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Daily Itinerary

EMS Photo Adventures – May 9-19 2019

Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way” Adventure

EMS Photo Adventures in collaboration with Brack Tours, Ireland and USA


We will begin our Emerald Isle Adventure in Dublin where we will get our first taste of this warm and historic country. We will spend 2 nights in Dublin before heading west to Galway and the Wild Atlantic Way. We will have a chance to explore Galway City and following day visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

Next on the agenda is Clifden from where we will spend two days in the area to visit the photogenic Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Botanical Gardens and Connemara National Park. We continue our journey towards Castlebar but first we take the Killary Fjord Boat Tour; visit the beautiful village of Leenaun, and spend time at Glen Keen Sheep Farm for demonstrations of sheep herding and wool spinning.

What tour of Ireland would be complete without a stop at an Irish cemetery – Killeen Cemetery – followed by an afternoon at Rosserk Friary/Abbey built in 1460. We continue to Sligo where we are based for one night at Raddisson Blu Hotel and Spa. i

After a morning on picturesque Streedagh Strand, a long sandy beach with sand flats and salt marshes we will continue on to the fabulous Slieve League Cliffs, where you feel like you are standing on the very edge of the world. Our overnight stay is in Dungloe.

The following day we will take a morning flight from Donegal to Dublin where you will have time to explore Dublin’s Vibrant City before we have our farewell dinner.

And of course, there has been special time set aside for sessions with Essdras to share his photos and review those you wish to share.

To see the amazing photographic possibilities, see Essdras’ “Ireland Portfolio” – photos taken during his visit to the Emerald Isle in May of 2018.


Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Dublin
  • Arrive in Dublin, transport to hotel

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at hotel

Lodging: At a Dublin Hotel (2 nights)

Day 2: Day in Dublin

Breakfast: At hotel


  • EPIC (Irish Emigration Museum) Housed in the iconic CHQ building, an historic stone and iron warehouse, built in 1820, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the epic story of the Irish people’s dispersal throughout the world over the ages.
    • Visitors will be taken on a journey that starts on the island of Ireland and ends with the global presence of the Irish today. Running through this journey is the question: what does it mean to be Irish
  • Little Museum of Dublin: The Little Museum tells the remarkable story of Dublin in the 20th century. There are over 5,000 artifacts in the collection

Lunch: Kilkenny Shop, Café & Restaurant: Overlooking Trinity College

  • This wonderfully located Restaurant in the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street offers a variety of homemade dishes, prepared in-house daily by their team of dedicated chefs!


  • Trinity College: The oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, the College is located in the very heart of Dublin City.
    • The 40-acre site retains some of its ancient seclusion of cobbled squares, gardens and parks.
    • The College is famed for its great treasures. These treasures include the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript, the Books of Durrow and Armagh, and an early Irish harp.
    • These are displayed in the Treasury and The Long Hall (library) which house over 300,000 books, some dating back to its foundation
  • Photograph in Saint Steven’s Green. The park, in the centre of Dublin, is centered on a formal garden and with unique areas around the perimeter:
    • A large lake spanned by bridge that is home to ducks and other water fowl
    • Fountains and 15 statues and memorials to historic figures and events
    • A large commemorative arch, inviting gazebos
    • A garden for the blind with scented plants
  • Optional, if interest: The Merrion Hotel – Art Tour: The art tour will be guided by a curator from the National Gallery followed by an insight into the Merrion’s Hotel Afternoon Tea.

Dinner – Pichet Restaurant

Lodging: At a Dublin Hotel

Day 3: Dublin to Galway

Breakfast: At hotel


  • Drive to Galway, stopping along the way to take scenic, landscape shots!

Lunch: Brownes on the Green, Tyrellspass


  • Arrive in Galway and check into the hotel
  • Tour Galway Bay Harbor:
    • Admire the rows of colorful houses decorating the port, generating a quaint charm.
    • Walk through the harbor for views of Galway Bay and rows of yachts.
    • Capture pretty photos of the boats with the water reflecting changing hues of the sky.
  • Explore Quay Street, one of the city’s most lively and fun areas to see on foot.
    • Photograph the beautiful and colorful buildings,
    • The people along this very active thoroughfare
    • Window-shop at one of many artisan boutiques, and
    • This street is known for having some of the best nightlife in Galway because of its welcoming atmosphere.

