The beautiful landscapes of Ireland
The panoramic views, the sea wind in your hair, the trails untaken: no matter your location, the island of Ireland’s landscapes are something to behold
The island of Ireland may be small, but it's home to some of the most dramatic, impactful and inspirational landscapes in the world. Whether it’s overlooking the Fermanagh Lakelands, or trekking through the rolling hills of Connemara, this beautiful land will leave you transformed.
The steep cliffs and wide sandy beaches form a landscape that is full of adventure. At the same time, these other-worldly backdrops are a refuge for lively fishing villages such as Dunmore East in County Waterford and County Kerry’s Dingle, which have some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted.
Every inch of this country has a story to tell, from the jagged northern tip of Malin Head in County Donegal down through the towering Cliffs of Moher, buffeted by the ever-present Atlantic Ocean along the County Clare coast, arriving safely in the southern haven of Kinsale Harbour in County Cork.
The Wild Atlantic Way will amaze you with its untamed nature, and the locals will warm your heart with their wicked wit and charm. Set sail to the Aran Islands where hardy communities continue age-old traditions, so don’t be surprised if you hear the Irish language being spoken as you trek across remarkable peninsulas, pass through friendly villages or sit in a cosy pub, listening to the chat among the patrons.
Step into Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, famous for its tobacco-coloured boglands, meandering waterways and woodlands humming with wildlife. With walking trails that weave through some of the island’s most tranquil spaces, you’ll find a quiet beauty here to rival the more dramatic scenery of mountains and coast.
Pause and listen to the natural music of Fowley’s Fall in County Leitrim, where the Glenariff River cascades down a series of drops towards Lough Melvin. Ballycuggaran in County Clare is a popular beauty spot and has one of the three Blue Flag Beach on Lough Derg. Visitors can stroll around the idyllic park, feed the ducks and swans, or even take a refreshing dip in the lake, while enjoying the perfect sunrise.
Take a trip around Ireland’s Ancient East, a route that stretches from the Boyne Valley in County Meath, all the way down to Waterford’s Viking Quarter and setting sail to Cork’s Spike Island, known as Ireland's Alcatraz, which was once the largest prison in the world.
There’s plenty of amazing landscapes to enjoy a long the way too, including the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford which is full of stunning vistas, historical monuments, sandy beaches and beautiful gardens.
Head north and you’ll discover Northern Ireland’s largest mountain range, the Mourne Mountains. It’s said that these snow-dusted peaks inspired Belfast-born author CS Lewis to create the winter wonderland of Narnia. Along the epic Causeway Coast, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway is a landscape like no other.
Born from an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns are a mesmerising sight, a natural staircase to a breathtaking horizon. Legend has it that the stones were laid by Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumaill to use as stepping stones across the water to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner.
Let’s not forget about the island bustling cities: Belfast is over looked by the towering Cave Hill, the capital city, Dublin, is nestled within the horseshoe-shape of Dublin Bay – a UNESCO Biosphere, while Cork city lies between the two channels of the River Lee which flows out towards Lough Mahon and Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
Rugged coasts, steep cliffs, green landscapes, and numerous lakes – the island of Ireland is a true paradise for nature lovers, offering numerous natural highlights and memorable moments.