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18 stunning images of Ireland in winter
Ireland’s most Instagrammable winter scenes.
Though our country is beautiful any time of year, winter is special. Iconic buildings covered in snow shimmer, and natural wonders take on a new shine. This transformation inspires photographers to snap and share as they capture frosty sunrises and see landmarks in a new light.

Here’s a selection of our favourite pictures of winter time in Ireland from the Discover Ireland community, with some notes from the photographers.

1Benbulben, Co. Sligo
Benbulben, Co. Sligo

Photo credit: @mariecasserly1

“Sneachta i sligeach 🌨️” at the mighty Benbulben as it hibernates for the winter. Snow capped and still, this majestic range is at its most striking in the colder months.

2Errigal, Co. Donegal
Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal

Photo credit: @garethwrayphotography

“Winter’s Bliss on Mount Errigal, the tallest mountain in County Donegal.” Topping out at 751m high, the towering peak dazzles in winter white.

3Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo
Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo

Photo credit: @garethwrayphotography

“I normally capture photos of Donegal or Sligo, but this shows both 🏰 🏔” Like something out of a fairytale, the last of the December sun fades over Mullaghmore

4Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo
Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo

Photo credit: @derekkeane82

On top of the world at the summit of Croagh Patrick. From a vantage point of 765m, snowy Mayo below looks extra special.

5McGillicuddy's Reeks, Co. Kerry
Mcgillicuddy's Reeks, Co. Kerry

Photo credit: @girlnotsix

McGillycuddy’s Reeks in Killarney National Park look well with a dusting. Stretching from Glencar to the Gap of Dunloe, the Reeks are a popular draw for keen winter climbers.

6Connemara, Co. Galway
Connemara, Co. Galway

Photo credit: @fkc90

“License to chill 🏔” on a winter’s drive in Connemara heading for the Twelve Bens. Wild and unspoiled, the area's scenery is showstopping in the chilliest part of the year. 

7Oldcastle, Co. Meath
Oldcastle, Co. Meath

Photo credit: @peter_and_loki

“Frosty morning at Loughcrew Cairns” where megalithic tombs date back over 5,000 years. The highest point in Meath greets a winter's dawn.

8Knowth, Co. Meath
Knowth, Co. Meath

Photo credit: @shadowsandstone

The Knowth Passage Tombs, braving the elements in this spot since about 3200BC. A frozen moment at a place older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza.

9Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Photo credit: @ronanhdphotography

At Glendalough, the Round Tower sits in its glacial valley. Built by the monks of St Kevin’s monastery many centuries ago, here's the iconic landmark wrapped in freezing fog.

10The Curragh, Co. Kildare

Photo credit: @mark_mcguire__

“The Old Military Cemetery on a foggy, frosty morning.” Known for horse racing and rolling fields perfect for grazing, The Curragh looks magical at the beginning of a winter day.

11Trim, Co. Meath
Trim, Co. Meath

Photo credit: @pretorius_warren

The remains of The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul emerge from the mist in Trim. At what was once one of the largest medieval cathedrals in Ireland, it's an icy start.

12River Inny, Co. Longford
Co. Longford

Photo credit: @david.maguire

“The underworld that is Longford.” Walking by the River Inny through the silent forest beneath its heavy covering of snow.

13Lanesborough, Co. Longford
Lanesborough, Co. Longford

Photo credit: @brigid_mullooly

“Gateway to Heaven!” Signs of a stroll in Lanesborough, Longford near the River Shannon. Sunshine and blue skies cheer a brisk walk on a cold day. 

14Newport, Co. Tipperary

Photo credit: @frankcosgrove

“A frosty Keeper Hill, Newport, County Tipperary.” Beautiful snowy vistas in the place also known as Sliabh Coimeálta in Irish, or ‘the mountain of guarding’.

15Phoenix Park, Dublin
Phoenix Park, Dublin

Photo credit: @dublinguyphotos

“Getting up for a sunrise shot just after Xmas last year and finding a herd of deer 🦌 🌅” Capturing daybreak with a special guest at the Phoenix Park on a frosty morning. 

16Ticknock, Dublin
Ticknock, Dublin

Photo credit: @mredgarallan

“Ticknock 🏔 this morning. More snow is on the way.” Finding Yuletide magic among the evergreens on the Ticknock Mountain Trail.

17Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin
Ha'penny Bridge

Photo credit: @jamesbaker_photography

The Ha’penny Bridge in dramatic winter weather. The 205 year old pedestrian crossing over Dublin's River Liffey nearly disappears in rare blizzard conditions.

18Suffolk Street, Dublin
Molly Malone

Photo credit: @paddymc.ie

“Flashback to Dublin looking good in the snow👌🏼🌨❄” Molly Malone braving the weather without an overcoat during a particularly cold winter in the fair city. 

Get out and explore this winter in Ireland

Remember to travel safely

Plan amazing winter wonderland adventures but remember to be safe any time you go out in colder weather. Avoid driving in poor conditions, keep to roadways and designated car parks and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather when walking or hiking. Before you take part in any kind of winter outdoor activities, check out hikeandclimb.ie and follow their guidelines.

Discover your own picture perfect moments and find out more about What's On this winter.

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