Ireland is known for its stunning landscapes, and many people travel here looking for the best photography locations.
In this post, I’ve rounded up 30 of the best Ireland Instagram spots so that you’ll know exactly where to get the best pictures during your trip to Ireland!
I visited many of these places over the months that I spent exploring Ireland, and even though pictures can’t do them justice, they’re still great for the Gram!
Alright, let’s start with the most Instagrammable Places in Ireland!
Instagrammable Places in Ireland
From stunning coastlines and adorable towns to gorgeous gardens and famous landmarks, here are some of the most Instagrammable spots in Ireland!
1. Slieve League
Perhaps the highlight of the entire Wild Atlantic Way, Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) in County Donegal is home to Ireland’s highest sea cliffs.
The Slieve League Cliffs are three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher and provide magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay, and four counties (Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo).
Allow time for a moderately strenuous stroll or several to best experience Slieve League.
Admission to Slieve League Cliffs is free, but there is a parking fee (5 Euros per hour).
Guided tours or bus transport are also available for a fee.
Recommended by Charles of McCool Travel
2. Skellig Michael
The tiny UNESCO World Heritage Skellig Michael Island sits in the Atlantic Ocean off the Kerry Peninsula coast of Ireland.
Here, you’ll find the remnants of an ancient monk colony atop the steeply rising rock.
Explore the stone beehive huts, tunnels, and other stone structures that the monks built in the bygone centuries.
At the top, you’ll experience panoramic views of the Wild Atlantic.
My favorite photo subjects were the cute puffins!
To get to Skellig Michael, you’ll need to secure a day trip passage with one of the tour boat operators with a permit to take visitors to the Island.
Recommended by Angie of We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
3. Doolin, Ireland
On a visit to Ireland, you don’t want to miss out on the very Instagramable town of Doolin.
Specifically, Fischer St. This colorful little street feels like something straight out of a fairy tale and can’t be missed!
It’s a great quick stop, or even better to spend the night and visit the famous Gus O’Conners Pub, where you’ll be in for a treat.
Here, you will find a legendary music scene where some of Claire County’s best musicians come for nightly jam sessions.
Recommended by Ellen Johnson of Journeys In Focus
4. Kinsale, Ireland
Just a 30-minute drive from Cork, you’ll find the small town of Kinsale, which is another adorable town in Ireland!
Kinsale is known for its incredible foodie scene (you must visit “The Black Pig” restaurant!) and its narrow streets, which are lined with fluorescent-colored buildings.
The most Instagrammable place I found is beside the “Milk Market Cafe” in the Town-Plots square.
You’ll find a corner with hot pink, orange, lime green, and teal blue houses!
Entrance to this fairy-tale town is free and, unlike other European cities such as Madrid, where you need days to see it all, you only need to spend an afternoon enjoying Kinsale!
By Taylor of Culture Craving Couple
5. Saltee Islands
The Saltee Islands in County Wexford are one of the best places in Ireland to see puffins.
These largely uninhabited islands are a sanctuary for over 200 species of seabirds.
You can visit the Great Saltee Island and capture the stunning coastline and intriguing birdlife, perfect for unique Instagram photos.
The puffins are active on the Great Saltee Island from April through July, so this is the best time to visit.
The islands have no entrance fee, but you must take a ferry. It takes about 4.5 hours to visit the Saltee Islands round-trip.
Recommended by Amber of Amber Everywhere
6. Ring of Kerry
One of the most beautiful Instagram spots in Ireland is the Ring of Kerry, a famous scenic drive in southwest Ireland.
It’s a loop of about 179 kilometers (111 miles) long, so you can start and finish in the same place, which is usually the town of Killarney.
This drive takes you through beautiful landscapes of mountains, lakes, and the sea.
Along the way, you’ll see lots of interesting spots, including Ross Castle, Muckross House, and the Gap of Dunloe.
During this drive, you will enjoy gorgeous scenery, especially at places like Ladies View, which gives you a stunning view of the lakes in Killarney National Park.
The Ring of Kerry is one of the best weekend breaks in Ireland!
7. The Aran Islands
Located in the mouth of Galway Bay, there are three islands: Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer.
Inishmore Island is the largest of the three, and as such, it’s the most frequently visited.
You’ll want to spend at least a full day here, and the best way to get around is by hiring a bicycle.
When visiting the Aan Islands, you can catch a ferry (from Rossaveal, Doolin, or Galway), take a flight (depending on which island you visit), or head out on a day tour.
Recommended by Abbie & Jack of A Couples Calling
8. Muckross Abbey
Muckross Abbey is found near Killarney, inside Killarney National Park.
It was built in the 15th century, which means it’s over 600 years old!
The abbey was home to monks who lived and prayed there and is famous for its old & beautiful architecture.
One of the most remarkable things about Muckross Abbey is its courtyard in the middle, which has a big, old tree growing right in the center.
Even though it’s ancient and partly in ruins, many people visit Muckross Abbey to learn about history and enjoy the quiet beauty of the place.
Muckross Abbey is free and open for visitors to explore and experience a piece of Ireland’s past.
9. Hook Lighthouse
The Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford is certainly an Instagrammable place in Ireland.
It is located less than 3 hours south of the Irish capital, making it doable as a day trip from Dublin.
This is the second oldest operational lighthouse in the world, and you can visit the lighthouse via a guided tour, which lasts 1 hour.
Our guide, John, was very funny and told us many stories that had us in stitches!
It is very Instagrammable from the shoreline and the car park and is one of the best things to see and do in County Wexford.
Recommended by Cath of Travel Around Ireland
10. Croagh Patrick
Few locations in Ireland present more breathtaking vistas than the summit of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo.
Over 2,000 feet below, you’ll witness magnificent sweeping views of Clew Bay with its hundreds of glacial islets.
The hike to the top is challenging, but the views make it 100 % worth the effort!
The mountain has been a sacred site for thousands of years. On the last Sunday in July, thousands make the annual pilgrimage to its summit, many barefoot.
You’ll find a large car park at the trailhead, where you’ll have to pay a small parking fee. Arrive early on a fine day, as it fills up quickly!
Recommended by Niall of Sweet Isle of Mine
11. Powerscourt Gardens
One of my favorite places in Ireland is the Powerscourt Estate, which includes a gorgeous house, waterfall, and stunning gardens.
The gardens are quite expansive and include multiple sections, like the Italian gardens, which have neat, tidy rows and lots of statues, and the Japanese gardens, which feel very peaceful and are a great place to relax.
Another one of my favorite places on the estate is the pet cemetery where all of the family pets have been buried over the years, including the family cow!
The admission cost for the gardens is €9.00 for adults.
We spent several hours exploring the grounds and the beautiful park, but you could easily spend a whole day here exploring the most beautiful places!
12. Keem Beach/Achill Island
The jaw-dropping Keem Beach is located on the western end of Achill Island, County Mayo.
Few sandy beaches in Ireland can match the natural beauty of this tucked-away slice of paradise.
Continuously cited as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, its allure lies in its crystal clear emerald waters, white sands, and surrounding cliffs.
If you’re lucky, you’ll spot basking sharks/dolphins here in the early summer months.
The cliff-top road you’ll have to navigate to access the beach adds to the drama and excitement of Keem, and for me, this is one of Ireland’s most scenic roads.
Recommended by Niall of Sweet Isle of Mine
13. The Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass in County Kerry, Ireland.
It’s famous for its stunning, savage beauty, with rugged landscapes that make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale!
The Gap of Dunloe was formed by glaciers, which carved out the deep valley and left behind a landscape filled with dramatic cliffs, sparkling lakes, and green meadows.
Bridges and winding paths cross the landscape, offering breathtaking views at every turn!
Many visitors choose to explore the Gap of Dunloe by walking, cycling, or even taking a horse-drawn cart, known as a jaunting car, which is what we did and loved!
The path through the gap takes you past some really picturesque spots, like the Wishing Bridge, where it’s said that wishes made will come true.
I personally thought that this area was far more beautiful than the Dingle Peninsula and had the best photo spots.
14. The Cliffs of Moher
One of the most Instagrammable locations in Ireland is the Cliffs of Moher.
These stunning cliffs rise 155m (500ft) from the sea and can be viewed from cliff tops or on a boat trip.
An entry fee applies at the main viewing point, covering access to the visitor center, the tower, and parking.
Book your ticket in advance for a discounted price, with discounts outside of peak hours.
I visited this dog-friendly attraction in Ireland late evening during midsummer after the visitor center had closed.
I experienced a stunning sunset, with the cliffs glowing red.
Allow about an hour for your visit, or longer if you follow one of the walking trails.
Recommended by Shandos of Travelnuity
15. Torc Waterfall
Torc Waterfall is a famous waterfall in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.
The waterfall is about 20 meters (around 65 feet) high and is fed by the Owengarriff River.
One of the things that makes Torc Waterfall so special is how the water flows over rocks and drops down in a series of steps, creating a stunning visual effect, especially after heavy rain when the waterfall is at its most powerful!
To get to Torc Waterfall, you can take a short walk from the car park through a lovely woodland path.
The area around the waterfall is really picturesque, with lush greenery and a variety of trees, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely walk or to take beautiful photos.
16. Mullaghmore Beach
We’d hiked Yeats’s glorious Benbulbin and picked a spot on the map afterward for our picnic.
Lucky us because Mullaghmore is a picture-perfect seaside village along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
This glorious sweeping sandy bay is worthy of a visit, but follow the coast road to Mullaghmore Head, and you might spot the infamous Prowler Waves, which attract surfers here from around the globe.
And if you need a little more beauty, it’s all in the shadow of the enigmatic Classiebawn Castle and the stunning Benbulbin Mountain.
The walk is around 4 kilometers long. It’s an easy walk and costs nothing but time, but you’ll be rewarded with some of Ireland’s best views!
Recommended by Colleen of Then We Walked
Glendalough Monastery is a historic site in County Wicklow, Ireland.
This popular tourist attraction was one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites during the Middle Ages.
It was a center for learning and spirituality until English troops destroyed it in the 16th century.
Despite its destruction, many buildings have survived in ruins and are now open for the public to explore.
Among the most iconic structures at Glendalough is the Round Tower, which was used as a bell tower and a place of refuge for the monks during attacks.
The site also features several churches, a beautifully preserved High Cross, and a large graveyard.
Visiting Glendalough Monastery allows you to step back in time and explore Ireland’s early Christian heritage while enjoying some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country!
Benbulbin is an iconic mountain in County Sligo visible from kilometers away.
Often referred to as the Table Mountain of Ireland, this is an absolute must-visit spot for photographers and Instagrammers and one of the best things to do from Bundoran, Donegal, or Sligo.
Although there are a lot of different places where you can take photos of Benbulbin, one of the most popular and my personal favorite is the Gortarowey trail loop, which is right at the bottom of the mountain.
The walk is family-friendly, and dogs on leashes are allowed.
A large parking area is available so you can easily get there by car.
Recommended by Jen of Travel Ireland Today
19. Kerry Cliffs
The Kerry Cliffs are some of the most spectacular cliff formations in the country!
These cliffs offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Puffin Island, and even the Skellig Islands on clear days.
Rising to about 300 meters (nearly 1000 feet) above sea level, the Kerry Cliffs are famous for their sheer drop and the dramatic scenery surrounding them.
The Kerry Cliffs are less crowded than the more famous Cliffs of Moher, offering a more serene and intimate encounter with Ireland’s wild and untamed nature.
In addition to the stunning views, the area around the Kerry Cliffs is a haven for wildlife, including various seabird species.
The flora and fauna add even more beauty to the area, especially during the spring and summer months when the landscape is particularly vibrant.
20. Deck of Cards Houses
If you are looking for one of the most Instagrammable places in Ireland, look no further than the Deck of Cards in Cobh.
It is not actually a deck of cards but a group of colorful homes that are down on an angle, representing a deck of cards.
For the best photo opportunity, you will need to make your way up to the top of Spy Hill.
Then, lift your phone or camera over the wall for the perfect photo.
Afterward, head down to the garden underneath, although you won’t get the full photo from here.
The beautiful city of Cobh is a great day trip whether you have a couple of days or seven days in Ireland.
Recommended by Samatha of Find Love and Travel
21. Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey is a beautiful site in County Galway, Ireland.
The castle-like abbey sits by a lake, with mountains behind it, making it look like something from a fairy tale!
It was turned into a monastery by Benedictine nuns who came here in 1920 after their abbey in Belgium was destroyed during World War I.
The nuns have opened parts of Kylemore to visitors, including a Gothic church and a Victorian walled garden.
Kylemore Abbey is a special spot in Ireland that shows the country’s beauty and its people’s spirit and it is one of the best castles in Galway.
Instagrammable Castles in Ireland
Of course, Ireland is famous for its castles.
In fact, there are more than 30,000 castles found throughout Ireland!
Here are some of the most picturesque castles in Ireland.
22. Dromoland Castle Hotel
When thinking of Ireland, one of the first images that comes to my mind is castles, and what better way to experience one than to stay overnight?
Dromoland Castle Hotel is magical during the evening, and having dinner in the opulent dining room is something you will never forget.
There is also a large estate to explore with long walks and a lake.
It reminds me of the Inverlochy Castle Hotel, which you can visit on a trip from Glasgow to Skye.
Should an overnight stay be out of your budget, consider booking a meal or afternoon tea.
This will also allow you to explore the hotel and its beautiful grounds.
Recommended by Kristin of Scotland Less Explored
23. Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is located in the center of Ireland’s capital city and is one of the most Instagrammable places in Dublin.
In the past, this beautiful building in County Dublin was where the English, and later the British, ruled Ireland.
Now, it’s a place where people learn about Irish history, see the beautiful rooms, and sometimes attend special events or meetings.
People can take tours to see the inside of the castle and hear stories about the people who lived and worked there.
