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IRELAND

Dublin, Galway, Connemara, The Burren, Cliffs of Moher

Be inspired by the soft light, the gentle mists, and almost ethereal scenery.

Although Ireland has modernized dramatically in recent years, some things never change. Ireland has long been a magnet for writers, artists, playwrights, and musicians. They were all inspired by the soft light, the gentle mists and almost ethereal scenery – you’ll surely be enchanted by this magical land. We start our adventure in Dublin, the capital, and largest city in Ireland. But most of our time will be spent in western Ireland, home to Galway and the Connemara region, best known for its natural beauty.

Galway is often referred to as the “most Irish” of all Irish cities. It is artsy, bohemian and renowned for its pleasures. The Irish pride themselves on being friendly and gracious hosts and strive to make guests feel at home. Of course, Galway is as much a city as a staging post for what lies beyond – and in this case, what lies beyond is an image of Ireland at its wildest. For every star God put in the sky, it is said, He laid a million stones in Connemara. And those stones – be they meshed into the ground and trodden upon by black-faced sheep, or punching upwards into the magnificent Twelve Bens mountain range – come together in a wonderful mosaic.

Connemara is as much a coastal phenomenon as a National Park. Take a drive, and within a few hours, you’ll be winging your way from Maam Cross to the harbor town of Clifden, or from the Gaeltacht village of Spiddal and the coral beach at Carraroe to a creamy bowl of chowder in Roundstone, an old harbor village on the windswept Ballyconneely Peninsula. You’ll recognize a few places from your favorite films too.

And of course, we cannot forget The Cliffs of Moher, which stand 702 feet high. Like a scene straight out of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, the cliffs are known as west Clare’s iconic image. Hollywood has taken note: blockbusters Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince and the Princess Bride made the cliffs celluloid stars. On a clear day, views from the cliff tops include the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and the Twelve Bens mountain range. Nature enthusiasts take note: the cliffs are a Special Protected Area due to the myriad species of seabirds that call the cliff face home.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the lush green hills and stunning cliffs of Ireland.

Galway is often referred to as the “most Irish” of all Irish cities. It is artsy, bohemian and renowned for its pleasures. The Irish pride themselves on being friendly and gracious hosts and strive to make guests feel at home. Of course, Galway is as much a city as a staging post for what lies beyond – and in this case, what lies beyond is an image of Ireland at its wildest. For every star God put in the sky, it is said, He laid a million stones in Connemara. And those stones – be they meshed into the ground and trodden upon by black-faced sheep, or punching upwards into the magnificent Twelve Bens mountain range – come together in a wonderful mosaic.

Connemara is as much a coastal phenomenon as a National Park. Take a drive, and within a few hours, you’ll be winging your way from Maam Cross to the harbor town of Clifden, or from the Gaeltacht village of Spiddal and the coral beach at Carraroe to a creamy bowl of chowder in Roundstone, an old harbor village on the windswept Ballyconneely Peninsula. You’ll recognize a few places from your favorite films too.

And of course, we cannot forget The Cliffs of Moher, which stand 702 feet high. Like a scene straight out of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, the cliffs are known as west Clare’s iconic image. Hollywood has taken note: blockbusters Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince and the Princess Bride made the cliffs celluloid stars. On a clear day, views from the cliff tops include the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and the Twelve Bens mountain range. Nature enthusiasts take note: the cliffs are a Special Protected Area due to the myriad species of seabirds that call the cliff face home.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the lush green hills and stunning cliffs of Ireland.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and light hiking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

June – Temps 63/50 F  16/7 C  Sunrise 5:08 | Sunset 10:08 (22:08)
September – Temps 62/50 F  15/7 C  Sunrise 7:05 | Sunset 8:00 (20:00)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels (except in remote locations)
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Dublin Airport, Ireland (DUB) – Transfer time to hotel 45min
Optional Departure Airport: Shannon Airport, Ireland (SNN) – You will not return to Dublin
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Dublin – Trinity City Hotel, The Merrion, Clontarf Castle Hotel or similar
Galway (City Center) – Park House Hotel or similar
Connemara – Glenlo Abbey Hotel or similar
Burren – Gregans Castle Hotel Historic Hotels Worldwide or similar


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Daniel Acevedo

September 29 – October 5, 2019
June 7 – 13, 2020
September 27 – October 3, 2020
June 6 – 12, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

IRELAND 7 DAYS

Day 1 | Dublin

We meet at our Hotel on Sunday morning, where we begin by discussing PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. This will be followed by informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques.

