61 Photos That Prove That Ireland is the Most Beautiful Place on Earth

How many of these places have you ticked off the list?

Achill island
Photo by Magnus Kallstrom/shutterstock.com

I constantly get emails from people asking to see pictures of Ireland.

At first, this baffled me.

I’d have thought people would just hop onto Instagram or use Google image search.

But no.

These emails pop into my inbox every few days. 

And generally, they sound a little like this:

  • Hi. Can I see pics of ierland plese ~ Franz
  • Kieth. Where can I find photos of irland for my trip planing. Tnks.

See for yourself.

email from franz

The Best Pictures of Ireland (That I’ve Come Across Over the Past 3-4 years) 

Best Pictures of Ireland

I’ve spent some time looking back through the photos of Ireland that I’ve uploaded to this site.

I’ve also taken a flick through my favourite Instagram accounts, along with some of the pics of Ireland that Tourism Ireland makes available to global media.

The result?

49 pictures of Ireland (or ‘pics of ierland’, for my friend Franz…) that I believe show that Ireland is the most beautiful place on earth.

Let’s hop into it, so!

Ireland Landscape Photos: 10 of my Favourites

Ireland Landscape Photos - Climbing Carrauntoohil
Photo via Failte Ireland

In the first section, I’m going to show you a handful of my favourite Ireland landscape photos.

These are photos that I’ve come across over the last few years that I keep coming back to time and time again.

1 – The magical Hill of Tara in County Meath

the hill of tara
Photo via Tourism Ireland

When I first saw this snap of the Hill of Tara in County Meath, I’d never been there.

So, the following day, myself and a friend took the handy 40-minute drive from where we live in Dublin to check it out.

If a photo can influence you to visit a place, it’s got that magic sauce.

2 – The view at Grianan of Aileach in County Donegal

Grianan of Aileach donegal
Photo by Tom Archer

This photo from Tom Archer is one of the best Ireland landscape photos that I’ve ever seen.

You can nearly smell the sharp freshness of the air and feel the wind lapping against your face from looking at the photo above.

Magic.

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

the rock of cashel
Photo by Brian Morrison

Brian Morrison is easily one of my favourite Irish photographers.

He’s taken many photos on behalf of Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland, and the result is just out of this world.

Related Read: Check out our guide to 19 of the Best Things To Do In Tipperary (That’ll Immerse You In History, Nature, Music, And Pints)

4 – Patchwork-like green fields in County Kilkenny

fields in kilkenny
Photo by Failte Ireland

5 – A lovely bit of light over Loughcrew Cairns in County Meath

loughcrew ireland
Photo by Tony Pleavin

This photo of Ireland was taken a while back.

It was snapped at Loughcrew Cairns in County Meath by Tony Pleavin.

This is the type of photo that I want hanging proudly on my wall.

Green fields and a lovely, tangy sky.

6 – The view out over Coumshinaun Lake in County Waterford

waterford lake loop walk
Photo by @cen92 on Instagram

7 + 8 – The only goooooooorgeous Waterford Greenway

the waterford greenway
Photo by Luke Myers
cycling the waterford greenway
Photo by Luke Myers
Related read: Check out our detailed guide to cycling the Waterford Greenway!

9 – Trim Castle in County Meath looking very medieval altogether (one of my favourite pictures of Ireland)

trim castle county meath
Photo by Tony Pleavin

10 – A sea of green from the Nine Stones Viewing Point in County Carlow

nineThe Nine Stones Viewing Point
Photo by Suzanne Clarke

11 + 12 – Achill Island and Benween Head in Mayo looking mighty

achill island aerial photo
Photo © The Irish Road Trip
The Cliffs at Benwee Head
Photo by Gareth McCormack

13 – Tintern Abbey in County Wexford looking a little like something from a Harry Potter movie

Tintern Abbey Wexford
Photo by Brian Morrison

14 – Downpatrick Head and the mammoth of a Sea Stack known as Dun Briste

dun briste mayo
Source

15 – The spectacular Bantry Bay in West Cork

bantry bay cork
Source

16 – A bit of humour on Dursey Island in Cork

duress island cork
Photo by Hillwalk Tours

Fancy taking a stroll here? Check out our guide to 7 of the most scenic walks in Ireland.

