Thankfully with my work, I get to travel. A lot. I never take any of it for granted, but every now and then a place comes along that completely blows you away. Some of my favourite destinations around Ireland include West Cork, the beaches of Donegal, the craic of Dingle or the surf in Doolin. This past week, I got to ventured off the mainland to travel among the islands of Inishbofin and Inishshark. Out shooting on these islands was a dream, particuarly due to the brief 25degrees Irish summer we had. The glorious sunshine, and the friendliest people, the strangest communities and the most beautiful waters in all of Ireland.
Very few people get to visit the island of Inishshark. Now completely uninhabited (with the exception of 100’s of sheep), the last 23 inhabitants of this former isolated fishing and farming community were evacuated in October 1960. What is left behind is ruins of old houses, shops, schools and a church standing shattered and abandoned from the harsh winter storms. Its a fascinating part to explore, and wander around (particularly if you enjoy archeology and photography).
To get to Inishbofin and Inishshark you can take the ferry over at 2PM daily from Cleggan in County Galway. It’s about a one hour drive from Galway city, through beautiful parts of Connemara. Theres plenty of photo opportunities along the way to take advantage from.