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20 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.

1Errigal, 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.

2Benbulben, 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.

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.

5Manorhamilton, Leitrim
Person walking through the snow between large trees in Leitrim.

Photo credit: @a_nifhraincin

"Love a wee snow day ❄️" As you head out on the trails of Leitrim this winter, you might find yourself in a winter wonderland.

6Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim
Person standing beside tall evergreen trees on a snowy trail in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Photo credit: @dublinjan

"Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful too.❄️💕🌅" Enjoy the sunset on a winter walk in Carrick-on-Shannon.

7MacGillicuddy's Reeks, Co. Kerry
MacGuillicuddy's Reeks mountain range with the sun setting over the top in the winter.

Photo credit: @bglandscapetours

"The fantastic #macgillycuddysreeks from Mount Brandon." Stretching from Glencar to the Gap of Dunloe, the Reeks are a popular draw for keen winter climbers.

8Connemara, 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. 

9Oldcastle, 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.

10Knowth, 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.

11Glendalough, 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.

12Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow
Steps up at Ballinastoe Sli covered in snow with trees overarching and also covered in snow.

Photo credit: @anthonylynchphotography

"The fairytale woods of Ballinastoe." Go on a walk through a winter wonderland in the Wicklow Mountain National Park.

13The Curragh, Co. Kildare
The sun setting behind the gates of The Curragh in Kildare at winter time.

Photo credit: @cjabphotography

“Knocking on heavens....gate 🤔” Known for horse racing and rolling fields perfect for grazing, The Curragh looks magical at the beginning of a winter day.

14Lough Gowna, Longford
Two swans gliding on the water at Lough Gowna in Longford with snow on the hill behind them.

Photo credit: @irelandshiddenheartlands

"Where will you be escaping to in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands this winter?" Two swans gliding on the peaceful water of Lough Gowna on a winter's morning.

15Newport, 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’.

16Phoenix 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. 

17Ticknock, Dublin
Person standing on snowy Ticknock with their back to the camera while the sunsets in the distance.

Photo credit: @trilhandonairlanda

“Incredible sunset over the Dublin mountains!!” Finding Yuletide magic among the evergreens on the Ticknock Mountain Trail.

18Ha'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.

19Suffolk 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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