6 Days, 5 Nights

North Ireland Photo Tour

Exploring the coastal cliffs, castles, & islands of North Ireland. Capturing the natural, rugged terrain of the Coastal Causeway and Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Places

    • Ireland
    • Costal Causeway
    • Tory Island
    • Dunluce Castle
  • Guides

  • Activity Level

    • Level 2: Active
  • Skill Level

    • Level 1: New
Moment Travel
North Ireland Photo Tour
$0 USD
       

What we'll do

We’re heading to North Ireland with Karl Lee.

On this trip you’ll experience all the hidden gems that only an Irish born photographer would know about. Stunning cliff lines, rich green hills, stone walls and hedgerows, and fields dotted with livestock. The landscapes of the Emerald Isle catch the sun (or are made more dramatic by the clouds) and invite the imagination.

Ireland is known for its cloudy days so we’ll start early to catch sunrise and stay late to catch sunset. We’ll visit the classic spots in King’s Road, Giants Causeway, Donegal, and Fanad Head. I’ll show you the hidden spots in caves I found on my recent trip back home, and take you to some filming locations for Game of Thrones. We’ll even island hop a bit and eat amazing Irish food along the way.

I’ll teach you how to get the most out of the light; using clouds and precipitation to make your photos more dramatic and mood filled. Learning how to shoot long exposures, especially during golden hour. Anything from how to make the water look magical to capturing the minute details in the texture of the rocks. You’ll leave Ireland with some of the best photos of your life.

Ireland teams world-class, contemporary cities with an abundance of unspoilt beauty. In Ireland, you never have to drive far to come across a still freshwater lake, grazing deer, rolling pastures or wandering livestock. Just don’t forget the camera.

Your Guides

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    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 0: Half Day Camera Workshop

    • Summary:

      OPTIONAL ADD ON: Add a half day camera workshop to your trip. You get an extra day (and night) in Dublin. Your guide will go deep with you on what camera you have, how all the settings work, and then spend half day shooting with you in Dublin as you learn how to shoot in manual. You’ll learn the fundamentals in settings, ISO, shutter speed, framing, and exposure...and then go outside and shoot Dublin vibes practicing what you just learned. Whether shooting on your phone or a DSLR camera you’ll walk away with the confidence and knowledge to make the most out of the week. Price: $400 (includes two meals, a hotel, and workshop).

    Day 1: Cloudy Skies & Picturesque Castles

    • Summary:

      We’ll meet up at the Dublin Airport before grabbing our van to head North. We’ll stop to grab some food at a deli/hot bar at a gas station along the way; we’ll grab most of our mid-day meals this week in places like this. After checking in to our accommodations, we’ll hit up some filming locations from Game of Thrones, getting used to the typical Irish weather: lush green countryside under cloudy skies. We’ll use the weather to our advantage this week, using the natural light to set the mood and help us create compelling images. We’ll shoot sunset at Dunluce Castle; right on the cliffs of the coast. The story goes that the castle was abandoned by the family after the entire kitchen (and its staff) broke off from the castle and fell into the ocean. We’ll grab dinner at a local pub before calling it a night.

    • Photo Spots:

      Dunluce Castle, Murlough Bay, Ballintoy, Tullymore Forest

    • Food:

      Ireland is known for its traditional breakfasts, seafood, gas station food counters, fresh produce, and it’s also home to some of the best beef in the world. Needless to say we’ll never be far away from food!

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Airbnb in Portrush or Ballintoy

    Day 2: Traditional Irish Breakfast & the Giant's Causeway

    • Summary:

      You’ll start the morning in darkness so we can catch sunrise at the iconic Dark Hedges; also known as the King’s Road. You’ll learn my best tips and tricks for how to set the scene for the perfect sunrise image. We’ll have a proper breakfast and some tea before visiting Kinbane Castle. From there, you’ll cross the famous rope bridge to Carrick a Rede, where you’ll have the chance to practice shooting in the bright midday light before catching sunset at the Giants Causeway; a rare geological formation of basalt columns and Ireland's claim to the 8th wonder of the world.

    • Photo Spots:

      The Dark Hedges, Kinbane Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, The Giants Causeway

    • Food:

      Ireland is known for its traditional breakfasts, seafood, gas station food counters, fresh produce, and it’s also home to some of the best beef in the world. Needless to say we’ll never be far away from food!

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Airbnb in Portrush or Ballintoy

    Day 3: Seaside Sunrises & Northern Cliffs

    • Summary:

      Another early start as we get out for sunrise at Murlough Bay, a filming location from Game of Thrones and one we will most likely have to ourselves this time in the morning. After sunrise we will grab some breakfast locally before stopping at Ballintoy harbour and then making our way into Donegal. Donegal is in the Republic of Ireland and is situated along the North West coast of the island. We will loop around the Northerly most point of the island and catch sunset at Malin Head before making our way back to our accommodation for the night. One of our main photography focuses today will be on long exposure, so bring your filters. No filters? Don’t worry, you can borrow some of mine. The coast is also a great place to practice drone photography, if you want to get it up in the sky.

    • Photo Spots:

      Murlough Bay, Ballintoy Harbour, Grianan of Aileach, Stroove Lighthouse, Malin Head, Hells Hole.

    • Food:

      Ireland is known for its traditional breakfasts, seafood, gas station food counters, fresh produce, and it’s also home to some of the best beef in the world. Needless to say we’ll never be far away from food!

