1. The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim (@markt128)
An incredible 60 million years. That’s how long these 40,000 hexagonal-shaped basalt columns have been lining the coast of County Antrim as the unforgettable Giant’s Causeway. Whilst you may find yourself getting caught up in the excitement of clambering over this stony obstacle course, do give yourself time to appreciate the beauty of this natural – and legendary – wonder. This shot, taken from a rare and rather obscure angle, really captures the bizarre nature of this rock formation that falls into the wild ocean waves.
2. Dunquin Pier, County Kerry (@_michael_meade_)
Where the rugged land of County Kerry meets the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, Dunquin Pier is a special part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Jutting out from the Dingle Peninsula, this famous twisted road is often populated by passing farmers and their sheep, as well as curious tourists coming to soak up the views of the Blasket Islands silhouetted three miles out on the horizon. In a place often referred to as “the next parish to America”, we're sure if you looked up the definition of ‘raw beauty' in a dictionary, Dunquin Harbour would be listed.
3. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim (@matthew_guzik)
So, you thought the view was breathtaking as you crossed over the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede? Then try this for size! Back along Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route, the formidable Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge connects mainland County Antrim with tiny Carrick Island, and has been swaying 100 feet above the swirling waters of the North Sea for over 250 years! Once a risky yet popular spot for salmon fishing, over the years the bridge has been made safer and is now a famous attraction for everyone – including thrill seekers!
4. Charles Fort, County Cork (@joshbeechermedia)
This formidable star-shaped fortress really is an incredible testament to 17th century architecture. Clutching the edge of Kinsale, Charles Fort was erected by King Charles II to guard the shores of County Cork, and it was in full military operation until 1922. The 20-acre plot resembles a sort of fictitious and austere Hollywood movie set, but this real-life stronghold is actually very welcoming to visitors who are allowed in via a drawbridge! Seeing this curious structure from above helps us to understand where the nickname “terror from the sea” came from.
5. Cobh, County Cork (@barnadrift )
Ah, the refreshing colours of Cobh are always a welcome sight! Bursting with character, Cobh is home to delicious restaurants and lively festivals, but it’s also famous for being the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic. Make sure to visit the Titanic Experience Cobh housed in the original White Star Line offices on this leg of your Ireland's Ancient East adventure. Warm colours pop up from house to house around Cobh, all inviting you to wander up and down the roads that lead from the sparkling waterfront.
6. The island of Ireland… (@jessmelasinger)
We don’t think there is a sight that fills our heart with joy more than this. When you’ve been flying above the sea for hours on end and the first glimpse of our island’s coastline peaks through the clouds, you can almost hear those ‘hundred thousand welcomes’ ringing out from down below. Like a well-worn tapestry woven together, the lush green fields stretch out as far as the eye can see, wishing you a warm welcome home, even for those of you just paying us a visit.