9th - 19th September 2024
Embark on a unique and enriching photography tour of Ireland, curated in collaboration with the multi-talented Ricky Tims – Musician, Contemporary Quiltmaker, and Photography Mentor. This immersive journey combines the beauty of Ireland’s landscapes with the artistry of photography, offering participants the chance to capture the true essence of both Northern and Southern Ireland.
€5,250 per person, double occupancy
€860 single occupancy supplement.
4 Star Hotel Accommodation
- 2 nights in Dublin City
- 1 night in Belfast, Northern Ireland
- 2 nights in Derry
- 2 nights in Galway
- 2 nights Killarney
- First Class Coach – Driver/Guide – Con O’Leary
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 6 dinners
- Does not include driver guide tips or gratuity
- Does not include domestic or international air fares.
- Scotia Ireland do not provide travel insurance and strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance cover prior to travel, we recommend consulting the following companies to discuss your options.
- Based on current rates, double occupancy and includes taxes per person sharing.
- Tour price does not include airfares. Each traveler may choose to arrive early or stay late and tour on their own.
- Rate is based on current exchange rates and current projected costs. Subject to change.
- Does not include driver guide tips or gratuity.
- This tour information is subject to the Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd Terms and Conditions.
- Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and possible currency exchange fluctuations, Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd reserve the right to adjust the tour price.
The interior of the coach will have limited space for baggage. Therefore each person will be limited to one piece of luggage/suitcase (to ride in the under-coach hold), one small carry on tote bag (or purse), plus a photography equipment bag.
Extend your Stay
Ireland has a wealth of things to see and do. This tour has been designed with variety in mind for the photographer tourist to provide both urban and wild destinations and includes stops to historic sites and opportunities to see wildlife. Consider adding additional days prior to (or after) to see sights you will not visit on this tour.
It is tempting to bring all your camera gear on such an excursion. However take time to ponder what you really need and cull out some of your gear to keep your weight down. Light-weight tripods may be more beneficial than large heavy ones. Two lenses (three at the most) should be more than sufficient. Most camera battery chargers are adapted to the voltage in USA and Ireland, but you will want wall socket adaptors that fit the Irish wall sockets. Be sure your plug will actually plug into the adaptor as fittings for both can mismatch.
Day 1: Arrive Dublin - Panoramic City Tour
Begin your photography odyssey in Dublin, where the rich cultural tapestry provides a vibrant backdrop for your artistic exploration.
You will embark on a panoramic tour of Dublin, capturing iconic landmarks such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Georgian Squares. Ricky Tims offers insights and tips for creating captivating images.
Experience authentic Irish hospitality over lunch in a traditional lively Irish Pub.
After checking in to your city hotel, the afternoon is free to relax or explore the city on your own.
Meet for dinner at 7pm
Overnight: Dublin City Centre Hotel.
Lunch / Dinner
Day 2: Dublin to Belfast Northern Ireland
Travel to Belfast, a city steeped in history and creativity. Explore the political murals of Falls Road, immerse yourself in the world-famous Titanic Experience and absorb the ambiance of St George’s Market. Full of super cool pop-up restaurants and artisan food producers. Ricky Tims provides photography guidance, ensuring you capture the essence of these unique sites.
We will uncover the layers of history that make Belfast such a compelling place, from its Bronze Age origins to its prosperous shipbuilding past.
Late afternoon we will check in to our city centre hotel and following dinner you are free to explore the city centre on your own.
Overnight: Belfast City Hotel
Day 3: Belfast to Derry City
Meet a fourth generation Irish Sheep Farmer, Jamese McCloy and his firsthand experience of centuries-old skill of herding in one of the most untouched natural environments in Ireland. The visit includes a demonstration of his talented working dogs, demonstration of both traditional and modern shearing methods, and meet some interesting, rare breeds of sheep. The visit concludes with the Fleece-to-Fashion stage, in a country barn with epic floor to ceiling windows that give you incredible views right across Ireland and in the warmth and smell the turf fire, we follow a fleece from washing, dyeing with natural colours to the creation of yarn using a spinning wheel. We will see some of the amazing, knitted pieces and learn the key properties of wool and its place in our sustainable future.
After lunch and on to Derry, embark on a guided walking tour of Derry’s historic city walls. Ricky Tims provides photography mentorship, helping you refine your skills.
Overnight: Derry City Hotel
Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Explore Derry City
Today is a free day to photograph and explore Derry city on your own, its rich history and many attractions. These iconic attractions offer a mix of historical, cultural, and contemporary experiences, showcasing the diverse character of Derry City.
- Guildhall: Located within reach of the city walls, the Guildhall is a stunning Neo-Gothic building that has been a prominent landmark since 1887. It features impressive stained-glass windows and has hosted many of the leading political figures of the Northern Ireland troubles.
- Peace Bridge: This iconic bridge connects Ebrington Square with the city centre and was opened in 2011. It has become a symbol of reconciliation and peace, offering a picturesque walk across the River Foyle.
- Free Derry Corner: Located in the Bogside area, Free Derry Corner is a political mural that became a symbol of the civil rights movement. It features the slogan “You Are Now Entering Free Derry” and has historical significance.
- Bogside Murals: The Bogside area is known for its political murals that tell the story of the city’s troubled history, including events like Bloody Sunday. Guided tours are available for those who want to delve deeper into the murals’ meanings.
Overnight: Derry City Hotel
Meals on own
Day 5: Derry to Galway
This morning following breakfast we tour to the city of Galway, we travel through counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo stopping in Sligo for lunch.
Next stop a photography and archaeology visit of Creevykeel Court Tomb, situated in County Sligo, near the village of Cliffony. A Neolithic monument dating back to around 3,500-3,000 BCE, making it over 5,000 years old and one of the finest Neolithic examples in Ireland of what is known as a full-court tomb.
Following lunch, we soon arrive in Galway City, known for its vibrant culture, charming streets, and lively atmosphere.
This evening following dinner in our city centre hotel you can explore the city on your own and photograph the many sights such as the Claddagh area, the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square (John F. Kennedy Memorial Park), stroll along Shop Street and Quay Street where the many colourful buskers play music, sing, and dance and entertain the visitors. Explore the old pubs and maybe join in on a sing song if you find a pub with traditional music.
Overnight: Galway City hotel.
Lunch and Dinner
Day 6: Galway to Connemara
Travel through Connemara, capturing the dynamic landscapes that make this region unique. Ricky Tims offers photography workshops amid the stunning surroundings.
- Maam Turk Mountain Range. The mountains are surrounded by beautiful lakes, valleys, and moorlands, creating a diverse and visually striking landscape.
- Shores of Killary Harbour. The picturesque and enchanting village of Leenane, filming location for the movie “The Field,” starring Richard Harris and the famous ‘Fairy Tree’ overlooking Ireland’s only Fjord.
- Kylemore Abbey – Kylemore Abbey stands as a testament to Ireland’s rich history, architectural heritage, and the resilience of its communities. It is a must-visit destination for those seeking a blend of history, nature, and spirituality. Built as a breath-taking Castle in 1868, it is now the Abbey and home of the Benedictine community of nuns.
Overnight: Galway City Hotel
Day 7: Galway to Killarney
Today following breakfast, we depart Galway City and tour our way southwards towards Co. Kerry to the charming and captivating town of Killarney.
- Explore the Burren area, distinctive limestone landscapes, ancient archaeological sites, and rich biodiversity.
- Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic and breathtaking natural landmarks. Not only a geological wonder but also a place of awe-inspiring beauty and cultural significance, offering a unique and enriching experience for those who visit.
- Picturesque village of Adare, renowned for its charming thatched cottages, historic architecture, and scenic surroundings.
Arrive Killarney and check in to our hotel. This evening, Ricky Tims hosts a group dinner and photography talk, sharing insights and techniques
Day 8: Discover the Dingle Peninsula
Following breakfast we begin our tour of the Dingle Peninsula, travelling westwards through the villages of Milltown and Castlemaine.
- Sewing Shed – described as the cutest little quilt shop in Ireland, often likened to Aladdin’s Cave, filled with fabrics, notions, and everything needed for creating beautiful quilts and stitched projects.
- Inch Beach – offers a serene and tranquil environment and gained international recognition as one of the filming locations for the movie “Ryan’s Daughter,” directed by David Lean in the 1970s. The film’s scenes capture the natural beauty of the beach and its surroundings.
- The Blasket Center Museum – tells the story of island life, subsistence fishing and farming, traditional life including modes of work and transport, home life, housing and entertainment. The Centre details the community’s struggle for existence, their language and culture, and the extraordinary literary legacy they left behind- classics such as ‘The Island man’, ‘Twenty Years A-Growing’ and ‘Peig’.
- Slea Head Drive– renowned for its breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, rugged coastline, and a landscape dotted with historical and cultural landmarks, not only a scenic route but also a journey through Ireland’s history, culture, and natural wonders.
- Dingle Town – The natural harbour of Dingle is a picturesque spot where colourful fishing boats bob in the water. It offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and mountains.
We return to our hotel in Killarney and you will have some free time this evening with a chance to reflect on the artistic journey and opportunity to explore the towns charming pubs and enjoy some traditional Irish food, music and craic….
Overnight: Killarney Hotel
Day 9: Killarney to Dublin
This morning we say goodbye to Killarney and head for Dublin driving through charming little villages and towns of West Cork before stopping at Blarney Castle for our major visit of the day. Ricky Tims guides photography sessions, adding a creative touch to the exploration.
- Blarney Castle – Known for its iconic ‘Kissing the Blarney Stone’, Blarney Castle is not only a site of historical significance but also a place of natural beauty and cultural exploration. The combination of the castle’s medieval architecture, the allure of the Blarney Stone, and the surrounding gardens makes it a must-visit destination in County Cork.
After lunch we travel to Dublin via the Cork City and the verdant farmlands of North Cork and the Midlands region of Ireland. Check in to our City Centre Hotel and this evening enjoy a group dinner followed by a photography workshop presented by our photography mentor Ricky Tims.
Overnight: Dublin City Hotel
Day 10: Dublin to Howth
This morning we drive through the city to the pretty fishing port of Howth, here you will have great opportunities for photography as it is a very colourful location, guided by Ricky you can photograph the multicoloured boats and village. With its picturesque harbour, pretty beaches and wildflower-covered sea cliffs, it feels like the kind of village you’d find on a far-flung stretch of the west coast rather than a 25-minute coach drive from the city centre.
We will also visit the medieval ruins of St Marys Abbey which provides many opportunities for photography. The Abbey was founded in 1042 AD by Sitric or Sigtrygg, the Viking King of Dublin, who no doubt recognized the superb views of Howth Bay from this location.
Lunch in the 16th Century Abbey Tavern, a world famous Traditional Irish Pub. We then continue our tour along the Howth coastline from where you will have beautiful views of Dublin City. After arriving back at your City Centre Hotel, you can spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own or buying last minute gifts for friends and family and the evening free for dinner with friends on your final night in Ireland’s capital city.
Overnight: Dublin City Hotel
Day 11: Transfers to Dublin Airport with Con
Homeward Bound: After a relaxing breakfast, departures by coach for your onward journey.
Say goodbye to Ireland with a heart full of cherished memories and a promise to return. Depart from Dublin, carrying the artistic and cultural experiences of the Scotia Ireland Photography Tour with Ricky Tims.
Slán go fóill (Goodbye for now)