A Greek Island? Costa del Sol? Sure tis' only Ireland of course!
With the heatwave upon us here are some sunny snaps of places in Ireland that could easily pass for some foreign country.
1. Cloughglass Beach, Dungloe, County Donegal
Ireland doesn't just have great grassy scenery, she has some pretty beaches or rocky coves with clear water and white sand like Cloughglass Beach above! Little hideaways you'd only imagine stumbling across abroad.
2. Glendalough, County Wicklow
Looks almost Canadian, aye?
3. The cliffs of Horn Head, County Donegal
For a scary looking coastline, the water looks terribly inviting. Could easily pass for cliffs in a Mediterranean setting!
4. Skellig Michael, County Kerry
A mystical island somewhere in Indonesia? Ah no, you don't need to travel that far to find a unusually pretty island like this one!
5. O' Carroll's Cove, County Kerry
With white sand, clear blue waters and rocky features this is probably my favourite beach in Ireland. Its hard to show off the real beauty of the place through these photos but believe me, it's a little piece of paradise! Its small and on the ring of Kerry so its not as busy as bigger beaches. I remember coming here one extremely hot summers day a few years back, and to make my experience of the beautiful cove even better, we were fascinated by a group of Dolphins that were gracefully swimming close to shore. There was a group paddling beside them in there kayaks and people swimming out to see them. They stayed at the cove for a few hours! You can watch the sun go down in the pretty restaurant/bar! Which we did, eating a huge pizza with a picture of beer for only 20 euro! During the year the gorgeous place was savaged by the storms and floods, but the community came together to restore the place back to its natural bliss. If your on the Ring of Kerry, its a must to visit this beautiful cove, especially on a sweltering summers day.
6. The Heather Hills, Gortin, County Tyrone
Beautiful heather fields in Tyrone, Northern Ireland. I think this picture looks like it could have been taken in America.
7. Crohy Head Sea Arch, Crohy Head, County Donegal
This image looks like it could be anywhere else but Ireland! Sea arches are great things to photograph, this one in Donegal appears incredible photogenic, even if it is only a rock.
8. Ballycurrin Lighthouse, Lough Corrib, County Galway
An unusual lighthouse on the shores of Lough Corrib. One of Ireland's many beautiful lakes and also Ireland's largest lake at that! There are many islands on Lough Corrib many of which are privately owned. A family friend used to own one which I stayed on a couple of times. Such a pretty lake with great wildlife!
Beauty is in our back garden, sometimes you don't have to wander too far away to find it.
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