St. Patrick's Day is a great day to cheer ourselves up with beautiful sights of Ireland; so stunning you'll feel immediately uplifted. This stunning country with a bloody history presents so many reasons to visit, with the attractions of Ireland running from coast to coast, north to south and from countryside to city. Join me in browsing a photo album of the sights of Ireland.
1 Cork Coast
Ireland's coastline easily rivals that of anywhere else in the world. The beaches are among the glorious sights of Ireland.
The Cork Coast is located in the south of Ireland and is renowned for its stunning scenery and picturesque views. It is home to some of Ireland's most beautiful beaches, including Inchydoney Beach, which is renowned for its white sands and crystal-clear waters. The Cork Coast is also home to a number of historical sites, including the James Fort and Spike Island, which is considered one of the most important fortifications of the British Empire. The Cork Coast is also a popular destination for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking. With its stunning cliffs and rugged coastline, the Cork Coast is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ireland.
2 The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway
Known simply as Galway Cathedral, it's one of the most impressive churches in Ireland.
3 Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara
The castle was built around 1520. During the summer visitors can enjoy the castle and grounds, and attend a medieval banquet for an evening of Irish food, music and poetry.
Dunguaire Castle, located in Kinvara, County Galway, is a stunning 16th century castle that is a must-see for anyone visiting Ireland. The castle was built in 1520 and has been restored to its former glory, giving visitors a glimpse into the grandeur of Ireland's past. The castle is open to visitors during the summer months, and offers a unique experience with its medieval banquet. The banquet features traditional Irish food, music, and poetry, giving visitors a taste of Irish culture.
The castle is also surrounded by beautiful grounds that are perfect for exploring. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, admiring the picturesque views of Galway Bay. The grounds also feature a number of interesting historical features, such as an old stone circle and a wishing well.
Dunguaire Castle is a great way to experience the charm and beauty of Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. The castle is a reminder of Ireland's long and rich history, and a great place to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. Whether you're looking for a unique experience or a way to explore Ireland's past, Dunguaire Castle is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ireland.
4 River Liffey Bridges, Dublin
The bridges over the Liffey River are a major feature of Ireland’s capital city.
5 Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Norman invasion.
6 Killarney, County Kerry
Killarney is one of the popular tourist towns of Ireland. Even Queen Victoria paid a visit in 1861.
7 Cork Harbor, County Cork
Brightly colored houses lining a harbor front are among the common sights of Ireland.
8 Glencar Waterfall, Co. Sligo
The great poet W. B. Yeats mentions Glencar Waterfall in his poem, The Stolen Child.
9 The Long Room the Library, Trinity College, Dublin
The library is home to the famous Book of Kells.
10 Irish Pubs
The pubs are one of the great attractions of Ireland. It's a must for visitors to experience the "craic"
11 St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
St. Patrick's is the largest church in Ireland and was founded in 1191.
12 Blarney Castle, County Cork
Kiss the Blarney Stone and you'll be blessed with eloquence - more commonly known as the "gift of the gab".
13 Woodstown Beach, County Waterford
Not great for sunbathing but fabulous for walking and beachcombing.
14 Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway
The abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920. It was created as a home by Belgian nuns who had fled World War I.
15 Glendalough, County Wicklow
The name means the Glen of Two Lakes and the building you can see is part of the remains of one of the oldest monasteries in Ireland.
16 Classiebawn Castle, Colfoney, County Sligo
There are plenty of sights of Ireland off the beaten track. Classiebawn was built for Viscount Palmerston, one of the Victorian Prime Ministers when Ireland was still ruled by Britain.
Classiebawn Castle is a stunning Victorian castle located in the County Sligo of Ireland. Built in 1874 for Viscount Palmerston, the castle was constructed during a time when Ireland was still under British rule. The castle stands on the shore of Mullaghmore Bay and is surrounded by a lush green landscape.
The castle was designed by English architect Sir Charles Lanyon and features a variety of architectural styles including Gothic, Tudor revival and baroque. The castle is built from local limestone and has a distinctive tower with a conical roof. The entrance is a grand arched doorway and is flanked by two turrets. Inside, the castle is just as impressive with beautiful stained glass windows, elaborate plasterwork, and a grand staircase.
Classiebawn Castle is a popular tourist destination and is a great place to explore the history of Ireland. Visitors can tour the castle and learn about its fascinating past. The grounds of the castle are also open to visitors and feature a variety of gardens and walking paths. Visitors can also take part in a variety of activities such as fishing, swimming, and bird watching.
17 Lough Tay, County Wicklow
The lough (same as loch in Scotland and lake in England) is also known as the Guinness Lake. The shoreline resembles a pint of Guinness and is also on the border of land belonging to the Guinness family estate.
18 Brazen Head, Dublin
Dublin is proud of its hospitable welcome and this is the oldest pub in the city. It known to have started as a coaching inn in 1198 and illustrious patrons include writers James Joyce and Jonathan Swift.
19 Kinsale, Country Cork
Pretty Kinsale is known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland".
20 Malahide Castle, Dublin
The castle dates back to 1185 and belonged to the Talbot family for nearly 800 years. Today it is owned by the state.
