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Photographing the Emerald Isle: Coastline, Countryside and Villages of Ireland

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Program #20208RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Digital Camera (preferably SLR) Camera Leads to connect to computer (USB comes in this category) Memory card/ flash card/ etc Optional: Laptop Tripod Filters: U.V. Filter, Polarising filter, Graduated Neutral density filters in differing densities if possible, portable storage, ie; memory stick.

Itinerary for Sep 1 — Sep 12, 2014

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Day One: Monday, September 01 -
In Transit: Overnigth flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.

Contact info:
Ennistymon
Ennistymon, County Clare Ireland
phone: +353 65 707 1004
web: www.fallshotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite tv. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Two restaurants-An Teach Mor in the original Georgian manor house and Cascades Restaurant at the river's edge, Dylan Thomas Bar. Aqua & Fitness Club, which has swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub, bubble pool, childrens pool and fully equipped gymnasium. River Spa, which contains 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a relaxation room overlooking the River Inagh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 02 -
Arrive To: Shannon Airport and transfer to the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon followed by a welcome meeting at 5:00pm with Jan Chipps, course director, before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Falls Hotel.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.

Contact info:
Ennistymon
Ennistymon, County Clare Ireland
phone: +353 65 707 1004
web: www.fallshotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite tv. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Two restaurants-An Teach Mor in the original Georgian manor house and Cascades Restaurant at the river's edge, Dylan Thomas Bar. Aqua & Fitness Club, which has swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub, bubble pool, childrens pool and fully equipped gymnasium. River Spa, which contains 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a relaxation room overlooking the River Inagh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 03 - The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Interactive audio-visual learning session: Introduction to the programme. Basic techniques of landscape photography, use of filters, knowing your camera. Followed by a day long field trip to the Burren, a desolate, starkly beautiful area of limestone rocks and hills south of Galway Bay. The Burren is a place of unique interest to botanists, archaeologists and ecologists alike. To the botanist, the Burren is home to rare alpine plants, delicate wonders that grow in the thin soil and crevices-gentians, mountain avens and maidenhair ferns amongst others. It is an area of scenic attractions where the clear light, reflected from the stone-grey hills, seems to radiate an air of timelessness, which is made more realistic by the presence of the many prehistoric remains that dot the fields and the valleys beneath. Techniques session continues in the field.

Lunch: Farm visit and lunch at Glanquin House (Father Ted's Parochial House) This 225 acre eco farm keeps sheep, cows, horses as well as organic vegetable production. The house itself is an 1850 listed Georgian building and was the location for the Irish cult sitcom Father Ted.

Afternoon: Field trip to photograph the Cliffs of Moher. Rising like a cathedral in to the sky some 700 feet over the wild Atlantic ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are a symbol of Ireland and are world-renowned for their beauty. The views from the Cliffs stretch as far as Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: An evening of storytelling.

Lodging: Falls Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.

Contact info:
Ennistymon
Ennistymon, County Clare Ireland
phone: +353 65 707 1004
web: www.fallshotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite tv. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Two restaurants-An Teach Mor in the original Georgian manor house and Cascades Restaurant at the river's edge, Dylan Thomas Bar. Aqua & Fitness Club, which has swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub, bubble pool, childrens pool and fully equipped gymnasium. River Spa, which contains 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a relaxation room overlooking the River Inagh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, September 04 - Inis Orr, the Aran Islands.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart by ferry for Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands. The nearest island to the mainland it is home to an Irish speaking community of just 250 people. A traditional way of life is practiced here and Irish culture flourishes. Explore and photograph the island in the company of local artist.

Lunch: On the island.

Afternoon: Field trip continues. Return by ferry to the mainland.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: After dinner learning session with Jan Chipps.

Lodging: Falls Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Modern hotel with leisure facilities.

Contact info:
Westport.
Westport, Co Mayo Ireland
phone: +353 98 55088
web: www.castlecourthotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdrier, ironing board.

Facility amenities: Orchard Restaurant, Courtyard Bistro and Petie Joe's bar with entertainment and dancing. The Leisure Centre offers you a truly spectacular 20 metre Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped and modern Gymnasium.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, September 05 - Galway city. Traditional Irish music session.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Westport in Co. Mayo.

Lunch: Excluded so that you can sample Galway's many cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Afternoon: Free time to explore and photograph the city. Arrive and check in to the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Traditional Irish music session in the local pub.

Lodging: Castlecourt Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Modern hotel with leisure facilities.

Contact info:
Westport.
Westport, Co Mayo Ireland
phone: +353 98 55088
web: www.castlecourthotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdrier, ironing board.

Facility amenities: Orchard Restaurant, Courtyard Bistro and Petie Joe's bar with entertainment and dancing. The Leisure Centre offers you a truly spectacular 20 metre Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped and modern Gymnasium.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, September 06 - Connemara. Kylemore Abbey.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for day long field trip through the wild haunting scenery of Connemara. This is an intense and shifting landscape, spectacularly enhanced by the dramatic skies and changing light. With its brooding mountains, elegant castles, dark bogland, serene lakes, windswept shores and delicate flora, Connemara wil provide endless photographic opportunities

Lunch: At Kylemore Abbey, the oldest Irish Benedictine Abbey.

Afternoon: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden offers scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history and beautiful architecture. Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain (1,736ft) on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, the heart of the Connemara Mountains, it is regarded as one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings. Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history including engineering initiatives, model farms, tragedy, royal visits, gambling debts and a hideaway during Ireland’s troubled history . In 1920, Kylemore became an Abbey and is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The Community of nuns, who have resided here for 189 years, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. One mile west of the main Abbey building are the 6-acre Victorian Walled Gardens, built by Mitchell Henry at the same time as the construction of Kylemore Castle between 1867 and 1871. This garden was one of the last walled gardens to be built during the Victorian period in Ireland and is the only garden in Ireland that is located in the middle of a bog.

