18 Photos That Prove Ireland Is Even More Beautiful Dusted With Snow
Nephin Mountain, County Mayo | © Mark Waters/Flickr
aren’t overly optimistic about the possibility of a white Christmas for Ireland
in 2016, snow-lovers continue to keep the dream alive. And while the temperate island on Europe
‘s edge may not immediately come to mind as an ideal winter holiday destination
, these photographs prove its picturesque rugged landscapes and welcoming cities are equally inviting during the colder months.
Snow On Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge
Snow on the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin, November 2010 © Motorito/Flickr
Dublin’s famous Ha’penny Bridge blanketed in a light nighttime snow during the record low temperatures of the winter of 2010–11 in Ireland.
Nephin Mountain, County Mayo
Nephin Mountain, County Mayo © Mark Waters/Flickr
Portstewart, County Derry
Snowy Christmas Eve in Portstewart © horslips5/Flickr
Glendalough, County Wicklow
Glendalough, County Wicklow © Brian Cribbin/Flickr
An idyllic winter view is reflected back in the glass-like surface of a lake in the glacial valley of Glendalough, County Wicklow.
Clonglash, County Donegal
A Sheep in Clonglash, Donegal © Greg Clarke/Flickr
A lone Irish sheep looks out at a sunset over snow-capped mountains in the distance in rural County Donegal.
Slieve Donard Summit, County Down
Slieve Donard, County Down © Rowan McLaughlin/Flickr
This picturesque winter panorama from the summit of Slieve Donard – Ulster’s highest mountain – could almost be a view of an Alpine vista.
Mountjoy Square, Dublin
Mountjoy Square, Dublin, January 2010 © Bryan Butler/WikiCommons
Powdery snowflakes collect on the railings of the Georgian buildings in Dublin’s Mountjoy Square during the heavy snow of January 2010.
The Sally Gap, County Wicklow
The ‘Military Road’ crossroads at Sally Gap, Ireland © Bryan Butler/WikiCommons
Carton House, County Kildare
Carton House © Brian Cribbin/Flickr
The Wicklow Mountains
Wicklow Mountains © Ana Rey/Flickr
An excursion to the top of the Wicklow Mountains on a sunny winter’s day affords spectacular views for miles.
Mount Errigal, County Donegal
Errigal in Winter © Liam Moloney/Flickr
Donegal’s Mount Errigal peak – the steepest and highest of the so-called Seven Sisters mountain chain – looking majestic on a winter’s day.
Salthill, County Galway
Salthill, Galway, December 2014 © Conor Luddy/Flickr
The diving pier in Salthill, Galway, on an icy day probably not suited to swimming – but perfect for photography.
The Royal Canal, County Kildare
The Royal Canal, County Kildare © Peter Mooney/Flickr
An iced-over point on the Royal Canal walking trail in County Kildare, surrounded by a frosty winter landscape.
Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin
Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin © domjisch/Flickr
The pier in the coastal Dublin suburb of Dún Laoghaire – a local’s favourite for a summer evening walk – is just as beautiful in winter.
A snowy morning in County Tipperary © Irish Fireside/Flickr
A horse grazes in the midst of a peaceful wintry scene in the countryside of County Tipperary.
Castlewellan, County Down
Castlewellan Forest Park in snow © Ryan Mcdonald/Flickr
St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin © Nicolas Raymond/Flickr
The much-loved St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin draws crowds in summer, but here, all is quiet, with snow in the trees.
Sneem, County Kerry
Morning in Sneem © mozzercork/Flickr
The River Sneem in County Kerry is flanked by frost-tipped pines, with a snow-topped mountain range in the background.