In conjunction with Natures Images, join us on Great Saltee and Skomer Islands for some of the greatest wildlife spectacles to be found around the coastlines of Britain and Ireland. Our breeding seabird colony’s combine two island locations just 40 miles apart but being accessible from Ireland and Wales respectively, this trip looks to cover as many species and settings as possible.
Richard Peters is a Nikon Ambassador with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have recieved the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Ellie Rothnie is a professional, and regularly published, wildlife photographer and Natures Images guide. She has been awarded in competitions such as the British Wildlife Photography Awards and Natures Best. She has a beautiful, clean, and simple style to her work which has resulted in a portfolio of eye catching imagery.
Day 1: We take the 4 hour ferry from Fishguard, Wales, to Rosslare, Ireland. From there we will make our way to Kilmore Quay where we will check into our B&B accommodation and enjoy an evening in a local restaurant.
Days 2/3: We leave early for Great Saltee Island by pre-arranged boat with a local fisherman, taking our food and refreshments for the day with us. We will not be returning until the evening light has gone so be prepared for a full day out with changeable weather. Packed refreshments will be available for you to order the night before. Please note that the landing on the island is a wet landing: we will transfer from our fishing boat to a smaller Zodiac and then exit this into the shallow waters. For this either bare foot, Wellingtons or waterproof sandals (best option) are the options available for you and they can be left on the shore to switch to your more conventional light walking boots. Great Saltee is one of the premier locations for photographing seabirds and we will get the chance to photograph Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and an excellent Gannet colony.
Day 4: We are again scheduled for an early start for Great Saltee Island for a full mornings photography building on the previous two days but we will be departing during the afternoon to return to the B&B, collect our bags and head to Rosslare for the evening ferry. We’ll eat on board and are due to arrive in Fishguard late in the evening, before checking in to a local hotel.
Days 5 – 7: The early mornings continue as we take the hour long drive straight to Marloes to catch the passenger boat out to our next Island, Skomer. Our base for the next two nights will be the farmhouse hostel, in the centre of the island. From here we will have the best opportunity to photograph Puffins in early and late evening light, the magnificent bluebell display on the island and a night time visit of Manx Shearwaters. You’ll be free to leave the island on the boat of your choice on the last day – this will be between 10.00 am and 15.00 hours so the choice is yours dependent on the weather.
PRICE & DATES
27th April - 3rd May 2018
A deposit of of £350 is required at the time of booking.