A Snapshot of the Best Of The West.
Getting some truly exceptional Instagram images is a essential part of your Irish Road Trip, especially as there’s no shortage of stunning scenery in Ireland.
For a snapshot of the Best of the West, here are some of our top scenic photo stops to capture the essence of the great outdoors in the West of Ireland –
Mount Errigal, County Donegal.
The 751-metre tall mountain near Letterkenny in County Donegal is an incredible sight! No matter what time of the year you visit, you will be sure to capture a dramatic image of the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains.
Mullaghmore Head, County Sligo.
The picture perfect coastline of Mullaghmore in County Sligo is a beautiful photo stop for visitors from near and far. A famous surfing destination with some of the highest waves in Europe, a skyline dominated by Ben Bulben Mountain and wonderful views of Classiebawn Castle. Definitely worth a shot.
Keem Bay, Achill, County Mayo.
The horseshoe shaped Keem Bay, on Ireland’s largest island – Achill Island – is even beautiful on a rainy day! The scenic bay has a wonderful sandy beach and was ranked number 11 in the 2019 list of the 50 Best Beaches in the World, polled by global travel site Big 7 Travel.
Lough Inagh, Connemara, County Galway.
The hauntingly beautiful Connemara region in County Galway is an unspoilt region boasting atmospheric winding roads, stone walls, looming mountains and hidden lakes, all combining the irresistible colours of the west’s landscape. The glacial lake, Lough Inagh, is nestled between the Maamturk Mountains and the Twelve Ben Mountains and boats are available to bring you out onto the lake for an insta-picture right in the middle of the valley surrounded by the crystal clear waters and the dramatic mountains. Try getting the best shot when the dark, moody skies reflect off the waters of the Lough. Maybe include a visit to Kylemore Abbey as well as the spectacular Sky Road near the town of Clifden for more great snap shots of the west.
The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare.
The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare is probably the most common, snap-happy location in the West of Ireland. But when touring the Wild Atlantic Way it would be a shame not to have at least one insta-worthy image of these dramatic cliffs. On a sunny day, the views from these famous cliffs are tremendous but be prepared for all types of weather when touring around Ireland. If you are feeling energetic take a stroll along the 14km (8.69 miles) coastal walk with lots of different vantage points to enjoy the amazing rock formation. Sunset is recommended as the best time to visit for a perfect shot with no filters required!
Lough Gur, County Limerick.
The mystical, enchanting and peaceful valley of Lough Gur in County Limerick is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological and historical sites with stone circles, megalithic tombs, crannogs, ring forts and castles. While breathing in the crisp air and exhilarating, unspoilt panoramas of Lough Gur, it is clear why people have settled here for more than 5,000 years. There’s no other view like it in Ireland, taking in sites from every age of mankind from Neolithic to present times.
The Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.
Dingle Peninsula’s Slea Head reveals mile after mile of untamed beauty, making it one of the most instagrammable spots in the West of Ireland. Its a wonderful place to switch off from the world or to explore on an unforgettable private chauffeur drive tour. The stunning surroundings of the Dingle Peninsula will have many photo stops for you to strike your best pose. Make sure to visit the post card perfect town of Dingle with its rugged scenery and sandy beaches and try take a photograph of one of the long-time wild residents, Fungie the Dolphin in the glistening water in the bay.
Mizen Head, County Cork.
Mizen Head is Ireland’s most southwesterly point and awash with wildlife and bewitching scenery. Located just 8km from Goleen, Mizen Head is a spellbinding place. It is home to a signal station that was built to save lives off the rocky shoreline. Make sure to walk across the bridge for some dramatic, one-off insta photo ops.
For an Insta-Experience in Ireland.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get snapping and plan your Insta Experience in Ireland.
Specialized Travel Services have a wide array of tour itineraries that can be customized especially for you. Our experienced driver guides will point out the “Best of the West” along the way and introduce you to many aspects of our country: the spectacular scenery, history, folklore, culture, traditions, nature and much, much more.
Note: Featured image at the top of the blog is of Mizen Head Bridge, County Cork © Fáilte Ireland & John Eagle
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