From sea-battered coastal cliffs to sun-kissed country hills, Ireland boasts an abundance of scenic riches.
Cruise along these glassy lakes and take in the ancient beauty of Devenish Island in Northern Ireland, marvel at the monastic masterpieces of Clonmacnoise in County Offaly, and get lost in the beauty of nature on a kayak along Lough Corrib in the wild wilderness of County Galway. Whether you like to sit back and relax or prefer to take the paddles and lead the way, Ireland’s lakes are a true dream.
Off the coast of County Kerry is a blissful scene: a smattering of green islands, scattered with tumbledown cottages and the occasional donkey... These are the Blasket Islands. Occupied until the 1950s, they have since been abandoned – but the emigrants who relocated to the mainland left behind a rich literary history and an otherworldly paradise that visitors today can still access by boat.
When a place is protected by the National Trust, you know there’s something special going on. And with Murlough Nature Reserve, you get a fragile 6,000-year-old sand dune system and Ireland’s first Nature Reserve, open since 1967. Take a walk around here and you’ll be rewarded with butterflies and moths (720 species), wildflowers, perhaps the odd pygmy shrew and a seriously glorious beach.
Would you walk across these amazing bridges that stretch over the ocean on Ireland's northerly Antrim coast? The Gobbins Cliff Path has survived since Edwardian times and is as beautiful an experience as ever. Click the link and discover what it’s like to visit this amazing Northern Ireland location first hand!
The Royal Canal Greenway walking and cycling route runs from Dublin's docklands to Clondra in County Longford. It’s the perfect way to get in touch with nature, passing by charming towns and villages, quaint humpback bridges and historic waterside sites. Interested in cycling around Ireland? Click the pin for more details…
Welcome to a fisherman’s paradise! Glenade Lough is found in a quiet valley framed by the towering peaks of the Dartry Mountains. Legend has it that a pair of monsters once lurked in its depths and came to the surface to wreak havoc on the region. Click the pin for more beautiful lakes in County Leitrim.
Flowers bloom, days lengthen, lambs play, and celebration fills the air: Spring time is one of the best seasons to visit Ireland. Explore the budding beauty of the island’s parks, don your shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and embark on epic hikes like Croagh Patrick, where the breathtaking scenery of Clew Bay awaits…
Venture beyond Dublin city center to the coastal village of Howth and you’ll find this beauty sitting quietly beside the sea. Howth Lighthouse has been overlooking the vast waters of the Irish sea since 1818. Sit on the pier and listen to the boats gently knocking together or spoil yourself with more amazing views with a walk along the stunning Howth Cliff Path Loop. Click the pin for more details about Dublin’s coastal towns and villages.
Loop Head Lighthouse’s humble beginnings are just one thing that makes this place so charming. Originally, a simple fire on the roof of the lighthouse keeper’s modest cottage was all that passing vessels could rely on for guidance away from the Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare. And it was locals that made the World War II navigation sign that lies sprawled across the grass.