For such a small country, Ireland is home to an impressively large number of beautiful places. Most feature landscape so typical of the island, including green hills, rugged mountains, picturesque medieval architecture and meadows carpeted in purple heather. It’s well worth traveling from far and wide to witness the beauty in person and also to share it on social media!
From hidden gems like the Dingle Peninsula and Connemara region to iconic hotspots such as the Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway, there’s no shortage of magic in the Emerald Isle
Keep reading to discover the 10 most Instagrammable spots in Ireland!
10 Glendalough, County Wicklow
Also known as Ireland’s Valley of Two Lakes, the monastic settlement of Glendalough is located in the incredible Wicklow Mountains. If you’re looking for photo opportunities of medieval architecture, including a round tower and a cathedral, plus a few snaps of the serene Irish landscape, Glendalough is the way to go.
After you’ve got the perfect shot, simply sit back and enjoy the serene Irish landscape. Those who are especially fit might like to attempt the nearly 19-mile walk through the surrounding hills known as St. Kevin’s Way, which follows the very route taken by the monk himself.
9 The Cliffs Of Moher, County Clare
The Cliffs of Moher might be one of the most visited attractions in Ireland, but that’s with good reason. According to Ireland Before You Die, one million visitors flock to County Clare each year to witness the phenomenal view of the cliffs spanning across the coastline. At their highest point, the cliffs stand 702 feet tall. Prepare to be humbled!
You’ll want to get a snap of the cliffs themselves, but if the weather is on your side, you can also get a pretty good view from the cliffs. Look out for the Twelve Pins in Connemara, and the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.
8 Benbulbin, County Sligo
Originating from the Irish “Binn Ghulbain”, Benbulbin is a large and spectacularly handsome rock formation located in County Sligo, to the northwest of the country. Part of the Dartry Mountains, the area offers visitors walking trails and is sometimes referred to as “Yeats Country” after poet W.B. Yeats.
Aside from being divine to look at, Benbulbin also plays a significant role in Irish mythology. According to legend, the Fianna warriors, who existed in the third century, dwell here. It is also supposedly the final resting place of the mythological figures Diarmuid and Gráinne.
7 Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
To witness the wonder of Giant’s Causeway, you’ll have to head up to Northern Ireland. Situated near the town of Bushmills, this breathtaking site will definitely win you a few likes on the ‘gram. Some 40,000 basalt columns give the area its iconic character, which are said to have been created about 60 million years ago by a volcanic eruption.
There has been much debate over the coastal area and the exact logistics of its formation, and over the years, it has been the source of inspiration for a number of folk stories and works of art.
6 Skellig Michael, County Kerry
You can’t visit the Ring of Kerry trail and bypass the famous Skellig Michael. Full warning: to get here, you’ll have to take a boat, since it's located eight miles from the coast of County Kerry. But it’s worth it! Not only will the island serve as a majorly Instagrammable spot, but it’s also seething with history.
The stone huts on this island date back to the sixth century, when they were home to Christian monks who decided to withdraw from civilization by living on the remote and inaccessible island. Relatable!
5 Killarney National Park, County Kerry
Ireland is brimming with national parks, and one that should be at the very top of your list is Killarney National Park. There are plenty of post-worthy opportunities in the magical grounds of the park, but the 60-foot Torc Waterfall will probably leave the greatest impression on your followers.
This is an amazing experience for animal lovers since Killarney National Park is home to a herd of native red deer. You’ll also come across the stunning lakes for which the county is so famous, as well as a castle from the 15thcentury.
4 Connemara, County Galway
The region of Connemara spans from the city of Galway to the west coast of the country and is one of Ireland’s hidden gems. Here you’ll be able to snap pics of coastal views, rolling hills, and mountains—including the Twelve Bens Mountain Range—and distinctive marshland. Be sure to check out Clifden Castle in the town of Clifden, as well as Connemara National Park.
Connemara is strongly associated with authentic Irish culture and is also the largest Gaeltacht in the country. In other words, many of the locals speak Irish Gaelic!
3 Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
It doesn’t get any more west than the Dingle Peninsula. No, really, the Dingle Peninsula is the westernmost point in Europe and the northernmost of the major peninsulas located in Country Kerry. The photo opportunities are endless here, with green meadows and hills so representative of Ireland set against sandy beaches and clear water.
History fans will also love this one since Dingle is iconic for the ancient ruins that have been discovered in the area. Explore old ring forts and the idyllic natural landscape while your followers writhe in jealousy.
2 Rock Of Cashel, County Tipperary
The Rock of Cashel should be an absolute must for anybody interested in Ireland’s history. Today the site is home to a collection of buildings that have been standing since the 12thand 13thcenturies, but it was a significant location for hundreds of years before that. Until the Norman invasion, the Rock of Cashel, also known as St. Patrick’s Rock, was the seat of the kings of Munster.
Enjoy taking some once-in-a-lifetime pictures while you’re here, but don’t forget to revel in the medieval art and architecture around you!
1 Boyne Valley, County Wicklow
If it’s that picturesque green Irish landscape you’re after, look no further than County Wicklow’s Boyne Valley. One of the most popular attractions in the valley, located about an hour away from the capital city of Dublin, is Trim Castle. The structure is so impressive that it even served as one of the filming locations for Mel Gibson’s Braveheart!
The Boyne Valley is home to a passage tomb known as Newgrange, which is an astonishing 5000 years old. Ireland.com revealed that the tomb was built so that the rising sign would illuminate the central passage during the Winter Solstice each year. It's no wonder that travelers come from all over the world to see it!