The most beautiful places in Ireland

The most beautiful places in Ireland

The best of Ireland

The „green island“ Ireland offers travelers a lots of beautiful places. Here you will find a wild mountain ranges modeled by glaciers with an incredible number of lakes and waterfalls. Irish very rugged coastline with stunning beaches and cliffs is also famous. You will also find here the great ruins of mysterious buildings from the early Christian period and still much older. There are also countless castles.

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Cliffs of Moher
52.972, -9.431
170 m / 558 ft

#1 Cliffs of Moher

The most massive cliffs of Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, two hundred meters high cliffs, are among the most beautiful coastal passages in Europe. The beautiful scenery is complemented by the O'Brien turret and the mighty rocking needle that hovers from the ocean - The Stack

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Giant's causeway
55.241, -6.512
0 m / 0 ft

#2 Giant's causeway

The greatest natural wonder of Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway, volcanic organ that lead to the sea. It is the largest natural and tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. In addition, there are beautiful cliffs and beaches, making it the perfect place for several hours of hiking.

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Rock of Cashel
52.52, -7.89
125 m / 410 ft

#3 Rock of Cashel

The castle of Kings

Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most important and oldest castles. Many kings lived here, and one of them - Aengus was baptized by St. Patrick, patron of Ireland. Apart from its own, beautifully fortified castle, there is also the ruin of the great cathedral

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Glendalough
53.01, -6.327
135 m / 443 ft

#4 Glendalough

Picturesque landscape at an ancient monastery

Glendalough, set in a glaciered valley, is an example of the true Irish atmosphere - an ancient stone monastery with remnants of a surrounding village, a river with dark water and the surrounding flat hills.

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Gap of Dunloe Gorge
51.994, -9.644
245 m / 804 ft

#5 Gap of Dunloe Gorge

The most beautiful gorge of Ireland

Gap of Dunloe is a mountain pass (245m above sea level) between two major Irish mountains - Purple Mountain and Macgillycuddy's Reeks. However, it is also called the canyon leading to this pass. You will find there five lakes, waterfalls and steep rocky walls, just a piece of beautiful Irish nature

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Diamond Hill
53.548, -9.915
442 m / 1 450 ft

#6 Diamond Hill

Impressive prospect of Connemara

One of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland is a rugged region full of lakes, bays, marshes and mountains - Connemara. One of the most popular tourist prospects for this interesting landscape is Mount Diamond Hill (442m above sea level)

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Kylemore Abbey
53.562, -9.889
43 m / 141 ft

#7 Kylemore Abbey

Impressive abbey

At the northern end of the Connemara National Park, the imposing Kylemore Abbey is right on the lake. It does not matter at all that this building is not particularly historical (built in 1920), because it is built in a typical style in a beautiful location.

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Blarney Castle
51.929, -8.571
40 m / 131 ft

#8 Blarney Castle

The most famous castle in Ireland

Castle Blarney, because of its height as if it were in fairy tales. Next to it is a tall lonely tower and beautiful gardens around. At the other end of the garden is the exhibition palace - Blarney House

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Ring of Kerry
51.819, -9.858
70 m / 230 ft

#9 Ring of Kerry

Beautiful circular road

The nearly 180-kilometer ring road of Kerry is one of the most famous and beautiful coastal roads you can find in Ireland. On the way, you will see beautiful cliffs, coves and beaches.

