The Trip – Beara Peninsula
I’ve just returned from a fantastic trip to Ireland’s Beara Peninsula, A very rugged part of the country which reminds me very much of parts of Scotland such as Ullapool. A few years back I had met a photographer on the hillside facing Corfe Castle on a cold and wet morning, we were both on holiday in Weymouth at the time. We got chatting and then spent the next few mornings meeting up and visiting all the well known locations. He was from Ireland and the following year I went out to join him and some fellow Irish photographers in County Antrim. This was then the start of a yearly visit to locations within Ireland.
This trip we based ourselves in Castletown-Bearhaven to explore what they call the Beara Peninsula. Arriving on the Thursday evening into Cork airport we travelled to one of the guys houses and then set off Friday morning at 5am to our first location on route to Castletown-Bearhaven which was Ross Castle, a picturesque castle that you’d see on the front of a chocolate or fudge box. Once the sun had risen and we had all finished shooting it was time to send the drone up to record some video clips for a video I was putting together of the trip. Then it was all back in the cars to make our way down to our base for the trip, stopping along the way at various places we thought worthy of pulling over and photographing.
Saturday morning we were all up for 5.30am and stumbled out of our rooms to meet in the lobby area of the B&B where we all mumbled good morning to each other and jumped in the cars and made our way down to an area called Billeragh on the coast. A few of the group headed to the beach whilst me and Terry made our way round the headline and started exploring the rocky peninsula, It wasn’t long before we stumbled across a great view point which also had the added benefit of a little patch of water to add some foreground interest. I spent the next hour or so here working various compositions as the sun rose. The rest of the day we worked our way round the coast and back through Healy Pass and to our base.
Sunday was departure day so we had a lazy morning and breakfast and all said our goodbyes and headed back to Cork airport. The trip was great not just on a photographic level but also in meeting old friends and making new ones. I look forward to next years one!