Ireland in Black & White: Bective Abbey, County Meath

Front approach, slightly to the left. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
Front approach, slightly to the left. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.

Bective Abbey is an old Cistercian abbey which is located in the middle of a field, close to the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath, Ireland. It was founded in 1147 but much of the well preserved ruins there today date from the 15th century, including the two large towers. It was used as a location in Mel Gibson’s movie Braveheart (1995).

Bective Abbey, and the surrounding area, is a wonderfully scenic location, providing ample opportunity for taking atmospheric shots. Located between the towns of Navan and Trim, but off the main thoroughfare, it is not as easy a place to find as it should be. It is worth the effort though. Bective Abbey has thus far escaped commercialisation, which adds to its appeal for photographers, but also means that there are absolutely no amenities. Don’t forget a picnic as well as your camera should you decide to visit.

I thought it would be interesting to show a sample of both digital and film photographs here. The film camera is a Phoenix 35mm manual camera with the 50mm prime lens that it came with (I’d have to search for the film spec but it’s non C41 B&W and I developed it myself). The digital camera is a Canon EOS 350D SLR with the 18-55mm lens that it also came with.

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Front approach, slightly to the right. Canon EOS DSLR.
Front approach, slightly to the right. Canon EOS DSLR.
Bective Abbey entrance gate and tower. Manual 35mm SLR.
Bective Abbey entrance gate and tower. Manual 35mm SLR.
Front approach, slightly to the left. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
Front approach, slightly to the left. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
Side view of main tower. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
Side view of main tower. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
South cloister, detail of kneeling monk on arch. Canon EOS DSLR.
South cloister, detail of kneeling monk on arch. Canon EOS DSLR.
South cloister from outside. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
South cloister from outside. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
Exit from south cloister. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
Exit from south cloister. Manual 35mm SLR and scanned.
Abbey with foreground detail. Canon EOS SLR and Vintage effect.
Abbey with foreground detail. Canon EOS SLR and Vintage effect.
Bridge over the River Boyne at Bective Abbey. Canon EOS DSLR.
Bridge over the River Boyne at Bective Abbey. Canon EOS DSLR.
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Bective Abbey is an old Cistercian abbey which is located in the middle of a field, close to the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath, Ireland. It

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Fabulous photography! Voted up!


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Great photos and thanks for showing Ireland so well to the world.


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Barraoc 5 years ago from Co. Meath, Ireland Author

Thank you tnderhrt23, the complement and the vote are much appreciated.


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Barraoc 5 years ago from Co. Meath, Ireland Author

@chspublish - Thank you for the complement. You certainly can't complain about the scenery around Ireland!


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Seakay 5 years ago from Florida

Great pix! Thx 4 the read!


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Barraoc 5 years ago from Co. Meath, Ireland Author

Thank you for having a look Seakay, I'm glad you like them.


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photographybyar 5 years ago from Bakersfield, California

Wow. These are some awesome shots. Thanks so much for sharing :)


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Barraoc 5 years ago from Co. Meath, Ireland Author

@photographybyar - Thank you for having a look and for commenting.

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