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14 Day Photography & Scenery Tour

14 Day Photography & Scenery Tour

Tour Details
Valid From01-01-2011
Valid To31-12-2014
Days Touring13
Reference:ICTS001489
Tour Inclusions
  • Private Guided Transport
  • Transfers & Orientations
  • Driver Guide Expenses
  • Bed & Breakfast at Hotels
  • Activities & Events Listed
  • 24 Hour Concierge Service
Not Included
  • International Flights
  • Meals excluding breakfast
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Gratuity / Tipping
  • Card Processing Fees
Important

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Tour Description

Tour Summery
Our Photography Tour of Ireland offers the very best of Ireland's natural landscapes and the world famous scenery of the Irish northern country and west coast. The major beauty spots on a photographic tour of Ireland include Glens of Antrim, Giant's Causeway, Slieve League, Sligo, Connemara, and Aran Islands & Dublin. Dramatic rugged scenery combined with pretty villages and friendly locals make this landscape photogenic and rewarding. Our special guide will take you to the best places at the optimal times of day so you can maximize your opportunity for world class images on your photography tour of Ireland.

Tour Highlights
Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough Tour
Kilkenny Castle & Medieval City Tour
South Tipperary & Rock of Cashel Tour
Knockmealdown Drive, Lismore & Vee Gap
Kinsale Town, Charles Fort and Old Head
Kenmare Town, Waterfalls & Bay Tour
West Cork Coastline Towns and Villages
Beara Peninsula & Castletownbere Tour
Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Tour
Gap of Dunloe Tour and Aghadoe Park
West Clare, Cliffs & Burren Region Tour
South Clare Rugged Coast & Beach Tour
Galway City Centre Exploring & Shopping
Roundstone, Beaches, Bays & Coastal Tour
Connemara National Park & Kylemore Tour
Ashford Castle Estate, Quiet Man & Cong
North Mayo County & Museum Tour
Sligo Lakes, Mountains & Coastal Tour
West Donegal and Slieve League Tour
Glenveagh National Park & Gardens Tour
Derry City and Surrounding Areas
Giants Causeway & Antrim Coastal Tour
Carlingford Lough, Town & Country Tour
Newgrange & Ancient Boyne Valley Tour

Transport Details

Day 1

Mercedes Luxury Minivan - Transfer to City with Orientation Tour




Day 2 to 13

Driver Guide/s - Your Expert Ireland Touring Driver Guide

All of our driver guides are experts on the areas you will be visiting on your tour of Ireland. We bring experienced driving skills, expert touring routes as well as knowledge and insight into the places you will be visiting and staying on your tour. Our driver guides will also recommend places to shop, have a drink, and dine in the various towns and villages and cities of Ireland. Your driver guide can arrange all kinds of activities, events and generally show you the country in such depth and quality is only possible using a local expert. It is simply the most enjoyable and carefree way of travelling with style.

Day 1

Photography Tour of South & West Ireland

Our Photography Tour of South & West Ireland offer the very best of Ireland's natural landscapes and the world famous scenery of the Irish country and coast. The major beauty spots on a photographic tour of Ireland include West Cork, The ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, West Clare and the Cliffs of Moher as well as Connemara and The South West Coast. Dramatic rugged scenery combined with pretty villages and friendly locals make this landscape photogenic and rewarding. Our special guide will take you to the best places at the optimal times of day so you can maximize your opportunity for world class images on your tour of Ireland.

Orientation Tour of Dublin City Centre

Our Dublin Based Driver Guide will give you a Panoramic Tour of Dublin City's highlights based on your expressed interests. He will point out the major attractions and places of historical and cultural importance from the monuments of the Phoenix Park, Custom House, Millennium Spire and Trinity College in the City Centre. Once you are familiar with the city our driver will take you to your hotel to relax after your flight. You may also be dropped at any of the attractions in the city centre such as the Guinness Storehouse or Trinity and your luggage taken to your Hotel.

Day 2

Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough Tour

Wicklow is rightly known as the Garden of Ireland due to the spectacular natural scenery which couple mountains with lakes and meandering glens and a long coastline. The Sally Gap, high mountain drive is akin to being in the Wild West and the lush landscapes of Glendalough, the Glen of the two lakes nestled deep in the Wicklow Mountains. Here St Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century that still stands today in its same peaceful abode. There are also the delightful villages of Roundwood and Avoca where picturesque mountains meet pretty hamlets.

