Good God the title of this article sounds very clickbaity altogether, but please bear with me.
I’ve been ploughing away with the InstaIreland account on Instagram for a fair while now and it’s exposed me to parts of Ireland that I never knew existed.
It gave me the itch to head off on my own adventures around Ireland and it’s given me a platform to help others discover our little island.
Over the past four years I’ve fallen in love with Ireland, and I believe with every nerve-ending in my body that it really is the most beautiful place on earth.
‘Less of the soppy ? Pal – get to the point’
I’ve spent a bit of time today sippin’ badly made coffee (my kettles acting the maggot) and working my way back through hundreds of photos of Ireland that I’ve uploaded to this website.
Here are 45 photos of Ireland that, in my opinion, prove that our island is the most beautiful place on earth.
1 – The magical Hill of Tara in County Meath
2 – The view at Grianan of Aileach in County Donegal
If you haven’t already, check-out our 3-day Donegal road trip that packs in 22 of the best things to do in Donegal.
3 – A pink and orange sky hanging over the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary
4 + 5 – The view out over mile after mile of stone wall on Inis Oirr Island
If you’re thinking about visiting Inis Oirr, check out our guide to Doolin – it’s the perfect base for exploring County Clare.
6 – Patchwork-like green fields in County Kilkenny
If you’re thinking about exploring Kilkenny, here’s a one-day road trip guide for you to steal.
It features a place that’s often referred to as the ‘darkest place in Ireland’.
7 + 8 – The tabletop-like mountain of Benbulben in County Sligo
9 – Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare
10 – A lovely bit of light over Loughcrew Cairns in County Meath
11 + 12 + 13 – Scenes along Slea Head in County Kerry
I could drive along Slea Head for 7 days straight and not get bored.
14 – Barleycove (home to one of the best beaches in West Cork)
There’s a whole load of Irishness packed into this photo.
15 – Tintern Abbey in County Wexford looking a little like something from a Harry Potter movie
16 – The Carrick-a-rede rope bridge in County Antrim
If you’re thinking about road trippin’ along the Antrim coast, check out our road trip guide that takes in the best things to do on the Causeway Coastal Route over 2 days.
17 + 18 – The towering cliffs at Slieve League in County Donegal
19 + 20 + 21 – The ancient Skellig Islands off the coast of County Kerry
If you’ve only heard about the Skellig Islands in the context of Star Wars, then you’re missing out.
Here’s an article that’ll take you through their rich past.
22 – The rugged cliff face at Dún Aonghasa
I’ve always felt that if there’s a place where Ireland ends, it’s here.
If you visit, please be careful when nearing the cliff edge.
23 – The gorgeous village of Allihies in County Cork
This is one of my favourite little towns in West Cork.
Follow our 4-day West Cork road trip guide and you’ll end up here.
24 + 25 – The view from the top of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo
If you manage to get a clear view when you reach the top of Croagh Patrick, you’re in for a treat.
The view out over Clew Bay is just out of this world.
26 + 27 + 28 + 29 – Roads that lead to mountains in Connemara in County Galway
For those of you that embark upon our 3-day Galway road trip, you’ll be spending plenty of time here.
Connemara is one of those places in Ireland that just hugs the soul.
30 – The view out over Coumshinaun Lake in County Waterford
31 + 32 – What awaits on Valentia Island in County Kerry
There’s a place on Valentia Island in Kerry that is my favourite place in Ireland.
I ramble about why here, but if you’re visiting Kerry, pleeeeease spend a bit of time here (around sunrise or sunset if you can).
33 – Trim Castle in County Meath looking very medieval altogether
34 – A sea of green from the Nine Stones Viewing Point in County Carlow
35 + 36 – Mizen Head in County Cork – cracking from every angle
37 + 38 – The Antrim coast that surrounds the ruins of Dunluce Castle
39 + 40 + 41 – Achill Island in Mayo – a place that never fails to make the heart ache
42 – The craggy Copper Coast in County Waterford
43 – Downpatrick Head and the mammoth of a Sea Stack known as Dun Briste
44 – The spectacular Bantry Bay in West Cork
45 – The gorgeous fishing harbor of Ballintoy in County Ant
46 – The windy road at Glengesh Pass in Donegal
47 – A bit of humour on Dursey Island in Cork
Fancy taking a stroll here? Check out our guide to 7 of the most scenic walks in Ireland.
48 – Lough Ouler in Wicklow – Ireland’s heart-shaped lake
Yes, there really is a heart-shaped lake in Wicklow.
Here’s a guide to getting to Lough Ouler.
49 – The sky above Kerry singing at the Dark Sky Reserve
Did you know that there’s a place in Kerry that has been designated as Ireland’s very first International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association?
The photo below was snapped there. Find out more about the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve.