For a relatively small island, Ireland has produced a sizeable number of highly celebrated writers that have made tremendous contributions to the world of literature.

From W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney to James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, Ireland has churned out an impressive number of creative giants.

Born in a land where natural beauty flows in abundance, Yeats was inspired by the beauty of County Sligo, while the others each paid homage to their homeland in various works throughout their careers.

Below, you’ll find 37 heartbreakingly beautiful photos of Ireland that’ll get those creative juices flowing!

1 – The gorgeous Slea Head drive along the ring of kerry

the blasket peninsula

2 – The rugged Inis Mor in County Galway

the wormhole inis mor
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3 – The Skellig Islands from afar

the skellig islands county kerry
Via the Irish Air Corps

4 – Loughcrew Cairns in County Meath

loughcrew ireland
Photo by Tony Pleavin

5 – The Carrick-a-rede rope bridge in Antrim

antrim rope bridge ireland
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6 – Tintern Abbey Co Wexford

Tintern Abbey Wexford
Photo by Brian Morrison

7 – The table-top like mountain of Benbulben in County Sligo

Benbulben county sligo
Benbulben: Photo by Chris Hill

8 – The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare

cliffs of moher at sunset
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

9 – The stunning Kerry coastline

geokaun mountains ireland
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

10 – Inis Oirr Island in Galway Bay

inis oirr island
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

11 – The Dark Hedges in County Antrim as seen on Game of Thrones

the dark hedges game of thrones
150 Beech trees line the avenue: Photo via Tourism Ireland

12 – Pollacapall Lough, Co. Galway

Pollacapall Lough, Co. Galway
Photo by Mike Croghan

13 – The Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal

slieve league donegal
Photo by Tyler Collins

14 – The 925-metre tall Lugnaquilla Mountain in County Wicklow

lugnaquilla
Photo by Darek Gutkowski

15 – The view from Croagh Patrick in County Mayo

clew bay croagh patrick
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

16 – Approaching Slea Head in County Kerry

slea head kerry
Photo by the Irish Air Corp

17 – Sun shining over the Dingle Peninsula

the dingle peninsula

18 – Trim Castle in County Meath

trim castle county meath
Photo by Tony Pleavin

19 – The beautiful Barleycove in West Cork

barleycove cork
Photo by by Mary Sweeney

20 – The Macgillycuddys Reeks in County Kerry

magillycuddy reeks
Photo by Chris Hill

21 – The Bloody Foreland Walk, The Rosses, Donegal

bloody foreland
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22 – Pulleen Loop

pulleen loop
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23 – Nephin Beg Mountains in County Mayo

nephin mountains
Photo by Michael Chambers

24 – The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary

The rock of cashel
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25 – The Lakes of Killarney

the lakes of killarney
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26 – Green fields in County Kilkenny

fields in kilkenny
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27 – The marvellous Valentia Island in County Kerry

valentia island co kerry
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28 – Mizen Head in County Cork

mizen head cork
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29 – The Antrim coast that surrounds the ruins of Dunluce Castle

dunluce castle ireland
Photo by Chris Hill

30 – The rugged cliff face at Dún Aonghasa

aran islands
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31 – The lush Irish countryside where you’ll find many a castle and cow

cows and castles
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32 – The gorgeous village of Allihies in County Cork

Allihies county cork
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33 – Achill Island in County Mayo. Blue waters and white sandy beaches.

driving on achill island
Image © The Irish Road Trip

34 – The craggy Copper Coast in County Waterford

copper coast wexford
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35 – Downpatrick Head and the Sea Stack known as Dun Briste

dun briste mayo
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36 – The spectacular Bantry Bay in West Cork

bantry bay cork
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37 – The breath-taking fishing harbor of Ballintoy

ballintoy harbour
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