1. Malin Head, County Donegal
Malin Head is Ireland's most northerly point – sticking out into the Atlantic, this rugged land on the Inishowen Peninsula feels otherworldly. Everywhere you look there are unspoiled landscapes, windswept hills and deep-cut valleys, testament to the power of the sea. There's a sense of serene isolation that prevails here – this is where the Wild Atlantic Way starts or ends, depending on which direction you're going, and if you take the time to look up, you might be graced with a glimpse of the gently glowing Northern Lights overhead.
2. Mizen Head, County Cork
Steadfast against the salt-laden winds and crashing waves of the Atlantic, Mizen Head rises from the sea like a leviathan. This collection of sea cliffs and valleys on Ireland's most southern point is at the other end of the Wild Atlantic Way, and the ocean panoramas are jaw-dropping. Clamber towards the Mizen Head Signal Station, and look out to where the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse sits amongst the swirling seas on a tiny island nicknamed "Ireland's Teardrop". Or better yet, as you cross the bridge to the Mizen Head Visitor Centre to learn about the area's rich maritime history, look down – dolphins, seals and humpback whales have been spotted in the water below.
3. Rathlin Island, County Antrim
Rathlin Island feels like another world. Despite being just a short jaunt away on a ferry from Ballycastle, this L-shaped island was once the refuge of Robert the Bruce, driven from Scotland by Edward I. Today, it's home to about 140 people, and some seriously stunning views back towards the mainland. Our recommendation? Head to the Rathlin West Lighthouse, an 'upside-down' lighthouse and seabird sanctuary which glows red at night.
4. Howth Head, County Dublin
Jutting out in to Dublin Bay is the Howth peninsula – this outcrop in the sea is home to the pretty seaside town of Howth, the perfect spot for an ice cream and a chance encounter with the harbour's resident seals. But it's Howth Summit that steals the show. You can take a bus to the top or, if you're feeling active, hike all the way along the roads. Once you get there, you'll be rewarded with breath-taking views out over the city of Dublin – for the best effect, climb up just as the sun is beginning to set to see all the city lights sparkling far below.
5. The Gobbins, County Antrim
When it opened in 1902, the Gobbins was an engineering marvel, where the mechanical and natural came together to create a one-of-a-kind experience. This cliff path winds its way around the steep rock face of the Causeway Coastal Route. As you wander along, make sure to look downas the pathway bends off into the sea, creating a natural aquarium of seawater and sea creatures. As you make your way through the natural sea caves and across the meticulously crafted bridges, looking down at the swirling ocean, you'll understand why so many Victorian tourists flocked to this meticulously crafted wonder.
6. The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
No list of iconic coastal views would be complete without the Cliffs of Moher – these staggering sea cliffs have looked out over the Atlantic for millennia. As you gaze out, the seemingly endless expanse of sea seems magical, especially when you know there's nothing but waves and water between you and America. The cliffs line the coast for 8 kilometres, but are perhaps best seen from the 19th century O'Briens Tower, standing proudly at the headland. This is a view you'll simply never forget.