17 + 18 – Lough Ouler in Wicklow – Ireland’s heart-shaped lake

lough outer wicklow
Photo by SkyCam Ireland
lough ouler wicklow
Photo by Rob Hurson via Wikicommons

Yes, there really is a heart-shaped lake in Wicklow.

Here’s a guide to getting to Lough Ouler.

19 – The sky above Kerry singing at the Dark Sky Reserve

kerry dark sky reserve
Photo by Tom Archer via Tourism Ireland

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.

Beautiful Photos of Ireland Taken on the Wild Atlantic Way

Beautiful Photos of Ireland
Slea Head: Via Tourism Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way is special.

Mile after mile of spectacular coastline combines to create one of the world’s best road trip routes.

Below, you’ll find more beautiful pictures of Ireland to get that wanderlust flowing.

20 + 21 – The tabletop-like mountain of Benbulben in County Sligo

Benbulben county sligo
Benbulben: Photo by Chris Hill
ben bulbin mountain
Photo by Art Ward

22, 23, 24 + 25 – Scenes along Slea Head in County Kerry

the blasket peninsula
Photo via Failte Ireland

I could drive along Slea Head for 7 days straight and never get bored.

Regardless of whether the rain is hopping off your roof or the sun is blazing, there’s always something to have a gander at.

There’s also scenery that’ll make you want to pull in, hop out and stare.

Dun chaoin pier kerry
@ Tourism Ireland photographed by Tom Archer
beach on slea head
By Chris Hill
slea head kerry
Photo by the Irish Air Corp

The last photo in the little batch above blew me away when I saw it a few years back.

It was snapped from a helicopter by the lads at the Irish Air Corp.

Green fields and rolling mountains collide with the sheer power of the Atlantic Ocean to make this a photo of Ireland that cemented itself in my mind from the second I first laid eyes on it. 

26 – Barleycove (home to one of the best beaches in West Cork)

barleycove cork
Photo by Mary Sweeney

27, 28 + 29 – The towering cliffs at Slieve League in County Donegal

slieve league cliffs donegal
Photo via Tourism Ireland
sliabh liag hike
Photo by Chris Hill
The Slieve League Cliffs
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

30, 31 + 32 – The other-worldly Skellig Islands

walking on skellig michael
Photo by Valerie O’Sullivan via Failte Ireland

The Skellig Islands in Kerry have been on my bucket list for about 7 years now.

Every time that I’m visiting Kerry and thinking about taking the boat over to them, the weather is terrible, and the tour is canceled.

There’s something immensely special about these two little islands.

skellig michael views
Photo by Caspar Diederik (@storytravelers) via Tourism Ireland
skelligs from afar
Photo by Caspar Diederik (@storytravelers) via Tourism Ireland

33 – The rugged cliff face at Dún Aonghasa

Inishmore glamping guide
Photo by Chris Hill via Failte Ireland

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.

34, 35 + 36 – The view from the top of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo

croagh patrick
Photo by Gareth McCormack

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.

croagh patrick view over clew bay
Photo by Gareth McCormack
climbing croagh patrick
Photo by Gareth McCormack

37, 38, 39 + 40 – Endless scenery in Connemara

mountains in connemara
Photo via Failte Ireland
 
connemara galway hills and mountains
Photo by Chris Hill
view from the hill
Photo by Gareth McCormack
things to do in connemara national park
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

My Favourite Images of Ireland (That I’ve Taken)

My Favourite Images of Ireland
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

I’m not a great photographer by any means.

But I’ve travelled around Ireland a fair bit and I’ve been lucky enough to capture some photos that I’m pretty fond of.