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Kilkenny Castle
52.65, -7.249
57 m / 187 ft

#10 Kilkenny Castle

Medieval castle with a beautiful garden

Kilkenny is a small town with twenty thousand inhabitants. The main attraction of the city is a preserved medieval castle with beautiful adjacent gardens and a park. The ideal place to relax if you enjoy the changing Irish weather

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Cahir Castle
52.375, -7.927
45 m / 148 ft

#11 Cahir Castle

Monumental Irish Castle

One of the largest Irish castles is undoubtedly the Cahir built in the city of the same name. The castle is surrounded by a nice golf course

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Ross Castle
52.041, -9.531
18 m / 59 ft

#12 Ross Castle

A mighty tower castle

The beautiful Ross Castle is one of the typical tower castles in Ireland with a massive dominant tower that also served as a residential palace. It is the most important palace in the Killarney National Park. Moreover, it has a very picturesque location right by Lake Leane

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The Isle of Carrick-a-Rede
55.239, -6.333
40 m / 131 ft

#13 The Isle of Carrick-a-Rede

Walk on unique rope bridge

Beautiful bay Larrybane has not only amazing cliffs, but also a unique rope bridge leading to the small island of Carrick-a-Rede. The rope bridge is not built only like tourist attraction, but served for a few hundred years for fishermen. It's undoubtedly one of the greatest attractions of Northern Ireland.

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Mount Errigal
55.035, -8.114
752 m / 2 467 ft

#14 Mount Errigal

The dominance of the Glenveagh National Park

At the northern end of the Glenveagh National Park, you can find a very impressive Mount Errigal (752m above sea level). Unlike the other Irish mostly flat mountains, Errigal is very pointed. The view from top to the surrounding countryside and the lake is really impressive

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Magilligan Point
55.18, -6.927
55 m / 180 ft

#15 Magilligan Point

Beautiful beach with cliffs

Only a short distance from the city of Londonderry is a beautiful piece of coastline with endless beaches, high cliffs and the mythical structure of the Mussenden Temple

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Powerscourt Waterfall
53.146, -6.211
338 m / 1 109 ft

#16 Powerscourt Waterfall

The highest waterfall of Ireland

The Powerscourt Waterfall, with its 121 meters high, is the highest waterfall in Ireland. He would certainly not be lost in the overview of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe. If you come here in the aftermath of the greater rains, which is not so much a problem in Ireland, you will see it in really great strength.

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Ballymastocker Beach
55.188, -7.61
3 m / 10 ft

#17 Ballymastocker Beach

Beautiful beach in Donegal

In Northern Ireland, in the county of Donegal, there are many scattered islands. On one of these peninsulas - Fanad - there is also this charming beach of Ballymastocker. The scenic route that runs along the entire coastline rises to the hill above the beach, giving you views of this breathtaking place that are otherwise only favored by marine gulls.

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Sligo Abbey
54.271, -8.47
8 m / 26 ft

#18 Sligo Abbey

The beautiful ruins of the medieval abbey

The largest monument in Sligo is the ruins of a massive medieval abbey. Like almost every such Irish monument, this ruin has no roof. But it will surely impress you with an interesting atmosphere.

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Mullaghmore head
54.45, -8.467
15 m / 49 ft

#19 Mullaghmore head

The estate under the cliff

On the Wild Altantic Way, which stretches along the entire West Coast of Ireland, we find breathtaking views of the wild turbulent ocean whipping endless beaches or high cliffs overlooking the whole scenery. One of those sites that should not be omitted is one landmark near the town of Sligo and the Mulaghmore Peninsula. You will find the manor of the Mullafhmore family, which is inaccessible, yet it provides an unforgettable viewing experience along with the Benbulbin reef in the background.

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Muckross House
52.018, -9.504
30 m / 98 ft

#20 Muckross House

Palace between two lakes

Muckross House is picturesquely situated in beautiful landscapes near Lake Leane and Lake Muckross. An ideal place to walk and enjoy the surrounding romantic countryside

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Fair Head
55.221, -6.154
154 m / 505 ft

#21 Fair Head

The highest cliff on the North Coast

Near the town of Ballycastle on the northern coast of Northern Ireland is a 150-meter tall cliff with an adjacent natural area popular for light hiking. The walk goes directly along the edge of the cliff, where the daredevils can glance freely. For those even tougher, this popular climbing area.

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Barley Cove beach
51.469, -9.777
0 m / 0 ft

#22 Barley Cove beach

Beautiful beach near Mizen Head

Only a short distance from the southernmost place of Ireland - Mizen Head, is the beautiful beach of Barley Cove beach. On each side is framed by rocky hills.

