Smugglers Cave Camping

Towards the end of June 2017, a friend and myself camped in the old Smugglers Caves at Portmuck, Northern Ireland. Known primarily for the smuggling of horses many moons ago, the feeling of age in this location and echoes of its past inhabitants is evident. I sat for a long while as the sun was slowly brightening the sky, thinking if there was someone sitting pondering like myself hundreds of years ago… maybe they were thinking of people who had sat there before them as I was, thinking about who would be sitting there in the future or just enjoying the lulling of the sea against the cliffs as another day begins.

Here are some photos I took that show the collecting of wood, making dinner, lighting the cave (decorating our home for the evening), high tide and the moment the sun came up…














The sun had risen, the tide was far enough out to head back along the coast and there was still one candle burning, just about to go out… it was time to depart.


All photos shot using a Canonet QL17 GIII 35mm rangefinder film camera. Film used was Kodak Portra ASA 160.

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8 thoughts on “Smugglers Cave Camping”

    1. Hey, thanks for your comment.

      It wasn’t too bad actually in terms of comfort. We cleared the ground a little and had camping mats (well mine was my wife’s yoga mat lol) and sleeping bags for padding. Cover from the wind and rain along with heat from the fire make it a very pleasurable camping experience compared to some places I’ve been.

      Thanks again!


      1. My thoughts exactly, I’ve neglected my wordpress since moving east. Instagram is good but wordpress provides a more ‘diary like’ experience. Hope all’s well 🙂 well get a proper chat soon man.

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