Photography in Ireland? The Three Sisters Call Your Name

If you’re visiting Ireland for photography, the Three Sisters should be on your list…

By Darren J Spoonley – subscribe to Darren’s YouTube channel

If you have the opportunity to visit Ireland to take some epic photos, you’ve got a real challenge on your hands. Your problem is, where do you go?

Ireland punches far above its weight in terms of locations and scenery, all within a relatively small footprint. It seems that every bend in the road unveils another breathtaking spot to stop and aim your lens.

You could go to the Copper Coast like I did here.

But for this photographic journey, we’re going to focus on The Kingdom, aka County Kerry on Ireland’s south-west coast.  

View of Three Sisters on Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Head for the Dingle Peninsula – Try Not to Photograph Too Much Along the Way

The Dingle Peninsula is a finger of land reaching out into the ocean pointing to the Americas. It’s on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way which runs right around it, with views to die for around every turn.

We’re here to photograph The Three Sisters, but even though we’re close by, there’s still a danger we might not make it. There are simply too many stunning vistas along the way. So, fair warning, you’ll need more time than you think.

Violet sunset on Three Sisters on Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Try for the Three Sisters Around Sunset

The Three Sisters are three peaks called Binn Hanrai , Binn Meanach & Binn Diarmada. Though they are called the Three Sisters, none of them have a female name associated with them. That’s Ireland for you :-).

Photographing the Three Sisters at sunset means you’ll have the setting sun in front of you, a bit to one side. So, later in the day is ideal.

Just hope that the clouds cooperate and you’ll get some brilliant shots.

Photo of Clogher Head on Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

The Best Viewpoints to Photograph the Three Sisters

You will first see these stunning cliffs from the Ballyferriter side or as you come up over Clogher Head. You can’t miss their beauty and you’ll find your compositions from there.

The cliffs are on Sybil Head, which itself is an iconic headland and one that has been used recently as the home of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi.

For alternative photo compositions, you can also hike on the Three Sisters themselves. Head over by Smerick Harbour and look for a farmer (there is almost always one there) and ask for permission to traverse the land to reach the Three Sisters.

Photo of Sybil Head on Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Getting There From Dublin

One thing you will learn very quickly in Ireland is that getting anywhere takes longer than your GPS or guide books tell you it will.

This is because we have very winding and small roads as you leave city areas. Also, of course we drive on the left and inevitably you’ll have someone in front of you who’s still getting accustomed to that, so it can be slow going.

Dublin to County Kerry is approximately 3.5 hours. Once you reach Killarney you will need to force yourself to continue driving past its scenery to push onwards towards Tralee and then finally onto the Dingle Peninsula itself.

Then you can drive along the main roads which will take you right around the peninsula towards your goal , which lies on the stern side, a village called Ballyferriter.

Just look west and you will see the 3 beautiful sisters sitting proudly on the horizon calling you over to photograph them.

Selfie in front of Three Sisters on Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

What to Wear on Your Photo Journey

To be kind, the weather on Ireland’s Atlantic coast is “changeable”. That means sunshine and calm breezes one minute and showers with stiff winds moments later.

So, ideally bring layers with a waterproof top layer just in case. Rubber boots, wellies, are a good idea too. You should also consider warmer clothes so you can sit under the stars at night. With almost zero light pollution, the night heavens will beckon you, whether you’re photographing or not.

View of Three Sisters on Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

The Best Time to Visit Dingle?

This area is stunning in all seasons, but the best and most comfortable time to visit is the summer. Temperatures can reach a balmy 24 degrees C and the wild Atlantic winds aren’t as ferocious as they can be in other seasons.

Keep in mind though, that this is also peak tourist season, so make any necessary reservations well in advance.

Overwhelmed by Beauty

Ireland, and particularly County Kerry, is a place of mythical beauty and a place that you will happily get lost in.

You will be surprised by what you will see, hear and feel while visiting and most of all you will enjoy the craic (fun) that is abundant amongst the Irish people in every walk of life.

Cead Mile Failte (100,000 welcomes)

Darren J Spoonley

Seasoned, creative, and authentically Irish – that’s Darren, and that’s his photography!

He specializes in landscapes and seascapes for precisely this reason – the ever changing, never predicable, but always dependable beauty that provides an endless feast for his photographer’s eyes. His goal is to capture that beauty and share it with the world.

He's the founder of the online group, Munster Landscape Photographers Ireland. He's been published in various magazines and newspapers, including two covers of astronomy Ireland.

He's now also vlogging with successful YouTube and Vimeo channels.

Darren J Spoonley

Seasoned, creative, and authentically Irish – that’s Darren, and that’s his photography!

He specializes in landscapes and seascapes for precisely this reason – the ever changing, never predicable, but always dependable beauty that provides an endless feast for his photographer’s eyes. His goal is to capture that beauty and share it with the world.

He's the founder of the online group, Munster Landscape Photographers Ireland. He's been published in various magazines and newspapers, including two covers of astronomy Ireland.

He's now also vlogging with successful YouTube and Vimeo channels.

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