We’ll have lunch and then go for a walk through this beautiful town to discover the true essence of Dublin. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Irish pubs. (D)

Day 2 | Galway

We depart Dublin and head west to Galway where we will check-in to our hotel. Once we arrive we discover this pretty city by the sea. Streets, bridges, the cathedral, and the Corrib River will be the main attractions here. Colorful streets and city reflections, midday and evening light are found here and they make for fantastic shots in the Celtic city. (B)

Day 3 | Connemara - Inagh Valley - Lennane - Aasleagh Falls

On Tuesday we travel to one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, the very west of Galway county. This is the land where people still speak “as gaeilage” or, “in Irish”. So, it will be thrilling to hear them speaking it, with its arresting lilt.

The magnificent scenery of lakes, hills, villages, and coastline encompass this wild and exciting region, and all of it ready and waiting for us to discover. Here we will start driving and stopping through boggy roads around Inagh valley. We’ll take spectacular shots of Inagh Lake, Lennane village, Aasleagh Falls, and the only Irish Killary fjord, one of only three glacial fjords in Ireland. We’ll be amazed with the constant light changing in this part of Ireland and its breathtaking scenery.

Tonight we stay in a comfy hotel at Delphi valley. If there are good weather conditions, and if desired, we may do some hiking the next morning. (B)

Day 4 | Connemara - Kylemore Abbey - Clifden - Roundstone

On Wednesday we start with a short walk up around Delphi valley, just to gain some elevation to take some early morning pictures of the surrounding landscape. After some stream and mountain shots, we head back for a drive towards Kylemore Abbey where we can stop for nice reflections of the abbey on the lake. Next, we drive to Clifden, this is the largest village and the capital of Connemara. Here we can enjoy this pretty place and have some lunch. A nice walk around to take some pictures of its colorful streets, bay, and pier.

Following that, we’ll do a special driving tour through a narrow and bumpy bog road full of Irish sheep and small lakes with great views of the famous twelve beans of Connemara. The lovely fishing village of Roundstone is our next photo opportunity. There are stunning views to take of the pretty village and pier with the huge twelve bean mountains in the background. After our nice day, we’ll drive our way back to Delphi valley. (B)

Day 5 | The Burren - Ballyvaughan - Black Head

On day five we get up early and travel to the Burren National Park on the south side of Galway Bay in County Clare. On our way to the Burren, we stop in Kinvara to photograph its 16th-century castle and village. Then on to the ancient Corcomroe Abbey, a unique 13th-century Cistercian monastery. A few miles away is the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan, we’ll probably stop for lunch here at a famed restaurant.

Afterward we drive to Black Head Point to see the real essence of this unique landscape. Blue sea and grey rocks offer some of the most incredible natural art pieces for us to photograph, from small details of flowers and cracks to the wide angle landscapes. We spend the rest of the day around this area taking some shots and getting to know the unique beauty of it, including our visit to Poulnabrone dolmen, a tomb that dates back to the Neolithic period, in the evening. (B)

Day 6 | The Burren - Aillwee Cave - Doolin - Cliffs of Moher

After a good rest in the quiet Burren Hotel and after having breakfast, the group moves to the nearby Allwee cave, a beautiful example of the underworld treasures that Burren holds. The tour inside consists of a 30-minute walk through the colorful rocky caverns. We’ll then walk the coastline to the very west of the Burren, we stop between Black Head and Fanore to take some interesting flower and rock shots. Within a short walk, we can enjoy the artistic rounded stone formations on the grey pavement, with the always blue sea backgrounds. We’ll capture the most unusual images ever.

For lunch, we go to Dooling village, a pretty fishing village with colorful shops and some of the most traditional pubs in Ireland. Here we are close to the top attraction of the day; the majestic Cliffs of Moher. One of the world’s greatest natural wonders, it’s just there in front of our eyes, hopefully, we’ll take as much of it our memory cards will hold for the rest of the day. An hour ferry trip by the sea level cliffs is an option here.

In the evening we head out to our “Farewell Dinner”, where we will have great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Day 7 | The Burren - Dublin (or Shannon)

On our last morning, we will enjoy breakfast while reviewing our past week’s photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before heading back to Dublin (or Shannon depending on which airport you are departing from) for our return home.

We encourage you to extend your stay in Ireland or the United Kingdom and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided Adventures

 

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Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
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VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


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We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.