Photo by: Brenda Tharp
Location: Ireland
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Ireland Southwest Photo Tour Light and Landscape

  • Photography instruction with accomplished tour leaders Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring.
  • Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.
  • Dramatic coastlines of Beara, Inveragh, and Dingle Peninsulas.
  • Sunrise light on the picturesque lakeside Gougane Barra Priory.
  • Portmagee, Dingle Town and other colorful fishing villages.
  • Weather permitting boat trip to Skellig Michael to photograph the Christian monastery and beehive shaped huts.
  • An evening or two in traditional Irish pubs with live music.
  • Flexible itinerary to make the most of photo opportunities that come our way. *Those wanting to fly home 16th, reduced rates listed in Additional Notes section.
Region

Europe

Destination

Ireland and Northern Ireland

Dates

June 6-18, 2020

Duration

12 days

$4895

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 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 $795.

Tour Overview

Explore and photograph Southwest Ireland on this unique photo tour with Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring. You will travel south to Killarney in County Kerry and continue on to the rich landscapes and dramatic coastline of the Beara, Dingle, and Inveragh peninsulas. Each presents endless photographic opportunities including beaches, cliffs, colorful painted fishing villages, quaint harbors, and smiling faces. It wouldn’t be a trip to Ireland with out going to the local pubs after dinner for traditional...

Explore and photograph Southwest Ireland on this unique photo tour with Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring. You will travel south to Killarney in County Kerry and continue on to the rich landscapes and dramatic coastline of the Beara, Dingle, and Inveragh peninsulas. Each presents endless photographic opportunities including beaches, cliffs, colorful painted fishing villages, quaint harbors, and smiling faces. It wouldn’t be a trip to Ireland with out going to the local pubs after dinner for traditional Irish music. Included with Brenda and Jed is Western Ireland. Doolin is a magical town that sits just outside a wondrous landscaped area called ‘The Burren’. It’s a karst landscape of bedrock incorporating a vast cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites. Continue your photography on the lesser-known Loop Head Peninsula. Experience incredible land and seascapes from the Bridges of Ross to the Loop Head Lighthouse.

For those departing on their own June 16th the land cost will be reduced $210 per person in double occupancy or $340 for single travelers. You would then be missing the Burren and Loophead Peninsula with your guides. Contact Strabo Tours for any questions.

Photo Leader

Brenda Tharp

Photo Leader

Jed Manwaring

Tour Itinerary

June 6: Home

Your journey to Ireland begins with an overnight flight from the U.S./Canada to Shannon (SNN), Ireland. (meals on plane)

June 7-8: Beara Peninsula

The majority of flights land quite early in Shannon. You will need to arrive by 9AM. If your airline of choice arrives after that we can recommend a choice of hotels you can stay at and arrive one day early. Your local Irish guide will meet you at the Shannon Airport (time to be announced) to begin your journey south to a lovely town along the less frequented Beara peninsula.

Beara is the peninsula south of the famous Ring of Kerry. Quieter and more relaxed, you will be away from the crowds and experience Ireland as it was meant to be. Photograph the rugged Atlantic coast while traveling across the Healy pass and photograph the colorful village of Allihies. Overnight Beara (D, B)

June 9: Gougane Barra

After enjoying another day on Beara or further south continue on to the Gougane Barra Forest Park. This is not a place tourist buses go to, it is a place of natural beauty, meant to be experienced at just the right light. Brenda and Jed’s fingers will be crossed that you have just the right light this evening for sunset in the park and tomorrow morning to photograph reflections of St. Finbarr’s Oratory on the lovely lake island it sits on. Overnight Ballingeary (B, D)

June 10-11: Killarney-Portmagee-Ring of Kerry

Rise early this morning if the weather cooperates as sunrise is at 5. After your photography session this morning return to the hotel for breakfast. Leaving Gougane behind, we travel onward. You may stop in Killarney National Park where you find Ross Castle with colorful rowboats and a stop in town for additional architecture and time for those that would like to do a bit of shopping. Your next adventure takes you to the Inveragh Peninsula and the colorful fishing village of Portmagee, your home base for the next two evenings. From Portmagee, again weather permitting travel via boat to Skellig Michael, a wonderful experience to document with your own vision the historic monastery and beehive shaped cones. It is quite a hike up and not for the faint of heart to these amazing ruins, but don’t be concerned if you feel you cannot make the climb, there are so many things to photograph on the island. If the winds and waters don’t cooperate this morning, Brenda, Jed and your local guide have many options available.

The monks from Skellig Islands moved their priory to Ballinskeligs in the mid twelfth century and dedicated it to St. Michael. It’s a beautiful setting that looks out over the bay. Sunset photography at Geokaun Mountain or Fogher Cliffs on Valentia Island is breathtaking. There is also a lighthouse at Cromwells Point. Overnight Portmagee (B, D; B)

June 12-14: Dingle Peninsula

After a morning photo shoot in Portmagee we continue through County Kerry, to the Dingle Peninsula, which 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, summer hedgerows blaze with fuchsias, and soft, golden beaches stretch for miles. It has mountains, rugged coastline, and small towns with traditional Gaelic character.

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 many photographic opportunities including 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 will delight your senses. Overnight Ballyferriter (B, D; B; B, D)

PLEASE NOTE OPTION TO FLY HOME 16TH
Those who cannot continue on to The Burren and County Clare, exploring and additional photography instruction with Brenda and Jed will overnight June 15th at the Radisson Park Inn for flights home tomorrow. It is located within walking distance of the Shannon Airport, your return flight can be anytime on June 16th. See reduced rates under General Information.

June 15-16: Doolin-County Clare-The Burren

After breakfast, we will pack up and depart north, with photography opportunities as you make your way towards County Clare. Doolin is a quaint Irish town nestled near the Cliffs of Moher, actually it is walking distance to the walking trail for the cliffs. Enjoy two evenings in this area photographing the Burren with Brenda and Jed. Very different from earlier landscapes you have been exposed to thus far, but just as photogenic. Poulnabrone dolem is close by as well, a megalithic tomb or portal. Overnight DOOLIN  (B, D; B)  

June 17: Loop Head Peninsula-Shannon

After sunrise photography in the Doolin area, we return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast. Depart late morning on the coastal route to Loop Head Peninsula. This is another less traveled area of Ireland with breathtaking cliffs and rock formations. Given time you will return to Shannon and have time to photograph a beautiful Abbey and cemetery before your local guide leaves you at the airport hotel. Overnight Shannon Airport Hotel (B)

June 18: Shannon – U.S.

After breakfast this morning, say good-bye to your new friends and board your flight for home. (B)