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Tour Highlights

Scottish Highlands Highlights

Scotland route

  • The lochs, moors and mountains of the Highlands
  • Isle of Skye
  • Black Cuillins and the Fairy Pools
  • John O’Groats
  • Hermitage Forest and Black Lin Falls
  • Edinburgh
  • 8 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Seven breakfasts and three dinners

Irish Eyes Highlights

Ireland Route

  • The Wild Atlantic Way
  • Malin Head and Five Finger Strand
  • Achill Island
  • Aran Islands
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • 11 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Ten breakfasts and three dinners
Tour Itinerary

Scottish Highlands Photography Tour
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017:  Depart U.S. or other location
Depart the United States and take overnight flight across the Atlantic

 Tuesday, September 5, 2017:  Edinburgh
On arrival, relax and explore this captivating capital city.  This evening meet your travel companions.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017: Edinburgh - Palace of Holyroodhouse – Edinburgh Castle
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, set off on a tour of Scotland’s capital city.  Start your sightseeing with a drive through the heart of the city along Princes Street, famous for its shops on one side and gardens on the other.  See the 18th century New Town with its broad streets, spacious squares and elegant town houses.  Then drive along the Royal Mile and enjoy the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of The Queen.  Take a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on a volcanic rock.

Thursday, September 7, 2017:  Edinburgh – Pitlochry – Hermitage Forest
Travel across the Firth of Forth on the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and head towards St. Andrews.  Continue north along the River Tay, the longest river in Scotland.  Today you will visit Pitlochry, along the banks of the River Tummel, as well as Hermitage Forest and Black Linn Falls where you may like to stop and admire the beautiful scenery and take photographs.

Friday, September 8, 2017: Boat of Garten – Culloden Moor – Inverness
Today you will visit the small village of Boat of Garten in the Cairngorms National Park.   Your experience at Culloden Moor will give you the chance to walk around the battlefield where British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in 1745’s Jacobite rising.  You will stay overnight in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.  Enjoy the evening, perhaps with a browse through the Victorian Market.

Saturday, September 9, 2017: Wick – John O’Groats – Achilitibuie and Ullapool
Today visit the former Viking settlement of Wick, which sits astride the River Wick.  Photograph the remains of the Castle of Old Wick, often referred to as the Old Man of Wick which sits atop the edge of the cliffs.  Continue on to John O’Groats, the most northerly point of mainland Britain.  This small coastal village is the starting point for the famous “End to End” journey to Land’s End in England. Have your camera poised for unspoilt scenery and wildlife such as seals and dolphins.

Time permitting, stop to visit Dunrobin Castle which was once the seat of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.  This beautiful castle with a French influence sits looking out across the North Seas.  With 189 rooms, it is the largest house in the Northern Highlands and parts of it date back to the 1300s.

Sunday, September 10, 2017:  Scotland Highlands – Portree – Isle of Skye
Get lost in the mysterious lochs and jaw-dropping views of this beautiful land. Travel to the Isle of Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebrides and home to iconic landscapes.  You will overnight in Portree, the cultural hub for Skye and base for exploring the rest of the island. Take time this evening to get acquainted with the area, visit the Trotternish Ridge to see the Old Man of Storr.

Monday, September 11, 2017:  Quaraing – Dunvegan Castle – Neist Point
Today visit Dunvegan Castle which has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years and it remains their home.  Then visit the Quaraing, a scenic landslip located in the north of Skye.  Continue on to the foot of the Black Cuillins to see the Fairy Pools. The pools are famous for the crystal blue color.  Finish your sightseeing with a visit to Neist Point, which gives lovely views of the island.  Overnight in Portree.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017:  Eilean Donan Castle – Loch Ness – Fort William
Visit the Eilean Donan Castle, which is situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet.  One of the most recognized castles in Scotland, it is a Scottish icon situated on its own island overlooking the Isle of Skye, surrounded by the magnificent mountains of Kintail.  Drive along the iconic Loch Ness, the largest loch along the Glen.  Be prepared to photograph the dramatic scenery, picturesque villages and Urquhart Castle – and maybe even Nessie.  Continue on to Fort William, the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”.  A major resort of the Highlands, Fort William is set between the shore of Loch Linnhe and the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.  Overnight in Fort William.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017:  Edinburgh
Depart Fort William and head back to Edinburgh to depart for your transatlantic flight to the United States or continue on with the tour and depart for your flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Eyes Photography Tour
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017:  Dublin
Arrive in Dublin. Once you settle into your room, enjoy the remainder of the morning and afternoon at leisure in Dublin.  You can use your Hop-On Hop-Off pass to visit a number of places.  There are a variety of museums of Irish interest such as the National Museum, the National Gallery or the Writers Museum.  You may also want to shop along Nassau Street, Grafton Street or Henry Street.  Get to know your fellow travelers on an evening pub crawl.  Overnight in Dublin.

