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Despite being famous for its coastline, there aren’t many beaches in Ireland that can’t be reached by car. Boyeeghter Strand on Melmore Head is one exception to the rule. It is guarded by steep cliffs and there are no signposts or paths to provide easy access. Its isolation means it is always going to be a place where you can be all alone with nature. This photograph was one of the toughest I have ever taken- not because the light or the composition was in any way difficult or tricky but because of the sheer effort it took to get to the place. I parked the car in a car park on Rosses strand and walked the half mile beach to the base of some very steep hills, I had a bag full of camera gear on my back and a tripod in my arms and I started the long arduous climb to the top. I was under the impression from my map that Boyeeghter strand was on the other side but when I finally made it to the top with my lungs burning and my legs on fire I suddenly felt like I was in the film Alive (when the three guys climbed the mountains expecting to see green valleys and safety on the other side only to be confronted with a vista of more mountain tops as far as the eye could see) All of a sudden I knew how they must have felt as I was greeted with a steep descent into a valley and another huge climb up the next Everest like slope- my heart sank and I told myself “that’s what you get now for sitting on your ass and not doing enough exercise”. After ten minutes wallowing in self pity I plodded my way to the next summit and was greeted by the wonderful sight of a piece of untouched paradise. I made my images and with pep in my step made the return journey back to the car feeling a bit happier and lighter on my weary legs. Can’t wait to go back now!