Photography Workshops


Wildlife and Landscape Photography Tours


Get some fantastic images and pick up some great tips from our wildlife and landscape tours on Rathlin island .A visit to Rathlin is a step back in time to another era where peace and tranquillity prevail. The fact that there are few cars on the island creates an enchanting atmosphere, unique in today’s bustling, non-stop world. 

Rathlin is a photographer’s paradise with numerous bays and headlands to explore.

Nowhere on the island is far away, giving us plenty of opportunities to explore new locations and also revisit favourites. 

Our Photographic workshops try to encourage people to be creative and learn techniques in wildlife and nature photography. We aim to teach field craft and learn how to approach wildlife with the minimum of disturbance. Anyone with Canon Digital SLRs can have access to a variety of Canon lenses supplied on these workshops. That is essential for working with wildlife.

Our base in Church Bay is a truly special place where we can provide a real photographic experience. There is little public street lighting on the island and hence very little light pollution.  Rathlin cottages have teamed up with Award winning photographer Tom McDonnell to offer a range of tours either for small groups or on an individual basis.

We will provide the ideal base from which to begin your photographic adventure whether it is simple one day one to one tuition or the ultimate Puffin Boot Camp.

There is an abundance of photographic subject matter and an atmosphere that encourages contemplation. Meal times will be arranged to ensure that we maximise the opportunities to photograph at the very best times of day and our daily schedule will be flexible enough to allow for as much or as little relaxation as each individual desires.

Our next tour will be in June 2015 but please call us or email to discuss your requirements. 

We can organise tours on any dates as long as we have enough numbers. Tours usually consist of: 

This tour offers a fantastic opportunity to completely escape the pressures of modern living and immerse you in the pursuit of photographic perfection. At the end of your weekend, you will leave with your own personal record of island life that will be perfect for sharing with family and friends. All this whilst resting in your comfortable and spacious accommodation and the peace and tranquillity for which Rathlin island is renowned.

Full Board accommodation, transport on Rathlin and tuition with award winning Photographer Tom McDonnell.

Does not include transport to Rathlin, insurance and alcoholic beverages.

EXERTION LEVEL: Moderate. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip.

COST £249.00 per person sharing.



4.00 pm arrive on Rathlin on The Rathlin Express. We will collect you from the boat.

Check into accommodation. There will be a "get to know each other "session with drinks and a slideshow presentation from award winning Photographer Tom McDonnell.

This will be followed by dinner and the option for a guided tour of Church Bay or a retreat to the bar.


After a home cooked breakfast the full day will be spent on location on the island with Tom and the abundance of photographic subject matter the island has to offer.

Lunch will be delivered to ensure maximum time is spent outside. After a full afternoon experiencing the islands rich wildlife

Dinner will be followed by an opportunity to do some star gazing.


After another delicious breakfast there will be a further chance to enjoy the wildlife before lunch and return back to Ballycastle on the afternoon ferry. 


Friends and family not participating in the workshop very welcome.

Questions? Please email us at [email protected]