21 Picturesque Irish Villages You Have To Visit Before You Die

Take a break from your fast-paced life in one of these gorgeous spots

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Ireland has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and that beauty manifests itself in many different ways. 

The people, the coastline, the food, the drink, and the craic in general all contribute to the overall picture, but for me it's the small villages on this island that really gives us our character. 

We thought we'd share some of the very best villages to visit Ireland for your bucket list. Start ticking them off immediately.

1. Spiddal 

This is a gorgeous Gaeltacht village on the shore of Galway Bay. Lovely beach, lots of fishing and the friendliest local welcome you could ever imagine.

#ruralireland #countygalway

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2. Achill 

A gorgeous island lies off County Mayo on the west coast. Even if you've never been to Ireland, this is the exactly the kind of scenery you'd expect to find here.

Take me back home #achill #achillisland

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3. Sherkin Island

Sherkin Island, or Inisherkin, lies southwest of county Cork alongside other islands of Roaringwater Bay. The full time population is just 110 people, so you really will be getting away from it all here.

4. Dalkey 

It may be a stone's throw from the capital city, but this village feels like something completely apart. Great buzz, pubs and world class restaurants. 

5. Ardara

About as remote as it gets, this Donegal village is the best place in the Ireland to escape from our ever-connected world. Just 750 people live in this savagely beautiful oasis. 

6. Dingle 

You couldn't make a list like this and not include Dingle. Famous for its dolphin Fungi, great ice cream and a wonderful party scene. 

7. Glasson 

A tiny village in West Meath, well known for its stunning natural beauty and having one of the most picturesque golf courses and hotels in the country. 

8. Roundstone 

A stunning seaside village in Connemara and popular summer break destination. It boasts wonderful pubs and views across the water.

Good to be home! #Roundstone #nofilterneeded

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9. Killeshandra

One thousand people get to call this gorgeous Clare village home and by God, are they lucky. It's located right beside the water and looks like an oil painting come to life.

The green and lovely lanes of Killeshandra #discoverireland #cavan #timelapse

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10. Cong

A wonderfully unique village, that's actually an island surrounded by small rivers, on the border between Mayo and Galway. Also, it's one of TripAdvisor's top travel destinations of 2016 in Ireland.

#monksfishingshelter #luredintotheshade #fromhooktopan #cong #comayo

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11. Carlingford

The perfect village to head for a weekend away if you're coming from north or south of the border. Great live music, craic and bars make it a popular stag and hen party venue.

12. Inistioge

Blink and you'll miss it, this tiny village that looks like something out of a postcard. Great pubs and a wonderfully iconic bridge. 

13. Leighlinbridge

A small village on the River Barrow in Carlow that has a big personality. The water is a big draw for boat fans and there's history around every corner. 

14. Rosses Point

Rosses Point is the name of a village in Sligo and the surrounding peninsula. You'll see some of the most stunning coastline in the country when visiting here. 

Ben Bulben and the sea #sligo #sligowhoknew

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15. Roscrea 

A historical market town in Tipperary that for years has been a meeting point for people all across the county. It's also designated an Irish Heritage Town due to the extent of important historical buildings that are preserved here.

16. Kells

A historical village in Meath boasting a monastery that dates back to 804AD. Lots of beautiful old buildings and history to see here.

17. Birr

A town in Offaly, Birr was once known as Parsonstown after the Parsons family, who were local landowners and hereditary Earls of Rosse, before being renamed some time between 1891 and 1901.

Not a bad old spot #Birr

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18. Termonfeckin

Apart from the fact that it has one of the funniest place names in the world, it also happens to be a gorgeous spot with a spectacular coastline.

19. Roundwood 

The best place to gaze upon the gorgeous Wicklow Mountains. The scenery is absolutely stunning and there are great pubs and hotels to unwind in of a evening.

20. Dunmore East

When the summer rolls around, this place is flooded with tourists who've heard tell of its unbelievable natural beauty. Easily one of the nicest places you'll ever visit in Ireland. 

21. Kenmare 

A gorgeous little village in Kerry, with amazing local foodie produce, this place is perfect for a long weekend getaway. It also makes for a great base from which to explore the entire county of Kerry.

So much cuteness. Cuteness everywhere. #kenmarestreet #Ireland 🍀

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Written By

Niall Harbison

Niall founded Lovin' Dublin with a few fairly simple aims: discover new places to eat in Dublin and share simple recipes cooked up in his kitchen.

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