Dinner: Local Galway restaurant

Lodging: Harbour Hotel, Galway – 2 nights

Day 4: Galway – Cliffs of Moher

Breakfast: at hotel

All Day

  • Visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • When you make your pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher, you’re coming for one of two things: the staggering height of the rock face, and the even more staggering beauty of the views from the top.
  • Of course, one of the most unique and precious aspects of the cliffs is the local wildlife that calls them home. Those with a love of bird watching will be spoiled here: think countless sad-eyed puffins; elegantly dressed razorbills; chattering kittiwakes; and if you’re lucky, even an elusive peregrine falcon.
  • The surrounding landscape itself is a marvel of natural delights, with delicate sea campion, blushing sea pinks and wildflowers dotting the springy coastal grass around your feet. On a calm day, keep an eye out for any ripples in the water – breaching basking sharks and friendly dolphin pods are a common sight.

Lunch: Restaurant in village

Early Afternoon: Photo discussion and review lead by Essdras

Dinner: Local Galway restaurant

Lodging: Harbour House Hotel, Galway

Day 5: Galway to Clifden

Breakfast: At hotel


  • Drive to Letterfrack and make a quick stop at Letterfrack Pier
  • Continue on to Kylemore Abbey a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920, is on the grounds of Kylemore  Photograph:
    • The Gothic Kylemore Castle, built in the late 1800s, reflected in a Connemara Lake has made the location world-famous.
    • The Victorian Walled Garden is Ireland’s largest walled garden and are a must see. Stroll through the beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, fern walk, tree nursery and elegant herbaceous border.
    • The neo-Gothic Church built in the 14C, is described as a “Cathedral in Miniature”

Lunch – on your own at the Garden Tea House, the perfect destination for lunch offering sandwiches, salads, home baked treats and delicious herbal teas freshly made with herbs from the Walled Garden.


  • Continue to explore Kylemore Abbey
  • End the day in Clifden and check into the hotel

Dinner: At Alcock & Brown Hotel

Lodging: Alcock & Brown, Clifden

Day 6: Clifden

Breakfast: At hotel

All Day: Connemara National Park

  • Connemara National Park is an area with awe-inspiring landscapes.
  • The Park offers about 4000+ hectares of natural beauty that covers mountains, coastlines, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests is untouched by man. The star attractions here are the purple moor grass that swathes the land with color.
  • In addition, there us remnants of old settlements – villages centuries old and megalithic tombs about four millennium old.
  • The ecosystem contains:
    • many carnivorous plants (sundew, butterwort trap_ that must survive on insects instead of the nutrient-poor bog-land;
    • beautiful and plentiful birdlife (Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, European Stonechats, Common Chaffinches, European Robins; Eurasian Wrens, Common Kestrel. Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Merlins, Peregrine Falcons, Woodcock, Common Snipe, Common Starling, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing Fieldfare);
    • Butterflies
    • Connemara Pony, Shetland Sheep, Red Deer, Donkeys
  • There are winding nature trails, breath-taking mountain views, the Diamond Hill
  • A classic tea-room at the visitor center with hugely popular items on the menu. The visitor center also has an exhibit: Man and the Landscape

Lunch on your own: At the Park’s Visitor Center

Dinner: At Alcock & Brown Hotel

Lodging: Alcock & Brown, Clifden

Day 7: Clifden to Castlebar

Breakfast: At hotel


  • Take a 90 minute Killary Fjord Boat Tour on a luxury boat for uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery on Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord. The inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland. Because of its sheltered nature, the waters are always calm.
  • Visit Leenaun village, a beautiful little village that was the the setting of 1990’s film The Field

Lunch: Glen Keen Farm


  • Stop at the Glen Keen Sheep Farm considered unique due to its size, location and natural beauty.
    • Glen Keen is one of the largest farms in Irelands agri-tourism offering, over 1,400 acres in size
    • Is single family-owned sheep farm with a commonage footprint that extends to over 5,500 acres (larger than some national parks)
    • The farm will offer demonstrations of sheepdog herding and wool spinning

Dinner: Breaffy House Hotel

Lodging: Breaffy House Hotel (1 night)

Day 8: Castlebar to Sligo

Breakfast: At hotel


  • Visit Killeen Cemetery in Newport, County Mayo, to photograph traditional Irish headstones and the monument honoring St. Brendan’s well.
  • Continue to Ballina

