Cape Clear in West Cork

Cape Clear photography workshop

Date: June 29th to June 30th

Group size: 6

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Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island, lies 8 miles off the coast of West Cork. Cape Clear is a large island with stunning walking trails that curve around the headlands and rolling hills. It is an oasis for landscape photographers, with everything from beautiful coastline and clifftop views to a crumbling castle and an old lighthouse. Cape Clear is a fantastic location to watch basking sharks and whales idle their way around the island far below the cliffs. The island also hosts a rich variety of wild flower species and is well known for its variety of bird species.

For this workshop, we will catch a ferry from Baltimore on Saturday morning to Cape Clear. We will be staying in a bed and breakfast on the island that evening. There are a number of locations we will be exploring over the weekend including the Gleann loop walking trail, the lighthouse and the clifftops. On the first evening, we will have an early group meal to allow for our evening shoot. Breakfast will be served the next morning after our sunrise and morning shoot. We will continue to explore other locations on the island before returning to Baltimore that evening on the last ferry.

Where is Cape Clear?

Cape Clear is a 45 minute ferry ride from Baltimore on the Wild Atlantic Way in West Cork.

How hard will the hiking be? 

We will be walking to all locations, the distances are typically no more than a few kilometres return. However, some locations will require walking up steep hills. If you have mobility problems, this is probably not the trip for you. 

What camera gear should I bring?

The following are some recommendations. Since we will be hiking throughout the day and carrying our own gear, equipment should be kept to a minimum.

What is included in the price?

  • Accommodation in a B&B for one night

  • Ferry ticket

  • One evening meal

  • One breakfast

  • (snacks, lunch and any alcohol are not included)

 Camera Equipment:

  • Lightweight tripod

  • Camera backpack

  • DSLR camera body

  • Lenses

  • Various ND filters/polarizers

  • Extra batteries

  • Lens cloth

 Other items:

  • Comfortable hiking boots

  • Long pants

  • Warm jacket

  • Rain jacket

  • Snack bars/lunch/water

  • Headlamp/flashlight