Unique Ireland – A Photographic Journey

May 11-23, 2022

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Ireland Dublin - Essdras M Suarez ©
Ireland Sheep - Essdras M Suarez ©
Galway Restaurant - M-J L. Adelman ©
Irish Small Horses - Essdras M Suarez ©
Galway waterfront - M-J L. Adelman ©
EPIC Museum - Essdras M Suarez ©
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Highlights:

  • Explore Dublin before touring the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Visit a charming fishing village and the renown Waterford Crystal Factory 
  • Drive the Ring of Kerry with stops to see a sheepdog in action and the Torc Waterfall.
  • Take a unique boat ride and view the Cliffs of Moher from a new perspective while watching the waters for marine wildlife.
  • Enjoy Galway with its lively city-life and colorful waterfront.
  • Wander Kylemore Abbey, Round Stone Village and Dunguaire Castle.
  • Capture the quaint village of Cong, swing by Streedagh Strand Beach and end the day at the award-winning Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo. 
  • Stand in the highest sea cliffs in Europe – Sleeves Liege and marvel at Crohy Head Sea Arch.
  • Spend an afternoonon Inishfree Island and soak up true the Irish culture and traditions.
  • See true craftmanship at Beelleek Pottery 
  • Have a wonderful farewell dinner in Dublin

Details:

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Tour Location: Dublin and Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coast
  • Participants: Min 8 – Max 10
  • Dates: May 11-23, 2022
  • Tour Price: $6,950
  • Registration/Deposit: Deadline is September 11, 2021 – $1750
    • Note 5% of the deposit is non-refundable
  • Final Payment: January 11, 2022 – $5230
  • Single Supplement: $250

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Dublin

Morning:

  • Arrive in Dublin early morning and be transported to the hotel 
  • Meet in dining area for brunch and overview of adventure

Afternoon:

  • Enjoy the beautiful Saint Stephen’s Green. The Green is centered on a formal garden and with unique areas around the perimeter where we can photograph people and wildlife around the large lake spanned by bridge that is home to ducks and other waterfowl and several fountains and statues/memorials to historic figures and events.

Day 2: Day in Dublin

Morning:

  • Visit the fabulous and colorful EPIC (Irish Emigration Museum). You 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!”

Afternoon:

  • Wander the around Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592, on a 40-acre site it retains some of its ancient seclusion of cobbled squares, gardens and parks.
  • Be awed by the Treasury and The Long Hall (library) famed for its great treasures, such as the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript, the Books of Durrow and Armagh, and an early Irish harp.

Day 3: Dublin to Kinsale

Morning: 

  • Photograph the regal and majestic 12th century Kilkenny Castle set in rolling parklands with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a man-made lake, which were added in the nineteenth century.
  • Wander the halls of what was the principal seat of the Butler Family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. View the rooms included in the central block: a library, drawing room and bedrooms decorated in 1830’s splendor. A suite of former servant’s rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.

Afternoon:

  • Stop at the Waterford Crystal Center that houses the world’s largest collection of Waterford Crystal. Here we will take a 90-minute guided tour that includes all aspects of the production of Waterford Crystal including:
  • Crystal Blowing and Mould Making 
  • Quality Inspection & Finishing 
  • Crystal Cutting, Sculpting & Engraving 

Day 4: Kinsale

Morning:

  • Explore Kinsale, a port and fishing town known for its historic streetscape and bright, jewel-colored shopfronts, and colorful military history. Located at the mouth of the River Bandon, Kinsale is considered to be the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. 
  • We will take the time to honor the fallen 343 firefighters at the “9/11 Garden of Remembrance” and photograph some of the oldest stained-glass windows in Ireland in Saint St. Multose Church of Ireland

Afternoon:

  • Visit Cobh’s colorful harbor known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912 before it set sail for the U.S. The town sports houses in vibrant colors lining Barrack Hill, a castle and towering cathedral. 

Day 5: Killarney

Morning:

  • Spend the morning in Gougane Barra National Park that is bordered by three mountain ranges and offers a beautiful scenic lake between two valleys. Considered to be a mini-Yosemite Valley, there are trails to scenic views, across bridges and up hillsides.

Afternoon:

  • Arrive in Killarney that is well known as one of the most beautiful site-seeing experiences in Ireland sits at the junction of New Street, High Street and Main Street. Footpaths are wide here and it’s a nice place to wander, listen to the buskers and soak in the atmosphere of the town.
  • Stroll down these lanes to get a feel for the old town and you will find the remains of the old town hall (now home to some small business) and some smaller old lanes with quaint old building and St. Mary’s Church Killarney a 19th century church built in English gothic style and is still in use today. 

