SCOTLAND  & IRELAND                     June 14-29, 2020

Our adventure starts in Scotland’s capital city where we shall whet our appetite shooting castles and monuments. We then venture north and west towards Skye, an island that needs no introduction. Iconic locations such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing, and the wild beach at Elgol, await us and all welcome a fantastic photo adventure.  In Ireland we'll explore the west coast and take in many of the best locations Ireland has to offer.

About the Tour

Guest Price

    $13,500 USD 

               Per person double occupancy

               International Airfare INCLUDED

 

Single Supplement Optional

    $1200 USD

 

Deposit

    $3375 USD

 

Tour Guest Limit

    12 Guest Maximum

 

Registration Deadline 

    90 days from departure date  

This price is inclusive of Round Trip economy airfare from USA gateway city. See below for more details.

Tour Pricing Info

M&M Guide Photographer

    Mike Gulbraa

Guest Pro Photographer

Jeff Cable    www.jeffcable.com

Tour Leaders

Included

  • International RT economy airfare USA gateway city

  • All airport transfers

  • Internal airfare if applicable

  • Tour program and services for official 9 days

  • Local Experienced English-speaking guides

  • Double occupancy rooms

  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Any Admission fees as mentioned in the itinerary

  • All ground transportation in an air conditioned vehicle (within the tour itinerary)

 

Accommodations

Not Included

  • Any Passport and Visa arrangements

  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge

  • Additional drinks and other personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

  • Any services not specifically mentioned in the tour program

  • Tips for guides or baggage handlers

  • Airport Taxes

 

Tour Highlights

  •  Edinburgh

  •  The Trossachs & Oban

  •  Isles of Mull, Iona, & Staffa

  •  Glen Nevis

  •  Cuillin Hills

  •  Isle of Sky

  •  Dublin

  •  Killarney

  •  Dingle

  •  Cliffs of Moher

 

The following are our planned accommodations for the trip.  They may change depending on final guest count and property availability.

Edinburgh

Braid Hills Hotel - https://www.braidhillshotel.co.uk/

Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull Hotel - https://www.crerarhotels.com/isle-of-mull-hotel-spa

Isle of Skye

Duisdale House Hotel - https://duisdale.com/ or Skeabost Hotel - https://www.skeabosthotel.com/

Dublin

Camden Court Hotel - https://www.camdencourthotel.com/

Killarney

Scott's Hotel - https://www.scottshotelkillarney.com/

Dingle

Dingle Skellig Hotel - https://www.dingleskellig.com/

Galway

Nox Hotel - https://www.noxhotelgalway.ie/

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 — Edinburgh, Scotland
Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer to our hotel. After time to relax, meet for our first photo shoot: an afternoon walk along the Royal Mile. As we wind our way from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Park, frame sharp church spires, cobbled alleyways, and the warmly lit windows of age-old pubs. A short hike brings us up the knoll of Arthur’s Seat, where we’ll capture the cityscape from an outstanding vantage point. Tonight, gather for an orientation and a welcome dinner at the hotel. Braid Hills Hotel, Edinburgh

 
Day 2 — The Trossachs /Oban
Head west after breakfast, stopping for a warm-up hike in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—Scotland’s first national park, established in 2002. Our trail takes us up to the pointed summit of Ben A’an to photograph sweeping views of Loch Katrine. After lunch, continue to the port town of Oban, the gateway to the wild islands that stretch along Scotland’s west coast. Walk the lively harbor or pay a visit to the local whisky distillery for a guided tour. (B, L, D) Oban


Day 3 — Isles of Mull, Iona, and Staffa
Board the morning ferry to the Island of Mull, the second largest of the Inner Hebrides. Cross to the west coast and take a boat to the uninhabited isle of Staffa to visit Fingal’s Cave. Spend time capturing images of the wild geology and geometry of the cave and its sea-splashed hexagonal basalt shafts. End the day on Iona, a tiny island off the tip of Mull that has drawn pilgrims since St. Columba established a monastery here in the sixth century. In the late afternoon light, take a photo hike past pristine beaches, an ancient nunnery, and a stunning medieval abbey. (B, L, D) Isle of Mull Hotel, Isle of Mull


