Photo Tips for Cliffs, Beaches, Sea…and Selfies

Whether you are lucky enough to live near the west coast of Ireland or you are just passing through along the Wild Atlantic Way in Clare – hopefully some of these tips will help you to capture the stunning and rugged beauty of Clare’s coast and Burren region. From one amateur to another…


The sea is at its best when it is wild and crashing against the rocks. It is the Wild Atlantic Way after all! A steady hand and a powerful wave can make for an incredible shot! The Flaggy Shore, Doolin and White Strand all offer more than enough for these shots!

Along the Liscannor to Doolin Cliff Walk on the Wild Atlantic Way


On the beach, try to catch people alone in a large, wide frame – it can be very impressive! The beaches at Spanish Point, Lahinch and Doolin all provide plenty of opportunity here. Likewise, if you want your pictures of surfers or fishermen to stand out, try to catch them at a moment when they are alone in the shot. See “Surf Around Ireland”, “SwellSeekers” or “Emerald Surfwear” in our Instagram recommendations above. They are great accounts to share pictures taken from distance of surfers seemingly alone in the powerful ocean.


When capturing cliffs, such as the Cliffs of Moher, early morning or evening light is said to be the best. This can produce fiery oranges or deep golden colours in the sky which give the cliffs a dreamlike quality. Luckily, on our Wild Atlantic Day tour we have an evening visit at a very special location along the Cliffs of Moher just as the sun is setting to the west. Your friends will be amazed by your new-found photography skills!


Tombs, lighthouses, pubs and restaurants are all beautifully presented and can offer great scope for the budding photographer.  Capturing the setting around these stationary subjects can make for much better shots. So, a few people admiring the flowers at the Burren Perfumery, a bike leaning against the wall at Gus O’Connors in Doolin or nothing but the sky behind the Portal Tomb at Poulnabrone will make for more interesting photographs.

Ivy Cottage, Doolin, Co. Clare

The very beautiful Ivy Cottage Cafe in Doolin

The Burren

Around the Burren National Park the opportunities for unforgettable photographs are endless! Obviously the light on offer at the time of the photograph will have a huge bearing, but it is worth noting that even grey skies can make for great pictures in the rocky and moon-like Burren landscape. The hike up along Mullaghmore, the bike ride around Black Head and the loop around Finavarra are all perfect opportunities to show your flair as an amateur photographer!

Mullaghmore in the Burren

Mullaghmore – in rain or shine – still makes for a dramatic photograph!


Finally, for the perfect selfie…put the camera away. Please.

(That said, with us you will have free use of the GoPro and ‘selfie stick’…do your worst!)

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– Enda (February 15)

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