Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Adare Village: Trip Notes

"Bunratty Folk Park" sounds awful, but is actually quite worthwhile, especially from the photographic aspect.  It consists of the Castle and a variety of buildings that have been relocated from different parts of Ireland and rebuilt, including a church!  There are shops, bars, workshops, farm buildings, a grand house, cottages - you get the picture.  They even have actors playing the parts of "inhabitants" of a few locations, they're both interesting and photogenic. Start with the castle, but … [Read more...]

Eilean Donan, Ben Nevis, Fort William and Glencoe: Trip Notes

Leaving Skye, our first stop was at Eilean Donan Castle, the one you've seen immortalized on a thousand cake-tins!.  You've got a range of shots from the huge parking area next to the loch, but try going onto the shoreline to the right of the entrance gate for a different approach.  Of course, you hope for a mirror-like surface to the water so that you can get the reflections.  Interesting lights, especially in the evening or early morning certainly would add to the results, but most of us have … [Read more...]