 Thursday, September 14, 2017:  Newgrange – Boyne Valley - Belfast
Leaving Dublin, travel into County Meath to visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre.  Learn about the nearby passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth constructed over 5,000 years ago.  Next visit the actual tomb of Newgrange, which is aligned to the mid-winter sunrise so that the beam of the rising sun falls directly into the chamber.  In Downpatrick, stop to visit Down Cathedral, where you will see the reputed grave site of Saint Patrick.  Embark on a guided tour around Belfast.  In the city center see the Albert Memorial, the Opera House and Crown Liquor Saloon.

Friday, September 15, 2017:  Titanic Quarter – Ballymoney – Giant’s Causeway
Visit the Titanic Quarter and embark on a journey through the life of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast to her tragic end. Travel to Ballymoney to see the beautiful Dark Hedges, a breathtaking line of beech trees planted in the 18th century.  The trees have become one of the most photographed natural vistas in Northern Ireland and was also featured on the television show, Game of Thrones.  Continue on to visit the Giant’s Causeway, an impressive area of hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava which has given rise to many legends.  Next drive to Derry.  You will overnight here thus you can spend time getting acquainted with this city.  A must do is to walk around the historic 17th century city walls, which are some of the best-preserved in Europe.

Saturday, September 16, 2017:  County Donegal Coastal Route – Malin Head – Knockamany Bens
Set off to experience the glorious natural beauty of Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way, which winds through Downings and Rosapenna and past pristine golden beaches and deserted rocky headlands. Malin Head is located on the Inishowen Peninsula, the most northerly tip of Ireland.  It is not uncommon to see dolphins in this area. As a result of a peak in the sun’s activity, you may even see the Northern Lights.  Discover some of the largest sand dunes in Europe at Five Finger Strand.  At low tide, spot the wreck of the Twilight, which sank in 1889.  Overnight in Derry.

Sunday, September 17, 2017:  Glenveagh National Park – Grand Atlantic Drive
Travel a short distance to visit Glenveagh National Park, where high walls and conifers provide shelter for an amazing collection of exotic plants from all over the world and the Derryveagh Mountains are ready for their close-up.    Drive to Donegal, amidst wild landscapes.  Overnight in Donegal.

Monday, September 18, 2017:  Donegal Castle – Achill Island
Visit Donegal Castle.  The castle incorporates the gabled tower of a 15th century house built by the O’Donnell family.  Partially resorted, the castle reflects a long and turbulent history. Enjoy a scenic panoramic drive of County Sligo, an area associated with W.B. Yeats. Ben Bulben mountain and Slieve League are the perfect backdrops for photographic creativity.   Head to Achill Island, the largest of Ireland’s offshore islands, joined to the mainland by a bridge.  Overnight on Achill Island.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017:  Achill Island – Westport – Connemara
Enjoy your morning on Achill Island.  Spend time enjoying Westport located at the southeast corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean.  Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful and wild scenic views of steeply sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean.  Travel through Connemara Region to admire the sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains.  As you drive along you will see many sheep that graze freely and also tracts of bogland where some people hand-cut peat for home heating.  Along the way, stop at Kylemore Abbey for a photo stop.  Kylemore Abbey is an elegant mansion and church set beside a tranquil lake. Travel to the town of Galway, which lies on the River Corrib.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017:  Aran Isles – Photography Workshop Day
This morning take the ferry to the Aran Isles.  Comprised of three islands, the Aran Isles sit in Galway Bay and are the last lands to the west before the land of the Americas.  The islands feature stone walls.  Enjoy this day to photograph, review your photos and connect with authentic rural and traditional Ireland. Overnight in Galway.

