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Ireland: Donegal Dreamscapes 2016



"I heartily recommend this tour having done it myself with the same guys last year. Am still debating going back again this year!!"

– Paul Kelly


Donegal is a photographer’s paradise. Landscape, seascape, mountains and ancient monuments, coupled with the softness of the Irish light the vistas are always changing with time of day and season. Donegal is Ireland in microcosm - it has it all. Our knowledge of Donegal enables us to go to the best cobble beaches, wreck sites, ancient ruins, castles, waterfalls, mountains, rivers and lakes. The locations have been selected for their photographic promise.

Donegal has two ranges of low mountains; the Derryveagh Mountains in the north and the Bluestack Mountains in the south, with Mount Errigal at 749 metres (2,457 ft) the highest peak. It has a deeply indented coastline forming natural sea loughs interspersed with beautiful headlands and peninsulas. Dunfanaghy, where the photo tour is based, is nestled in Sheephaven bay, just south of the dramatic Horn Head. The climate is temperate and dominated by the Gulf Stream, with warm, moist summers and mild wet winters.

Donegal has an ancient history with remnants of neolithic culture as well as vestiges from more recent times in the form of castles and old estates. It is a place where people have interacted with the ancient landscapes for millennia and it is this fusion which creates unique photographic opportunities.

See photos taken by the 2015 Donegal participants

It's amazing what stunning pictures the 2015 participants have brought home from the tour. edge Here are some examples

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Extension 1 (optional): Sunday, Sep 4 2016

We drive west to Dungloe and the Breeches arch, Crohy Head, near Dungloe. A spectacular sea arch which faces the full force of the Atlantic swell waves and, when conditions are right, catches the light of the setting sun. The coastline here is cliffed and indented and the walk down to the beach is fairly steep (walking boots are useful). If we have time we can drive further south along this small west Donegal road and take in the seascapes and landscapes which are quintessentially Donegal!

Day 1 - Monday, Sep 5 2016

Morning - Welcome, outline and aims of the tour and an opportunity to introduce each other and ask any pertinent questions.

Afternoon - A short drive from Dunfanaghy we will walk through a local Donegal farm on our way to some of Horn Head’s sea cliffs. The view on arrival is spectacular with views over exposed sea cliffs and an impressive sea arch eroded by abrasion from Atlantic swell waves. If the light is right this is a majestic location.

Day 2 - Tuesday, Sep 6 2016

Morning - if the weather permits sunrise over Rosguile peninsula from Ards forest park which has older and new growth forest, lakes and a series of beautiful beaches with views towards the East. The beaches and best viewpoints are about 20-30 minutes walk from the carpark. OR - we may go to Lackagh bridge, a beautiful old stone bridge on the Owencarrow river and in close proximity to Doe castle. This tower castle sits on the waters edge and on calm days with a high tide can be seen reflected in the lough. It was here that Owen Roe O’Neill returned in 1642 to lead the Irish Confederate Army during the Wars of the three kingdoms.

Afternoon - We drive East to the Rosquile peninsula which is also known as the Atlantic drive. Here we go to a small but spectacular west facing beach, Boyeeghter bay, which takes the onslaught of the prevailing westerly swells. Here the discordant rock form disrupts and creates large waves as they are channeled into the beach. A perfect place for sunset and long exposure photography. If the weather permits and the skies are clear, we may get to shoot a few stars.

Day 3 - Wednesday, Sep 7 2016

Morning and afternoon - sunrise is always a possibility! This morning we will drive west to the Poisoned glen, Dunlewy and the Old Church of the valley nestled at the foot of Errigal (Donegal’s highest mountain). From here we will visit an ancient bridge over the local river, cross lake Nacung in hope of reflections of Errigal. After this we go further west to the old boat wreck of Cara na Mara at Derrybeg and the storm and cobble beaches of the Bloody foreland. These beaches are created by a war of attrition as huge boulders are rounded by the abrasion and force of wave action from the west. From here you are looking towards the USA - there is nothing in between!

Later afternoon/early evening - post editing and the use of Adobe Lightroom.

Day 4 - Thursday, Sep 8 2016

Morning - Options - to be decided the day/evening before. The area affords many opportunities for the photographer, hence we will make a few suggestions that you might like to do as a group. Beach, ruins, castle, forest, rivers, churches, local portraiture.

Afternoon - Q&A, discussion, post production and your images for appraisal!

