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49 Photos That I (Strongly) Believe Prove That Ireland is the Most Beautiful Place on Earth

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

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

the hill of tara
Photo via Tourism Ireland

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.

Grianan of Aileach donegal
Photo by Tom Archer

3 – A pink and orange sky hanging over the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary 

the rock of cashel
Photo by Brian Morrison

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.

inis oirr island
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

inis oirr island
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

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’.

fields in kilkenny

7 + 8 – The tabletop-like mountain of Benbulben in County Sligo

Benbulben county sligo
Benbulben: Photo by Chris Hill

ben bulbin mountain
Photo by Art Ward

9 – Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare

cliffs of moher at sunset
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

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

loughcrew ireland
Photo by Tony Pleavin

11 + 12 + 13 – Scenes along Slea Head in County Kerry

I could drive along Slea Head for 7 days straight and not get bored.

the blasket peninsula
Photo via Failte Ireland

slea head ireland
Slea Head: Via Tourism Ireland

slea head kerry
Photo by the Irish Air Corp

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

There’s a whole load of Irishness packed into this photo.

barleycove cork
Photo by by Mary Sweeney

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

Tintern Abbey Wexford
Photo by Brian Morrison

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.

antrim rope bridge
The Antrim Rope Bridge by Arthur Ward

17 + 18 – The towering cliffs at Slieve League in County Donegal

slieve league cliffs donegal
Photo via Tourism Ireland

slieve league donegal
Photo by Tyler Collins

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.

the skellig islands county kerry
Via the Irish Air Corps

The Skellig islands at sunset
The Skellig Islands at sunset: Via Tourism Ireland

the skellig islands kerry
The Skellig Islands: Photo via Failte Ireland

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.

aran islands

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.

Allihies county cork

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.

croagh patrick
Photo by Gareth McCormack

croagh patrick view over clew bay
Photo by Gareth McCormack

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.

mountains in connemara
Photo via Failte Ireland

connemara co galway
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

connemara galway hills and mountains
Photo by Chris Hill

connemara national park
Photo by Piotr Dybowski

30 – The view out over Coumshinaun Lake in County Waterford

Coumshinaun Horseshoe
Photo by Muddy Boots

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).

geokaun mountains ireland
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

valentia island lighthouse
Valentia Lighthouse: By Chris Hill

33 – Trim Castle in County Meath looking very medieval altogether

trim castle county meath
Photo by Tony Pleavin

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

nineThe Nine Stones Viewing Point
Photo by Suzanne Clarke

35 + 36 – Mizen Head in County Cork – cracking from every angle

mizen head cork

mizen head west cork
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

37 + 38 – The Antrim coast that surrounds the ruins of Dunluce Castle

dunluce castle ireland
Photo by Chris Hill

dunluce castle antrim
Photo via Alamy

39 + 40 + 41 – Achill Island in Mayo – a place that never fails to make the heart ache


achill island aerial photo
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

keel beach achill island
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

42 – The craggy Copper Coast in County Waterford

copper coast wexford

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

dun briste mayo

44 – The spectacular Bantry Bay in West Cork

bantry bay cork

45 – The gorgeous fishing harbor of Ballintoy in County Ant

ballintoy harbour

46 – The windy road at Glengesh Pass in Donegal 

glengesh pass donegal
Photo by Gareth Wray

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.

duress island cork
Photo by Hillwalk Tours

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.

lough outer county wicklow directions
Photo by Vera Lopes

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.

kerry dark sky reserve
Photo by Po, Hong Kong (Source)

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Howaya!The purpose of this site is to inspire and guide you on an Irish adventure that’ll give birth to a lifetime of memories.No spam. Clickbait. Or boll*x. Ever.Keith

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