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Ireland for the Photography Enthusiast

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Ireland for the Photography Enthusiast

Hi All,

I am in the "itinerary planning" stage of preparing for our visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland in late-June to early July next year (hubby and I). We have either 13 or 16 days (depending how long we spend in London before we get to Ireland).

I am a mad keen photography enthusiast, and was hoping to get some input from other photographers about the "best" places to visit in Ireland. I like to shoot lots of things but probably landscape is one of my favourites - including urban landscapes.

My rough thoughts are Dublin for a couple of days, then heading down to Kinsale, and then making our way up the South and West coasts all the way up and around to Belfast.

Where would you recommend I go to get some great shots of Ireland?

Thanks.

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PS Does anyone know of any good photography workshops or photography guides in any area? I took a photoguiding session in Yosemite National Park and got some awesome shots with his help, so keen to do it elsewhere now too. Cheers.

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I hope you have a good holiday with us and welcome .

If I were you I would go to Galway and Connemara with the camera and maybe Donegal , I have no experience of photography in northern Ireland but I believe it is very good . I think you will fill many memory cards in those 2 places and be very happy with the results . In my opinion you should not try to circle the whole country as you plan as the driving here is not as doable as it may seem on a map, and you will be stopping your car for shots all over the place and not really making good headway . In the west of Ireland you will be pleased to know that you will be taking hand held shots up to about 10.00 pm at that time of the year daylight till about 11.00 pm. Can't help with photoguiding but if you are using B&B accommodation you will get info on the scenic areas from your host house and of course the local tourist office is very good as well . Have a good holiday and happy shooting .

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3. Re: Ireland for the Photography Enthusiast

You might be interested in these links:

http://www.photographyireland.net/

photographyireland.net/architecture-urban-st…

Gallery of Photography in Dublin:

http://www.galleryofphotography.ie/

Courses & Workshops:

www.galleryofphotography.ie/courses.html

Mostly rural themes here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/farmersjournal/

And, some seasonal (or, unseasonable?) pictures from recent days of winter weather pictures in Ireland:

http://tinyurl.com/23mjubs

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I was going to suggest something similar to the above poster - there are flikr groups with amazing photos of Ireland - simply look at the location map on their pages of places that particularly strike you, and then map out a route from that.

In general the west has the most spectacular scenery

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And there is also a discussion group in flickr

http://www.flickr.com/groups/ireland/discuss/

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http://www.coppercoastworkshops.com/

I don't know anything about the course, but the photos look good!

The Waterford coast is very pretty and not touristy, also mountains, castles, etc in the area.

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I would suggest that Sligo has some great scenery, take a look at the photographs in the Lissadell House website and see what you think:

www.lissadellhouse.com

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I too am a keen, but very amateur photographer; you can find my photos of Ireland here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fainleog/sets/

And I too would recommend that you don't attempt to drive all the way around the Island in just 13, or even 16 days. There's just too much to see and enjoy along the way and if you also want to stop and photograph landscape then you need to give yourself plenty of time to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Some of my favourite areas: Beara Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula, Burren, south-west Cork coast, Donegal . . . . .

Connemara is also gorgeous, but not an area I've spent enough time in to feel comfortable in recommending particular areas/places.

This is an excellent photo blog:

http://johnsmyth.ie/blog/

I spent just over 4 weeks in Ireland this summer and took over 1000 photos, which I still haven't sorted out or downloaded to flickr. Visited just two areas: Clare and Donegal. Still didn't get to see all I wanted in 10 days in Donegal. Just stunning scenery!

Do try to get out to one of the islands, be it one of the Arans (boats from Doolin or Rossaveal), or Clear or Sherkin (from Baltimore, co. Cork), or Great Blasket (from Dunquin, Dingle Peninsula): not only a great travel experience, but also great photo opportunities:

http://www.irelandsislands.ie/

Maybe do a loop of the "bottom half" of the Island, and do a day-trip from Dublin up to Belfast??

Or, take the less-popular route around the "top half" of the Island, and visit the Antrim coast, Donegal, then down through Sligo (great recommendation from Cavan) to Galway/Clare and back to Dublin. Or could you possibly fly back from Shannon??

Edited: 02 December 2010, 20:03
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Cavan007

We drove through Sligo en-route to Donegal from Clare this summer. My 2nd visit to the county: what gorgeous scenery! Even though I'd seen Benbulben before, it still "blew me away"! Really must find time to spend a few days up there again, and hopefully visit Lissadell House.

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Thank you everyone for your wonderful suggestions. I think I'll be spending the weekend surfing the net looking through some great photos!

I'm looking forward to visiting Ireland - I'll certainly do my very best to stimulate your economy!!

Cheers,

Julie