’s Tidiest Little Town three times. This honor or award was designed to promote the most attractive, cities, towns, and villages of Ireland. From your home base you will explore Croagh Patrick, Achill Island, a famine village, abbey’s, lochs, and of course the local pubs.

Travel further south along the Wild Atlantic Way and explore some of Dan’s favorite photo locations and villages. Your next stay will be near Kilkee Bay, County Clare. You’ll drive along the Atlantic Coast, capturing the immense landscape, naturally formed bridges, cliffs, and the Loop Head Lighthouse.

Next take a ferry across the River Shannon, making your way to the Dingle Peninsula. A remote finger of pure countryside, it is a magical place. It has mountains, rugged coastline, small towns of character, and a remarkable concentration of prehistoric and early Christian monuments. You explore the unspoiled colorful villages, stonewalls, white cottages, and the dramatic coastline.

You will enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or you can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for your daily excursions in the field. Transportation is provided in a roomy tour van, which is large enough for both the group and your equipment.

Photo Leader

Dan Anderson

Highlight: Giant’s Causeway at day break. Your local guide is very knowledgeable about many areas of Ireland (locations, history, geology, plants etc.). I would happily travel with them again and will be recommending to my friends.I had a great time on this trip. The other tour members were fabulous, and the photo leader was also a 10 out of 10.

— Kay Fluhler

I enjoyed all of the places we visited and welcomed the free time to explore on my own as well as the time spent with the group. The local guide was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Ireland & shared it in an interesting and informative way. I enjoy learning about the places I visit not just the taking photographs of them. Photo instructions was just right.

— J Procell

The Giant’s Causeway was the highlight for me. Guides did fantastic job of getting us there at sunrise, with nobody else around. We stayed for over 2 hours after the sun camp up, with still nobody else to get in our shots.Photo leader and local guide were both outstanding, picked great locations. They are always available for advice/information/tips/suggestions etc. Could not have done any better, friendly, flexible and knowledgeable.

— R & C Cole

Dan was very helpful in photography and more, I learned a lot from the experience with him and from the other participants. Dan was also very gracious in responding to my many emails about photo equipment

— J. Meznarich

Dan made himself available to everyone based on their own needs. I wanted to let you know what a fantastic time I had with Dan and your tour group. All of the information I received from Strabo prepared me well for the experience – I have nothing but compliments for all the coordination you did to make everything flow smoothly.

— D. Pollack

Tour Itinerary

May 7: Home

Your journey to Ireland begins with an overnight flight from the U.S. to Shannon Airport, Ireland.

May 8-11: Shannon - Westport

You will be met at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport and driven north to Westport, on the shores of Clew Bay. Depending on the time of year there may be an opportunity for the group to photograph the sunset over Clew Bay.

Each day you will visit some of these typical areas from your home base. There is no possible way to visit all of them, so your tour leader and guide will plan each day considering the interests of the group. The evenings can be spent over photographic discussions in the hotel or at a music session in town. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the many Irish pubs in Westport. They abound with traditional Irish music every evening of the week.

Visit Ballintubber Abbey, or Baile Tobair Padraig, in Irish. It is one of the oldest Abbeys in Ireland dating back to the twelfth century, named for the natural spring nearby, where St. Patrick baptized his first Irish converts. After working for a few hours in and around the Abbey you can photograph the ruins of Moore Hall, a Georgian mansion destroyed during the war of independence. Later in the afternoon, photograph Castle Bourke, on the shores of Lough Carra.

 Westport and the Village of Newport, both capture the flavor of true Irish towns with their tree- lined canals and colorful shops. Both capture the flavor of true Irish towns with their tree-lined canals and colorful shops. After a stop in Westport, drive to Murrisk Abbey, at the foot of Ireland’s Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick. Later in the day you will be at the ocean on the west coast of Mayo at a remote rocky shore called Barnabawn Point. Your last stop of the day will be at Tully House, a private residence at the end of a quarter mile tree-lined avenue. There is an old mill along the Bunowen River, a short walk from the house.

Another day spend the morning photographing in and around the town of Cong. Photo locations include Ashford Castle, Cong Abbey, the forest, and river, as well as the town itself. After lunch you will have the opportunity to photograph an area of rolling hill, sheep, and a myriad of stonewall, on a hillside flowing down to Lough Corrib. The picturesque village of Cong was the setting for John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara’s film The Quiet Man. The King of Connacht founded the abbey ruins in the twelfth century. In 1198 the last High King of Ireland died in the abbey.

Driving north today, your first stop will be along the ocean on the Atlantic drive in Mulranny. After lunch on Achill Island, continue photographing along the ocean, and wind up at the deserted famine village at Keel. Achill Island,wrought by wind and water, is an arrangement of rock, cloud, and cliffs falling off to the sea. (B each day, first evening D)

May 12-13: Loop Head Peninsula, County Clare

Driving south today you will have photographic stops along the way to County Clare. Dan has his favorites and he’ll work with your Irish guide and driver to find the best at just the right time. Your destination for the next two evenings is Kilkee, on the Loop Head Peninsula. Bound on one side by the Shannon Estuary and on the other by the awesome power of the Atlantic Ocean, Loop Head has always been defined by its relationship with the water. As you drive south from Kilkee and embark on the famous drive, you’ll encounter dramatic cliffs, turbulent seascapes, and story-filled historic sites.

Drive to the very tip of the peninsula and you’ll come to the imposing Loop Head Lighthouse. There’s been a lighthouse on this site for well over 300 years; this one dates from 1854 and is open to the public. Take the guided tour and you’ll find yourself on the balcony, 75 feet above the ground, braced against the Atlantic winds as you marvel at the views.

Nearby, you might notice the E-I-R-E marked on a grassy clifftop in large white letters. This is a relic from World War II, when the writing was used to alert pilots that they were entering neutral air space. Overnight Kilkee (B, D; B)

May 14-16: Dingle Peninsula

You will take a brief ferry ride across the River Shannon, traveling to County Kerry and the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula. The peninsula thrusts out into the Atlantic, claiming Ireland’s most westerly point. Here, majestic hills soar over vast bowls of unspoiled valleys, glittering mountain streams tumble down to lakes, hints of spring flowers have begun to burst, and soft, golden beaches stretch for miles.

The region boasts of some 2000 prehistoric and early Christian remains. We make our way along the lovely Slea Head Drive, looking out onto the resplendent Blasket Islands, offering us a grand land and seascape. There will be photographic opportunities as we will be overwhelmed with Iron Age and early Christian rocks and ruins. Clustered on hillsides over the cliffs are beehive-shaped stone huts built by monks as a place of worship. The Town of Dingle has a lovely harbor and painted storefronts which will delight your senses. You will be overnighting in a much quieter town working hard to retain their Gaelic culture and language. Overnight Dingle Peninsula (B, D; B; B)

May 17: Shannon

Enjoy an early morning photography shoot around town, or a bit more exploring of Dingle after breakfast. You will make your way toward Shannon today with photo ops along the way. Perhaps a stop at Askeaton Friary, it is situated on the east bank of the River Deel, to the north of the small Limerick town of Askeaton. Here, its impressive ensemble of buildings creates a dramatic impact on the landscape. Reach your accommodations at Shannon late this afternoon. After checking in you can use the time to re-pack for flights home tomorrow or enjoy a bit more time together in the hotel pub. Overnight Shannon (B, L or D)

May 18: Shannon - Home

You can depart at any time today as the airport is a five-minute walk, and there are luggage carts for your use. (B)