Just 20 miles off the western coast of Ireland lies a world unto itself—the Aran Islands. With soaring cliffs that sheer right out of the ocean, windswept fields stitched together with limestone rock walls, and where the ancient Gaelic language is heard as often as English, these islands are utterly captivating. Our resident photographer and photo editor, Brian McGilloway, recently traveled to Inishmore, the largest of the islands, on our Treasure of Ireland’s West Coast adventure. Though the island is only 12 square miles and home to less than 850 residents, the photo opportunities are endless. Here, he shares some of his favorite photos from his trip—and gives some photography tips along the way.
“Inishmore has always been a delightful challenge for me as a photo subject,” says Brian. “The landscapes reveal themselves momentarily and then hide behind fog, creating a serendipitous balance of being at the right place at the right time. It reminds me why I love the Emerald Isles so much.”
-Photos and text by resident photographer and photo editor, Brian McGilloway, Treasure of Ireland’s West Coast.