John Collins Photography | Burren Cliffs & Isles Tour


Landscape Photography Tour

The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands – Gems of Ireland's Atlantic west coast.


This is a long weekend photography adventure along Ireland's west coast. Rather than trying to see a vast area in a short time, we will concentrate on getting intimate with some wonderful areas of landscape and heritage.


Outline itinerary (weather dependent).

We will meet at Shannon airport on Friday afternoon. Once you have collected your bags, we will pick up our minibus and be on our way. The drive to the coast is not long and we should be at our accommodation with plenty of time for you to get settled in and be ready for a dusk shoot. All of our plans will revolve around the weather and lighting conditions, but for this first evening, I would like you to become familiar with the Cliffs of Moher. We will work this remarkable location from different points, but initially from the Visitor Centre and marked paths. I have arranged with the centre's staff so that we can work with tripods and should we get a good sunset, there are nice opportunities both to the north and south of the visitor centre and parking area.

For our first dawn shoot (optional), there are a couple of locations in the Burren, which are possible. One is the ancient dolmen of Poulnabrone, which is always busy during the day – but we should have it to ourselves at first light. We will return to our accommodation for breakfast and a rest before heading out to further explore the Burren for the afternoon. Alternatively, again depending on weather, we will hike up to Hags head, at the southern end of the Cliffs of Moher. After an early dinner, we will head out for a dusk and sunset to a different location on the Cliffs, to make the best of their west-facing aspect in the evening light.

Sunday morning is a more civilised start time, with breakfast and a drive to Doolin. From here, we will take the foot passenger ferry to the smallest Aran Island – Inisheer (Inis Oírr). I have explored many of Ireland's western isles, over the past twenty years and this is one of my favourites. In a small area, we have a shipwreck high and dry on the rocks, many ancient church and castle sights, and a wild Atlantic coast. You could spend weeks here with your cameras and still want more. We will stay the night on the island, in one of it's friendly, family run bed and breakfasts. 

For our final day, we will rise for dawn if the weather looks good and after breakfast, take the ferry back to Doolin. From here, we will return to the Burren to photograph the remarkable limestone landscape, breaking for lunch in one of the many villages along the way. From here, we will make our way back towards Shannon, depending on people's travel arrangements.

As with the best photography weekends, our adventure will not run exactly to this plan but will be fluid, moving with nature's flow of weather and light. You can be sure that will come away exhilarated by being in a great place with some wonderful images to work on and treasure.