High Mournes Workshop

Dates: 2 June 2018

Location: Slieve Binnian + Bussards Roost

Group Size: 6

Difficulty: Moderate

Price: £100

Included: Two photo guides, all on-location tuition, hot drinks.

Not Included: Any travel required to and from the start point at Carrick Little car park located directly off the Head Road. We'll be returning to the same spot at the end of the workshop.



1pm - Meet and Greet at Carrick Cottage Cafe

This is the start and ending point for the day. Alistair and myself will formally introduce ourselves and we'll be sharing with you the plan for the day.

12:30pm - Depart

We'll start our journey following the Mourne wall upward, making our first stop at Binnian lough to talk about long exposure photography. 


We arrive at Binnian's southern summit. After a lunch break, Alistair and I will introduce you to the basics of composition and how best to use foregrounds to your advantage when framing a photo. We'll share with you some of our favourite views to capture.

Early Evening

After spending the afternoon making our way between Binnian's north and southern summits, we'll descend to Bussards Roost- our sunset destination for the day. 

10pm - End of the Workshop

We begin the journey down, arriving back at Carrick Little car park at approximately 11pm.


What Should I bring?

The Mournes generally have their own micro-climate making conditions sometimes unpredictable.


As a rule of thumb, prepare to over-dress rather than under-dress as even during a summer's day temperatures can quickly plummet on higher ground. You'll need a base layer (t-shirt, long or short sleeved), a mid-insulating layer (warm fleece) and an outer layer (hard or soft shell jacket) for protection from the elements. A waterproof layer is essential. Please also bring a head torch. Whilst it will still be bright as we begin walking down, closer to the finish it may become dark.


The paths we'll be leading you up are well defined, however the terrain is often rocky and uneven. With this in mind, bring appropriate footwear i.e. walking or hiking boots. 

Camera Equipment

The less equipment and the lighter the backpack, the better. Typically I carry two lenses, a 16-35 f4 (for wide angle photography) and a 70-200 f4 (for zooming in). Whilst I do carry filters, these are not strictly necessary- I would recommend at minimum bringing a polarising filter. We'll explain the benefits of shooting with and without filters when we're on location with you.


Please make yourself aware of the Terms and Conditions before participating in the workshop. Payment confers acceptance of this.


Your Guides


Alistair is a respected and widely recognised author of photography e-books. He gives presentations to camera clubs across Northern Ireland throughout the year and runs workshops on the North Coast.


In 2016 Ryan was named overall winner of Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year. His enthusiasm for hiking and photographing mountain landscapes has taken him across the UK, Ireland and wider Europe. 


The price of the workshop is £110 which is payable in full upon booking. To participate, please follow the link where you'll be re-directed to a check-out page. 

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