I’ve been trying to get a photoshoot like this for a long time.
Having really got into hiking and rambling during Lockdown, Lisnabreeny Hill has been one of my favourite places to visit.
The last time I was there, was in November 2022. I was very bleary eyed, but it was worth it, as I snapped the Sunrise.
I had such a great time, I vowed to return to get the Sunset.
The problem was, trying to get the opportunity to do so.
Any day when I was available to do so, the weather was crap. I’m not walking up a hill to get photos of grey skies or pissing rain.
Sat in the house on another grey Bank Holiday Monday, I was resigned to missing out again.
Then, suddenly, the sun came out. I monitored the situation. Well, I looked out the window occasionally.
Having decided to go for it, I went for it.
The previous time I attempted to get Sunset photos at Lisnabreeny Hill, I got the timings all wrong.
I arrived at the time the sun was scheduled to set. Amateur mistake.
As I arrived then, I got some nice photos but I didn’t get as far up as I hoped.
The plan, is to arrive an hour before the scheduled Sunset.
That was my plan. Unfortunately, my plan hit a snag in the form of roadworks and road closures in Stranmillis, forcing me to be rerouted in the opposite direction and add an extra twenty minutes to my journey, meaning that I lost twenty minutes of Sunset watching.
At that time of night, I thought I would be the only one there. It was actually quite busy.
I managed to get close to the end point of the walk, the National Trust Car Park.
As I was timebound, I decided to not go the full way and turn around, to try and get as many Sunset photos as possible.
The sunset made the greeness (is that even a word?) of the grass stand out in the photos, as well as the light reflecting onto the electricity pylons.
A productive visit, but it was frustrating after those lost twenty minutes.
I do intend on coming back at some point this year to get Sunset photos. However, the next time there is a decent Sunset, i’ll give Minnowburn a try.
Lisnabreeny Hill – November 2022
Lisnabreeny Hill – August 2022
Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill – April 2022
Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill – July 2021
Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill – April 2021