21 Sunrise Gate
Gorgeous countryside is a staple of the attractions of
22 Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
One of the most fabulous sights of Ireland (and if you're eagle -eyed, you might spot the location in the Harry Potter movie (Half Blood Prince)
23 Stairway to Heaven, Skellig
The Skellig Islands are two small, steep, and rocky islands west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. Skellig is famous for thriving populations of gannets and puffins, and for an early Christian monastery that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
24 Phoenix Park, Dublin
The largest enclosed park in the whole of Europe.
25 Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
The peninsula is the most westerly point in Ireland. Next stop USA. This is one of the most gorgeous places in the country and hugely popular with visitors.
26 St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork
You won't be disappointed with pretty towns like this dotted all around the coast of Ireland. And the cathedral is one of the tallest buildings in Ireland.
27 Campanile, Trinity College, Dublin
You could easily spend a whole day just wandering around the college enjoying the architecture and grounds.
28 Abandoned, County Kerry
Abandoned cottages dotted around the countryside always make great photo opportunities.
Abandoned, County Kerry is a popular tourist destination in Ireland, located in the south-west of the country. It is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country, with rugged coastlines, rolling hills, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The area is also home to a number of abandoned cottages, which are a reminder of the area's past. These cottages make for great photo opportunities, with their rustic charm and picturesque settings. County Kerry is also home to some of the best traditional Irish music and culture, with lively pubs and music festivals held throughout the year. Whether you're looking for a relaxing holiday or an adventure-filled getaway, County Kerry has something for everyone.
29 The Magdalen Asylum, County Cork
The Magdalene Asylums were institutes for wayward girls. although they existed in other countries, the heavy catholic doctrine made them particularly brutal in Ireland.
30 Cottage, Inishmaan, Aran Islands, County Galway
The Aran Islands are definitely on my list of places to visit in Ireland.
31 Wicklow Head Lighthouse, County Wicklow
Fancy a stay in a lighthouse? Imagine the views.
32 Ashford Castle, County Mayo
One of the many castles of Ireland that has been turned into a hotel.
33 Croagh Patrick
The holiest mountain in Ireland.
34 Dunboy Castle, Castletownbere, County Cork
The castle was subject to a siege in 1602 and 58 survivors of the siege were executed in the nearby market square.
35 Dún Chaoin Pier, County Kerry
Pronounced Dunquin, it is the most westerly settlement in
36 Rock of Dunamase, County Laois,
The rock is the site of the ruins of Dunamase Castle and presents fabulous views across to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
37 Connemara, County Galway
Did you know that it is said that there are 42 shades of green in Ireland.
38 Dalkey, Leinster
Dalkey is a village suburb of Dublin and a popular seaside resort. Maeve Binchy (bestselling author) and Bono (U2) have lived here in the past.
39 Ring of Kerry
One of the major attractions of Ireland and there are just too many points of interest to mention here including lakes, the country park, houses and viewpoints.
40 The Megalithic Passage Tomb, Newgrange, County Meath
Can you believe this is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids? It was built in 3200 BCE.
41 Daredevil Cliffs, Inishmore, Aran Islands
The cliffs are stunning and the views even more so.
42 English Market, Cork
There's been a market on the site since 1788. The current entrance dates back to 1962.
43 Birr Castle, County Offaly
The castle house isn't open to the public but the stunning gardens are. The grounds are also home to the Historic Science Centre, a museum of Ireland's historic scientists and their contributions to botany and astronomy.
44 Bantry House, County Cork
As well as the house and gardens and the stunning bay, Bantry is home to the Armada Exhibition, the story of a failed attempt of a French invasion force in 1796.
45 Tomb, the Burren, County Clare
The megolithic tomb on The Burren is one of the oldest monuments in the world.
46 Dingle, County Kerry
Sorry - I know you've already seen the Dingle Peninsula but it's so blooming gorgeous.
47 Gougane Barra Forest, Bantry, County Cork
Are you thinking of faeries and sprites and all manner of magical creatures? Maybe a leprechaun or two?
48 Tralee, County Kerry
Tralee is the largest town in County Kerry and is known for its Rose of Tralee International Festival.
49 Saint Kevin's Way, County Wicklow
The Saint Kevin's Way is a pilgrim path 19 miles long. It begins in Hollywood, winds through the Wicklow Gap and ends at the ruins of the monastery in Glendalough, founded by St. Kevin. .
50 Fastnet Lighthouse, Mizen Head, County Cork
The last lighthouse before the Americas.
51 Brannockstown, Kildare
Even when Ireland isn't green she is beautiful.
52 Lia Fail, Hill of Tara, County Meath
The Stone of Destiny is the ancient coronation stone of the Kings of Ireland.
53 Jamesons Whiskey Distillery Museum, Dublin
The Irish are as fond of their whiskey as the Scots and the museum tour is a popular tourist activity.
54 Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
Notorious as being the site where Irish soldiers were shot dead by British troops after the Easter Rising in 1916
55 James Joyce Museum
There is such wealth in Irish literature and James Joyce was one of its greatest exponents.
56 Waterford Crystal, Waterford, Munster
The business was started back in 1783. Tours of the factory are very popular.
57 The Emerald Isle
And let's end with a simple contemplation of Ireland's beauty.
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