How to photograph the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is Europe’s dramatic edge, with majestic photo opportunities. We asked pro photographer John Eagle for some tips to help get the best results when photographing the Wild Atlantic Way

Sheep's Head Lighthouse
Sheep's Head Lighthouse

John Eagle has been snapping Ireland’s west coast for over 20 years. From lighthouses in storms, to islands under sunset, he knows what works. We asked John for some tips to help get the best results from our images of Europe’s edge, the Wild Atlantic Way.


When shooting cliffs: “It’s best if you take pictures of them in the early morning or late in the evening when the sun is low. It means you could catch things like streams flowing off them that might turn golden with the sun.”

Take the shot: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare; Slieve League Cliffs, County Donegal


When shooting sea: “Slow the shutter on your camera down, use a tripod and camera for silky smooth shots. Also look for angry scenes when the ocean is pumped up, crashing over everything.”

Take the shotDingle Peninsula, County Kerry; Beara Peninsula, County Cork; Achill Island, County Mayo; Mullaghmore, County Sligo


When shooting sunsets: “Sunsets are for your friends to oooh and aaah over. Getting them right can be difficult. Silhouettes are good. Go find yourself some fishing boats with tall masts, then aim your camera at the brightest spot in the sky and hold the reading, then shoot the scene with the boats in. Works a treat if the sunset is really good.”

Take the shot: Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal; Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, County Galway; Aran Islands

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When shooting beaches: “Unless you want your shot to look like any beach in the world, look for a solitary person with a dog, with the beach stretching way off into the distance.”

Take the shot: Keem Strand, Achill Island; Derrynane Beach, County Kerry; Doonbeg Beach, County Clare; Barley Cove, County Cork


When shooting lighthouses: “Lighthouses, unlike people, keep their pose and stand still (unless a fierce storm is breaking them apart). It's all about capturing the mood around them.”

Take the shot: Loop Head, County Clare; Mizen Head, County Cork

The most amazing thing? We've only scratched the surface of what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. Delve deeper with these itineraries and find your own Kodak moment along Europe's edge.

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