Lodging: Castlecourt Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Modern hotel with leisure facilities.

Contact info:
Westport.
Westport, Co Mayo Ireland
phone: +353 98 55088
web: www.castlecourthotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdrier, ironing board.

Facility amenities: Orchard Restaurant, Courtyard Bistro and Petie Joe's bar with entertainment and dancing. The Leisure Centre offers you a truly spectacular 20 metre Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped and modern Gymnasium.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, September 07 - Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Midway review with Jan Chipps. Followed by free time.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Depart for Croagh Patrick, Achill Island and Clew Bay. Croagh Patrick overlooking Clew Bay has been a sacred mountain for almost 5,000 years. In pre Christian Ireland the festival of the God Lugh was held on its slopes. According to Christian tradition, St. Patrick went up the sacred mountain at festival time in 441 AD and fasted at the summit for 40 days. The site quickly became an important place of Christian pilgrimage. Nearly 1 million visitors climb to its top each year. Achill Island is the largest island in the country and is reached by bridge. The colourful landscapes of Achill have inspired both writers and artists alike. There will be an opportunity to photograph The Deserted Village at Slievemore , some 80 - 100 stone cottages located along a mile long stretch of road, a haunting reminder of life on Achill Island in times gone by.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: Opportunity to take sunset shots of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay.

Lodging: Castlecourt Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Glasshouse is Sligo’s only 4 star city centre hotel, towering dramatically over the Garravogue River it offerschic interiors, great city views and proximity to all downtown Sligo has to offer. Shaped like a ship in dock, the hotel’s glass exterior can be seen from afar, inside the quirky interiors are equally as impressive.

Contact info:
Swan Point
Sligo, Ireland
phone: +353 71 9194300
web: www.theglasshuse.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Climate control, LCD TV, inroom safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. 24 hour room service. Internet access via dial up, broadband or remote onscreen access via TV.

Facility amenities: The Kitchen Restaurant; View Bar and Cafe Bar with broadwalk and al fresco area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, September 08 - Northwest coast and Atlantic Ocean to Sligo .
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Travel via the unspoilt Northwest Coast of Sligo – an opportunity to photograph the Atlantic Ocean and scenic beaches and dunes.

Lunch: In Enniscrone -a small seaside village and is situated along the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of Ireland's most beautiful and inspiring seaside towns.

Afternoon: Check in to the hotel. Before dinner session with Jan Chipps.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Glasshouse Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Glasshouse is Sligo’s only 4 star city centre hotel, towering dramatically over the Garravogue River it offerschic interiors, great city views and proximity to all downtown Sligo has to offer. Shaped like a ship in dock, the hotel’s glass exterior can be seen from afar, inside the quirky interiors are equally as impressive.

Contact info:
Swan Point
Sligo, Ireland
phone: +353 71 9194300
web: www.theglasshuse.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Climate control, LCD TV, inroom safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. 24 hour room service. Internet access via dial up, broadband or remote onscreen access via TV.

Facility amenities: The Kitchen Restaurant; View Bar and Cafe Bar with broadwalk and al fresco area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 09 - Ben Bulben, Donegal and Glencolmcille.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for full day field trip to Donegal - undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most untouched and ruggedly beautiful counties, County Donegal’s striking landscape has remained relatively unaffected by the passage of time Stop en route at Drumcliffe, the final resting place of the famed Irish poet W. B. Yeats’, under the majestic mountain of Ben Bulben

Lunch: In the picturesque fishing village of Killybegs.

Afternoon: Journey further along the Slieve League Peninsula to Glencolmcille a place of tremendous natural beauty; mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschia-bordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Glasshouse Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Glasshouse is Sligo’s only 4 star city centre hotel, towering dramatically over the Garravogue River it offerschic interiors, great city views and proximity to all downtown Sligo has to offer. Shaped like a ship in dock, the hotel’s glass exterior can be seen from afar, inside the quirky interiors are equally as impressive.

Contact info:
Swan Point
Sligo, Ireland
phone: +353 71 9194300
web: www.theglasshuse.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Climate control, LCD TV, inroom safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. 24 hour room service. Internet access via dial up, broadband or remote onscreen access via TV.

Facility amenities: The Kitchen Restaurant; View Bar and Cafe Bar with broadwalk and al fresco area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, September 10 - Lough Erne and Devenish Island.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Session with Jan Chipps. Followed by a day field trip to to Lough Erne & Devenish Island The island was an ancient monastic settlement and 12th century historic remains in the form of a round tower, graveyard, church and Celtic Cross can still be seen there.

Lunch: Taken en route.

Afternoon: Field trip continues with lots of opportunities to photograph this most beautiful of Ireland’s inland waterways

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Glasshouse Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located historic building

Contact info:
OConnell Street
Ennis
Co. Clare, Ireland
phone: +353 65 682 8127
web: www.flynnhotels.com

Room amenities: remote controlled television, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and iron, tea & coffee available in room.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting room on site, residents' library, wireless internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, September 11 - Farewell with local musicians.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Ennis in Co. Clare.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: Review and slideshow of photographs.

Dinner: Farewell dinner with local musicians.

Evening: Musicians entertain.

Lodging: Old Ground Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, September 12 -
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel. Some departures may leave before breakfast.

In Transit: Return flights to North America.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Westport.
Westport.Westport House and Country Estate,the Clew Bay Heritage Centre, Drummindoo Stud Equitation Centre. Clay pigeon shooting, sea angling, hill walking, sailing, golf.
For additional information, visit: www.westport.mayo-ireland.ie/

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