Photo by: Dan Anderson
Location: Giants Causeway Northern Ireland
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Northern Ireland

  • Nine days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader Kathy Adams Clark, and local Irish guide.
  • Photograph 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

June 22-Jul 1 2020

Duration

9 days

$3795

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 5 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 Kathy Adams Clark. Although the tour begins and ends in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 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,...

Explore and photograph Northern Ireland on this unique photo tour with Kathy Adams Clark. Although the tour begins and ends in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 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

Kathy Adams Clark

The trip was well organized, we covered an amazing amount of ground, and we never felt pressured. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to others. Your guides were very knowledgeable about the places visited and accommodating to our interests and needs. Both photo leader and local guide were a 10 out of 10.

— Steve & Nancy Parker

This was our first trip to Ireland. Staying in one location and venturing out on a daily basis made everything convenient. Highly recommended to continue that format. The trip included the right amount of activity and plenty of time to take photographs and to receive additional helpful instruction from leaders.The guide and leader – could be none better. The driver was absolutely terrific as well. The hotels were a 10 out of 10!!!

— P Dodson

Kathy was able to teach and coach each member of the tour at their level of their photographic skill. She is warm, supportive and incredibly knowledgeable. This has been the “trip of a lifetime” for me!!The entire trip was more than I hoped, and I hoped for a lot. If I would try to isolate what made the trip, it would be experiencing and getting a glimpse of Ireland.

— R. Biskynis

Kathy has great patience and tolerance with students. Olcan is excellent host and source of information.

— M. Gray

My tour to Ireland opened my eyes to new and wonderful experiences I never thought possible.

— Randy S.

Tour Itinerary

June 22: Home- Belfast

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

June 23-24: 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)

June 25-26: 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)

June 27-29: Giants Causeway - Antrim Coast

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)  

June 30: 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)

July 1: 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)