1. Dunseverick castle, County Antrim (@bokehm0n)
Take the Causeway Cliff Path along the Causeway Coastal Route, and you’ll find yourself at the scenic ruins of Dunseverick Castle. While not much remains of the ancient fortress, the view from this cliff-side beauty is well worth the detour! Said to have been visited by Saint Patrick himself, attacked by Viking raiders and a seat of the High King of Ireland, this spot has seen plenty of action in its time. Take a stroll and take some snaps...
2. Murder Hole Beach, County Donegal (@tomarcherphoto)
We do have plenty of beautiful sandy beaches around our island, and usually with no one strolling them but you and the fresh sea air. But few are quite as intriguing as the dramatic Murder Hole beach in County Donegal. No one is quite sure how it got its morbid name, though the locals all have their own tales to tell! An adventure to get to, the views from this secret beach (and the hidden caves) will have you whipping out your camera.
3. Dunquin Harbour, County Kerry (@matthewmurphyphotography)
Venture down to the Dingle Peninsula for spectacular views of the Wild Atlantic Way. The gateway for the boat to the Blasket Islands, Dunquin Pier sees farmers, their sheep and curious tourists all travelling its famous twisting road to get to the shoreline. Stand at the pier, sea spray in the air and the sound of waves crashing against the coast, and just soak up Ireland’s raw beauty.
4. Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry (@dantyartphotography)
Engraved on the stones of Mussenden Temple are the words “Tis pleasant, safely to behold, from shore, the rolling ship and hear the tempest roar”. We couldn’t agree more – built in the 18th century as a place of solitude for the local Earl, this cliff-side showstopper now stands as a perfect viewpoint to take in the panoramic views of the Causeway Coastal Route.
5. Cobh, County Cork (@barnadrift)
This colourful seaside town in County Cork is always a welcome sight, but Cobh is more than just a pretty face. It was here that the ill-fated Titanic made its last port of call. Visit the Titanic Experience Cobh, housed in the original White Star ticket office, where you can learn what life was like on board this ship. Then explore the town, passing colourful houses on the roads that all lead back to the history-filled waterfront.
6. Dún Briste, County Mayo (@bglandscapetours)
On our coastline, nature is the greatest architect of them all! There are two tales as to how Dún Briste sea stack was formed. The first is that it broke away from the mainland during the night of a fierce storm. The second is that St Patrick formed it when he became angry with a pagan chieftain who refused to convert to Christianity. With a bang of frustration from the saint’s crozier, he is said to have separated the stack from the land! Whichever you believe, it makes a fab photo opp!