At the end of 2009 we took a 10-days trip to Northern Ireland and Eire.
We were so lucky as to find totally unexpected meteorological conditions; not only did it not rain: it snowed quite a lot!
The ice made many roads extremely dangerous, especially for a rental car without winter tyres; but, the way I see it, this just contributed to make our trip unforgettable.
Positive note regarding visiting Ireland in this time of the year: there are few tourists around, mostly locals in this time of the year. This makes reservations almost useless: you just drop in any B&B or hotel and there is a room waiiting for you.
The only negative note? You may find yourself looking for accomodation, but everything is shut down until spring! It happened to us in Connemara, but eventually we ended up in a fantastic B&B in Clifden.
From the photographer’s standpoint, the sun here goes up late and sets early, staying all the time pretty low on the orizon, and thus leaving beautiful light games from first light to dusk.
Some of the places we hit were: Dublin, the north eastern coast, Giant’s causeway (Bushmills), Londonderry, Achill Island (on December 31st – astonishing snowfall), the Connemara region.
The list is not exhaustive, and the shots published hereafter may refer to spots that we touched along the trip: I hope this is enough to give you a general idea of the itinerary and of what you can find on a similiar trip: good luck.