Photo by: Olaf Willoughby
Location: Northern Ireland
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Northern Ireland-Live It, Love It, Shoot It

  • ~ Nine days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader, and local Irish guide.
  • ~ Photograph the Belfast, and the walled city of Londonderry/Derry, with it’s award winning designed bridge at sunset.
  • ~ The remote, romantic peninsula of Donegal with fishing villages, lighthouses and immense beaches.
  • ~ World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway with basalt formations, Carrick-a-Rede Island and rope bridge, and the Dark Hedges (HBO’s Game of Thrones) of the Antrim Coast.
  • ~ Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.
  • ~ Enjoy traditional Irish musicians at the local pubs.
  • ~ Relaxed and flexible itinerary to make the most of the photo opportunities that come our way.
Region

Europe

Destination

Ireland and Northern Ireland

Dates

April 26-May 5 2020

Duration

9 days

$3795

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $300 if 5-8 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 $595.

Tour Overview

Explore and photograph Northern Ireland on this unique photo tour with your photo leader. Although the tour begins and ends in Belfast, the itinerary also encompasses the Donegal Peninsula of Ireland. It is good to know that visitors can freely travel by road between Ireland and Northern Ireland without any concerns other than having some Sterling & Euro currencies with you. The six counties of Northern Ireland emerged from the shadow of The Troubles some time ago, and now it’s actually...

Explore and photograph Northern Ireland on this unique photo tour with your photo leader. Although the tour begins and ends in Belfast, the itinerary also encompasses the Donegal Peninsula of Ireland. It is good to know that visitors can freely travel by road between Ireland and Northern Ireland without any concerns other than having some Sterling & Euro currencies with you. The six counties of Northern Ireland emerged from the shadow of The Troubles some time ago, and now it’s actually difficult to know when you have even crossed the border. This photo tour itinerary of the Donegal Peninsula, Londonderry, the Glen’s of Antrim, & Giant’s Causeway opens up the discerning photographer to a combination of seascapes, landscapes, culture, and ancient ruins. Donegal forms the northwestern corner of Ireland, and is probably the least explored. Visit the fishing port of Killybegs, Slieve League and Glencolumbkille, an exceptionally peaceful and haunting place. The peninsula provides ample opportunity for documentary photography amidst these charming villages. Northern Ireland boasts one world heritage site, the world’s oldest distillery, historic ruined castles, and some of the most amazing landscape images. Your guides will navigate you to be at the right place at the right light. This is sure to be an unforgettable journey through the splendor that is all of Northern Ireland. If you wish to extend your stay to explore Belfast further on your own, please contact Strabo Tours and we would be pleased to offer some accommodation suggestions.

Photo Leader

Nancy Ori

This was a wonderful trip to Ireland. Loved the different locations – city and countryside – that we encountered along the way from Dublin to Dingle. Our local guide was amazing. His knowledge of Irish history and its topography knows no bounds. Our photography guide, Nancy Ori, and Strabo’s owner, Jacque Steedle, round out this amazing trip which made the photography tour possible.

— M Menago

Hi Jacque. I made it home from Ireland. I just wanted to say again how wonderful the trip was. I enjoyed every place we visited, stayed over night and photographed. I especially like that you arranged for such good weather! I thought the group of people were very nice and easy to get along with, as was our drive and guide. Thanks for all the time and effort that you put into this trip. I really appreciate it.

— K Curtis

Last week was truly an experience of a lifetime and I can’t thank you enough for all the thought, planning, commitment, heart and soul that you and the others gave to putting the program together.  You went over and above to create an amazing, fun, memorable and truly unique experience.   This trip brought me much joy, positive energy, inner peace and photographic knowledge. I had an absolute ball!  Absolutely loved all the direct interaction with the people.  This aspect truly differentiates your workshop from a typical trip and made it a very personal, connected and memorable experience.  

— Janis

Nancy, that was a great trip. The work that you put into it was very apparent from the variety of experiences we had and the number of people we met. My favorite parts were spending the whole week based in one place and getting a sense of what life is like for the people who live there. Another plus, in my opinion, was the amount of time spent and the subjects covered in lessons. As a “point and shooter”, I  felt that what was being taught was interesting and relevant, even though I did not have the capability of implementing some of the suggestions. 