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Airbnb Fanad Head

    Day 4: Remote Islands & Hidden Coves

    • Summary:

      This morning, we’ll hit my favourite place to take photos in Ireland for sunrise: Fanad Head. I’ll probably shoot a timelapse here and can show you my favourite techniques if you’re interested. After sunrise we’ll have a quick breakfast before jumping on the passenger boat that will take us across to Tory Island. Tory island is located 12km/9mile off the coast of Ireland and is home to just over 100 people. It is easy to walk around, has some amazing cliffs, caves, and puffins and is only 3km wide and 1km from back to front. We’ll return to the mainland on the last boat of the day before catching sunset at Murder Hole beach, a hidden photo spot along the coast. When we get back to the airbnb, we’ll have an editing session where you can learn my step-by-step process to producing a high quality, edited, 4k timelapse. This is also a good opportunity for us to discuss where we’re struggling in our editing process, and learn some tips for post-process.

    • Photo Spots:

      Fanad Head Sunrise, Tory Island, Murderhole Beach Sunset

    • Food:

      Ireland is known for its traditional breakfasts, seafood, gas station food counters, fresh produce, and it’s also home to some of the best beef in the world. Needless to say we’ll never be far away from food!

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Airbnb Fanad Head

    Day 5: A Great Sea Arch & Untamed Arranmore

    • Summary:

      This morning’s sunrise will be at the Great Pollet Sea Arch, another hidden gem that I have found on my travels, and local to our accommodation. Today’s focus for our sunrise shoot is making the most of the scene and its surroundings. We’ll hop on another boat after breakfast, but today’s destination is Arranmore Island. A bit bigger than Tory island, Arranmore is home to around 400 people. We will spend most of the day here roaming around the island, utilizing our zoom lenses and practicing shooting more compressed images as we add people to the landscape to give them a different perspective. The island is home to some jaw-dropping sea cliffs, a lighthouse, and if we’re lucky, we might be able to see some puffins (and use our zoom lenses). Once back on the mainland, we’ll continue yesterday’s editing session.

    • Photo Spots:

      Great Pollet Sea Arch, Arranmore Island

    • Food:

      Ireland is known for its traditional breakfasts, seafood, gas station food counters, fresh produce, and it’s also home to some of the best beef in the world. Needless to say we’ll never be far away from food!

    • Lodging:

      Fanad Head

    Day 6: Farewell to Ireland!

    • Summary:

      We’ll start off our last day together by heading to some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. If possible, we’ll locate a hidden waterfall before making our way back to the Dublin airport for our final goodbyes. Head home, or continue your adventure.

    • Photo Spots:

      Slieve League Cliffs, Hidden Waterfall

    • Food:

      Ireland is known for its traditional breakfasts, seafood, gas station food counters, fresh produce, and it’s also home to some of the best beef in the world. Needless to say we’ll never be far away from food!

    Where we're going

    The Giants Causeway - The result of a volcanic fissure eruption, the causeway has about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Legend has it that the causeway was a bridge built between Ireland and Scotland for two giants to challenge each other, and there is a similar geological formation in Scotland.

    Tory Island - The most remote inhabited island of Ireland, comprised of 4 small towns with a combined population of 144. With cliffs jutting straight out of the sea and a well developed artists’ community, we’ll have plenty to shoot.

    Great Pollet Sea Arch - The perfect backdrop for a timelapse, this arch is well hidden along the coast of the Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal. The trek to the arch keeps it hidden until the last second, and you can only reach the arch during low tide or you’re liable to be stranded.

    Dunluce Castle - Built right on the edge of the basalt cliffs of County Antrim, Game of Thrones fans might recognize Greyjoy Castle. The story goes that the castle was abandoned by the family after the entire kitchen (and its staff) broke off from the castle and fell into the ocean.

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    What You Will Learn

    Over this 5 nights 6 day workshop we will focus on bringing your photography game to the next level. We will shoot sunrises and sunset at epic locations but will also focus on the power of photography in storytelling as we visit the less touristy places and spend time with locals and capture some of the day to day life in rural Ireland.

    • Using Weather to your Advantage - The lushness of Ireland comes from the abundance of precipitation. Since we won’t always be shooting under sunny skies, we’ll learn to use the natural light and mood to create compelling images.
    • Setting the Scene - Take a step back to observe your location and think about how you can best use your natural surroundings. Bring your sunrise and sunset photos to the next level by leveraging what you have.
    • The Art of Long Exposure - We may not have the Milky Way every night, but I’ll teach you some of my best tricks for shooting long exposures. We’ll start with trial and error until you get a feel for your camera and what settings work best for you. We’ll pull in elements of other things we’ve learned: setting the scene, composition, and weather. I’ll have extra filters on hand as well, just in case.
    • Shooting and Editing a Time-lapse - The fiery sunrises and sunsets of Ireland, when combined with the sweeping cliff views and the ocean, become a natural background for shooting a 4K time-lapse. You’ll learn my editing workflow and step-by-step process to produce a high quality, edited time-lapse.
    • Composition - Incorporating humans into landscapes to show scale and provide a different perspective

    What's Included

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      5 nights in Airbnbs (price per person, based on double occupancy)

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      Entrance to all activities

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      Transportation to/from airport

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      Transportation around Ireland

    • Photography teacherCreated with Sketch.

      Photography and editing lessons

    • DiscountsCreated with Sketch.

      Discount on gear from the Moment shop

    • MealsCreated with Sketch.

      3 great meals per day (except breakfast on day 1, lunch/dinner on day 6)

    What's Not Included

    • Breakfast on day 1, lunch/dinner on day 6
    • Airfare to and from Ireland
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Snacks/drinks outside of meal times
    • Guide gratuities
    • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance