Through the magic of Instagram you can picture yourself standing on Northern Ireland’s iconic beauty spots.
Northern Ireland’s gorgeous landscape has many Insta-worthy views, from ancient castles to majestic mountains. Dive into these stunning Insta-photos and immerse yourself in scenic beauty.
1. Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim (@neil.anderson.photo)
Northern Ireland’s majestic Causeway Coastal Route is peppered with jaw-dropping sights that beg to be captured on camera. Among them is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which swings dramatically over the waves below. The bridge links the coast with a tiny island – the haunt of fishermen for over 250 years. Gorgeous on a clear day, thrilling on a windy one, crossing the bridge also delivers some stomping views of the coast.
Photo by @neil.anderson
Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim
2. Dunluce Castle, County Antrim (@come.travel.along)
The sprawling ruins of a medieval castle sitting at a cliff edge make for a dramatic image that evokes a time past. Once the seat of the earls of Antrim, Dunluce Castle was home to rebellion and intrigue over centuries. It is said to have inspired CS Lewis to create Cair Paravel, capital of Narnia. Reputedly haunted by banshees (fairy ghosts), the castle has a uniquely expressive presence.
Photo by @come.travel.along
Dunluce Castle, County Antrim
3. The Mourne Mountains, County Down (@ryansimpo)
The magnificent Mourne Mountains dominate the skyline of County Down and beyond. Beloved of walkers, the Mournes also have a colourful history. Hare’s Gap (shown at sunset on the Instagram image) is an opening in the 35km drystone Mourne Wall that stretches across 15 peaks and through which all manner of merchandise was once smuggled.
Photo by @ryansimpo
The Mourne Mountains, County Down
4. Cuilcagh Boardwalk, County Fermanagh (@wanderingirishcailin)
Part of the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, this boardwalk trail is truly a stairway to heaven. Crossing the rugged wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain, it climbs to the summit plateau where spectacular views await. A tranquil place of breath-taking beauty.
Photo by @wanderingirishcailin
Cuilcagh Boardwalk, County Fermanagh
5. Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim (@bmandal.asl)
The iconic Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s don’t-miss sites. Located on the Causeway Coast, the 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns are geological wonders and the stuff of legends. The columns were created by slow cooling lava millions of years ago but legend has it that the giant Finn McCool had a hand in it. The causeway is magnificent in every kind of weather but especially dramatic under a brooding sky.
Photo by @bmandal.asl
Giants Causeway, County Antrim
6. Mussenden Temple, County Derry-Londonderry (@dantyartphotography)
Overlooking the golden sands of Downhill Beach, the eighteenth-century Mussenden Temple dramatically clings to the cliff edge. The building was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Italy, and was once the private library of the Earl Bishop. Standing like a solitary sentinel above the waves, the temple is understandably one of the most photographed places in Northern Ireland.
Photo by @dantyartphotography
Mussenden Temple, County Derry-Londonderry
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