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 …

Ben Bulben

Ben Bulben is probably Ireland’s most distinctive mountain. Geologists will tell you that it was formed during the Ice Age. Moving glaciers cut into the earth, creating layers of limestone, mudstone and shale that ultimately became the iconic landmark we see today. But Ben Bulben’s majestic presence is so much greater than the sum of its constituent parts. At 526 …

The Watchers

Trekking in the foothills of Ben Bulben in County Sligo on a gently overcast Sunday morning, we realised that we were being watched. They made sure to keep their distance. But they stayed around long enough to confirm that we posed no threat as they, unknown to themselves, posed for the camera. – SHOP HERE – Image also available in …

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 …

The Bearnas Buttress, Dunlewey

As dramatic Irish backdrops go, the Bearnas Buttress is hard to beat. It’s the name given to Ireland’s largest continuous rock face which forms just part of the astonishingly beautiful and rugged landscape in which nestles the village of Dunlewey in County Donegal. Not surprisingly, it’s an area popular with serious climbers who regard it as by far the most …

February Sky, Donegal

As we drove down the winding roads from Fanad, somewhere around Portsalon we emerged from the grey drizzle into this wonderful late afternoon orange pink sky. It was the kind of transient light that doesn’t wait around to be admired. You quickly find a convenient gateway, stop the car, and take it while it’s going. Donegal, probably because of its …

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.

The Road To Dunlewey

The road to Dunlewey can sometimes feel like a portal into another world. This is where the absolute grandeur of County Donegal begins to reveal itself in its dramatic finery. Donegal does grandeur on a scale to which most other Irish counties don’t even come close. And still, perhaps because of its slightly remote location in Ireland’s north-west, it remains …