Landscape Photography in Kerry & Cork

Kenmare

Code: KNEPT

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
From £859.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Capture the essence of Kerry and Cork in the South West of Ireland on camera. Explore and photograph the rugged beauty of the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, Bantry Bay and the awe-inspiring Mizen Head.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Visit inspirational vistas of beautiful South West Ireland  
  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light and the best images
  • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage

Great Reasons to Join Us

  • Great value: price includes Half Board en-suite accommodation, guidance from our expert leader and transport to photography locations
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Kenmare Bay Hotel
  • Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment

Accommodation

The 3-star Kenmare Bay Hotel sits on the edge of the pretty little town of Kenmare, facing the hills of the Kerry Way. The hotel has a pleasant restaurant, cosy bar with outside seating, and a large indoor swimming pool with sauna and spa pool.

Bedrooms

The hotel has 127 bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with direct dial telephone, flat screen TV, and hairdryer.

 

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Facilities

The hotel has a range of facilities including the Courtyard Bar, which has a cosy atmosphere. The courtyard terrace is a decked area off the bar where you can relax with a drink.

There is also the Bay Health Club, which includes a spa pool and swimming pool, gymnasium and extensive selection of beauty and holistic treatments available (payable locally).

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Food

Our holidays at Kenmare are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and your evening meal. Two of your evening meals will be taken in local restaurants.

Breakfast

The hotel offers a a self-service buffet breakfast each morning with tea, coffee and toast served at the table.

A typical Irish breakfast includes sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, black & white pudding and soda bread. Should you prefer something a little lighter, you can choose from a selection of fresh fruit, croissants, cereal, and fruit juice. 

Evening meal

Dinner is served in the Bay Restaurant, which focuses on local Kerry produce combined with fine wines and attentive service whilst enjoying views of the Kerry Mountains. For vegetarian option and any other special dietary requirements we recommend that you spend a few minutes discussing these with the hotel staff.

On two evenings, meals will be taken in local restaurants.  One entertains our guests with storytelling and traditional Irish dancing and the other serves sumptious dishes.

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy packed lunches from the hotel (order the night before). Alternatively ingredients for your picnic lunch can be bought from local shops; your leaders will advise you of the options.

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Evening

Each evening your leaders will tell you about the next day's activities and answer any questions you may have. During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised activity, such as a quiz.

 

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Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival day

Arrive in Kerry.

Monday: The Ring of Kerry

Ranked as one of the best scenic drives in Europe, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the landscapes of County Kerry. Featured stops will include Waterville, Coomakista Pass and Sneem.

Tuesday: Killarney National Park

Discover the magnificent scenery in the shadow of Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland. We’ll take a walk on easy tracks with fantastic views to Muckross Lake and Abbey. It is possible to hire a jaunting car for a horse-drawn ride (optional charge).

Wednesday: The Ring of Beara

You’ll capture amazing, authentic scenes on this less-frequented peninsula, dominated by the Caha and Slieve Miskish Mountains. Castletownbere, a fishing port, is the main community and Dorsey Island is at the peninsula’s tip projecting into the Atlantic Ocean.

Thursday: Free Day

A free day for you to explore Kenmare, or relax in the hotel.

Friday: The Dingle Peninsula

We’ll explore some of Ireland’s most gorgeous and iconic scenery on Europe’s most westerly point, the Dingle Peninsula, which juts into the wild Atlantic. There’ll be plenty of stops to capture this amazing scenery, including at Inch, Dingle, Slea Head, Gallarus Oratory and the Conor Pass (subject to weather).

Saturday: West Cork Coast

Capture the views of some of Ireland’s most dramatic coast when we travel south of Kenmare to Bantry Bay and Mizen Head.

Sunday: Depart after breakfast

What to bring

A digital camera, DSLR, CSC, Bridge or Compact.

Don’t forget your instruction book. Derek cannot possibly know how every camera works! The hotel does not have digital projector facilities, but photographic advice will be offered on the field trips.

Local area

The "Emerald Isle" offers a multitude of interests for the visitor.  If you are fascinated by ancient relics and their accompanying legends of fairies and leprechauns, or looking to uncover the past history of your ancestors, this is the place to visit.  The countryside is green and lush and the area we visit is the home to the famous circular tourist trail; the Ring of Kerry.  

The counties of Kerry and Cork are located on the wild southwest tip of Ireland and has an abundance of lakes and mountains creating a beautiful landscape to walk in.

Kenmare: Kenmare is located between the Kerry Way and the Beara Peninsula and is a friendly town, full of colourful shops and pubs.  The town is full of cultural interests making it worth exploring.

Seafari: There is a seal watching cruise that goes from Kenmare pier with the commentary of a marine biologist, a 2 hour cruise.  There are complimentary hot drinks and cookies.  

Gardens of Derreen: One of Ireland’s oldest and most established gardens, Derreen is regarded as one of the ten best gardens in Ireland. The gardens are full of rare and exotic plants many of which brought back from hunting expedition from the Himalayas and beyond. 

Travel

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham (regional flight supplement £45) to Cork.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the Airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Kenmare takes 1½ hours.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel in the following ways:

HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Cork airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £25. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.

Our Airport Taxi service also operates at this resort, offering quick and easy transfers for guests booking their own flights. All prices are per taxi for single journeys, allowing you to mix and match different transfer options. Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details.

From Cork Airport by taxi transfer £120 per taxi single journey.

We can also arrange transfers from Kerry and Shannon airports. Please ask our Reservations team for details and prices.

Leaders

Derek Forss

Derek has been leading Photographic Holidays for HF Holidays since 1995. In addition to providing clear and straightforward explanations (for beginners and the more experienced) of photo-techniques that are devoid of gobbledegook, he also has an in-depth understanding of the British countryside; essential for teaching wide-ranging aspects of landscape and architecture photography.

 

Reviews

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
5 Jul 2015, 4:25 p.m.

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A bit disorganised but this was mainly due to the hotel being too busy and too slow

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Would have been better in May I was told as area was so busy. Hotel location was misleading, it was called Kenmare Bay Hotel, but was far from the bay (20 minutes). Expensive
4 Jul 2015, 5:11 p.m.

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Holiday was very good and enjoyable. Booking process had several errors which sometimes proved difficult to correct.

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We were taken to excellent sites for photography with an expert always on hand to help.
3 Jul 2015, 4:20 p.m.

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good service

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good service
3 Jul 2015, 5:35 a.m.

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Having experienced a number of and Holidays, it was quite as expected, with leaders who were friendly and helpful, and office staff who were the same when I as booking the holiday. I have always had good experiences with HF.

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Had an excellent time- the evening at Molly Gallivans was wonderful, and the meal at the Lime Tree excellent also. The Kenmare Bay Hotel was very good indeed, with friendly hard- working staff, and delicious food. Service tends to be slow, but that was due to very high clientele numbers to deal with.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
25 Jun 2017 KNEPT - Landscape Photography - Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 25 Jun 2017, 9:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Jun 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 2 Jul 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Jul 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
25 Jun 2017 KNEPT - Landscape Photography - Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 25 Jun 2017, 9:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Jun 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 2 Jul 2017, 2:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Jul 2017, 4:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
25 Jun 2017 KNEPT - Landscape Photography - Kenmare 7 £859.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Double room for sole occupancy: £15 per night

  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person