18 Photos That Prove Ireland Is Even More Beautiful Dusted With Snow

Nephin Mountain, County Mayo | © Mark Waters/Flickr
Nephin Mountain, County Mayo | © Mark Waters/Flickr
Though bookies 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

A pristine winter snowfall freshly settled on Nephin Mountain in County Mayo, the Connacht province’s second-highest peak.

Portstewart, County Derry

Snowy Christmas Eve in Portstewart © horslips5/Flickr

A crisp and snowy Christmas Eve walk in Portstewart, a small seaside town in County Derry, Northern Ireland usually known for surfing.

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 DonardUlster’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

Snow-covered signposts at a crossroads in the Sally Gap pass through the Wicklow Mountains.

Carton House, County Kildare

Carton House © Brian Cribbin/Flickr

The grounds of the luxurious Carton House Hotel and Golf Club in Maynooth, County Kildare become a veritable winter wonderland after a heavy winter snowfall.

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.

County Tipperary

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

A blizzard envelops Castwellan Castle at the Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down, home to the National Arboretum of Northern Ireland.

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.