Meet the people of Ireland: Photographer, Chris Hill

Chris Hill, Photographer

Get out into the wild with these top tips from one of Ireland’s best landscape photographers…

When you dream of Ireland, it’s quite possible you’re picturing a photo taken by Chris Hill. One of Ireland’s most prolific landscape photographers, his images of cliffs and coastlines, lakes and mountains show this breathtaking island at its most beautiful. A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, it was on a trip to Connemara in County Galway, when he was just 16, that Chris first fell in love with “the wilder side of Ireland. It blew my mind.”

Locals joke about experiencing all four seasons in one day, but for Chris, that’s exactly what makes Ireland so captivating to photograph. “Ireland is always exciting... The ideal time is when the light changes. Spring is one of the best times for catching bright sun shining off wet ground.

With so much of the island already under his belt, one might wonder: is there anything Chris hasn’t seen? “I have a bucket list that’s always growing! Ireland draws me... It keeps drawing me in.”

The Glens of Antrim, County Antrim

Antrim’s nine glens make for some spectacular natural sights, but it’s Glenariff that’s known as Queen of the Glens. The wilderness and fairytale beauty of Glenariff Forest Park make it a must see, according to Chris: “In May, the hills are awash with bluebells, and the waterfalls never fail to inspire.”

The Murder Hole, County Donegal

Donegal holds a special place in Chris’s heart; he owns a home there and is delighted at the number of people discovering this stunning county via the Wild Atlantic Way. The secluded beach at Boyeeghter Bay, otherwise known as The Murder Hole, is a favourite: “I’ve had to pass by a herd of cows to get to it, but it’s worth it.”

Connemara, County Galway

Connemara National Park, beloved for its nearly 30km² of woodlands, mountains and bog, replete with native birds, deer and Connemara ponies, is another recommendation. “The road from Clifden to Roundstone, with the Twelve Bens in the background, is beautiful.”

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