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Ballydonegan bay
51.629, -10.056
0 m / 0 ft

#23 Ballydonegan bay

Well-known bay on Beara Peninsula

One of Bear's most famous and beautiful bays is Ballydonegan Bay. The center of the bay is a vast beach surrounded by hills, cliffs and picturesque Irish green countryside.

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The Burren
53.008, -9.002
125 m / 410 ft

#24 The Burren

Irish karst plateau

Just a short distance from the world-famous Cliffs of Moher extends special karst landscape of the Burren. Due to its uniqueness, the area became a national park. It's such a the opposite of or green Ireland.

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Doo Lough Lake
53.652, -9.765
30 m / 98 ft

#25 Doo Lough Lake

Great lake among the mountains

Lake Doo Lough lies in an impressive, rugged landscape between high peaks. The lake is beautiful even from the road, but the most beautiful views of it are, of course, from peaks such as Ben Lugmore. It is ideal place for great hikes.

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Ballintoy Harbor
55.244, -6.369
5 m / 16 ft

#26 Ballintoy Harbor

Iron islands of the series Game of Thrones

The picturesque little harbor is on the way between the Giant's Causeway and the Rope Bridge on the northern coast of Northern Ireland. The harbor is often a sought-after place for lovers of the Throne Game series, as this place has attracted the face of the Iron Islands. The harbor is cozy place for a short stop.

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Lough Veagh Lake
55.054, -7.945
39 m / 128 ft

#27 Lough Veagh Lake

Entrance gate to Glenveagh Park

In the center of Glenveagh National Park is the beautiful Lake Lough Veagh. This national park lies practically at the northern end of Ireland with lots of other lakes and pretty peaks

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Molls Gap
51.939, -9.658
260 m / 853 ft

#28 Molls Gap

View of the highest Irish mountains

The Molls Gap mountain pass (260m asl) is the highest point of the beautiful ring road of Kerry. It is also a beautiful viewpoint of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks Mountains, the highest mountains in the whole of Ireland. The three peaks are over a thousand meters above sea level here

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Dunguaire castle
53.142, -8.926
0 m / 0 ft

#29 Dunguaire castle

Castle right by the sea

Just a short distance from the city of Kinvarra, the pretty tower castle of Dunguaire is right on the seashore. Like most Irish castles, it is dominated by a large, massive tower that served as a residential palace.

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Newgrange
53.695, -6.475
65 m / 213 ft

#30 Newgrange

The prehistoric complex

The most important building in ancient Ireland is monumental Newgrange, built even before the pyramids of Egypt. To this day he does not know exactly what purpose they served, but most likely it was an important religious building.

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Muckross Abbey
52.026, -9.495
29 m / 95 ft

#31 Muckross Abbey

Fortified Abbey

Almost like every Irish medieval monument, there is a Muckross Abbey without a roof and looks more like a small castle than a church building. Glorious is for the giant yew tree that has grown in the central courtyard for many hundred years.

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Slane Abbey
53.718, -6.543
149 m / 489 ft

#32 Slane Abbey

The Abbey of St. Patrick

On the hill of Slane is perhaps the most interesting abbey ruins in Ireland - Slane Abbey. There are a lot of Celtic crosses, a statue of St. Patrick and very few tourists, yet here it has a very strong atmosphere.

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Fanad Head Lighthouse
55.276, -7.632
4 m / 13 ft

#33 Fanad Head Lighthouse

Lighthouse in northern Ireland in Donegal

The beacons have been used to navigate seafarers at sea since time immemorial. One such - Fanad Head Lighthouse - you can find in Northern Ireland in County Donegal, which undoubtedly holds its function even today. It is located on the so-called Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches across the west coast of Ireland and is swept by the wild waves of the open Atlantic.

