For a relatively small island, Ireland has produced a sizeable number of highly celebrated writers that have made tremendous contributions to the world of literature.

From W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney to James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, Ireland has churned out an impressive number of creative giants.

Born in a land where natural beauty flows in abundance, Yeats was inspired by the beauty of County Sligo, while the others each paid homage to their homeland in various works throughout their careers.

Below, you’ll find 39 heartbreakingly beautiful photos of Ireland that’ll get those creative juices flowing!

 

1 – The gorgeous Slea Head drive along the ring of kerry

Slea head drive ring of kerry

2 – The rugged Inis Mor in County Galway

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3 – The Skellig Islands from afar

skellig islands by the irish air corps

4 – Loughcrew Cairns in County Meath

loughcrew cairns in county meats

Photo by Tony Pleavin

5 – The Carrick-a-rede rope bridge in Antrim

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The Antrim Rope Bridge by Arthur Ward

6 – Tintern Abbey Co Wexford

 Tintern Abbey Wexford

Photo by Brian Morrison

7 – The table-top like mountain of Benbulben in County Sligo

Benbulben co sligo

8 – The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare

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Photo by Chris Hill

9 – The stunning Kerry coastline

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10 – The Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal

The slieve league cliffs in donegal

By Brian Morrison

11 – The Dark Hedges in County Antrim as seen on Game of Thrones

the dark hedges game of thrones

12 – Pollacapall Lough, Co. Galway

Pollacapall Lough, Co. Galway

Photo by Mike Croghan

13 – The Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal

Slieve League CO DONEGAL

Photo by Tyler Collins

14 – The 925-metre tall Lugnaquilla Mountain in County Wicklow

lugnaquilla mountain wicklow

Photo by Darek Gutkowski

15 – The view from Croagh Patrick in County Mayo

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16 – Approaching Slea Head in County Kerry

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17 – Sun shining over the Dingle Peninsula

the dingle peninsula sun

18 – Trim Castle in County Meath

trim castle meath

Photo by Tony Pleavin

19 – The beautiful Barleycove in West Cork

barleycove west cork

Photo by by Mary Sweeney

20 – The Macgillycuddys Reeks in County Kerry

Macgillycuddys Reeks

Photo by Chris Hill

21 – The Bloody Foreland Walk, The Rosses, Donegal

22 – Pulleen Loop,

23 – Nephin Beg Mountains in County Mayo

Nephin Beg Mountains mayo

Photo by Michael Chambers

24 – The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary

25 – The Lakes of Killarney

26 – Green fields in County Kilkenny

27 – The marvellous Valentia Island in County Kerry

28 – Mizen Head in County Cork

29 – The Antrim coast that surrounds the ruins of Dunluce Castle

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Photo by Chris Hill

30 – The rugged cliff face at Dún Aonghasa

31 – The lush Irish countryside where you’ll find many a castle and cow

32 – The gorgeous village of Allihies in County Cork

33 – Achill Island in County Mayo. Blue waters and white sandy beaches.

34 – The colourful Killary Harbour in County Galway

35 – Clare Island, County Mayo – once the stronghold of a 16th century Pirate Queen!

36 – The craggy Copper Coast in County Waterford

37 – Downpatrick Head and the Sea Stack known as Dun Briste

38 – The spectacular Bantry Bay in West Cork

39 – The breath-taking fishing harbour of Ballintoy

 

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