West of Ireland : 4 – 10 Oct 2021

Workshop Dates: 4 – 10 October 2021

Instructor: Michael McLaughlin
Fee: €3350
Deposit: €700
Fee Includes: Hotel Accommodation Throughout, Transportation, Breakfast & Dinner, Tuition, Location Guide
Group Size: 6 Max (We like to keep groups small)
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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The West – Photography Tour Ireland Destination

The West of Ireland boasts the countries most rugged and wild landscapes.  Beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and an untamed coastline hugged by the Atlantic Ocean dominate the area. An ideal setting for a photography tour in Ireland. Our 2021 tour takes place in Autumn so we will be shooting this amazing landscape in prime colour. It’s great time of year for light in Ireland with a great chance for moody misty mornings on dramatic lake shores. Sunrises are at a very reasonable hour. For the quality of light, colour, a reasonable temperature October is a fantastic time to shoot in Ireland.

Our 7-day tour is designed to let you enjoy your photography while we look after the locations and any instruction that might be needed. We will combine sunrise and sunset shoots through our journey ensuring you shoot the best locations in the best light. Sunrise is at a very pleasant time so there will be an optional sunrise shoot nearly every day. We will shoot sunset every day. There will be breaks in between for downtime every morning. Our goal is for you to have a great time, get a genuine flavour of the Irish landscape and culture, and come away with a body of stunning images. Michael is part of an elite group of Irish landscape photographers (Former Irish Professional and Landscape Photographer of the Year ) and will bring you to the best locations that the country has to offer. With a local experienced guide and instructor on board, you will get all the technical insights needed to make a vast array of great images in the best locations. Michael will make suggestions for compositions to you at the beginning of each shoot, show you the best angles and provide you with any technical insights needed. It is not just a chance to have a unique experience, it’s an opportunity to learn lots of new skills.

So Where Will We Go?

Our tour leaves from Dublin with hotel pick up included. If you’re visiting from abroad Dublin gives you the best option flight wise and also an opportunity to explore our capital city and visit iconic locations such as the Guinness Storehouse and the Book of Kells. We don’t want to spend excessive time in the car once we’re out on tour so we’ve broken the trip into two key locations. Our base allows us to explore the finest scenery Ireland has to offer. We take your photography and comfort seriously and will be staying in well-appointed hotels throughout.

Part 1 The first part of our journey will begin on the Ring of Kerry. From our Killarney base (where we will spend 4 nights) we will explore the Gap of Dunloe, the Ring of Kerry and the Beara peninsula. It’s an ideal jump-off point to shoot beautiful lakes, rivers, mountains and waterfalls. Our timing coincides with a beautiful blanket of bog red. Killarney National Park boasts the highest mountains in Ireland, stunning lakes and passes, as well as a vast array of deciduous native woodland. From here we can access the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley plus an unforgettable day trip to the Beara Peninsula.

Part 2 From Killarney we move to the second leg of our tour to the Dingle Peninsula. We will spend 2 nights in Dingle where we will explore stunning beaches around Slea Head as well as the dramatic Conor Pass. Some of the finest beaches in Ireland are on Slea Head.  The Conor Passes deep valley and the mountainous backdrop is a sight to behold at sunrise.

Why Choose ExploreLight?

Unlike most companies offering photography courses and workshops, our instructors are specialist landscape and nature photographers. We represent an international standard in terms of landscape photography workshops and tours. When booking a course with us you can be assured that you are working with an expert.

Costs and What’s Included

The cost of our 7-day tour is €3350. A €700 deposit is required to secure your place and the balance would be due two months before the trip gets underway. For this cost, you will receive breakfast & dinner and single occupancy hotel accommodation throughout. Your comfort is taken seriously and we will be staying in hotels throughout with wi-fi access. On location, transportation is also included (not flights) so you will be driven to and from all locations throughout the duration of the tour. All you need to do is enjoy your shooting, learn some new skills and make lots of beautiful images.

FLIGHTS are not included

It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate for flight costs. 


We reserve the right to refuse participation in our workshops. Placing a deposit is not a guarantee of participation.

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