6 Insta-worthy winter shots around Ireland

Mount Errigal, County Donegal

Frosted landscapes, twinkling lights and chilly evening strolls: winter in Ireland is nothing short of magical! Check out six top shots that capture the essence of this stunning season...

1. Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry (@silvesterkalcik)

Have you ever seen such a crystal clear sky? With the heavens shimmering above and an iconic Northern Ireland landmark in your lens – nature is ready for its close-up! Situated along the Causeway Coastal Route, the mystical Mussenden Temple is no stranger to the lens. This clifftop beauty was modelled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy. We can't imagine a more stunning spot for a wintry night of stargazing!

2. Ballinastoe Woods, County Wicklow (@anthonyl39)

It rarely snows in Ireland – but when it does the results are truly magical! This fairytale scene was captured on camera in County Wicklow’s Ballinastoe Woods. Found amidst its popular mountain bike trail, this little clearing is an absolute beauty to behold – be it mossy green foliage or a winter wonderland! Be sure to visit nearby Lough Tay for more show stopping snaps, or step into the past at Glendalough Monastic Village.

3. Hook Head Lighthouse, County Wexford (@stephen_iso)

Ireland’s Ancient East isn’t short on picture-perfect locations, and a trip to County Wexford’s Hook Head Lighthouse is sure to boost your Insta-feed. This monochrome lighthouse stands 36m high, offering breathtaking panoramic views to those determined enough to climb the 115 steps. And with a history dating back a whopping 800 years, you can almost picture the first fiery beacon of light that was lit by St Dubhan back in the 5th century.

4. Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

This Galway gem holds a history so heart wrenching it could easily make for an epic Hollywood movie plot. The Gothic wonder of Kylemore Abbey is shrouded in romance and heartache. Found deep in the wilds of Connemara, the castle was home to Mitchell Henry and his beloved wife Margaret, and when she died in 1874 her husband responded by building one of the most elegant resting places money can buy: a six-acre Victorian walled garden and a beautiful church where they both found their final resting place...

5. Wicklow Street, Dublin city (@antppe)

What is winter time without the wonder of twinkling Christmas lights? Towns and cities across the island glow in festive cheer come mid November. This enchanting shot was taken on Wicklow Street in Dublin city – capturing a quiet moment amid the flurry of Christmas preparations. On nearby Grafton Street, the light show continues, and busy shoppers are surely ticking off their list of Christmas gifts and perhaps enjoying a warming cup of Butlers hot chocolate!

6. The Mourne Mountains, County Down (@finnian101)

On a clear day, blankets of billowy clouds drape across the many peaks of the Mourne Mountains, making this awesome landscape even more otherworldly. With such surreal beauty, it’s no wonder Belfast native CS Lewis found inspiration here for the beloved Chronicles of Narnia series. Bound only by gravity, the iconic Mourne Wall snakes its way over 15 mountains and took 18 years to complete. From glassy lakes in deep valleys to rugged slopes as far as the eye can see, you’re sure to snap some stunning shots here in the untamed treasures of County Down.

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