Day 6: Killarney

Morning:

  • Today we will drive the famous scenic Ring of Kerry coastal road around Ireland’s Iveragh Peninsula making stops to take in the incredible landscapes.
  • Visit the Kells Sheep Center and photograph Brendan Ferris’ sheep dog demonstration. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how a local sheep farmer flocks his sheep with the assistance of his beautiful border collie sheepdogs. 

Afternoon:

  • Stop at the picturesque Village of Sneem for an ice cream before we make our way back into Killarney.
  • Take a short detour to Kenmare’s Torc Waterfall involving a 5-minute walk through scenic woodland to the  70-80-foot high waterfall and the Owengarriff River which feeds it. 
  • Complete our journey with a drive through the Killarney National Park

Day 7: Killarney to Galway

Morning:

  • Tour the Dingle Peninsula – one of the most scenic drives in Ireland – with stops along the way.

Afternoon:

  • Travel to the Dingle taking advantage of some amazing views and photo opportunities.
  • Cruise the Cliffs of Moher: Take a 50-minute cruise to view one of Ireland’s most treasured, natural landscapes. The cliffs form a continuous rocky wall, perpendicular or overhanging varying in height from 407 to 700 feet, broken into the most fantastic forms and tunneled into innumerable caves by the action of the waves.
  • Bird watchers may see sad-eyed puffins; elegantly dressed razorbills; chattering kittiwakes; and if you’re lucky, even an elusive peregrine falcon.
  • 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.

Day 8: Galway

Morning:

  • Spend the morning at on the grounds of the Gothic Kylemore Abbey built in the late 1800s. 
    • Stroll the Victorian Walled Garden
    • Marvel at the “Cathedral in Miniature,” the neo-Gothic Church built in the 14C
    • Wander inside the Castle and view the newly restored rooms

Afternoon: 

  • Begin our adventure in Galway by exploring Quay Street and the waterfront. Admire the rows of colorful houses decorating the port and photograph people along this very active thoroughfare.

Day 9: Galway to Slig

Morning:

  • Travel to Cong in county Mayo and visit the Cong Abbey and the area where the “The Quiet Man” featuring John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara was filmed in 1952.
  • Take time to wander this quaint village where you will find many photo ops

Afternoon:

  • Stop to photograph the Streedagh Strand, an impressive long sandy beach consisting of sand flats and saltmarsh providing a thriving habitat for a rich array of flora and fauna.
  • Photo review and discussion 

Day 10: Donegal 

Morning:

  • Visit the burial site of William Butler Yeats one of Irelands famous writer & poet of the 20th Century.
  • Photograph Glencar Waterfall
  • Trip to Mullaghmore for some amazing photo opportunities viewing the rugged coastline with some super view of Ben Bulben in the background.

Afternoon:

  • Detour off the beaten track and take the trail known as Lough Eske Drive, and area surrounded by the Majestic Bluestack Mountains and offers amazing views.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring Donegal a fairytale of a place, featuring a charming harbor, serene beaches and stoic stone remains of centuries past

Day 11: Donegal

Morning:

  • Photograph the highest sea cliffs in Europe – the incredible Slieve League Cliffs. At 2000 feet, Sliabh Liag is three times taller than the Cliffs of Moher. 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 the coastal route to Crohy Head Sea Arch where the view from the cliff is stunning.

Afternoon:

  • Take a ferry to Inishfree Island – a small island, about 1 square mile in area with unspoiled beaches of golden sand and beautiful scenery. Re-inhabited in recent years and its new residents live with no television or traffic, and no distractions and instead enjoy arts and crafts, outdoor pursuits. 
  • Island residents welcome visitors and offer you a chance to get away to an offshore island to sample some genuine Irish culture and traditions in a truly unique place.

Day 12: Donegal to Dublin 

Morning:

  • Begin our drive back to Dublin with stops on the way
  • Stop to visit Belleek Pottery where Fine Parian china is made using techniques which have been passed down through the generations. Each leaf, flower petal and embellishment is made, shaped and connected by hand in a process which is mesmerizing to watch. The Pottery Tour which lasts about 30 minutes, allows us to watch skilled people working with speed, accuracy and dexterity taking in the mold-making area, the casting department, the flowering and basketweave shop, the kiln area – where the pottery is fired and the paint shop.

Afternoon:

  • Visit Phoenix Park, just outside of Dublin, that features: the 1861 Wellington Testimonial Obelisk, 1747 Phoenix Monument and 1979 Papal Cross and possibly herd of red Deer

Day 13: Dublin

Morning:

  • Check out of hotel and be transported to airport for flight home

Rate Includes:

  • Transport – Midi Coach for all transfers, touring and sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Irish driver/guide throughout
  • Accommodations in hotels for 12 nights
  • Full Irish Breakfast daily at hotels
  • All meals except 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Taxes and service charges on items included

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.