Clouds & Kayaks, Achill Island

THE clouds do strange things on Achill Island. There’s probably a very simple meteorological explanation. But I’m just happy to appreciate it and photograph the results when the opportunity arises. As well as being the largest island off the Irish coast, Achill is also the most beautiful. On a sunny day, it’s simply an exhilarating place to be. You never …

Toormore Dolmen #2

Quite a different image of the altar wedge tomb overlooking Toormore Bay in West Cork which is said to date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age – making it around 4,500 years old. As the name indicates, it was originally a pre-historic burial site. But during the period of the Penal Laws in the 16th and 17th centuries …

Liquid Sunshine

Liquid sunshine is a common weather phenomenon in Ireland. And this image from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork is a classic example. The rapidly changing conditions can make for dramatic colours and contrasts. Like this glorious vivid patch of light through a gap in the clouds as the summer rain shower retreats across the sea and mountains. The little …

Red Cottage, Beara Peninsula

Vibrantly painted houses are a common feature adding an extra dash of colour to the already dramatic Irish landscape. This is most often seen in the south west of the country where nature is built on a grand scale. This image comes from the Beara Peninsula where the counties of Cork and Kerry meet in a truly glorious combination of …

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park, just 15 kilometres from Letterkenny, has it all. Rugged mountain views, fabulous walking trails, shimmering lakes, walled flower gardens, and a restored 19th century stone castle. Rich in native wildlife, Glenveagh is designated a Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection.

Five Finger Strand

The Five Finger Strand is a very odd name for one of the most striking and remote beaches in all of Ireland. You’ll find it close to the uppermost northern tip of the country on the Inishowen Peninsula and just a few miles from Malin Head. Unusual place names are far from unusual in Ireland. Most of them are the …