It’s been a long, long winter this year but finally it feels like we are turning a corner. While I did get out and about over winter, I didn’t do as much as I would have liked and I have to admit to hibernating a little during some of the colder weather. So it’s time to shake off the cobwebs and get out exploring again. No more excuses!

I’ve been looking back on all the photos I’ve taken since we arrived in Ireland at the end of 2016 and there are a lot. For a small country, it really does pack in a lot of amazing places!  It was really hard to pick just 20 images to share but here’s what I came up with.  These are some of my favourites. I still have so much to see and I’m excited to explore more of Ireland this year. So, I know there are a lot of places missing here but let’s call it a work in progress, ok?

If you’re planning to explore Ireland but aren’t sure where to go or what to do, hopefully these pictures will provide you with some inspiration and help you make up your mind! Also, if you have any questions or recommendations for any places for me to visit this year, please do let me know in the comments.

Happy travels! x

Dún Briste (the Broken Fort) stands alone off the coast of Mayo.

Dún Briste (the Broken Fort) stands alone off the coast of Mayo.

Dún Chaoin Pier on the Dingle Peninsula

Dún Chaoin Pier on the Dingle Peninsula

Double Rainbow in the Burren, County Clare

A double rainbow in the Burren, County Clare

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge along the Causeway Coast, Antrim

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Antrim

Stunning views from Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park

Stunning views from Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park

Surfers at Bunmahon Beach on Waterford's Copper Coast.

Surfers at Bunmahon Beach on Waterford’s Copper Coast.

The Deck of Card houses with Cobh Cathedral in the background.

The Deck of Card houses with Cobh Cathedral in the background.

Clonmacnoise monastic site in Offaly

Clonmacnoise monastic site in Offaly

The majestic Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry

The majestic Gap of Dunloe in Kerry

Jerpoint Abbey - ruins of a 12th century abbey in Kilkenny

Jerpoint Abbey – ruins of a 12th century abbey in Kilkenny

Stunning views from Killiney Hill in Dublin

Stunning views from Killiney Hill in Dublin

Sunset over Lough Derg from Portumna, Galway.

Sunset over Lough Derg from Portumna, Galway.

Lough Tay in the Wicklow Mountains. Also known as Guinness Lake!

Lough Tay in the Wicklow Mountains. Also known as Guinness Lake!

Incredible scenes along the coast road to Mullaghmore, Sligo.

Incredible scenes along the coast road to Mullaghmore, Sligo.

A glimpse of the Northern Lights at Fanad Head, Donegal

A glimpse of the Northern Lights at Fanad Head, Donegal

High on a hill sits the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary.

High on a hill sits the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary.

A new day begins at the Rock of Dunamase in Laois

A new day begins at the Rock of Dunamase in Laois

 

The Worm Hole, a naturally formed rectangular pool on Inis Mór.

The Worm Hole, a naturally formed rectangular pool on Inis Mór.

The Sliabh Liag cliffs in Donegal are some of the highest in Europe.

The Sliabh Liag cliffs in Donegal are some of the highest in Europe.

Trim Castle in Meath, which you might recognise from the movie Braveheart.

Trim Castle in Meath, which you might recognise from the movie Braveheart.