Day-tripping photography in Dublin, Ireland

Whenever I travel I always take a moment, usually at the boarding gate whilst waiting for my plane, to research interesting places to photograph whilst abroad. So on my last day in Dublin, I grabbed my camera and a couple of lenses and set out to try and get a few shots before my flight home.

The weather in Ireland, at least in Dublin, changes by the hour so don’t be discouraged by the forecast. I wanted to see the Book of Kells in Trinity College so I headed in that direction by foot so I would have a chance to see some of the city too such as Christ Church Cathedral also pictured below.

Lough Tay, County Wicklow

After a quick dash through Dublin City we headed out to Wicklow County just south of Dublin City. As the rain eased off our first stop, quite by chance was this beautiful lake. Having just googled it now to get it’s official name, it turns out that Lough Tay is the film location of the viking settlement ‘Kattegat’ from The Vikings. Pretty cool. On the way we also passed through some of the most rugged and visually stunning landscapes I have ever seen, including several locations where Braveheart was filmed.


We were heading over to Glendalough as my friend said she loved it there, and it was stunning. A tranquil lake, moss covered ruins, streams and little pieces of well preserved history that were so beautiful my photo’s don’t do it justice. And there was also a couple of cute restaurants and even a stone fired pizza place too so that was an extra bonus.

Powerscourt Waterfall

We were starting to run out of time as I had an early evening flight, but I couldn’t leave with out seeing Powerscourt Waterfall. I admit that I do occasionally google scenes that I see in movies, and this location had been on my list of places to visit for quite some time. I’m a country boy and I have always been mesmerised by the sheer power of waterfalls. This certainly didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately the park is not open to visitors in the evening, so I will have to come back in Autumn to try catch some sunset and slow shutter speed shots when the days are shorter.

So if you are heading over to Dublin for any reason, make the most of it and take a couple of hours to explore.


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