Best Photo Spots in West Cork

November 25, 2020

11:04 am

Conor Mulloy

Founder of InstaTours - Shoot amazing instagrams because image is important.

Best Photo Spots in West Cork

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes, West Cork is one of the most visited locations in Ireland, especially by the shutterbugs. 

Even though it is hard to enlist them all, we have selected a few top spots you should definitely not miss, if you are in search of top photo spots in West Cork. 

Drombeg Stone Circle

One of the most clicked megalithic places, this axial stone circle is protected by National Monument Act. It has 17 stones placed naturally together and were found during an excavation in 1958. It is in the direction of the setting sun. The beautiful axis of symmetry provides a wonderful photography challenge. It takes you back to the Bronze Age 

Stairway to Heaven, Warren beach, Rosscarbery

Warren is a beautiful beach and is a highly popular relaxing spot for locals. The beach has many locations that are picture-perfect but Stairway to Heaven is specifically the most loved by all. The Boardwalk Trail referred to as Stairway to Heaven is breathtakingly beautiful as the journey is far more interesting than the destination. The surrounding setting is just so pretty that you will be confused between gazing around and taking pictures. As the landscape stretches, the staircase and the smooth walkway present multiple opportunities to the camera-lovers out there.


Undoubtedly, the most vouched for and favourite among tourists is the town of Kinsale located in Munster. The stunning harbour, the breath-taking water-front and the expanse of awe-inspiring nature is enough to win your heart. The brightly coloured shops, cafes and art galleries are a treat to the eyes, leaving every passer-by mesmerised and inspired. The old head at Kinsale is the dream spot for golf lovers and has gained worldwide recognition for its field.  The yacht club in Kinsale is a gem and hosts multiple marine activities throughout the year. Whether you are looking to adorn your Insta profile or want a classy addition to your portfolio, Kinsale is one place that will surely meet your expectations.

Inchydony Beach

A tiny island of Ireland, Inchydony has spectacular photo locations which are hard to resist. It is a Blue Flag sandy beach located near the Cork, outside Clonakilty town and has two causeways connecting it to mainland. Owing to its blue waters that glitter under the sun, the beach is the perfect retreat spot for most locals and is stormed with tourists throughout the year.  For the photographers wanting to capture stunning water backdrops, this spot won’t disappoint. 

Cape Clear

Cape clear island is one spot to watch out for, if you are looking for great photographs coupled with an adventurous trip. Being the southernmost island, Cape has a good amount of landscape stunners and historic locations like St Keith’s Church, that can give you variety of shots in one place. Wildlife photographers, too, are in for a treat as this island has spectrum of bird species. While at it, don’t miss the top view from the old lighthouse for a killer click. 

Gougane Barra

Sitting west-side of macroom in Cork, this spot is hands-down one of the best photography spots in Cork. The “Rock” barra’s location and the nature lapping this monastery is bound to make any photographer go clicking. The inside of the monastery is grand. The straight-out-of-a-fairy-tale look makes it a popular location for wedding photography. If you are a green panther, then the Gougane Barra forest park will leave you in awe with its native flora and fauna. The green beds and the hiking trails are definitely going to add to the beauty of your photos.

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle is one famous location among tourists as it holds the very historic Blarney stone. It is believed that the person kissing this stone, located at the castle’s peak, will be awarded the gift of eloquence. As you climb the top, take in the serene view of the vast Blarney gardens, waterways and avenues. You are sure to find all kinds of herbaceous plants along with the unique poison plants waiting to get captured.  Although the castle came into being some 200 years ago, it is still a beautiful location for tourists as well as passionate photographers.

West Cork is filled with spectacular spots, giving the photographers a reason to stop by. Head to this gorgeous town for a truly magical photography experience.



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