— Iris L.

Tour Itinerary

April 26: Home - Belfast

Your journey to Ireland begins with an overnight flight from the home to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

April 27-28: Belfast - Londonderry/Derry

Majority of flights land by 2PM, should your airline of choice land later in Belfast, please contact Strabo Tours as you may have to fly in one day early. Your tour begins as you depart Belfast Airport, traveling northwest towards Londonderry (Ireland) or Derry (referred to by those from Northern Ireland). The city walls have never been breached, you will explore the city sites as well as the outskirts. The Peace Bridge has become an icon of the city as it crosses the Foyle River. Guildhall represents amazing architecture with stunning stained-glass windows. From our accommodations, weather and the right light permitting you will have a photo stop along the North Coast, which is actually in County Donegal at either the Fanad Head or Stroove Lighthouse. Both provide breathtaking views along the coast. Overnight Londonderry (D; B)

April 29-30: Donegal Peninsula

After breakfast the group will depart for the Donegal Peninsula. Donegal is known as a lesser-known region, untouched and crying out for exploration. Nature abounds from the sheer granite walls of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League, but there is warmth and wit to be found among the vibrant, Irish speaking communities. Given time you will travel to the immense beach at Inishowen. This journey will lift your spirits and present huge panoramas that will look different from every segment of the road we travel. Bright azure skies appear next to blue gray, shafts of rain, which bolt sea and sky together. Donegal Bay majestically swoops towards you, with its quaint fishing villages and harbors. Overnight Donegal Peninsula (B, D; B)

May 1-3: Antrim Coast - Giant's Causeway

Return to Northern Ireland today as you drive along the North Coast past Londonderry. There will be a photo stop along dramatic coastline near the circular Mussenden Temple, perched on a cliff edge high above Downhill Beach. The Hezlett House may provide another photo opportunity, a picturesque late 17th century thatched cottage. A bit east is the Dunluce Castle. One of the jewels on the route, this breathtaking castle ruin has inspired artists and writers such as C.S. Lewis. It is perched dramatically on the cliffs of the North Antrim Coast. Early the next morning you will need a flashlight as you head to the Giant’s Causeway. Not to be missed on any itinerary is this geological wonder which gives the route its name. The Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, famously steeped in myth and legend. Legend has it that it was built by Finn MacCool to reach a Scottish giant, when he was challenged to a fight. Other photo opportunities present themselves at the remote Murlough Bay, Carrick-a-Rede Island and bridge originally built by Salmon fishermen. There are several quaint villages, which can be explored such as Portballintrae, Ballintoy, the hamlet of Portbradden with one of the smallest in Ireland, and perhaps the friary at Bonamargy. Your last day here will be another early morning photo shoot at the Dark Hedges. The dark hedges of the HBO Game of Thrones series is an iconic archway of intertwining beech trees that has become one of Northern Ireland’s most photographed natural phenomena. You will arrive very early to avoid the later day crowds. Traveling to the East today explore Torr Head and photograph the quaint village of Cushendun. Nestled at the foot of Glendun, one of the nine Glens of Antrim. Later in the day you will need to take a break at the heart of Northern Ireland – the oldest working distillery, Bushmill’s. The finest Irish whiskeys have been produced here for over 400 years. Overnight Ballycastle (B, D; B)

May 4: Belfast

Before returning to Belfast this afternoon, there will be photo ops at Carrickfergus Castle. Discover one of the most imposing monuments and one of Ireland’s best-preserved medieval structures. After checking into the hotel, enjoy a brief break before exploring and photographing the City of Belfast with your guides. Photograph the famous murals, historical buildings such as the Titanic, Parliament, and Belfast Castle. Given the right weather conditions Castlereagh Hills or Cavehill may have spectacular views. Enjoy your farewell dinner before returning to the hotel. Overnight Belfast (B, D)

May 5: Belfast - Home

After breakfast this morning, say good-bye to your new friends, transfer to the airport (time to be announced) and board your flights home. (B)