Lunch: Along the way


  • Rosserk Friary/Abbey
    • The Abbey lies on the banks of the Moy, near Killala,
    • Built by the Joyce family, in 1460, for the Friars of the Franciscan Third Order Regular.
    • This Franciscan Abbey is the finest in the country and is in a good state of preservation.
    • The church is built in the late Irish Gothic Style and the ruins include a square bell-tower suspended over the chancel arch, a single-aisle nave and south transept cloister with two chapels.
    • Among the curiosities of the friary are the double piscine with a Round Tower carved on one of its pillars, two angels and the instruments of the Passion, a fine arched doorway and east window.
    • The double piscine was used as special basin for washing items in the church service.
  • Continue to Sligo

Dinner: At Raddisson Blu Hotel

Lodging: Raddisson Blu Hotel and Spa Sligo (1 night)

Day 9: Sligo to Dongloe

Breakfast: At hotel and check out


  • Spend the morning on Streedagh Strand, an impressive long sandy beach consisting sand flats and saltmarsh provide thriving habitats for a rich array of flora and fauna. The strand harbors:
    • Fossils of ancient coral especially Zaphrentis (spolitary cup-shaped tetacorals)
    • Wedge tombs – the most common type of megalithic tomb known in Ireland
    • Tropical sea limestone being violently recycled

Lunch: On way to Dongloe


  • Travel to the Slieve League Cliffs: the cliffs are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
    • From the designated viewing points, an astounding panorama opens up before you.
    • Some say: “Standing at the top of the magnificent Slieve League Cliffs, it feels like you’re at the very edge of the world”
  • Drive to and check into hotel

Mid-afternoon: Photo review by Essdras

Dinner: At hotel
Lodging: In hotel in Dongloe

Day 10: Dongloe

Breakfast: At hotel


  • Check out of hotel
  • Transport to Airport for flight to Dublin

Lunch: At restaurant in Dublin

Afternoon: On own in Dublin

Dinner: Farewell dinner at Dublin restaurant

Lodging: at a Dublin hotel

Day 11: Dublin – Flight Home

Breakfast: At hotel

  • Check out of hotel
  • Be transported to airport for flight home


Note: This Journey is in collaboration with Brack Tours and all arrangements will be made through them.

Participants: Min 10 – Max 14

Dates: May 9-19, 2019

2019 Tour Prices:

  • Double: $6,310
  • Single Supplement: $850

Deposit: $500 per person

Registration Deadline: January 25, 2019

Final Payment: March 5, 2019

Rate Includes:

  • Transport – 35-passenger, Midi Coach for all transfers, touring and sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Irish driver/guide throughout
  • Accommodations in hotels for ten nights
  • Full Irish Breakfast daily at hotels
  • All meals except 2 lunches
  • Taxes and service charges on items included
  • Travel documents to include: Luggage tags and suggested daily itinerary & transport and accommodation vouchers

Rate does not include:

  • The cost of transportation to and from Dublin, Ireland – including all costs associated with that activity such as baggage surcharges, taxes and fees.
  • Gratuities and personal expenses such as: alcoholic drinks, phone calls and snacks.

Cancellation Penalties – Non-refundable Land:

  • 65 days or longer Forfeit of $500 deposit
  • 64 & 46 days Forfeit 35% Land Price per person
  • 45 & 16 days Forfeit 50% Land Price per person
  • 15 & day of departure 100% Land Price per person

Travel Insurance:

Brack Tours offers travel insurance that the you can avail through Travel Insured in USA for any state.


  • Get an introduction to Irish history in Dublin
  • Explore the colorful City of Galway
  • Be awed by the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • Spend a day at the incredible Kylemore’s Gothic Church, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
  • Capture the diverse ecosystem of Connemara National Park
  • Get an up-close look at Ireland’s only fjord on the Killary Fjord Boat tour
  • Visit Glen Keen sheep farm – one of Ireland’s largest farms
  • Visit a traditional Irish cemetery
  • Photograph the Streedagh Strand sand dunes
  • Stand on the top of the highest sea cliffs in Europe
  • Be transported in a 35 passenger, Midi Coach

Participants: Min 10 – Max 14
Tour Location: Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coast
Dates: May 9-19, 2019
Double Occupancy: $6,310
Single Supplement: $850
Deposit: $500 per person
Registration Deadline: January 25, 2019
Final Payment: March 5, 2019