County Donegal is located in the northwestern part of Ireland and is the northernmost Irish county. It lies at the start of the fabulous Wild Atlantic Way, and is famed for its rugged coast and mountainous interior. Due to its remote location, Donegal has remained relatively unspoilt, and therefore offers photographers some of the most photogenic scenery in the whole of Ireland.
County Donegal boasts a stunning and varied coastline with towering sea cliffs, numerous rocky headlands, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic coastal route, starts here in Donegal.
As the coastline faces out towards the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, it is constantly pounded by ferocious winds and unrelenting storms. This has in turn, shaped a wild and rugged coastline that is a Mecca for photographers, but of course deadly for sailors. Therefore, you will find many beautiful lighthouses placed there to warn sailors of the peril that awaits.
Fanad Head Lighthouse is located on the Fanad Peninsula and is one of the most interesting. Surrounded by a beautiful inlet, Fanad has been voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world.
The northwest of Ireland is blessed with some of the loveliest and most unspoilt beaches in Europe. They make great locations for seascape photography.
Many places such as Bunbeg and Magheroarty offer the chance to photograph some lovely old boat wrecks sitting on pristine beaches. They make great subjects at sunset.
It’s not all coast though. Head inland to the Glenveagh National Park and you’ll find a hauntingly beautiful landscape dotted with glens and old churches, all surrounded by the towering Derryveagh Mountains.
Mount Errigal, 751-metres (2,464 ft), is the tallest and most interesting peak in this range. It sits beside the village of Gweedore and the Poisoned Glen.
The Glen was named after the legend of Irish giant Balor of the Evil Eye, who was slain here. The great warrior and King, Lugh of the Long Arm, defeated Balor by impaling his sword into Balor’s evil eye. The poison from his eye ran into the glen, which thus gave it the name.
The west of Ireland is blessed with the most amazing light. The wild and untempered weather often gives way to moments of incredible beauty as the clouds break and scatter lovely rays of sunshine that showcases the beauty of this land in unimaginable ways.
Join me on my Donegal photography workshops as I take you to some of the most scenic locations throughout this forgotten corner of Ireland.