Extension 2 (optional): Friday, Sep 9 and Saturday, Sep 10 2016

Friday: An early start to catch the sunrise over Fanad lighthouse - arguably Ireland’s most impressive and iconic. The setting is dramatic with the sea below and the impressive inlet of Lough Swilly and Inishowen peninsula as a backdrop. From here we can visit the Great Pollet sea arch at the entrance to Lough Swilly. Further south from the sea arch and lighthouse is the magnificent Ballymastocker strand and the old Georgian port of Ramelton OR a visit to the wreck of the Sabrina in Mulroy bay. These may be switched around depending on light and weather and the possibilities for sunrise and/or sunset.

Saturday: The lakes and mountains of Donegal including Lough Salt and the small village of Glen and a visit to Glenveigh castle. The castle is set on the shores of Lough Veigh and as a site it is impressive. A tour of the castle interior and gardens is a possible option.


  • This itinterary is close to the final plan, but due to the nature of Donegal weather, it is subject to be changed

  • Photography on this page by Trevor Cole and Chris Marquardt


Title: Ireland: Donegal Dreamscapes 2016
Start: Sep 04 2016
Duration: 4 days + 3 optional days
Location: Donegal, Ireland
Language(s): English, German
Host(s): Chris Marquardt, Trevor Cole, Ashley Kydd
Min Participants: 5
Experience required: none
This workshop/tour is completed.

Photos from this tour/workshop:

Donegal photography by
» Chris Marquardt
» Olaf Höch
» Trevor Cole

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How physical is this workshop/tour?

Rating for Ireland: Donegal Dreamscapes 2016:

This tour will bring you to very special places that are not widely known, thus some of the places we visit will not be directly beside the road and might require a short hike across Irish fields. Shoes with good soles are definitely recommended.

easy (mostly in and around the classroom)
light (some walks, mostly easy terrain, no flip-flops please)
moderate (includes usually optional walks over mixed terrain, suitable shoes and clothing required if not mentioned otherwise)
heavy (includes trekking, hiking boots, altitude under about 10,000 ft)
very heavy (think trekking at altitude, Himalayan tours)

If you have questions about details, please don't hesitate to contact me any time via email at chris@chrismarquardt.com, on Twitter @chrismarquardt or on Facebook

Questions about this tour?
Email me chris@chrismarquardt.com
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  • Photo tour and workshop
  • Three instructors (best participant/instructor ratio in the market!)
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Pack lunch on all days of the tour/workshop

Not Included

  • Airfare & transportation to Dunfanaghy
  • Accommodation (we have great recommendations and discounts)
  • Breakfast, dinner, alcohol
  • Anything that's not explicitly mentioned above


  • Main workshop: EUR 1499
  • Extension 1: EUR 199
  • Extension 2: EUR 349

To reserve your spot on the workshop, a non-refundable deposit of EUR 500 is required. The balance payment is due Jul 1st 2016, which you will receive a separate invoice for. Registrations after that date will receive an invoice over the full price.


(Discounts cannot be combined)

Repeat Client: attended a previous tour or workshop with Chris Marquardt? We'll knock 100 EUR off your total.

Complete Tour: EUR 100 off if you book the full seven days (main workshop + extension 1 + extension 2).

Getting there

You will organise your own travel to Dunfanaghy, which is where our tour and workshop basecamp will be located.

  • There are a few flights from Europe to Belfast (two hours by road to Dunfanaghy). Check Easy Jet and Jet2
  • There are many flights to Belfast from the UK and some from the USA (eg Newark on United)
  • If coming from London (Stansted) or Glasgow there are flights to Derry (one hour by road to Dunfanaghy). Check Ryan Air.
  • The main point of entry to Ireland is through Dublin airport (approx. 3.5 hours by road) but it is very well connected in the USA and throughout Europe.
  • Flights also come into Knock and Shannon from the US.
  • There are also affordable domestic flights Donegal’s own airport (Carrickfinn) from the main hubs in Ireland - especially Dublin so connecting flights may be possible.


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Want to bring someone?

Want to bring the non-photographer in your life? There are plenty of alternative activities: horseback riding, biking, galleries, coffee shops, castle tours, local hotels offer walking tours around ancient monuments, climbs, beach, golf (home of Paul McGinley of Ryder cup fame) and coastal walks. Your friend is of course also welcome to join us for dinner.

If you're interested, we'll be happy to help you organise.

Expected Weather

September is often Ireland’s driest month but rain is always a possibility. Temperatures of 15-20 Celsius are the norm but always expect the unexpected. Sometimes it is the westerly low pressure systems which move in from the west that bring the sunshine and showers which characterise Irish weather creating the variations in light that excite the photographer.

Expected Light

The light in Ireland, due to its latitude, is always low and this is to the photographer's advantage. Low light creates contrasts and shadows and at this time of year the golden hours are long with soft warm hues which bring out the greens of Ireland and reflect beautifully on water surfaces and rocks.


Author: Chris Marquardt

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