Kilkenny Castle & Medieval City Tour

Kilkenny is Ireland foremost medieval city with a beautiful castle, cathedral, narrow cobbled streets and its own brewery. It is a wonderful walking city with the river running through the centre of its streets and a beautiful park located north of the Castle. Near Kilkenny are the beautiful villages of Graignamanagh and Inistoige where the movie "Circle of Friends" was filmed. Kilkenny County is also great for artisans with leather, pottery and contemporary designers populating the countryside. Kilkenny Design Centre is one of Irelands most authentic shopping experiences.

Day 3

South Tipperary & Rock of Cashel Tour

South Tipperary is renowned for its rustic castles and ancient abbeys and lush farming landscapes. The World Heritage town of Cashel lies at the foot of the world famous Rock of Cashel. This towering monument has a unique collection of medieval buildings including a Fortified Castle, atmospheric Cathedral, Romanesque Chapel and Round Tower. The town of Cahir is famous for its Norman fortification, Cahir Castle as well as the associated Hunting Lodge, known simply as the Swiss Cottage. Also in the immediate area there are the remains of once thriving monasteries at Cashel, Holy Cross and Attassel. Tipperary is also associated with evergreen valleys and mountainscapes of the Glen of Aherlow and the Vee Valley Drives.

Knockmealdown Drive, Lismore & Vee Gap

The Knockmealdown Mountain Range that separates pastoral Tipperary from Coastal Waterford is one of the beautiful back roads touring routes in Ireland. The tour is known as St Declan's Way historically is a pilgrimage from The Round Tower at the Rock of Cashel to the Round Tower in Ardmore, a seaside Village in Waterford. Along the way are the breath-taking Mountain Pass known as the Vee Drive with lakes and beautiful scenery. The highlight is the mountain town of Lismore with its wonderful perched Castle. Lismore also has a few really quaint pubs with genuine atmosphere and some quirky old shops.

Day 4

Kinsale Town, Charles Fort and Old Head

Kinsale Town is known throughout the world as the gourmet capital of Ireland and has an enviable amount of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Charles Fort on the hillside outside the town was designed just for the purpose of protecting this historical trading town from invaders. The streets are colourful and eclectic with influences from the English, Italian and French visitors. Around the town there are many beautiful beaches as well as the Old Head Golf Links, perhaps the most spectacular golf course location in the world.

Kenmare Town, Waterfalls & Bay Tour

Kenmare is one of Irelands prettiest towns nestled between the imposing Ring of Kerry Mountain Range and the Caha Mountains on the Kenmare River. The town has numerous shops that specialize in all kinds of fine antiques, laces & linen, gourmet food and fine arts. Close to the town is Kenmare Stone Circle, an unusual egg shaped circle and one of the oldest and largest in the South West. In summer boats trips from the pier that tour the magnificent Bay of Kenmare can be arranged. There are wonderful tree lined walks from the 5* Park Hotel to the Bay via pretty inlets. On the outskirts of the town are the pretty waterfalls on the Sheen River, where the Sheen Falls Hotel is located.

West Cork Coastline Towns and Villages

The lovely West Cork coastline is among the most indented, varied and lush in Ireland. Among the highlights of this tour is the ancient Drombeg Stone Circle and the nearby quaint fishing villages of Glandore and Union Hall. There are also seaside towns of Baltimore and Schull with lots of nice shops and cafes to browse through. Further on are Bantry and Glengarriff is located at the foot of the Caha Mountains that separate Cork from Kerry. It is a dense lush sub-tropical valley that is famous for a seal colony and Italian Gardens visited by boat from The Blue Pool in Glengarriff.

Day 5

Beara Peninsula & Castletownbere Tour

The Beara Peninsula is located in the South West Extreme of Ireland and is the most remote, unspoilt and beautiful regions of the Island. The tour includes beautiful Mountain Passes and rugged coastline as well as many delightful villages with strange names such as Allihes and Tuosist. The town of Castletownbere is a fishing port & the Island of Bere is also accessible by boat from this town. The highlight of the tour is the high mountain pass known as the Healy Pass which connects the two coastal roads.

Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Tour

From the town of Dingle, the Slea Head Drive is simply one of the most beautiful coastal drives through rugged landscapes, epic mountains, deep coastlines and serene villages. The Blasket Islands that are a group of historical islands located on the tip of the peninsula in Irelands most westerly point. The Blasket Islands Heritage Center celebrates the story of the Blasket Islands, their writers the native language, culture and tradition. There are also ancient beehive huts, a perfectly formed miniature oratory at Gallarus and countless ancient sights dotted amongst the epic landscapes which was the setting for many epic movies most notably Ryans Daughter.


Day 6

Gap of Dunloe Tour and Aghadoe Park

From Killarney the tour to The Gap of Dunloe is a must and perhaps is scenery akin to Ireland at its most serene and quintessential. The tour is a wonderful trip through a canyon of mountainous scenery to be taken by horse and trap or on foot. There are many lakes en route that eventually leads back to the bigger Lakes of Killarney which can be reached by boat. Kate Kearney's Cottage is a famous meeting point at the bottom of the gap. Towards Killarney is the Aghadoe Viewing Park where the view of the dramatic lakes and mountains are breathtaking in their immensity.

West Clare, Cliffs of Moher & Burren

West Clare is among Irelands most rugged and dramatic landscapes with shifting and sculpting stone creating unforgettable scenery such as the Cliffs of Moher, Burren Plateau and Islands. We recommend a visit to visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan at the heart of The Burren. The ancient Dolmen at Poulnabrune is a relic to the intelligence of the first settlers in this remote lunar like landscape. The villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra are quaint and two of the most pleasant and photogenic in Ireland.


Day 7

South Clare Rugged Coast & Beach Tour

South County Clare is an unspoilt haven for those interested in rugged Atlantic seascapes and desolate beaches. Doonbeg (Irish for the small dunes) is home to a wonderful golf course on the edge of the ocean. At certain times of the year schools of dolphins and whales can be seen in the Shannon Estuary at Carrigaholt and Loop Head. The market town of Kilrush is a excellent place to browse the colorful shop fronts and experience a traditional Irish town. The town of Kilkee is famed for its clean beach and Cliff walks and dramatic wild scenery of the unforgettable lighthouse walk at Loop Head. The south Clare also has beautiful inland places to visit such as the market town of Ennis with Ennis Friary and nearby Quin Abbey.

Day 8

Galway City Centre Exploring & Shopping

Galway is Ireland's cultural, language, traditional music and artistic Capital. The city centre is famous for its lively ambience, street entertainment, shopping, cafes and pubs. As the centre of the city is all walking streets this is best explored on foot starting at Eyre Square and ending at The Claddagh Quay or vice versa. Shoppers in Galway will find an eclectic range or local goods from the Aran Sweaters to the Claddagh Rings. The Latin Quarter is veritably buzzing from the eclectic legacy of a European influenced maritime past which starts at the Spanish Arch. Dining and pubs numerous and the Quays Bar, Naughton's Pub and Mc Donaghs seafood restaurant are all favorites. We also recommend a quick stop at Lynchs Castle in the centre of Shop Street, a magnificent Gothic style castle with a macabre history.

Roundstone, Beaches, Bays & Coastal Tour

The southern shores of Connemara are famous for aqua marine waters, white carribbean style sandy beaches and coastal villages with seafood bars and restaurants. The must see haunts on this tour are the villages of Roundstone with its beautiful Dogs Bay Beach and the quaint villages of Cashel, Carna and Carraroe. This is a breathtaking landscape of epic mountains, deep coves and rugged wildness unmatched elsewhere in Europe.

Day 9

Connemara, Sky Road and Kylemore Valley

In the morning we will head west of Galway and the beautiful Connemara landscape which is rugged and dramatic as sheep overtake cows as the main curious onlookers. After the trail we will continue through Leenane village where the movie "The Field" was filmed. You will visit Kylemore Abbey, the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. We will travel through Letterfrack, and the coastline taking the Sky Road back to Clifden.

