Dun Briste Sea Stack

Dun Briste (the Broken Fort) on the North Mayo coast is probably Ireland’s best known sea stack. It stands a full 45 metres high – slightly less than the distance between it and the mainland clifftop at Downpatrick Head. Dun Briste is described as a “relatively new” sea stack in that it separated from the mainland as recently as 1393. …

Blue Hour, Clew Bay

The Blue Hour is that short period of twilight in the morning and the evening when the rising sun is still below the horizon or shortly after sunset. The indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue shade. This is Clew Bay in County Mayo, on the Irish west coast, seen from the village of Mulranny on the northern shore. – …

Keem Beach Rocks

Let nobody be in any doubt – Keem Beach at the far end of Achill Island is one of the most spectacular coastal locations in all of Ireland. Many people would say it is THE most spectacular, and indeed beautiful. New visitors sometimes find the steep and winding narrow road a bit daunting. I have walked it and driven it, …

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 …

Tormore Island

Looking out to sea from the village of Rossbeg in West Donegal, you can’t fail to miss the imposingly large rock which juts out from the rugged headland to the south. This is Tormore Island which at 148 metres high is Ireland’s tallest sea stack. It is the largest and most daunting of a chain of sea stacks which attracts …

Port, County Donegal

If raw elemental nature is your thing then Port, on the west coast of Donegal, is the place to go. It may not be the most accessible of locations, but it’s well worth the slow meandering drive through the sort of wild isolated mountain scenery that is the hallmark of this spectacularly beautiful part of Ireland. Be assured that you …