The Hidden Gems

In my last feature I talked about five of my favourite photography locations in N. Ireland — which inevitably focused on the iconic spots our country has to offer.

In this piece, I am going to touch on some areas that hide from the spotlight but are just epic.

Murlough Bay, Antrim

If you asked someone to name their favourite location at the north Antrim coast, chances are they will say the Giant’s Causeway, White Rocks, Dunluce Castle or some other hot spot. Very few will mention Murlough Bay — or even know it exists!

Here’s a secret though… Murlough Bay is one of the most magical places to visit at sunrise. Why? Because it was one of few untouched areas on this beautiful coastline.

When taking the below image, I have vivid memories of arriving at this beautiful bay just as the sun was starting to light up the sky. There wasn’t another soul for miles. It was just me, wildlife (deer, lambs & rabbits), and epic scenes.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!

The Western Mournes

When people visit the Mourne Mountains, more often than not they will hike Donard, Binnian or some other peak in the high Mournes.

But, what if you only want a small 45 minute hike? Then visit the Western Mournes. Here you will find Hen Mountain, Rocky Mountain, Pierce’s Castle and much, much more.

But don’t let these small summits fool you! Because when you reach the top, the views are just as stunning!

Photographed below is Rocky Mountain on a freezing December evening.

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Causeway Cliffs

Did you know the Giant’s Causeway has a cliff path? Did you also know it has some of the best headland in all of N. Ireland? Well, you should.

The cliff path starts at the car park and takes you all the way to Dunseverick. And along the way you are treated to awesome views of The Grand Causeway, The Amphitheatre, Lacada Point and many more awesome viewpoints.

If you are visiting this natural wonder I would strongly recommend you give the cliffs a visit. They will not disappoint!

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