Ireland had been on my bucket list for a long time… There was just something about the country that really made me want to visit this gorgeous island. Actually, the Irish accent alone was reason enough for me to plan a trip, I think it’s the nicest English accent in the world. Well, perhaps it’s a tie with Scottish?.
Anyway, when I finally did visit Ireland in October 2016 I was absolutely blown away by the amazing nature. I’ll admit we were extremely lucky with the weather and this certainly contributed to my perception that Ireland is pretty much perfect. So why should you visit Ireland?
1. Ireland has stunning nature!
The Cliffs of Moher
I was feeling very tiny at the magnificent Cliffs of Moher… I dreamed about visiting these Cliffs a long time and that dream came true! Not only that, the sun was shining, making the entire experience even more perfect☺️.
Lough Tay (Lake Guinness)
You can find Lough Tay (also called Lake Guinness?) in the wicked Wicklow Mountains. It was one of the coolest places I visited on my 5-day Ireland road trip.
2. Ireland has amazing views!
View from Bentee Hill – looking East
Check out this great view from the top of 376 meters high Bentee Hill… Definitely worth the climb!
View from Bentee Hill – looking West
360 views are the best…
Ominous sky in the Wicklow Mountains
An ominous sky, nope, we didn’t have sunshine every day during our Ireland trip. But I still think this view is beautiful!
View from Cromane beach
I loved the blue skies and wide views in Ireland. The mountains look so empty and devoid of signs of civilization. Perhaps I love views like these so much because the Netherlands is one of the most populated countries in the world and unpopulated areas are hard to find…
3. Ireland has gorgeous roads!
The road to the little village of Dingle on the Dingle Peninsula is spectacular?! I particularly loved the warm autumn colors of the vegetation.
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The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is definitely one of the most beautiful roads I’ve ever driven. And we were the only ones on it!
More Ring of Kerry
Jup, we had some pretty amazing weather in Ireland. Another beautiful panorama while driving the Ring of Kerry.
The Wicklow Mountains
Don’t you love this awesome combination of signs?: please take pictures of sheep here?! But seriously, the road to Lough Tay is impressive and not to be missed on an Ireland road trip!
The winding roads of the Burren, a wonderful part of Ireland. Ireland road trip = freedom + beautiful scenery + epic roads.
4. Ireland has beautiful old buildings!
Dunguaire Castle lies just South of Galway city and is beautifully located on a small hill. The grounds can be visited during the summer.
Want to spend a night in a castle? Check out this post about the best castle hotels in Ireland!
This is quite possibly my favorite picture ever?. You can find O’Brien’s Tower at the Cliffs of Moher, as you can see it’s pretty spectacular.
Hag’s Head is a strange fortification a short walk from the Cliffs of Moher. The perfect place to get away from the crowds and admire the soaring cliffs and endless ocean…
One of the many old ruins in Ireland
Old ruins on the way to the Old Stone Fort of Loher. There are lots of ruins in Ireland, that’s what you get from having such a rich history!
Rock of Cashel
When you plan to visit the Rock of Cashel, I highly recommend to tag along on the guided tour. I learned so much about this fascinating building and the history of Ireland!
5. Ireland has great hikes!
Bentee Loop Walk – top of Bentee Hill
We spent our anniversary hiking the trail to the top of Bentee Hill. Frank and I have been together for almost 14 years, since we were 16 and 15 years old, he is my best friend and the love of my life❤️! We’ve shared many adventures and I hope we’ll have many more…
Alright, enough with the cheesiness?, back to pretty pictures of Ireland.
I was almost blown of Sugar Loaf Mountain by the notorious winds of Ireland. Climbing this 200 meter high hill in the Wicklow Mountains is a fun 1-hour hike just 40 minutes from Dublin!
6. Ireland has cute towns!
Dingle Town – village center
Adorable and colorful houses in the cute as a button town of Dingle. The perfect place for a morning stroll and a freshly brewed coffee.
7. Ireland has… something special!
Ireland’s rolling green hills
The green hills of beautiful Ireland, need I say more?.
Ireland’s beautiful sky
I am slightly, okay completely, obsessed with beautiful skies. If you scroll through the photo feed on my phone there is an overdose of sky pictures. But I mean, just look at the streaky clouds against the blue, isn’t it gorgeous!
So that’s 7 reasons and 22 pictures to convince you to visit Ireland!
Still not convinced? Check out 50 more reasons to visit Ireland in this great post from Janet of Journalist on the Run (she is from Ireland!). Or read more about my 5 day Ireland road trip and exploring the Wild Atlantic Way in my itinerary, budget breadown or packing list posts. Check my campervan post to learn about important things to know about driving in Ireland.