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Parke´s Castle
54.265, -8.334
10 m / 33 ft

#34 Parke´s Castle

Castle at Lake Lough Gill

Right next to the scenic Lough Gill is the beautiful Parke's castle. Unlike most Irish castles, this looks more continental. Besides your own tour of the castle, it is worthwhile to take a walk along the shores of the lake

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Dublin
53.35, -6.26
5 m / 16 ft

#35 Dublin

The capital city of Ireland

Dublin city has almost two million inhabitants. Famous is mainly for its typical bars. The most significant monuments are Dublin Castle, Father Matthew Bridge and Trinity College Dublin.

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Ruins of Dunluce Castle
55.212, -6.579
20 m / 66 ft

#36 Ruins of Dunluce Castle

A mighty castle on the cliff

Dunluce Castle is built on a massive cliff and is accessible only by the bridge, making it virtually impractical. It is one of the popular tourists stops on the stunning northern coast of Northern Ireland.

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Belfast
54.597, -5.93
6 m / 20 ft

#37 Belfast

Capital and largest city of Northern Ireland

Industrial city Belfast is the center of Northern Ireland. It has over three hundred thousand inhabitants. Probably the most famous landmark of city is a monumental townhall.

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Horn Head
55.224, -7.982
144 m / 472 ft

#38 Horn Head

Beautiful peninsula in Donegal

One of the many peninsulas that make up the diverse west coast of Ireland is the North Horn Head. This small protrusion of the mainland is ideal for a short ride along its entire circuit, where it leads a scenic road with many views of the often ravaged Atlantic Ocean. This route is part of as many popular tourist routes along the entire western coast of Ireland, known as the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Doe castle
55.135, -7.864
5 m / 16 ft

#39 Doe castle

Medieval castle in Donegal

Doe Castle is a medieval 16th-century castle in the county of Donegal, in the very north of Ireland, located on the shores of the Gulf of Peninsula Fanad Head. The castle is free to access, yet it has its opening hours. From its back you will see the picturesque bay and ubiquitous green pastures littered by Ireland's hills.

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Megalitic place Carrowmore
54.253, -8.518
49 m / 161 ft

#40 Megalitic place Carrowmore

Instead of ancient tombs and dolmen

Only one kilometer from Sligo is one of Ireland's most significant megalithic sites - Carrowmor. Unlike the more famous Newgrange, there are far fewer visitors, so you can enjoy the ancient atmosphere of this place much better.

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Dunbeg Fort
52.103, -10.409
14 m / 46 ft

#41 Dunbeg Fort

Ruins of fortress over massive cliffs

Dunbeg Fort lies on the beautiful Irish peninsula of Dingle. Most of the fortress, due to erosion, has long since disappeared into the sea. Now there is only a stone "barn" left. More interesting is the view of the surrounding cliffs. A beautiful Stone House is next to the parking lot.

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Ruins of the church in Gowran
52.629, -7.063
67 m / 220 ft

#42 Ruins of the church in Gowran

Beautiful medieval stone church

The small town of Gowran is mainly visited by tourists thanks to the St. Mary church, which looks more like a fortified castle

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Old Bushmills Distillery
55.203, -6.517
20 m / 66 ft

#43 Old Bushmills Distillery

Legendary producer of Irish whiskey

If you want to know how to make true three-times distilled Irish whiskey, you can visit, for example, the famous Old Bushmills distillery, still partly in the original historic building.

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Leamaneh Castle
52.988, -9.14
62 m / 203 ft

#44 Leamaneh Castle

The ruin of mighty castle tower

At the western end of the marvelous landscape The Burren is a massive ruin of a castle Leamaneh. The ruins lies a little off the main tourist circuits so here is a very peacful atmosphere.

