Dun Eochla, Inishmore, Aran Islands by George Row

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  1. 19th March 2015 View Count reached 8,000
  1. 17 th August 2014 Achieved its fourth feature in the group Historic Sites

        Camera: Canon EOS 5d         |         Lens: Zenitar 16 mm fisheye lens M42 Manual Focus

This 360° panorama was shot inside an ancient stone fort called: Dun Eochla on Inishmore.

It is based on a design that occurs in other parts of Ireland
Grianan of Aileach 250Km away in County Donegal.

These two images were jointly featured in the Redbubble group “Sets of Two”

Dun Eochla is a circular bivallate (double walled) stone fort located near the highest point on Inishmore (Inis Mhór), the largest of the Aran Islands. It was subjected to some restoration work in the late 19th Century. The original construction date of Dun Eochla is estimated to be between 550 and 800AD. It is thought to have been the dwelling place for an extended family and their animals. It may have replaced an even older settlement.

It is a dry stone wall type construction. The main inner wall is 5m high at its highest point and 3.5m thick.

It has not been excavated so the date that is ascribed to it is based on the visible remains. There are diverse theories about the circular stone structure inside, most of which assume that it is a comparatively recent addition – to be dated in centuries rather than millennia. One such theory is that it is simply a tidy pile of left-over stones from the nineteenth century restoration; another that it was associated with the lighthouse built in the adjacent plot around about the same time.

Visible outside the fort is a long abandoned lighthouse – a folly that was built in the nineteenth century. Its construction was based on the misconception that passing shipping could make do with a single lighthouse on the highest point of the island.

Expecting sailors to sit down with their charts and instruments in order to work out the positions where the rocks were likely to loom up, based on the positions of the lights some miles away, turned out to not be a practical proposal after all!

Who could have known that mariners would prefer to have lights on the hazardous rocks rather than on the top of the island … well apart from anyone who had ever been in a boat on a choppy sea!

The source images were shot on a Canon EOS 5d with a 16 mm fisheye lens and stitched and blended together as a HDR panorama using Hugin (a free open source program).


History of this Image on RedBubble

  1. 19th March 2015 View Count reached 8,000
  2. 24 th January 2015 View Count reached 7,000
  3. 19 th October 2014 View Count has reached 6,014
  4. 17 th August 2014 Achieved its fourth feature in the group Historic Sites
  5. 13th July 2014 View Count reached 5,000
  6. 6 th March 2014 View Count reached 4,000
  7. 22nd May 2013 View Count reached 3,008
  8. 16th June 2012 featured in the group Superbly Visual
  9. 19th August 2011 View count 501
  10. 30th April 2011 featured in the group Ancient Sites, Relics and Customs
  11. 15th May 2010 it had been been commented on by nine people, had been made a favourite by two people, had sold one copy as a greeting card and had been viewed 100 times.
  12. Featured along with Grianan image in the “Sets of Two” group
  1. 9th May 10 Sold as a Greetings Card
  2. 15th March 2010 uploaded to Redbubble


I have written a short journal entry introducing the method by which these panoramas are created, it is called:
“Creating a Stereographic Panorama – the Basic Idea”


  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasabout 5 years ago

    Saw your other pic in Christian Churches, these are amazing!!

  • Thank you

    – George Row

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 5 years ago

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenabout 5 years ago

    Excellent image George and the inclusion of the folly lighthouse suits the explanation of the pile of stones too. Well done.

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalabout 5 years ago

  • peterellison
    peterellisonalmost 5 years ago

    Another cracker! I love the sky set against the bleak landscape in this image.

  • Fruitexplosion
    Fruitexplosionalmost 5 years ago

    I am not sure if I like this kind of panorama shots, but they certainly are different and exiting. There is loads to see of course, which makes it rather spectacular, but I can’t get used to the spheric look. You do amazing work though!! I love my Aran Islands!!!

    I’ll just stick to my own Ireland photography though :-D

  • Marion,
    Thanks for that. Yes what I aim for is to make a big graphic shape that looks interesting from across the room while providing a rewarding level of detail for the person who is prepared to cross the room and stand and stare for a while. :-)

    They can also be seen as immersive (virtual reality) panoramas, such as the one I did down your way at Inchiquin a few years ago. George

    – George Row

  • weberwanjek   artography
    weberwanjek ...over 4 years ago


  • Eva & Klaus, Thank you for featuring these panoramas. George

    – George Row

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS … well done

  • Shadowlea, Thanks for featuring this image. George

    – George Row

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