6 Insta-worthy mountains of Ireland

Ben Bulben, County Sligo

Scale the ridges, conquer the climb and be rewarded with views that are out of this world. The beauty of our mountains is sometimes too hard to capture, but we’ll give it a go…

1. Carrauntoohil, County Kerry (@ihaveadarksoul)

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When you’re treated to views as impressive as this, the journey is entirely worth it! County Kerry’s MacGillycuddy's Reeks are a firm favourite for those exploring the Wild Atlantic Way. There is a unique and otherworldly feel to these rocky ridges. The array of peaks includes the highest in Ireland, called Carrauntoohil. Follow the Devil’s Ladder and hop across the trickling waters of the Gaddagh River or try the Brother O’Shea’s Gully pathway and be led toward one of the highest lakes on the island! Make sure your camera is charged before your hike because you’re going to want to take hundreds of photos!

2. The Mourne Mountains, County Down (@futterauto)

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Not one for the fainthearted, this is Slieve Bearnagh in County Down. Nestled amongst the picturesque Mourne Mountains, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this rocky peak is arguably the most distinct within the range. Use the Mourne Wall as your handrail on the higher part of the mountain and just enjoy the incredible views that stretch as far as the eye can see! Experienced climbers can reach the famous granite tors at the top. However, only the brave would be fearless enough to endure weather conditions like those in this photo, so we’d recommend waiting until things get a lot warmer!

3. Ben Bulben, County Sligo

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This “table mountain” rests amidst the Dartry Mountain range in Yeats Country and, whilst you can’t climb to the summit, there are walking routes around it. Mind you, it is definitely more famous as a photographer’s dream location, with its large limestone ridges, which are a result of the Ice Age. This part of County Sligo isn’t short of a story or two, either: Ben Bulben is said to be home to a colony of fairies, and once the Fairy Door on the east side of the north face opens up, good weather is said to follow. Make sure to visit the grave of one of Ireland’s greatest literary luminaries, the renowned poet WB Yeats, who rests in the graveyard of Drumcliffe in the shadow of Ben Bulben.

4. Mount Errigal, County Donegal (@chrishillphotographer) 

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This snow-covered cone is the peak of Mount Errigal in County Donegal at the northern end of the Wild Atlantic Way. Hail, rain or snow, landscape photographers simply can't get enough of this view. Looming over the fresh waters of Dunlewey Lough, Mount Errigal is surrounded by a landscape of rich boglands and thick forests. When not blanketed in snow, the quartzite rock found here is known to take on a rose-tinted glow as it reflects the setting sun – a sight that is sure to attract the attention of your followers!

5. The Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow (@aislingsarchive)

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Lose yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the Wicklow Mountains. Covering 20,000 hectares of mountain terrain, the Wicklow Mountains National Park offers scenic views and natural wonders beyond your imagination. Journey to Glendalough and scale the hillsides surrounding the sparkling waters of the valley of the two lakes below you, or take a drive along the Great Military Road and capture the beauty of the county known as the "Garden of Ireland".

6. The Cuilcagh Mountain, County Fermanagh (@discovering.ireland)

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Take a stroll through the rich peatlands of County Fermanagh’s Cuilcagh Mountain Park, which passes by giant boulders, limestone pavements and dilapidated stone cottages that once belonged to a thriving community before the devastation of the Irish Famine in the 19th century. Or, put a pep in your step and tackle the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail – a boardwalk that provides unending views of the rugged wilderness of the Cuilcagh Mountain Park and Northern Ireland's colourful countryside. Known as “the stairway to heaven”, take your Instagram to all new heights and capture the photos of a lifetime here! 

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