The 10 most beautiful counties in Ireland

There are 32 counties on the island of Ireland and each county has  a lot to offer, so narrowing the best down to a small amount is almost impossible.

However, we have done our best to narrow Ireland’s counties down to a top 10, which are displayed below, through a rigorous selection process.

10. Co. Sligo

Benbulben, Co. Sligo.

County Sligo is one of Ireland’s smallest counties, yet, it has a lot of beauty to offer. Benbulben and Mullaghmore are areas of outstanding beauty, putting Sligo on the top 10!

9. Co. Down

Strangford Lough (c) NIEA
Strangford Lough (c) NIEA

County Down is located north of the Irish border and is a place of tremendous beauty. Places like the Mourne Mountains and Strangford lough are simply breathtaking. Pictures do not do this county justice!

8. Co. Clare

Cliffs of moher2

Co. Clare is the home of Father Ted’s (real) house, but the county has much more to offer. The Burren is located here along with The Cliffs of Moher which is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction.

7. Co. Galway

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Galway is one of Ireland’s biggest counties and it is packed with beautiful places. The best places within this county include Connemara and the Aran Islands, but there is much more!

6. Co. Mayo


Mayo is a scenic county located on the west coast of Ireland. The county is mostly rural and sparsely populated but it is packed with beautiful places including Downpatrick Head and Achill Island.

5. Co. Wicklow

glendalough joe

Wicklow is a phenomenal county that isn’t too far from Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. This place is full of beauty from the coast surrounding Wicklow town, to the Wicklow Hills and ofcourse, Glendalough.

4. Co. Cork

Caha Mountains in South-West Cork

Cork is Ireland’s largest county, so it is not hard to imagine the amount of beautiful places that can be found here! The highlights of this county include the coast around Mizen Head, the hills of west Cork and Beara.

3. Co. Kerry


Kerry is one of Ireland’s most southern counties and it borders Cork. This beautiful part of the country is well-known for ‘The Ring of Kerry’ which a very scenic circular road which goes through mountains and the coast. The Dingle Peninsula is also found in this county which has been named as one of the most beautiful places in the world by National Geographic.

2. Co. Antrim

Have you discovered Co. Antrim yet... Credit Christopher Gribben Photography

County Antrim is well-known for being home to Belfast, but it is also home to many beautiful places. Game of Thrones use the unique and scenic landscape for filming the show. From the Glens of Antrim to the Giants Causeway, this place is magical!

1. Co. Donegal

Malin Head wow

Donegal is a favourite for holidaymakers, and for very good reason! It is bursting with spectacular places to see including Malin Head, the Slieve League Cliffs and Portsalon beach, to name just a few. If you haven’t been to this county, you need to go!

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