It’s a great spot for visitors to access because it’s right in the city center, close to other famous places such as Christ Church Cathedral, Irish pubs, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and St. Stephen’s Green, which are also some of the best Dublin Instagram spots.
24. Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle is a grand and luxurious castle hotel in County Mayo, Ireland, that looks like it’s come straight out of a storybook!
Over the years, it has been turned into one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, set on a huge estate with gardens, forests, and a lake.
People come here to stay in fancy rooms, enjoy the surrounding nature, and feel like royalty.
One of the unique things you can do is have afternoon tea at Ashford Castle.
This isn’t just any tea; it’s a fancy experience where you get to enjoy delicious teas, sandwiches, cakes, and scones in an elegant room with beautiful views of the castle grounds.
We loved the whole experience and would highly recommend it if you have the time!
25. Blarney Castle
Legend has it that kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland will give you the gift of eloquence and persuasive speaking.
I don’t know if the legend is true, but visiting Blarney Castle and its beautifully manicured Garden is a must-do in this part of Ireland.
Get there before the gates open to be the first to kiss the Blarney Stone; the cost is 10 euros for adults and 8 euros for kids.
Spend a few hours wandering around the gardens (including finding the witch’s kitchen and wishing steps), visiting an old Irish manor (for an extra cost) still occupied today, and exploring Blarney Castle itself.
Recommended by Paula of Truly Expat Travel
26. Lough Rynn Castle
Lough Rynn Castle is a luxurious 4-star hotel with a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenities.
The castle features 43 elegant ensuite rooms with antique furnishings and stunning countryside views.
For locals, it’s the perfect spot to catch up with friends over afternoon tea or take a stroll through the tranquil gardens and 300-acre estate.
As someone who has personally enjoyed its peaceful surroundings and rich history, I recommend Lough Rynn Castle as an ideal destination for a luxurious and memorable Irish countryside experience.
The castle is only 90 minutes from Dublin airport and has good connections to the rest of the country.
Recommended by Caitriona of TPR Teaching
27. Ballystaggartmore Towers
Ballysaggartmore Towers are a pair of ornate, 19th-century gate lodges located near Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland.
They are all that remain of what was once intended to be a grand estate, envisioned by Arthur Kiely-Ussher for his wife in the 1850s.
Unfortunately, the full estate was never completed due to financial difficulties, leaving the towers as a reminder of ambitious plans gone awry.
The towers themselves are quite striking, designed in a Gothic architectural style with detailed stonework, creating a fairy-tale castle-like appearance.
The site is accessible to the public, and many visitors come to walk around the ruins, take photos, and enjoy the peaceful woodlands surrounding them.
28. Kilkenny Castle
Among Ireland’s many scenic spots, Kilkenny Castle, located in Kilkenny City, is an ideal destination for memorable Instagram moments.
The castle’s interior and exterior are both open for visitors to explore.
A guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes through the beautifully restored period rooms and is well worth a visit.
The rose garden and surrounding parkland outside the castle are where I captured some of my best photos.
For those who may need more time for a full tour, the gardens are free to explore, and the views of the castle are spectacular!
After visiting the castle, you should save time to explore Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile.
Its well-preserved historic buildings provide the perfect backdrop for any Instagram photo.
Recommended by Julie from Toronto to Anywhere
29. Clifden Castle
Clifden Castle is one of Ireland’s hidden gems! It is a ruin located near Clifden in the Connemara region of County Galway.
It was built in the early 19th century by John D’Arcy, the founder of Clifden, as a family mansion in a mock Gothic style.
Situated on a beautiful estate overlooking Clifden Bay, the castle once symbolized the prosperity of its owners but fell into ruin in the 20th century.
Visiting Clifden Castle today, guests can explore the ruins and imagine the grandeur that once was.
The castle is accessible via a public path, which takes visitors through a picturesque landscape, past the original entrance gate, and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the sea!
30. Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle and Gardens, an easy day trip from Dublin, is a 12th-century castle in Dublin County with a rich history dating back to the 12th century.
As well as visiting the castle itself, I enjoyed exploring the gardens of the castle even more.
The gardens of Malahide Castle are an impressive collection of over 5,000 species of plants from all over the world.
They consist of a walled garden, a Victorian conservatory, a butterfly house, and a fairy trail, which is particularly popular with children.
The best times to visit are spring and summer when the gardens fully bloom.
To fully appreciate the castle and gardens, allow at least half a day for your visit.
Admission is €12 for adults, while discounts are available for families, students, and senior citizens.
Recommended by Maria of Map And Camera
In Closing: Top 30 Instagrammable Places in Ireland
And that’s a wrap on these great shots for social media!
Which one of these Ireland Instagram spots are you most excited to add to your Ireland bucket list?
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