County Kerry Ireland Photo Adventure
Ireland Photo Adventure. The South West corner of Ireland is well known as being one of the most dramatic and evocative parts of the Emerald Isle. The stunningly beautiful coastline, villages and rural pastures of County Kerry and County Cork’s Beara peninsula being the main attractions. Situated in the provence of Munster it contains an abundance of photographic opportunities for the landscape photographer.
The Atlantic ocean pounds sea cliffs and laps onto golden sand beaches. Vibrant green fields dotted with farms and old dwellings are criss crossed with traditionally built old stone walls. Colourful village pubs, mountains, lakes, jagged rocky cliffs, and deserted coves will all combine to create a very Irish and iconic set of images for your portfolio.
This Ireland photo adventure in the city of Cork where you’ll be picked up before heading west to Portmagee on the Ring of Kerry near the tip of the Iveragh Peninsula. You’ll explore nearby Killarney National Park en-route. It’s packed full of scenic wonders, including Lough Leane, complete with early misty moring views out to the McGillycuddy Reeks mountains and Torc Falls.
A dusk session on the Skerrig Ring capturing its views and seascapes out to the Skellig Islands will end the first day. We’ll need an early start on the second morning to make our along the northern section of the Ring of Kerry and out to the Dingle peninsula. We’ll make a few stops along the way including the Inch Strand en route.
After checking in to our Dingle accommodation you’ll explore the dramatic coastline and beaches around Slea and Cloger heads finishing with a dusk session at the photogenic pier.
You’ll have an optional early session at the Conor Pass with stunning views before breakfast then time to explore colourful Dingle town itself. Here, every other building seems to be a quirky old pub or old style hardware store…or both! Then its a full circuit of the western part of the peninsula with amazing landscapes, views and crashing surf. All a short distance from our base in Dingle village.
Our penultimate days sees us start early as we head back towards Killarney National Park. You’ll explore the the Gap of Dunloe by horse and trap*, Kenmare village and then make a detour out to the Beara peninsula. Overnighting nearby, the following day you’ll traverse the the Caha Mountains via the dramatic Healy Pass. The peninsula is split in two between County Kerry and County Cork with route affording great views of the surround countryside.
From here we will return to Cork we’ll get together for a Guinness and a bite to eat in a traditional local pub.
5 Full Days – 5 nights accommodation
Start time pick up in Cork City at 10:00am
End time Ends 1900hrs Cork City
Getting there Cork airport has connections with UK and European airports or you can fly into Dublin or Shannon international airports.
Accommodation 5 nights single occupancy rooms – 1 night near the Skellig ring on the Ring of Kerry. 2 nights in Dingle village, 1 night on the Bearna peninsula. Final night in central Cork at the wonderful Hotel Isaacs.
Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod.
Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.
IRELAND PHOTO ADVENTURE -What to expect
This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day. This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms.
A photo adventure’s main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand and advice freely given.
Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.
As in it’s Celtic cousin Scotland, Ireland can have fickle wet weather at anytime of year, you can’t have all that emerald green without a little rain ! Having said that conditions can be glorious at times and my first encounter with Kerry featured both wonderful weather and light. So expect the unexpected. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.
Fitness and mobility
Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 30 mins – one way, however participation is optional at every location.
A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop. All ages above 18 years are welcome. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.
Places available: places available
Trip fee: £1695.00
Booking fee: £200
Starts /ends: Cork, Ireland
- 5 nights single occupancy accommodation
- 5 full days photography on location.
- Full Irish breakfasts
- Pick up and drop off in Cork
- Transport to all locations
- Dusk, day and dawn location sessions
- Practical field tuition and guidance
- Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie
- First pint of Guinness
- Return flights to Cork, Ireland
- Airport transfers
- Boat trips
- Lunch or evening meals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance
- Beautiful and varied locations
- Killarney National Park
- Torc falls and dawn on Lough Leane
- The Ring of Kerry
- Skerrig Ring
- Gap of Dunloe
- Valentia Island
- Skellig Michael*
- Dingle town and Dingle Peninsula
- Dawn on the Conor Pass
- Healy Pass - Bearna peninsula
- Kenmare town
- Slea Head seascapes
- Colourful pubs and villages of the Gaeltach region
- Cork city
- Expert guidance
- Creative advice
- Plenty shooting time on location
- Post trip review
- Small groups (max 6 ) means more one to one advice
I walk away with confidence in my photography and an appreciation for photos expressing a simple and minimal view and some great shots" Susan Grybowski - USA