Thursday, September 21, 2017:  County to Clare – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis
Clare is one of Ireland’s great coastal counties.  Stop to visit the Cliffs of Moher, a beloved, natural landmark.  Stretching five miles, the Cliffs can be seen in such films as Harry Potter and The Princess Bride.  See magical vistas, overlooking the shimmering Atlantic Ocean along with Ireland’s Western coastline.  On a clear day, you may be able to see as far as the Aran Islands.  Drive to Limerick, the third-largest city on the island.  Overnight in Limerick.

Friday, September 22, 2017:  Adare – Waterford
Today you will visit Adare, a Heritage Town and Ireland’s “prettiest and friendliest village”.  It was founded in the 13th century on the river Maigue.  Adare is a wealth of scenic beauty with stone buildings, medieval monasteries, ruins and a village park.  Drive past Desmond Castle.  Travel to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, “by hook or by crook”.  Overnight in Waterford.

Saturday, September 23, 2017:  Waterford – Glendalough – Wicklow Mountains – Powerscourt Gardens – Dublin
Known for craft beers, white floury bread rolls and Waterford Crystal, there is much to see in Ireland’s eighth most populous city.  Navigate medieval streets in Wexford.  Travel to the wondrous Wicklow Mountains.  Visit the 6th century monastic ruins of Glendalough, where the peacefulness of the valley conjures up the spirit of the monks.  The visitor center explains how St. Kevin founded this settlement at a time when Christianity was burgeoning throughout Ireland. Then just outside of Enniskerry, visit Powerscourt Gardens.  Here, explore these splendid grounds, which contain specimens gathered from many countries and climate zones.  Continue on to Dublin for a free evening.

Sunday, September 24, 2017:  Depart Dublin
Depart Dublin for home or to your next adventure.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

 

Photo Leader

Alex Alexander

Travel and portrait photographer Alex Alexander’s style of vivid images immerse the viewer in the subject's culture, bringing a visual authenticity to his photographs.

He has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines and advertisements such as Life Magazine, McGraw-Hill Publishing, Sports Illustrated, K-Mart and Wolverine World Wide.

Alexander spends most of his time traveling, exploring the world in search of new people, places, cultures, and (well-designed) items. He has traveled to over 100 different countries and all 50 states.

He currently splits his time between Detroit and London(UK). Alexander is working on a new project of Iceland shot in 2016 and plans to complete the project in 2017.

CONTACT INFO
creativesandboxstudio60@gmail.com

Pricing and Details

Scottish Highlands

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

$3,450.00 per person double occupancy*

Irish Eyes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Sunday, September 24, 2017

$4,380.00 per person double occupancy*

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$7,580.00 per person double occupancy

$8,580.00 per person single occupancy

*Deposit of $600.00 per person double occupancy is required to hold your spot.  The deposit to join both tours is $900.00 per person double occupancy.  Deposit of $900.00 for single occupancy or $1,200.00 for single occupancy both tours.  The quoted rates are based upon a minimum of ten (10) paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $450.00 per person if less than ten (10) participants. The tours will be re-evaluated if less than eight (8) participants are registered and deposited.  Rates are quoted based on double occupancy.

Single rooms are subject to availability. Due to the intimate nature of the lodging in the Highlands and Ireland we regret that we are unable to accommodate all 10 guests in single accommodations.  As such, all single accommodation requests are on a first-come first-served basis. If a single room is requested you will be required to pay the supplement of $ 500.00 per person.  Rate does not include air, airport transfers, gratuities for your driver and guide, recommended insurance or meals except where noted.  Additional terms and conditions at http://travelwithnia.com/about-us/nia-travel-policies/ .

 

Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds

A per tour deposit of $600.00 per person double ($900.00 single occupancy) is required, or $900.00 per person double ($1,200.00 single occupancy) to join both tours. Space is subject to cancellation by Nia Travel if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Nia Travel & Tours, LLC., 8107 Bingham St., Detroit, MI 48228. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $500.00 double occupancy cancellation fee or $800.00 single occupancy fee plus Nia’s costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: full deposit, plus Nia’s costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

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