Here’s a handful of pictures of Ireland that I’ve taken.

Some are from drones. Others were taken on a DSLR. And several more were snapped on a phone.

41 + 42 – Valentia Island at Sunset

geokaun mountains ireland
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

There’s a place on Valentia Island in Kerry that is my favourite place in Ireland.

If you’re visiting this corner of Kerry, try and get to Valentia around sunset.

You’ll be treated to a view like the one above on a clear evening.

bray head valentia island

43 – A mist-covered mountain in Connemara

connemara co galway
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

I took this photo a couple of Christmases ago.

A couple of friends and I were out west for the Galway Christmas markets and we decided to escape the city for a bit and head to Connemara.

It was a dully dreary day, but the landscape was as magnificent as ever.

44 – The Cliffs of Moher at Sunset

cliffs of moher at sunset
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

So, the photo above was a complete fluke.

I had just spent the weekend in Clare with a friend and we decided to round it off with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher.

The day had been miserable.

It was cloudy, the rain was hopping off the ground, and there was a fog hanging in the air.

Then, right before sunset, the sky cleared and we were treated to the scene above.

45 + 46 – Gazing out at the stone walls on Inis Oirr

inis oirr island
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

This, in my opinion, is the best photo of Ireland that I’ve ever taken.

It was the first time heading away with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while and we were DYING with a hangover after a night in Doolin.

We hopped off the ferry and took the short stroll up to this lookout point.

The view nearly knocked me sideways.

inis oirr island
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

47 – Strolling with the sheep on Achill Island

ACHILL ISLAND AT SUNSET

I took the photo above a couple of winters ago.

It was around 5 in the evening and I had spent 4 or 5 hours in the car that day, so I decided to head off for a ramble on the island.

The sun was setting, the wind was lashing me out of it from every angle, and I had these lads for company.

Incredible Aerial Pictures of Ireland

Aerial Pictures of Ireland
@ Tourism Ireland photographed by Tom Archer

I can’t get enough of drone photography.

It offers a completely different, and at times never before seen, perspective on a place, be it natural or man-made.

In the section below, you’ll find a heap of aerial images of Ireland that should tickle your fancy.

48 – The windy road at Glengesh Pass in Donegal 

glengesh pass donegal
Photo by Gareth Wray

49 – The gorgeous fishing harbor of Ballintoy in County Antrim

ballintoy harbour
Photo by Chris Hill

50 + 51 – The Antrim coast that surrounds the ruins of Dunluce Castle

dunluce castle ireland
Photo by Chris Hill
dunluce castle game of thrones
Photo by Matthew Woodhouse

52 – The Carrick-a-rede rope bridge in County Antrim

antrim rope bridge
The Antrim Rope Bridge by Arthur Ward

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.

53, 54 + 55 – Ballymastocker Bay in Donegal

Ballymastocker Bay Donegal
Photo by Martin Flemming
Walking along Ballymastocker Bay
Photo by Martin Flemming
Ballymastocker Bay from the sky
Photo by Martin Flemming

56 – Hook Head Lighthouse in Wexford

hook lighthouse drone
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

I took this photo a couple of years back.

The sun was blazing and the water around the lighthouse was a beautiful teal.

57, 58 + 59 – The ancient Skellig Islands off the coast of County Kerry

the skellig islands county kerry
Via the Irish Air Corps

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.

Skellig michael aerial
Photo by Valerie O’Sullivan via Tourism Ireland
skellig michael views
Photo by Caspar Diederik (@storytravelers) via Tourism Ireland

60 – The gorgeous village of Allihies in County Cork

Allihies county cork
Source

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.

61 – Mizen Head in County Cork – cracking from every angle

mizen head west cork
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Wrapping it up

I’ve no doubt that there’s plenty more fantastic photos of Ireland out there.

If you know of one, or if you’ve taken it yourself, pop it into the comments section below.

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