10 most breathtaking coastal views in Ireland

By Brian Dillon

May 21, 2021 at 3:33pm

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Looking for the best coastal views in Ireland? We have you covered.

The coastal views in Ireland are simply unmatched. They're probably among the best in Europe and dare I say it, the world.

From the enchantment of County Kerry to the drama of Donegal, Ireland has an abundance of coastal views that will simply take your breath away as you gaze out to the sea and escape the madness of modern life.

So, we thought we would compile a list of 10 absolutely unbelievable coastal views on the island of Ireland. Trust me, you'll want to hop in the car and experience all of this during your summer of staycations.

Slieve League, Donegal

Have you ever met someone from Donegal who isn't delighted to be from Donegal? Me either. Well, with scenes like this, it makes sense.

Mizen Head, Cork

Mizen Head is Ireland’s most south-westerly point and the views are nothing short of spectacular. Take in the dramatic views of West Cork as you breathe in the fresh Atlantic Ocean air, allowing yourself to truly soak up one of the most dramatically beautiful corners of Ireland.

Bray to Greystones Coastal Walk, Wicklow

Following the train tracks between these two charming Wicklow towns, you won't believe that you're only a short drive from bustling Dublin. The walk is relatively easy and even takes you past some sites of historical significance.

Kilkee Cliff, Clare

Kilkee Cliff is home to a looped walk that will allow you to take in all of the stunning views to be found in this part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Expect rugged coastlines, crashing waves and all of the sights, sounds and smells that make the west of Ireland the magical place it is.

Howth Head, Dublin

Perhaps the most naturally beautiful part of Dublin, Howth Head offer panoramic views of Dublin Bay. The trail (which takes about two to three hours to complete) takes you up, down and around Howth Head while offering views from a height as well as quaint hidden beaches where you can stop for a break.

Copper Coast, Waterford

The Copper Coast Geopark stretches for some 25km of County Waterford. In the heart of it, there is a magnificent stretch of cliffs that you'll want to grab loads of snaps at.

Cliffs of Moher, Clare

This is most definitely the most famous entry on the list, so we absolutely had to include it. In fairness, it's absolutely spectacular. Towering over a rugged coast, there are paved pathways allowing you to enjoy the views of the Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Having featured in films such as Harry Potter and The Princess Bride, it's no surprise that these cliffs are famous around the globe.

Achill Island, Mayo

Located off County Mayo, Achill Island is best known for its mountains and cliffs as well as its peat bogs, all of which make for a unique experience for the senses. With its five Blue Flag beaches and dazzling waves, it's truly a place like no other.

Giant's Causeway, Antrim

Heading up to Northern Ireland, the Giant's Causeway is an experience you need to have at least once in your life. Famously forged by volcanic activity, the black pillars almost seem hand-crafted. Look out to the sea while standing on this geological masterpiece and turn around to see sweeping mountains towering over you.

Sheep's Head, Cork

Just an hour's drive away from Mizen, Sheep's Head is just as worthy of visiting when in Cork. Situated between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay, you'll pass by glorious loughs and an array of wild scenery as you explore this vastly untouched area of County Cork.

Wherever you decide to go to get your fix of coastal views in Ireland, make sure you're phone is fully charged, as you're going to be taking so many pics.

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