Northern Ireland Photo Tour
May 31st – June 5th, 2015
led by Athena Carey and John Dunne
We believe that the connection you have to a place and your experience of it has a profound effect on the photographs you make there. The deeper your understanding and attachment to a location is, the more impact your images will have. This is one of the reasons that local photographers often make the most breathtaking images of their own area.
When you are traveling on tight schedules through such beautiful locations, it can be difficult to make these important connections, but our tours do exactly that. We will take you to some of the most stunning sites: well known icons as well as captivating, less known gems. All the while you will also have the pleasure of tasting local foods and whiskeys, meeting local people, enjoying authentic entertainment and hearing the history and folklore of this colorfully fascinating country from an official Blue Badge Guide. As you travel through Northern Ireland with us, you will truly be experiencing it on multiple levels and that connection will shine through in your images.
This tour of Northern Ireland is intended for the casual photographer, who likes to sleep normal hours. If you are looking for a more intense tour, that will have you up before the sun and back to bed late in order to be at the photographic sites for sunrise and sunsets and experience the best possible lighting conditions our September tour may be a better option for you.
Your photo tour leaders will be Athena Carey and John Dunne, two international award-winning photographers who have lead workshops and courses around the world with a wide range of participants – young and old, experienced and novice. Join them along with an official Blue Badge Guide to travel from Dublin up through Northern Ireland to it’s iconic Causeway Coast and back down again, stopping in Belfast to take in it’s unique culture and history.
6 Day Northern Ireland Photo Tour
May 31st – June 5th, 2015
Total Price: $4,250 (USD)
Deposit: $1,125 (USD)
In order to keep the tour personal, only 12 spots are available. A deposit of US$1,125 is required to hold your place. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the tour’s start.
This tour is perfect for all levels of photographic skill and interest, from dSLR owners to point and shooters. If you would like to experience Northern Ireland and return home with beautiful photos, this tour is for you.
What is included
- 2 Photography Instructors
- 5 Nights Accommodation
- Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
- Blue Badge Guide
- All Entrance Fees
- All Tour Fees
- Transportation during the tour
What is NOT included
- Airfare to and from Ireland
- Snacks & Drinks outside of meals
- Alcoholic Beverages (aside from whiskey tastings)
- Tips for guides, drivers, etc.
- Airport Transfer to First/Last Hotel
- Medical & Travel Insurance (required)
Day 2 – Travel together by luxury coach from Dublin to Northern Ireland, visiting a shipwreck and a castle along the way.
Day 3 – Visit the iconic Giant’s Causeway, tour a whiskey distillery, cross the famous Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge.
Day 4 – Photograph and explore Mussenden Temple and Downhill House in the morning with a picnic lunch in the Black Glen, before an afternoon excursion to a ruined castle. Finish the day by enjoying a delicious meal and authentic live local entertainment.
Day 5 – Spend the morning in the mysterious Dark Hedges followed by a trip to the seaside, an ancient Friary complete with a cemetery and then in the afternoon stroll from Ballintoy Harbour to Elephant Rock.
Day 6 – Travel to Belfast for a tour of the Titanic Experience, lunch and a spot of shopping before returning to Dublin.
We’ll return to the same hotel near Dublin airport to say our farewells. Most of us will spend the night there (not included in the tour) before continuing home the following day.
We are delighted to offer the very best accommodation available on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland, one of Irelands best known, luxury, four star boutique hotels, Bushmills Inn. In addition to offering an Irish ambiance second to none, with peat fires, a gas light lit bar, a secret library and more, the hotel includes a scrumptious AA Rosette restaurant, a private cinema, a helipad and most importantly, is central to our photo and cultural sites.
At locations with special historical or cultural significance we will have the pleasure of being accompanied by a highly qualified, top tier Blue Badge National Guide from the Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association. NITGA takes great pride in offering guides who are fully trained, professional, fun and personal with in-depth knowledge of each location. The knowledge and insights shared by our guide will help you experience each location more fully, to gain a connection to each place that will aid you in creating more impactful photos to take home with you as the ultimate souvenirs of your trip.
Disclaimers: The above represents this photo tour’s planned itinerary; however, the tour organizers and leaders reserve the right to revise it without notice if needed. The information on this page is also subject to change without notice. Participants are required to be in good health and capable of spending multiple hours exploring various locations whilst carrying their equipment. The tour may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not met.