Ireland not only represents leprechauns, 4-leaf clovers and Guinness, it also possesses some of the most beautiful scenery around, easily making my list of the 3 most beautiful places I’ve ever been, rivaling Santorini, Greece and Tuscany, Italy. Although I knew Ireland was going to be beautiful I didn’t expect it to be this stunning, as you’ll see in these 15 photos of Ireland. Displayed below are 15 of my best photos of Ireland.
20 Photos of Ireland That Will Make You Want to Go
Around almost every corner was another photo opportunity. From well-manicured gardens, vibrant farmland and colossal cliffs over the coast, Ireland is a photographer’s dream. My mother and I rented a car and drove around the country and loved every moment.
About two hours drive from Dublin sits the 12th century Blarney Castle in County Cork.
I climbed the castle’s narrow staircase and hung backwards over a death-defying drop to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. They say if you kiss the stone you’ll never be at a loss for words. Of course I had to do it. When I finished my mother and I enjoyed a nice walk around the magnificent gardens.
Just south of Blarney Castle, sits the quaint seaside town of Kinsale where I was able to take some of my favorite photos of Ireland.
We spent the day meandering around cobblestone streets, browsing the interesting shops and eating some fresh seafood. Then we hopped in the car and drove south to Old Head, parking right before the exclusive Old Head Gold Course. I climbed down both sides of the hill to see the stunning cliff and sea views and to take some photos.
From Kinsale we drove a couple of hours north to Killarney National Park.
We took our time driving around the lakes, enjoying the beautiful scenery. You can hire a horse-drawn wagon to take you on the 4.8 KM (3 mile) trek to the Gap of Donloe, a narrow mountain passage between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain forged by glaciers. We drove into the gap instead of hiring a horse and wagon since my mom is handicapped. Normally cars are not permitted.
From Killarney National Park we drove west to the Ring of Kerry, a 179 km (111 mile) drive along the curved rugged coastline where you can take wonderful photos of Ireland.
The lush green landscape and sea cliffs make this route a photographer’s paradise. It’s also been featured in various Hollywood flicks including two Star Wars movies: “The Force Awakens” and the latest blockbuster “The Last Jedi”.
To the north of the Ring of Kerry sit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.
Stay overnight in Doolin, making sure to see the cliffs at sunset. Then hire a boat to take you on an up close tour of the towering wall which runs for about fourteen KM (8.6 miles) and reaches heights of 214 meters (702 feet). They are one of the most visited sites in all of Ireland.
While you’re driving around Ireland it’s hard to miss the colorful farmland.
Beautiful yellow grape seed flowers line the hills. Lush green landscapes are dotted with ancient ruins, reminders that this county has a very long history. Like Tuscany and Santorini, you’ll find yourself stopping frequently for photographic opportunities.
Are you ready to go to Ireland yet? I hope like me you are incredibly impressed with Ireland’s rugged, natural beauty. Just remember, flights to Europe can be very inexpensive!
Have you been to Ireland yet?
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