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
2 – The rugged Inis Mor in County Galway
3 – The Skellig Islands from afar
4 – Loughcrew Cairns in County Meath
5 – The Carrick-a-rede rope bridge in Antrim
6 – Tintern Abbey Co Wexford
7 – The table-top like mountain of Benbulben in County Sligo
8 – The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare
9 – The stunning Kerry coastline
10 – The Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal
11 – The Dark Hedges in County Antrim as seen on Game of Thrones
12 – Pollacapall Lough, Co. Galway
13 – The Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal
14 – The 925-metre tall Lugnaquilla Mountain in County Wicklow
15 – The view from Croagh Patrick in County Mayo
16 – Approaching Slea Head in County Kerry
17 – Sun shining over the Dingle Peninsula
18 – Trim Castle in County Meath
19 – The beautiful Barleycove in West Cork
20 – The Macgillycuddys Reeks in County Kerry
21 – The Bloody Foreland Walk, The Rosses, Donegal
22 – Pulleen Loop,
23 – Nephin Beg Mountains in County Mayo
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
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