Christmas in Ireland / by Conor Cunningham

I've been in Ireland for the past week, celebrating Christmas with my family and friends. Two days in Dublin, two days in Skibbereen, Cork and two days travelling around Kerry. Absolute cracker of a trip. I can highly recommend visiting both Cork and Kerry. Should you manage to get to western Cork, be sure to visit the village of Baltimore and make your way up to the beacon (below).

The view from the beacon at Baltimore. ISO 200, f/16, 1/6 second, CPL and Graduated ND4 filters.

Should you find yourself in Kerry like I did, be sure to drive the Ring of Kerry and make your way to Ballinskelligs. You'll find this beach there.

Ballinskelligs Beach, Ballinskellig. ISO 200, f/11, 1/125 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @88mm with CPL and ND4 Graduated filters.

Once you're done in Ballinskelligs, make your way via the back road to Portmagee. I can't stress the backroad part enough. The drive is nothing short of spectactular. There is also a signpost for a castle; drive on that road if you're up for some breathtaking views and flying seawater. With any luck you'll have good weather and be able to see the Skelligs (we didn't have marvellous weather, but it wasn't bad, either). Also, make you're way to the 'Most Spectactular Cliffs in Kerry'. You can't miss the signs.

Finnian's Bay (back road from Ballinskelligs to Portmagee). ISO 200, f/8, 1/160 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @24mm with CPL and graduated ND4 filters

Now that you're in Portmagee, get a bite to eat at the Bridge Bar. Unfortunately for me they were out of of Muprhy's (I was surpised they had it at all as we were in Kerry). Oh, and don't forget a trip around Valencia: spectactular!

Portmagee from Valencia. ISO 1000 (don't ask me why) f/7.1 and 1/320 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @24mm