Photo by: Dan Anderson
Location: Giants Causeway Northern Ireland
- Nine days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader Nancy Ori, 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.
May 20-29, 2024
per person, double occupancy*
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 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 $745.
Explore and photograph Northern Ireland on this unique photo tour. 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...
Explore and photograph Northern Ireland on this unique photo tour. 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.
The tour is open to all levels of photography and painting. It will focus on improving your photos from your camera or cell phone to your final work. Your guides will focus your time in-country getting you to the right places for good light and color; you can focus your time post trip on completing your vision of the subject matter. This is true for all artists whether that be in the format of a painting, photograph, or mixed media. We encourage a mix of painters and photographers, as they have much to learn from one another.
Like the work of English artist William Turner, you will be in search of beautiful light every day and evening. Turner is perhaps the best-loved English Romantic artist. He became known as the painter of light, because of his increasing interest in brilliant colors as the main constituent in his landscapes and seascapes. His works include watercolors, oils, and engravings of light-filled romantic settings of land, and seascapes.
This photo tour itinerary of the Donegal Peninsula, Londonderry, the Glen’s of Antrim, & Giant’s Causeway opens up the discerning artist 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.
May 20: Home- Belfast
Your journey to Ireland begins with an overnight flight from the home to *Belfast City Airport (BHD), Northern Ireland. If your airline flies in to Belfast International Airport, the taxi ride will be about 45 minutes.
May 21-22: 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)
May 23-24: 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 25-27: 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)
May 28: 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. Enjoy a bit of Belfast with your guides. Photograph the famous murals, historical buildings such as the Titanic, or Belfast Castle. Given the right weather conditions Castlereagh Hills or Cavehill may have spectacular views. Enjoy your farewell dinner at your hotel. Overnight Belfast (B, D)
May 29: Belfast - Home
You may wish to do this tour back-to-back with Nancy’s trip to England and the Lake District. There will be one group transfer to the airport (time to be announced) to board your flights home.