Most Scenic Places to Live in Ireland

by An Post Insurance | Dec 02, 2019

Located at the outermost part of Europe is our beautiful country of Ireland. There are 32 counties on this scenic island, so you’re spoiled for choice for places to live. We have narrowed down the top 10 most scenic locations.

Clare

The county of Clare is not only the most famous home of Father Ted’s house, it is also home to the most magnificent Cliffs of Moher. This enormous cliff-face just happens to be the most visited natural attraction on the island of Ireland. The scenery here is breath-taking. In addition to the cliffs, Clare is home to the Burren, with lots of beautiful and unique Irish flora and fauna.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Galway

Galway is one of the biggest counties in Ireland and is packed to the brim with beautiful picturesque places to indulge the senses. From the cultural diversity of Shop Street to the vastness of Connemara and the Aran Islands, it really is one of the prettiest places to live on our unique island.

Connemara

Connemara

Mayo

Mayo is a rugged and picturesque county situated on the west coast of Ireland. The Mayo coastline is also part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The county is mostly rural with lots of picturesque towns and villages dotted along the way. You really can lose yourself in the views of Downpatrick Head and Achill island.

Downpatrick

Downpatrick Head

Down

The county of Down is located North of the Irish border. It is a place of tremendous folklore and mythology and to describe it as beautiful would be an understatement. Notable places to visit are the Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough. Views from these breath-taking locations are guaranteed to create envy on your Instagram feed!

Strangford Lough

Stranford Lough

Cork

Cork is Irelands largest county, so it is not surprising it is packed with scenic beaches, the river Lee, and a bustling city, all rolled into one. The highlights of the ‘rebel county’ include Mizen Head, the hills of West Cork and the Beara Peninsula.

Mizen Head Cork

Mizen Head

Antrim

County Antrim is well known as the home of Belfast City. However, this county is also home to many other beautiful landmarks and scenery. The popular HBO series  “Game Of Thrones” was filmed here, which pulls in fans from around the world. From the pretty Glens of Antrim to the mystical Giants Causeway, the place is simply magical.

Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

Donegal

Donegal is a highly popular destination for holiday makers. You will see why if you visit one of its many tourist attractions including the Slieve League Cliffs, Portsalon or Rossnowlagh beach. This friendly, lively county is up there with the best of them for beautiful places to live.

Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Wicklow

Warmly referred to as “The Garden of Ireland”, this beautiful county is home to rugged mountain walks and breath-taking scenery. Only a stone’s throw from the nation’s capital of Dublin, living here gives you the best of both worlds. Take yourself away from the stresses of life by visiting the coast surrounding Wicklow town or immerse yourself in the majestic history and beauty of Glendalough.

Glendalough

Glendalough

Kerry

Kerry is one of Irelands most Southern counties bordering the county of Cork to the west. This beautiful part of the country is renowned for “The Ring of Kerry”. This scenic route is a looping road that meanders through the mountains and down to the coast. Kerry is also home to the Dingle Peninsula - home to Fungie the Dolphin. Don’t take our word for it though, Kerry has been named as one of the most beautiful places in the world by National Geographic.

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Sligo

Finally, is Co. Sligo – one of Irelands smallest, yet, probably most stunning counties. You will be captivated by the Lake Isle of Inishfree as immortalised by W.B Yeats. The magnificent mountain of Benbulben standing protectively behind Sligo town will take your breath away. And the beautiful surfing beaches of Strandhill and Mullaghmore will charm you. Sligo, with its outstanding beauty, remains one of the most beautiful places to live in Ireland.

Benbulben

Benbulben

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