Ashford Castle Estate Activities & Cong

On completion of the day touring you may take the afternoon at leisure on the grounds of the castle where multiple activities such as falconry, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding / walks are available on request. It is recommended to take a boat ride on Lough Corrib and perhaps stop on the Island of St.Patrick to view the ruins of an ancient monastery.There is often evening entertainment available in the Dungeon Bar at Ashford Castle.


Day 10

North Mayo County & Museum Tour

North Mayo County is a region of interesting towns and of landscapes of many contrasts. Ballina, its largest town on the banks of Lough Conn has a large cathedral that is built on the remains of an Augustinian Friary. The town of Knock is Ireland's foremost religious centre where an apparition of the Virgin Mary was visited by locals in the early 20th century. There is also the fantastic Museum of Country Life which is the rural version of The National Museum of Ireland. A local crafts trail can be taken from Swinford to Foxford. Off the beaten track is Ceide Fields, the oldest known human settlement in Western Europe, dating back five thousand years. A recent addittion to this outstanding landscape is the Ballycroy National Park, Irelands newest National Park comprised mostly of bog and wetlands.

Sligo Lakes, Mountains & Coastal Tour

Sligo is an area of extreme beauty and varied landscapes with ancient sights dotted along its coastline and mountains. Of major importance is Carrowkeel, a five thousand year old megalithic cemetery which is hidden amongst the clambering hills. Ben Bulben is a beautiful Table Mountain where Ireland's greatest poet WB Yeats is laid to rest. His gravestone with its enigmatic epitaph can be visited along with many other interesting relics of times past. Also in the North West coastal region are beautiful lakes, mystical Islands and pure waterfalls that inspired Yeats with romantic visions. This region has unspoilt coastline which is considered among the most beautiful in Ireland.

Day 11

West Donegal and Slieve League Tour

West of Donegal Town is one of the most magnificent and fascinating tours of Irelands North West region. Beyond the pretty villages of Killibegs and Ardara are the most spectacular and highest sea cliffs in Europe known as Slieve League with awe inspiring vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Tweed making is a local industry which has thrived for many generations. The Tweed Factory & Shop in Kilcar is also a favourite amongst visitors to Donegal. Nancys Pub in Ardtara is one of the great traditional pubs and restaurants in Ireland and highly recommended for a stop after the wilds of the west.

Glenveagh National Park & Gardens Tour

The Glenveagh National Park, Lakes and Castle is the jewel of the North West of Ireland. The National Park is over fourteen thousand acres of pristine wildlife and consists of Donegal's two highest peaks Errigal and Snaght as well as many lakes and bog lands. On the eastern shore of Lough Veagh stands the beautifully restored Glenveagh Castle and Formal Gardens which was kindly donated to the state by Henry P McIlhenny who bought it from the infamous landowner James Adair.

Day 12

Derry City Walls & Northern Coast Tour

Derry City located on the banks of the River Foyle is the fourth largest city in Ireland. The city is noted for its complete city walls built 1613 - 1619 and are among the finest city walls in Europe. A Tour of the walls encompasses great ramparts, cathedrals, murals and interesting gates allowing access to the walled city. To the north of the city along the Derry coastline is a fine Martello Tower at Greencastle was built during the Napoleonic Wars to prevent access to the city. The highlight of this region however is the wonderful Mussenden Temple on the Downhill Demesne which is built on at 120 foot cliff. The temple was built as a summer library and its architecture was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome.

Giants Causeway & Antrim Coastal Tour

Among Ireland's most unforgettable beauty spots is the Causeway Coast that stretches from Belfast to Derry along the North Eastern region the Island. Soon we enter the Nine Glens of Antrim as they drop majestically from the Antrim Plateau to the ocean below. Touring the northernmost coast will encompass the beautiful highlights of this unique coast that includes The Distillery at Bushmills, Dunluce Castle and Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge as it hangs precariously over the North Atlantic Ocean. A stop for food or a drink at the historic 16th century Bushmills Inn in Bushmills is also a highlight. The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site rated as one of the Natural Wonders of the World. It is made up of 40000 interlocking basalt columns up to 12 metres long that stretch along the coast and into the ocean.

