Ireland’s Rugged North Donegal and North Coast 7 days Photo Workshop
Join us for 6 nights as we explore the rugged beauty of Ireland’s North West & Causeway Coast. We’ll photograph breath-taking locations and hidden gems in County Donegal and the Antrim Coast.
Steeped in drama, the North Coast of the Island of Ireland offers fantastic photographic subjects such as lighthouses, sea arches, sea stacks, winding roads, secluded golden beaches, romantic castles, mountain vistas and locations made famous by the popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones to name a few…
Our itinerary includes three nights in Donegal, surrounded by lakes and mountains with spectacular views of Donegal’s famous Errigal Mountain and close to the beautiful Poison Glen. From there, we will travel east along the North Coast and spend two nights by the sea in the heart of the infamous Causeway Coast. Our last night will be spent on the North Dublin coast close to the beautiful fishing village of Howth, just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport. To ensure you rest well and sleep soundly we will be staying in beautiful hotels, while being close to all the action.
The varied landscape offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities. Perfect your skills by using polarizing and neutral density filters, capturing sweeping landscapes and the local culture. We’ll be instructing on all these techniques, and then we’ll see how they were put into practice during our signature photo critique sessions. We’ll explore the technical and creative options in Lightroom Classic as we review your images and demonstrate key photo processing concepts.
Our local Irish guide and professional photographer, Bernard Geraghty will use his extensive knowledge of Ireland, the weather and how light reacts to the landscape to ensure you are always in the right place at the right time. We believe this is the perfect recipe to guarantee you return home with photographs, experiences and memories to last a lifetime.
In October conditions can be quite pleasant but they don’t call it the Wild Atlantic Way for nothing!! Once dressed according to the weather we are guaranteed to be rewarded with atmospheric conditions. Rain, hail or shine, at the end of each day you can unwind with a pint of the black stuff and relive the adventures of the days shooting with your comrades.
Day 1 - 14th October 2023: Arrival
Arrive this day to Dublin Airport, Ireland before 12 midday. We will meet you at the airport for transfer to our hotel in Donegal. We will have a short introduction followed by dinner before venturing out to photograph the sunset.
Day 2 - 15th October 2023
During our 3 days in Donegal with it’s diversity, there is so much to photograph. It’s famous lighthouses perched in places you could only dream of. The beaches and their beauty will take your breath away and it’s rugged cliffs, sea arches and stacks will leave you speechless. We haven’t even included the mountains, lakes, shipwrecks and castles…
Day 3 - 16th October 2023
On day three our aim for the morning will be to shoot the first rays of the sun at the 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 4 - 17th October 2023
The Causeway Coast needs no introduction but here it is anyway. Let’s start with the Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; with it’s 40,000 interlocking basalt columns and abundance of compositions is a photographers dream. Ready for more… The Causeway Coast boasts cliff tops, sea stacks, bothies, rope bridge and dramatic landscape. It’s easy to see why HBO opted to film Game of Thrones here, making the likes of Ballintoy Harbour, Dunluce Castle and The Dark Hedges world famous.
Day 5 - 18th October 2023
We will rise early in the morning 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 6 - 19th October 2023
The adventure doesn’t end here just yet. We will spend our final night in North Dublin by the sea. When we arrive to our hotel we will check in to our hotel, get dinner and get set for one last sunset shoot at the lighthouse in the charming fishing village, Howth.
Day 7 - 20th October 2023
You will be dropped off at the airport for your flight home, which can be any time after 12 midday.
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Bernard is not just passionate about photography, but also people. Calling himself an extra extrovert, there’s no shortage of fun and craic when Bernard is around. Putting his personality to one side, he is also a very attentive and patient teacher. His knowledge and expertise when it comes to the weather and how the light reacts to the Irish landscape is second to none. Bernard doesn’t want you to come away from the workshop with just images, he strives to
ensure you also go home with lifelong memories, experiences, and most of all friendships.