Day 4 — Glen Coe and Glen Nevis/Isle of Skye
Travel north, tracing the eastern shores of Loch Linnhe into a mystical landscape of sweeping slopes and rocky peaks, and stopping for photo shoots along the way. Pass the western end of Glen Coe, scene of a historic massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692, before continuing to Fort William. Hike beneath the hulking summit of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom. Later this afternoon, follow the “road to the isles” and get your first images of the Isle of Skye as we cross to its shores. (B, L, D) Duisdale or Skeabost House Hotel


Day 5 — Northern Skye
The spectacular landscapes of northern Skye rise in soft, grassy slopes that drop off in sheer cliffs, and rock formations that spike and curl. The setting is perfect for a lesson in landscape photography. Set off on foot into this magical place, rich with legend and intrigue. Hike beneath the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr, photographing different angles on these unusual rock formations. Later, venture into Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, and the stronghold of the MacLeod chiefs for some 800 years. Listen to the colorful history of the clan as we explore elegant staterooms and the dungeon, and photograph the beautiful gardens. (B, L, D) Duisdale or Skeabost House Hotel


Day 6 — Cuillin Hills
Along Skye’s southern edge, the Cuillin mountains, often called the Black Cuillin, rise abruptly in rocky crests formed from dark volcanic gabbro. We’ll take the less-traveled route into the Cuillins, approaching from the south by boat via narrow Loch Coruisk, which offers a dramatic perspective for photographers. Circumnavigate the loch, taking in magnificent views of the peaks that tower over its shores. Then enjoy an incredible photo hike among these fabled slopes. (B, L, D) Duisdale or Skeabost House Hotel


Day 7 — Skye/Edinburgh
After breakfast, start our journey back to Edinburgh, stopping along the way for lunch and a short hike to photograph the beautiful Falls of the Bruar in Cairngorms National Park. Arrive in Edinburgh in the late afternoon and transfer to the city center or to the airport for your flight to Ireland. (B, L, D) Edinburgh


Day 8 – Dublin
Welcome to Dublin and the Emerald Isle!
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting and dinner after a short photo walk. (B, L, D) Camden Court Hotel, Dublin


Day 9 – Killarney
Travel by private vehicle to Killarney.
Upon arrival you enjoy lunch at a local pub - a chance for some very candid images and video. You'll learn quickly that pubs are the heartbeat of Ireland, whether you're interested in guzzling beer or simply getting to know more about Irish culture, pubs are definitely an important part of any Irish adventure - the place for infectiously cheerful music, tall tales and making friends over a pint or two. The Irish take their beer seriously, so this is a great chance to taste a variety of rich 'real ales'. Get to know classic pub fare such as Irish stew, chowders and fish and chips, while also sampling less familiar dishes such as coddle, boxty and champ. In the afternoon head out on a guided walk of Killarney. Together with a local guide, enjoy the outdoors and find the best spots for photos. In the evening gather for an included dinner in a local restaurant. (B, L, D) Scott’s Hotel, Killarney


Day 10 – Beara Peninsula - Killarney
The Beara Peninsula is much less travelled than its near neighbors of the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry, but it is as beautiful and dramatic as the better-known routes in the Kerry area. Enjoy the lovely town of Kenmare, dramatically set within mountain ranges at the foot of the Kenmare river. From here you will travel along the northern edge of the Beara Peninsula to Kilmackillogue Pier where we can stop and perhaps stay a while at O’Sullivan’s Bar on the pier. This is rural Ireland at its best. A lovely pub in a coastal location with stunning scenery in every direction. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Cork and Kerry mountain ranges, before returning to Killarney for your overnight stay where you will dine again in a local restaurant or pub. (B, L, D) Scott’s Hotel, Killarney


Day 11 – Gap of Dunloe - Black Valley - Killarney
This morning start with a short taxi ride to Ross Castle where you will board a boat and cross the three Lakes of Killarney to Lord Brannon’s Cottage which is located at one end of the Gap of Dunloe. Within the Gap of Dunloe there are five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough (north to south). These lakes are connected by the River Loe. Between the first two lakes is an old arch bridge called the ‘Wishing Bridge’ so named because it is said that wishes made while upon it are destined to come true. Walk and enjoy the stunning scenery, finishing up at the famous Kate Kearney’s Cottage for lunch. After lunch head back to town for some free time. 
Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant or pub. (B, L, D) Scott’s Hotel, Killarney  