Day 13

Carlingford Lough, Town & Country Tour

Carlingford Lough is nestled between Slieve Foy and the Mourne mountains and provides a unique blend of natural beauty, spectacular panoramas, myths and legends. Carlingford Town is one of Ireland's best preserved medieval towns, founded by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. Carlingford can offer the visitor a wide range of activities: golf, hill walking, sailing, wind-surfing, outdoor activities centre, Heritage Centre, guided history tours, medieval buildings, Irish pubs, traditional music, restaurants, Carlingford Oysters are all available.

Newgrange & Ancient Boyne Valley Tour

Just one hour North West of Dublin city is Newgrange an ancient wonder of Neolithic Age in Europe. Newgrange is a large grass covered mound covering an area of over one acre with large kerbstones which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The tour of the monument involves travelling though a chamber into the centre of the tomb. Here you will experience a reenactment of the magical process of the centre chamber lighting up with a thin shaft of early morning winter sunshine. There is an exhibition of ancient life in the Boyne Valley to support the monument that is worthy of a visit as well as an excellent audio visual show. The tour can be combined with visits to the lesser known monuments of Knowth and Dowth and also Ireland's most important battle site where the Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690.

Day 1

Mont Clare Hotel Dublin

The 3 Star Mont Clare Hotel is perfectly located in Dublin City centre on the corner of Merrion Square and St Stephens Green. The hotel is a famous landmark in the city centre and was known to be frequented by James Joyce in his career. Next door to the hotel is the National Art Gallery and the main shopping areas of Nassau Street and Grafton Street are five minutes walk from this excellent hotel.


Day 2

Ladyswell House Cashel

Ladyswell House is a wonderful family run Guesthouse at the foot of the Rock of Cashel in the historic town of Cashel in Tipperary. The bedrooms are decorated to a very high standard and many of the rooms have wonderful views over the Rock of Cashel. The houses is individually styled and well appointed with antique and curios throughout. Ladyswell is superbly located for both pubs and restaurants and is beside the world famous Chez Hans Restaurant which is located in a converted church. Breakfast at Ladyswell is a home cooked treat of local artisan products.

Day 3

Desmond House Kinsale

Desmond House Kinsale is a Georgian Town House and has many historical features. The Bedrooms are amongst the largest guest rooms in Kinsale. The beds are 6 foot wide and the full sized bathrooms have a whirlpool bathtub. The guesthouse is family run and located in the historic quarter of Kinsale beside the medieval Desmond Castle on a hill overlooking the town and bay.

Day 4 - 5

Killarney Guest Lodge

Killarney Lodge is an award winning four star guesthouse conveniently located in one of Ireland's most popular and beautiful areas, Killarney and its National Park. It is within walking distance of the Town Centre, Killarney Lakes and world renowned National Park. Owned and managed by the Treacy family, Killarney Lodge provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which will make your stay truly memorable. Open fires, fine antiques and beautiful paintings are all hallmarks of this elegant house.


Day 6

Heatons House Dingle

Heaton's Guesthouse enjoys a superb location on the edge of the water with magnificent views of Dingle bay and Harbour, just a 5-minute walk to the heart of dingle town.
Accommodation in Heaton's is of the highest standard where cleanliness and warmth comes first and has been voted one of the best places to stay in Ireland.
Dining at this family run 4-star guesthouse will simply blow your taste buds away as gourmet breakfasts are cooked and prepared by chef David Heaton.

Day 7

Cullinans House Doolin

Cullinans Restaurant and Guesthouse is a family run operation located in the heart of Doolin Village. It is a boutique property with well designed rooms with excellent views over the village and rivers. The restaurant has won many awards for its excellent seafood which is caught daily from local shores. The world famous pubs are minutes walk either side of this wonderful guesthouse.
Contact: +353 65 7074183 Web: www.cullinansdoolin.com/

Day 8 - 9

Seamist House Clifden

Seamist Luxury Guesthouse in is located overlooking the picturesque Quay in Clifden, Connemara and is one of Irelands most stunning guesthouses. The exterior is of local Connemara stone and is complimented by wonderfully kept gardens. The bedrooms are equally pleasing with decorations in style with the age of this turn of the century manor with high ceiling and ornate features throughout. Breakfast is served in the conservatory and enjoys many local produce prepared to order as well as vegetables and herbs provided from the kitchen garden.


Day 10 - 11

Ard na Breatha Donegal