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18 of the best views to Instagram in Ireland

Take it all in.

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1. Skellig Michael Monastery, Great Skellig Island, Kerry

skellig2 Source: Google Maps

The larger of the two Skellig Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Great Skellig is home to this ancient monastery. Standing on the island’s edge gives you epic views back towards the mainland. You’ll need to get a ferry out to it, but the view is worth the trip alone.

2. Connor Pass, Dingle, County Kerry


Looking right down over Dingle Bay, this long, winding road takes you over the mountain – giving you great panoramic views along the way.

3. Giant’s Causeway, Antrim

Giant's Causeway Source: TS Drown

One of Ireland’s most famous natural landmarks, the Giant’s Causeway is just begging to be ‘grammed.

4. Dunmore Caves, Kilkenny

Light at the end of the tunnel Source: stephenhanafin

Just outside Kilkenny city lies these historic caves, where you descend about 150ft into the ground to be met with passages bearing beautiful rock formations.

5. Enniscrone beach, County Sligo

Stunning Sunset from Enniscrone Beach Sligo Source: DiscoverEnniscrone.com

A seriously long beach that seems to stretch out for miles. Worthy of an Instagram post if anywhere is.

6. Slieve Donard mountain, County Down

Slieve Donard Source: LeonDolman

The walking trail over one of the North’s most picturesque scenes is well worth a look.

7. Horn Head, County Donegal


Not as famous as the most Northernly point in the country Malin Head, Horn Head still boasts fabulous sights over the Atlantic.

8. Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin

Poolbeg Lighthouse Source: chripell

The Great South Wall stretches out into Dublin Bay, and is a truly fantastic walk out from the city. Not your standard Ha’Penny Bridge shot, anyway.

9. Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey Source: larrywkoester

This Benedictine monastery dates back nearly 100 years – and is nestled perfectly between the lake and the forest behind. Just look at it there.

10. Mamore Gap, Donegal


This winding road down towards the Atlantic on Donegal’s West coast is a popular view-seekers’ destination. The stretch of road on the Inishowen peninsula offers a sensational look out over the coast and the surrounding hills.

11. Comeragh Mountains, Waterford

Sunset in the Comeraghs Source: joe.carslake

The mountain range is in the centre of County Waterford, and offers spectacular views in all directions from its summit.

12. Lough Tay, Wicklow Mountains

Lough Tay

The small but beautiful lake is in the Wicklow Mountains, and can be best seen when taking the long-distance walking trail called the ‘Wicklow Way’. It’s 80 miles long, so you might need to pick your sections wisely – and this area would be a good start.

13. Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park, Kerry

Big waterfall Source: Flickr - Photo Sharing!

As part of the National Park in Killarney, the Torc Waterfall is huge and so relaxing to watch.

14. Howth Pier, Dublin

Sunrise at the Howth lighthouse, Dublin, Ireland Source: j0sh (www.pixael.com)

A quintessential relaxing spot in the capital. Howth Head is worth exploring, as it takes you around the mountain with stunning coastal views. But the pier at the water is also worth checking out.

15. St Patrick’s Hill, Cork

cork Source: Google Street View

Standing at the top of the hill and looking west at Cork’s Saint Mary and Saint Anne’s Cathedral – this is a great view of the city.

16. Salthill Promenade, Galway

salthillprom Source: Google Street View

The famous Prom outside Galway city, on a good day, will present a perfect snap opportunity.

17. Benbulbin, County Sligo

Benbulbin Mountain Source: Flickr - Photo Sharing!

One of Ireland’s most unique mountains, Ben Bulben is part of the Dartry Mountains on the west coast of the County.

18. Mizen Head, Cork

Mizen Head Source: Anosmia

Ireland’s most southerly point and one that presents the visitor with fantastic coastal rock formations and sensational views. Worth the trip that far South.


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David Elkin

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