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Glencar Waterfall
54.34, -8.368
70 m / 230 ft

#45 Glencar Waterfall

Waterfall from the Benbulbin cliff in Donegal

In the northwest of Ireland, in the county of Leitrim, there is a rural area divided by several mountain ranges that hide picturesque lakes in the valley. The waterfall is located at Lake Glencar according to which it also bears its name. Its accessibility is really trivial because it takes a maximum of 5min from the parking lot after the modified path and it is a pleasant stop for 20-30min even with small children. There is also a café with playground

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Monasterboice
53.778, -6.418
119 m / 390 ft

#46 Monasterboice

Cemetery with unique Celtic crosses

Monasterboice, one of the earliest Christian settlements in Ireland, it is interesting by a huge Celtic crosses from the 10th century. Another dominant of this place is the high watchtower.

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The Dark Hedges
55.135, -6.381
77 m / 253 ft

#47 The Dark Hedges

Place from the series The Game of the Throne

Alley filled with more than 30 tall 2-cent-old trees lined the way that the serial actors of the Games of the Throne walked. The site has its magic spell for every season.

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Portrush - East Strand beach
55.205, -6.646
0 m / 0 ft

#48 Portrush - East Strand beach

Ideal beach for long walks

The East Strand Beach is located in the north of Northern Ireland, along the picturesque harbor town of Portrush, on the popular Causeway coastal route. The beach is 4 km long and runs from Portrush to White Rocks, which are high white rocks contrasting above blue ocean (North Atlantic). Due to the low water temperature (summer 15 ° C), the beach is more suitable for walks or horseback riding.

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54.484, -8.278
3 m / 10 ft

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Old Mellifont Abbey
53.742, -6.466
60 m / 197 ft

#50 Old Mellifont Abbey

The ruins of picturesque abbey

If you visit the ancient Old Mellifont Abbey you can see here, unfortunately only ruins. Anyway, it's a classic example of medieval Irish ecclesiastical architecture.

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Streedagh Point
54.405, -8.566
11 m / 36 ft

#51 Streedagh Point

Paradise for surfers

In the northwest of Ireland, in Sligo, we find this marvelous natural phenomenon, Streedagh Point, which forms a sandy, nearly 5km long peninsula, a paradise for surfers in every weather. The only thing that can overcome the trip is the high tide. The peninsula is just a few meters above ground, and if the tide rises or the sea is a lot of fun, it will flood the only driveway to this "endless" beach.

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Killahoey Beach
55.189, -7.955
0 m / 0 ft

#52 Killahoey Beach

The magical Irish beach in Donegal

In Northern Ireland, in Donegal County, near Horn Head, you will find the charming Killahoey Beach, as it is made for long strolls and good weather, which is always in Ireland if it does not rain.

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Gallarus Oratory
52.173, -10.35
33 m / 108 ft

#53 Gallarus Oratory

An ancient Christian church

On the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, one of the oldest Christian buildings in Ireland - Gallarus Oratory - is found. Thanks to the surrounding countryside, you may feel as if you've been a few hundred years back.

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Island Roy View
55.194, -7.767
31 m / 102 ft

#54 Island Roy View

View of Roy Island

There are several scattered islands and peninsula in the county of Donegal in the very north of Ireland. Some are accessed thanks to modern bridges, but some still keep going only by ferry. On the way to the Fanad Peninsula, which connects to the south with just the modern arched bridge, we have a scenic view of the bay and the island of Roy, which is only available on the boat.

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Brownshill dolmen
52.838, -6.881
87 m / 285 ft

#55 Brownshill dolmen

The heaviest stone

Brownshill Dolmen is famous for its top stone, which is considered the most massive in Europe with a weight of around 100 tons. So getting him up had to get our ancestors pretty busy

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Enniscrone beach
54.213, -9.098
2 m / 7 ft

#56 Enniscrone beach

Beautiful beach in the west of Ireland

Ireland is made up of green pastures laced with sheep and an endless coastline that is surrounded by sea or ocean along almost the entire circumference of the country. And that's why Ireland has so many picturesque beaches to choose from. One such hearty beach, like the one created for endless walks, is located in the west of Ireland in the town of Enniscrone, situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic drive along the entire west coast.

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