Connemara House Party
Connemara House Party
- The untamed west coast of Ireland
- The scenery across Roundstone Bogs with the backdrop of the Twelve Bens; a true spectacle
- Majestic Inagh Valley
- West facing golden beaches for glorious sunsets
- Learn creative techniques to add impact to your images
- Our own fabulously located house with private access to a sandy beach and live-in chef
- Tutorial presentations to inform and inspire
Connemara, on the west coast of Ireland, is an unspoilt gem that will enchant any photographer and has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. From the Twelve Bens mountain range that looms over the unique landscape of the Roundstone Bog and the golden beaches reaching out into the wild Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re somewhere special with light that constantly changes the mood of the landscape.
Spring time is a magical time in Connemara as the countryside comes alive with vivid spring flowers and the startling shades of green Ireland is famed for.
With exclusive occupation of carefully selected lodges, each offering a high degree of comfort and set in stunning locations, we are able to tailor our photographic forays according to the best light and time of day. Meals are cooked fresh by our own live-in chef and can be timed to offer maximum flexibility. Our house parties combine serious photography with serious fun.
Dates: 6-13 May 2017
Single Supplement: £0
Group Size: 8
Guide: Claire Carter
Principal Subjects: Dramatic coastal and mountain scenery. The desolate beauty of the Roundstone Bog photographed at dawn and dusk.
Cost Includes: Ferry service from/to Holyhead. Accommodation in our private house, all meals (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 8), tuition and transport during tour
Cost Excludes: Insurance, alcoholic drinks, personal items and travel to venue.
In the unlikely event of ferry crossings being delayed or cancelled, additional costs associated with food, accommodation and onward travel arrangements must be met by individual guests.
Claire is a full-time photographer with over 30 years of teaching experience. Landscape photography is the genre that lights her fire and she has had her work recognized in major competitions. Leading tours enables her to use both her photography and teaching expertise and she gets personal highs from both. Claire is keen to help you learn to “think” and will share her plans for the shoot ahead, looking at maps, apps and weather.
A large, private, house provides quality accommodation. All bedrooms are en-suite. Communal areas are spacious and modern with a large dining room where we will eat together. The views of the sea from the house are outstanding and one can walk to the shore. WiFi is available.
Meals are informal and breakfast and an evening meal will be taken in our accommodation. As this tour is aimed at serious photography, meals will not take priority and will be fitted in around prime photography time. We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure you get what you want.
A few locations require a short, easy walk to reach the desired location but all have plenty of interest along the way and we will not be rushing but walking and shooting as we go. The majority of locations are literally just outside the vehicle. A good degree of agility is required walking on rocky beaches.
Weather is very changeable on the west coast and although it could be warm and sunny in the day, rain, strong winds and cold mornings should be planned for.
Our guide for this tour, Claire Carter, has many years of photographic tour-leading experience. For those who would like assistance, she will take you through both technical and practical aspects of this type of photography and will be on hand to help you get the most from your time spent with us.
Meeting up and saying goodbye
Meet the minibus at 11:00 at Holyhead ferry terminal ready for the 11:50 departure.
Holyhead has an excellent rail service providing connections to rail stations throughout Britain. The rail station in Holyhead is situated within the ferry terminal building.
For those driving, long term parking is available a short distance from the main terminal building. The cost (2016) is £8.00 per day. Pay and ticket machines are located at the car park. A free “park and ride” shuttle bus will bring passengers to/from the car park.
Holyhead is situated in Anglesey in North Wales and is served by the A55 and A5 road networks. It is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Chester, 2 hours from Liverpool, 2 hours and 20 minutes from Manchester and 3 hours and 15 minutes from Birmingham by car.
The tour concludes on arrival back at Holyhead.
We take our responsibility as a tour operator very seriously and are conscious of our impact on the environment. Not only do we strive to minimise this impact in a variety of ways, we donate a proportion of our income to a select number of conservation initiatives.