This medieval castle was built in 1228 and today is one of Ireland’s most impressive five star luxury hotels. I took this photograph over 5 years ago on a trip around the West Coast of the Republic of Ireland. The large fountain seen in the above photograph is at the back of the hotel / castle. Behind me as I took this picture is the very picturesque Lough Corrib.
The statue in the above photograph was found within the grounds of Ballintubber Abbey which was founded in 1216. It marks the start of the ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick which has now been reopened as a cross-country pilgrimage and tourist trail. You can see the path goes of to the right of this statue through the field of sheep in the background. At 22 miles it wasn’t practical to do such a long walk but we did end up driving to the foot of Croagh Patrick (which is a 2,500 foot mountain) by Clew Bay.
Taken last summer on my trip to the west coast of Ireland. I spent most of the week exploring the shore of the beautiful Lough Mask. I wanted to publish a photograph I had taken in Ireland, due to it being St. Patrick’s Day. The rocky outcrop or island can also be seen in another photograph on the site, which I published on the day of capture. The other image has a few fishing boats in the foreground and a bit of the pier (the photo above was taken from the end of the this pier). I think the previous photo is a quality image but this has a much more picturesque sky and is one my best photographs of Lough Mask, although it doesn’t compare to my favourite which was taken on the opposite side of the Lough.
I took this photograph back in August 2006. I was stood on the shore with my back to the beautiful Ashford Castle. It was evening when I took this image so the light gave nice warm colours. Lough Corrib was teaming with Salmon which were jumping out of the water, it must have been pretty easy for these two fishermen to catch a few of them.
We got on the ferry back to Holyhead about an hour early. Due to the time of day I took a little walk up on the top deck. It was cold and I was very tired having travelled across Ireland but the sunset was spectacular, the location might not have been the best, Dublin Port isn’t the most picturesque part of Dublin by a long way but the sunset was something quite magical and a fitting way to end my trip to Ireland.