One of the many things that draw visitors to Ireland is the abundance of stunning coastal views around the country. No matter where you are on the Emerald Isle, you are never too far away from a breath-taking view of the wild Atlantic Ocean or the rugged Irish Sea. With a plethora of views to choose from, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 coastal views in Ireland to help you find the best of the best. Read on to find out more…
Knockalla Hills Viewpoint, Donegal
Knockalla Hills Viewpoint undoubtedly offers one of the best coastal views in Ireland. This iconic viewpoint towers above Ballymastocker Bay – once voted the second most beautiful beach in the world. Located a stone’s throw from some of Donegal’s top attractions, this is the perfect spot to soak in an incredible view after a day of sightseeing. Hop down to Ballymastocker Bay after and complete your experience with a swim in the Blue Flag beach. And don’t forget your camera!
Old Head of Kinsale, Cork
Calling all golf fans! The Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course not only boasts a world-class links course but also offers some of the best coastal views in Ireland. Located on a spectacularly unique headland which sprawls out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, this golf course is framed by unspoilt cliffs which tower above the rugged Atlantic Ocean. So, tee-off and enjoy the view!
Croagh Patrick, Mayo
Croagh Patrick mountain is a place of ancient Irish history found on the outskirts of Westport, Co. Mayo. While the mountain hike is tough, the views are more than rewarding. Uncover the magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding Mayo countryside as you begin your ascent up Patrick’s sacred mountain. However, the most picture-perfect views are those you’re treated to as you reach the top of the mountain.
Cliffs of Moher, Clare
Located along the famous Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s second biggest tourist attraction, bringing over 1.5 million tourists a year – and it’s no surprise why! Rising to heights of over 200 meters (roughly 700ft) and spanning 14 km long, the Cliffs of Moher offer some of the most magnificent coastal views in Ireland. On a clear day, visitors can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Clare Coastline and more.
Knocknarea Mountain in Sligo is known famously in Irish folklore as the burial place of the beautiful Warrior Queen Meave of Connaught. However, those that have taken a trek up this mountain will know it’s also famous for its unrivalled views of the stunning Sligo coastline and wild Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day visit can enjoy stunning panoramic views overlooking the seaside village of Strandhill, Benbulben mountain and beyond.
Inch Beach, Kerry
Perched on the famous Dingle Peninsula, lies the beautiful Blue Flag, Inch Beach. Its golden sand stretches roughly 5km and offers incredible 360 views which include the rugged Atlantic Sea and the Kerry Mountains. Inch beach is also one of the best beaches in Ireland for swimming, surfing, fishing and walking. Also, during the summer season, you can also rent wetsuits, water sports equipment and take surf lessons.
Malin Head, Donegal
Malin Head in County Donegal is Ireland’s most northerly point and offers some of the best coastal views on the island. On a clear day, visitors can enjoy views of the Inishtrahull Islands and can see as far as the Scottish coastline! Be sure to keep an eye out for a basking shark too. One of the most popular areas of Malin Head is Banba’s Crown, the most northerly tip of Ireland, where the view of the Atlantic Ocean truly is second to none.
Howth Cliff Walk Loop, Dublin
The Howth Cliff Walk Loop is one of Dublin’s most popular walks. The 7km walk begins in the lovely seaside town of Howth and goes right up along the cliff of Howth Head. This walk offers some of the best coastal views in Ireland’s capital, including views of Ireland’s Eye, Lambay Island, Dublin Bay and a some of the Wicklow Mountains. If you find yourself in Dublin, this relatively easy walk is a great way to spend an afternoon in nature.
Giant’s Causeway, Antrim
Found jutting out on the Causeway Coast is the famous Giant’s Causeway, a collection of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed 60 million years ago that cling the coast of Northern Ireland. The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most popular sights in Ireland and while it famously features in Irish folklore, it is also famous for its incredible views. With different walkways surrounding the sight, the Red Trail is known for offering stunning views of the Giant’s Causeway and the Northern Irish coast.
Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin
Officially known as the Great South Wall Walk, this walk takes you out to the Poolbeg lighthouse which is situated 4km out in the middle of Dublin Bay, offering some of the best coastal views in Dublin. The Poolbeg lighthouse is a beautiful and prominent feature in Dublin Bay and is renowned for its signature red colour contrasting against the deep blue sea. The walk itself is easy and can be done in roughly 60 minutes but, be sure wrap up to keep warm from the ocean breeze.
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