My Top 10 Pictures Of Ireland

Many of my images have been captured in both Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, particularly County Antrim and County Donegal at locations such as the Slieve League Cliffs, Bad Eddie shipwreck, Ballintoy and many other beautiful locations. Read more to find out my top 10 favorite images.

10. Golden Hour at Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland

 

One of my favorite places to capture is Carrickfergus Castle, one of the best kept Norman castles in Ireland and only a 15 minute drive for me. Apart from the colors I like the way the cobbled path leads your eye into the castle.

9. Calmness over Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland

My blue hour at Belfast Lough was captured one day when I was walking along Hazelbank park in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland and, when I got to the corner where the Harland & Wolff cranes can be seen, I noticed this path of rocks going out into the lough with some birds on it. It was all very calm.

8. Glenoe Waterfall near Larne, Northern Ireland

 

Glenoe Waterfall is just a gem and every time I visit it never disappoints. Glenoe (or Gleno) itself is a small village that is close to Larne but on the Waterfall Road (funny enough) you will find the entrance to Glenoe Waterfall. A short walk and you come across a small bridge with the waterfall in full view. This is one of my favorite shots as it was taken in Autumn time.

7. Bad Eddie Shipwreck, Bunbeg, Ireland

The “Bad Eddie” shipwreck is also an interesting spot to visit. In 1977, a boat called ‘Cara na Mara’ was towed onto the Magheraclogher beach in Gweedore. It was a large fishing boat and it was brought in to repair two planks that had broken on her bow. Fast forward to 2018 and the boat is still lying on the beach but now she is better known as ‘Bád Eddie’.  If you haven’t visited yet then you had better do it soon as this shipwreck is starting to show significant signs of decay.  When I visited the shipwreck the tide was completely out and the large beautiful beach could be seen. Like many other beaches in County Donegal there were not alot of people on it and I could get up close to the shipwreck.

6. The Nomadic, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Nomadic and the Titanic Building in Belfast, NI.

The Titanic Quarter in Belfast is another favourite location where I enjoy going with my family and on photography trips. It’s here that the HMS Nomadic can now be found in a dry dock in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast.  This 100 year old ship was one of the tug ships that pulled the Titanic when she was first launched and she would have carried second class passengers to and from the Titanic. Originally built by Harland & Wolff in 1911, the Nomadic has been returned to Belfast and is the last remaining ship of the White Star line.  She was built on slipway No. 1 alongside RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic which were constructed on slipways 2 and 3 respectively. She was launched on 25 April 1911 and delivered to the White Star Line on 27 May. What I love about this image is the striking green algae that can be seen at the bottom of the dock which then leads you into the bow and on the ship itself people can be seen admiring it’s beauty.

5. Colours Of Whitehead, Whitehead, Northern Ireland

Whitehead is a small seaside town on the east coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, lying almost midway between the towns of Carrickfergus and Larne. Located at the base of Muldersleigh Hill, at the entrance to  Belfast Lough, Whitehead lies in a small bay between the limestone cliffs of Whitehead and the black volcanic cliff of Blackhead, with the Blackhead Lighthouse on top, marking the entrance to the Lough.  The Cloughan Oil Terminal pier is also very visible from the seafront at Whitehead. It’s unique in that there are no streets with the suffix “Street” in their name, giving rise to the nickname ‘The Town With No Streets’. This is just one of those places I love going to on a sunny day. The coloured houses along the seafront just stand out against a blue sky. On a recent visit I finally captured this image and a few weeks later was contacted by the Whitehead 2018 festival committee who wanted to use my image on their 2018 brochure and banner. Well for me photography is about letting others see your work and this is one image I love because of the vivid vibrant colours.

4. The Castle Walk, Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim, Northern Ireland

If I want a nice relaxing walk around beautiful surroundings then I go to Antrim Castle Gardens. This is definitely a beautiful place to visit and if you walk a bit further outside of the grounds you will get to the Antrim Loughshore where you will find lots of small boats moored up and lots of birds.

3. Sunset over Ballintoy, Ballintoy, Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland

Sunset over Ballintoy Harbour on the Causeway Coast in Northern ireland. Ballintoy is an area of significant natural beauty.

In Northern Ireland we all love the North Coast and today this area is still very popular for family holidays. The coastline itself has some stunning scenery and nested along this coast is my all time favourite place to go and that is Ballintoy Harbour. If you want somewhere to relax then this is the destination.  It has been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones with the harbour used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands. It never disappoints!

2. Where memories are made! Innishowen, County Donegal, Ireland

beach, inishowen, Ireland, coast, sand, path

I just love the composition and the vintage look of this image. When I captured the image I saw the picture just like this in my imagination. The path with the ferns leading down into the beach and the family playing on the beach. To get this look I did a little bit of post processing so that I could introduce more pastel like colours and a film look.

1. Marching, County Donegal, Ireland

Sheep, Countryside, Ireland, Coast

My number one capture is this scene in County Donegal. I wouldn’t say it’s got a brilliant sunset or anything special other than the sheep and the countryside. So what makes this one so special? Well, it’s got more to do with the story behind this image. I had pulled over to take a rest from driving and on the road there were a load of sheep. Now on this holiday I had my lab/collie dog who just loves to bark – he probably thinks he’s a sheep do but trust me he’s not. Anyhow I opened the boot to let a bit of air in to him as it was a warm day and he started to bark at the sheep. Immediately the sheep turned and started marching down the road as if they had been summoned. I couldn’t believe it and thankfully I was able to capture the shot which doesn’t always happen. 

So what’s your favorite pictures of Ireland?

 

 

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