6 Insta-worthy sunsets around Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher

Whether you've spent the day exploring the city or relaxing by the water's edge, what better way to finish than with a spectacular sunset? Here are some great places to capture the moment!

1. The Giant's Causeway, County Antrim (@zone3photo)

Like something from a film set, the mystical Giant’s Causeway never ceases to take our breath away! Whether these iconic hexagonal pillars, all 40,000 or so of them, are drenched in the fresh sunlight of summer or softly covered in misty sea fog, there's always a magical atmosphere at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lose all sense of time as you stand on this mythical place and savour the sight of the North Atlantic as the setting sun kisses the horizon, eventually giving way to a twinkling night sky. 

2. The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare (@andre_comi)

These staggering cliffs on the island’s west coast are renowned for their otherworldly feel and uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. Spend the day exploring rugged clifftop walks, chatting with friendly locals in the nearby village of Doolin or wandering around the great Visitor’s Centre before settling in to watch the sun's rays lower to touch the ocean. With the wild reeds rustling in the wind and the taste of salt in the air, you may very well feel as though you're standing on the edge of the earth. 

3. Ha'penny Bridge, County Dublin (@gregda)

Right in the heart of Dublin city, the iconic Ha’penny Bridge provides a front and centre view of stunning urban sunsets. This beautiful curved bridge, which arcs over the River Liffey, has played a key role in the history of the city for over 200 years. Built in 1816 and originally called the Wellington Bridge, this cast-iron beauty gained its current moniker because for 100 years there was a charge of a ha'penny to cross it. Spend the afternoon exploring the quirky shops and bustling pubs of Temple Bar, and, as the sun begins to set, wander through Merchant’s Arch and onto the steps of this famous crossing to watch the warm tones of the sunset wash over the city. 

4. Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry

Nowhere does drama quite like the Causeway Coastal Route – this fairytale beauty is the magical Mussenden Temple of Downhill Demesne, perfectly silhouetted by the burning sunset. This unique clifftop building found clutching the Northern Ireland coastline was once a private library for the Earl Bishop. Can you picture a more heavenly place to just sit and lose yourself within the pages of a book? Appropriately inscribed on the exterior walls of this historic temple are the words: “’Tis pleasant, safely to behold from the shore, the troubled sailor, and hear the tempests roar.” So, grab your camera and take in the spectrum of colours as the sun sets. 

5. Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin (@_bearphotography)

If we had to pick a perfect place for a day trip from Dublin, we think Dun Laoghaire would be top of the list! This lively town is easily accessible from the city centre –just catch a bus or hop on the commuter DART train that runs alongside the picturesque coastline. Treat yourself to an ice cream from Teddy’s on the waterfront then take a leisurely stroll along the pier as the boats return to the harbour for a night’s rest. If you’re lucky, a local musician may be busking near the dainty bandstand providing you with your own personal soundtrack, as you gaze out across the water and watch the sun descend into an ocean of golden hues. Sounds like a dreamy day to us!

6. County Sligo (@denisekimages)

Ah County Sligo, the surfing capital of the Wild Atlantic Way! Grab your wetsuit and take on the thrilling waves of this beautiful coastline until the sun begins to set. Or, if you prefer to admire the scenery in a drier spot, try venturing up the Knocknarea Queen Maeve Trail. Take to the dusty path in the dwindling, late-afternoon light and wind your way up Knocknarea Mountain. Rest your weary legs at the summit and watch the sun go down over the rolling countryside and rugged west coast. Pure bliss!

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