Northern Ireland Photo Workshop

Northern Ireland Autumn Photography Tour


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An autumn photography trip to Northern Ireland is as quaint and scenic an adventure as you could wish for. But there’s also an undercurrent of something darker here. This part of the world is a moody, evocative place that stirs the senses, not least because of the region’s difficult political past. But even as the Emerald Isle continues to emerge from the Troubles, the landscape has remained stubborn and untainted. Wind and water and stone still collide.


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It’s a mercurial place that will have you gazing through your lens at life as it should be: Vivid colours as summer gives way to winter, mystical castles, sea-sculpted rock formations, and serene, green landscapes bold enough to be a backdrop for the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series.

On this photography tour you’ll explore some of Northern Ireland’s finest sights, as we travel through County Antrim and visit magical places with equally magical names. Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce castle and Dark Hedges are all on the list. And in a setting such as this, it’s only natural that we take the time to enjoy the local whisky too. It would be rude not to!

For the majority of this tour we will focus on the coastline and landscapes of Northern Ireland. Highlights will include:

Our planned itinerary is by no means carved in stone. The order that we see most of the sights depends heavily on the weather, which can be pretty changeable in this part of the world. A bit of rain won’t stop us though - that’s what the whisky’s for. Here’s the plan:

  • visit to the famous Giant’s Causeway
  • A shoot at the Mussenden Temple
  • The stunning toad of Dark Hedges
  • The Fanad Head Lighthouse
  • A walk on the shores of Ballintoy and Ballycastle
  • A visit to Dunluce castle
  • Irish Whisky Tasting (To improve the saturation of your photos, of course)
Our planned itinerary is by no means carved in stone. The order that we see most of the sights depends heavily on the weather, which can be pretty changeable in this part of the world. A bit of rain won’t stop us though - that’s what the whisky’s for. Here’s the plan:

Day 1 - Meeting the giants

On day one of the tour the group will meet at Londonderry airport. From there we’ll take an hour drive to our hotel, which is close to the first sight of our Northern Irish photography adventure. In the evening we will take a sunset stroll to the country’s most famous landmark, Giant’s Causeway.

This UNESCO world heritage area has been made famous by 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, which rise up from the sea in what may well be the most enchanting post-eruption site in the world. Local legend has it that the columns are the remains of a causeway hewn by an ancient giant. At sunset the low light dances across the rocks, and we’ll be ready to capture the Causeway in all its glory.

Day 2 - A dark past

We will rise early in the morning of day two, and set out while it is still before to sunrise for the Dark Hedges. One of Northern Ireland’s most popular photography spots, the Dark Hedges are an alleyway of beech trees planted over 200 years ago. The branches lean over to reach their opposite neighbours, forming a tunnel of tangled limbs that looks like something out of a fairytale. In fact, the iconic avenue was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones, representing the King’s Road.

The beech trees were originally planted to impress visitors to the Georgian mansion of Gracehill House, and it’s fair to say that they now draw admirers from all over the world.

We will spend plenty of time shooting the Dark Hedges, before driving half an hour for an evening shoot on the coast at Dunluce castle. The castle is an iconic ruin sat atop a steep cliff and overlooking the Atlantic. If the weather holds, as it has been known to do in the castle’s 500-year history, it’s an enviable spot for a sunset photography session.

Day 3 - Bays of Ireland

Day three will be characterised by some of Northern Ireland’s dramatic shorelines. As the sun rises the group will head to the rolling hills and open ocean of Murlough bay.

Nearby is Ballycastle, a small town known for its castle, quaint harbour and picturesque beaches. A little up the coast lie the ruins of Kinbane castle, which sits exposed to the open ocean and has obviously weathered hundreds of year’s worth of sea, wind and rain. It’s a monument to stubborn defiance, and we will capture it against a backdrop of (hopefully) blue skies and relentless waves.

Our next stop will be the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, an extended, and slightly wobbly, rope bridge that spans the gap between mainland and a small island offshore. After that, the group will take a stroll along the coast and attempt some long exposure shots.

Depending on the weather so far, we’ll spend the evening back at Ballycastle or have another go shooting Giant’s Causeway.

Day 4 - Towards the light

On day three our aim for the morning will be to shoot the first rays of the sun at Mussenden Temple. Mussenden manages to look both out of place and perfectly at home at the same time. We’ll find it perched on the edge of a steep cliff between Downhill and Castlerock, metres away from a sheer drop to the Atlantic 120ft below and backed by lush Northern Irish countryside.

The view up and down the coast from Mussenden is nothing short of incredible, and we’ll spend plenty of time shooting the waves as they crash against the shore in the morning light.

The afternoon and evening will be spent capturing two charming lighthouses. After Mussenden, we’ll leave our first hotel and drive towards Downings. On the way we will stop off at Stroove lighthouse, a black and white striped beacon overlooking a marvellous stretch of Irish shoreline. For our sunset shoot, the group will head to Fanad head lighthouse, which looks, for a lighthouse, pretty imperious as it stands before the crashing waves and a moody sky.

Day 5 - Off we go

The morning of day five will be our last hurrah. We’ll rise early and drive back to Fanad castle, where the group will patiently capture the sunrise. After checking out of the hotel our adventure comes to an end and we’ll head towards the airport to catch our flights home.

Tour Guides

Daniel Kordan



Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. After that, he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.

Total Price : 2700 $ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 450 $
Registration deposit:2000$
Special offer: Sign up with a group of 3 or more friends and receive a 200$ discount each !
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.

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Included:
  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Accommodation.
  • Transportation.
  • All meals
Not included:
  • Air fare
  • Medical insurance
  • Visas if needed
  • Alcoholic beverages

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

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