Aasleagh Falls on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

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Aasleagh Falls in Co. Mayo

The best thing about spending time in the west of Ireland is being so close to some of the best landscapes in the world.  Either side of running a few photo tours in Northern Ireland and Dublin I took a few days to get back to one of my favourite parts of Ireland - Galway and Mayo. I ended up extending this with a trip to Sligo. These are three fine, scenic counties.

Have you been to the Aasleagh Falls or Leenane?

I have stayed on many occasions in Leenane the chief town of Killary fjord (Ireland's only fjord) and I have visited the Aasleagh Falls, sometimes spelled Aashleagh Falls, many times. The falls on the Erriff River sit a little north of the Connemara town of Leenane across the border in Co. Mayo. On this occasion, after a lot of recent rainfall the river was high and the falls were roaring.

When I first arrived the sky was dull and a few test shots later I had a decent image but a short moment later the clouds parted and the sunlight hit the hillside behind and also illuminated the falls. Well worth the wait. And on the day that I was here, I was on my own. Not another visitor in sight, I cracked open the flask of hot soup and sandwich box full of cheese sandwiched that I had brought with me and had some well deserved lunch before heading on to my next destination.

I have visited this part of Galway and Mayo several times leading photography workshops and like many parts of Ireland, no two days are the same. I do find that taking time is the key, waiting for the right conditions to appear. You might not have that much of an opportunity on your holiday to Ireland but if you can spend at least half a day dedicated to photography then you will gain the most from doing that.

This was just the beginning of my day in Co. Mayo in mid-January and I am working on more images to follow soon so keep an eye out here in the next few days.

Darren McLoughlin

International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.


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