Day 12 – Dingle
This morning depart for a part of the Ireland that many have described as the most beautiful in the world. From Ireland’s westernmost point to deserted beaches, the peninsula is stunning around every corner and bend in the road. Stop of in the tiny settlements of the peninsula where artists, musicians and craftspeople have found their home. Enjoy lunch in a local pub before settling into your accommodation for some free time and then a relaxing night. (B, L, D) Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle


Day 13 – Cliffs of Moher - Galway
Today is a long day as we set out and head slowly northeast in the direction of Limerick. However, when visiting the West Coast of Ireland, one has to stop at the Cliffs of Moher. The sheer rocky cliffs rise from the deep blue sea and are topped with rolling green fields. Learn about the history of the famous site and the puffins that nest here in summer at the Cliffs Exhibition. (B, L, D) Nox Hotel, Galway


Day 14 – Connemara National Park - Dublin
Before returning to Dublin, head to Connemara National Park. The park covers a vast terrain with mountains, bogs heaths, grasslands and woodlands. From the park’s visitor’s center several trails give options for beautiful scenic walks. Perhaps take a look back at the turrets of Kylemore Abbey from the top of Diamond Hill or spend your time spotting the local wildlife. Return to Dublin for our final overnight stay and farewell dinner. (B, L, D)  Camden Court Hotel, Dublin


Day 15 – Dublin
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time for your flights home. (B)


Included in the cost of the tour
 All flights and ground transfers by private coach upon arrival and departure
 Photography per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver/guide
 Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 14 nights
 Meals as outline in itinerary
 Ferry services: Oban – Mull – Iona – Staffa – Mull (with return to Oban the following morning)
 Loch Coruisk boat trip
 Guided walking tour in Killarney
 Gap of Dunloe tour
 Entrance fees to the following attractions and sites: Oban Distillery, Dunvegan Castle, Cliffs of Moher
 Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at each hotel
 Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)

 

 

Helpful Info

What To Take  (These are only suggestions, they are NOT required!)

Our list of Recommended Gear for your Photo Tour

·       2 camera bodies—the same manufacturer that will fit all your lenses

·       Camera battery charger and cords

·       CompactFlash/SD Cards (bring as much memory as possible. At least 40 gigs)

·       Card Reader for file transfer

·       External hard drives for back up (we recommend a minimum of a 500GB drive)

·       Black Rapid camera strap

·       Extra batteries (lots!)—best packed in checked luggage even when traveling abroad

·       Lenses (Depending on the tour) Medium telephoto, Fixed, Wide angle & Macro lens that give you a wide range

          of length. 10mm to 500mm if possible

·       1.4x  or 2x teleconverter for the telephoto—same brand as lens

·       Tripod and head

·       Flash—strobe with automatic TTL fill flash capabilities or Reflector

·       Photo backpack

·       Lens cloth and cleaning fluid

·       Blower ball for dust

·       Circular polarizing filter

·       Grad ND filters

·       Rain sleeve for camera and lens

·       Cable or electronic shutter release

·       Laptop computer (travel size such as a netbook)

·       Current version of Photoshop or Lightroom

·       International power adapter

·       Multiple plug power strip & adaptor to gain electric outlets in your room for simultaneous downloading & recharging

·       Sensor cleaning supplies

 

 

GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT.  YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP.  LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE.  M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES.  INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO (http://www.benrousa.com/products/travel-angel-ii/) HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE.  MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION.  PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.

 

 

Tour Difficulty = Moderate to Strenuous

Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected.  You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

Pursuant to Clause 2 under Enrollment: If you need to cancel within a stated refund period, M&M Photo Tours, Inc. may allow you to apply all monies paid to a future trip, within 12 months.  We must receive written notification (E-mail is accepted) of your cancellation and your desire to apply the funds to a future trip.

 

We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance as this policy is strongly adhered to. The purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended.  M&M Photo Tours, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any trip/tour/group due to insufficient registration at any time.  In the even of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given.  It is agreed by registering for any M&M Photo Tours, Inc. tour that M&M Photo Tours, Inc.   assumes no responsibility for refund or additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip.

 

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