The Skerries, County Antrim - Northern Ireland Landscape Photography Guide

The Skerries, County Antrim

Northern Ireland Landscape Photography Guide

The Skerries from Portballintrae - Northern Ireland Landscape Photography by Stephen Dickey

The Skerries from Portballintrae - Northern Ireland Landscape Photography by Stephen Dickey

A skerry is a small rocky island, normally one which is too small for habitation.  Lying off the Northern Irish coast, just north of Portrush, the islands in this photograph are collectively called 'The Skerries.'  The largest island in the chain is known as Winkle Isle.

 

This Northern Ireland landscape photograph was taken from the red marker shown on the map above.  You can see the Skerries island chain just to the north of Portrush at the left side of the map.  I find that from this angle the islands look very dramatic indeed, their shape forming a very interesting focal point in the landscape.

The islands were approximately 3 miles (5 km) away from me so I used the longest focal length on my Canon 70-300mm L lens to compress the distance.  I very occassionally mount this lens on a tripod, but for this particular shot I hand-held the lens, using a B&W circular polariser to try and make the most of the colours.  This is a great lens for landscape photographers as the image stabilization works terrifically well.  Even in low light I can just point and shoot, confident that the lens will take care of the sharpness.

The Skerries, County Antrim - Northern Ireland Landscape Photography by Stephen Dickey

A great view which includes the Skerries can also be found from the Giant's Causeway Hotel carpark!  I took the landscape photograph above just a few days ago from this location.  I had been taking photographs at Dunseverick Harbour nearby, but had given up due to the dull overcast conditions.  As I drove home this dramatic scene opened up in front of me so I pulled into the car park and used the same Canon 70-300mm L lens to create a panorama of the scene.  Lightroom's panorama stitching feature did the rest!

You can also capture a nice view of the Skerries from White Rocks Beach beside Royal Portrush Golf Club.  As you can see, the islands have a totally different look from this angle.