Ireland offers some of the most beautiful spots to watch the sun slip down. In a country that’s free from harsh smog and can boast completely clear skies, it’s no wonder that we can experience incredibly serene moments here in Ireland.
While it’s easy to take a photo, it’s quite different to actually see it with your own eyes. Here are 10 stunning places to watch an Irish sunset.
1. Doolin Pier, Co. Clare
After a day out on the surf or even before you nab a pint in McGann’s, walk along to the end of the pier and wait for the glow to stretch across the horizon. Chances are you’ll spot a surfer or two admiring the scenery from their boards!
2. Banna Strand, Co. Kerry
Nestled in Tralee Bay, Banna Strand stretches from Ballyheigue Beach at the Blackrock in the north to Barrow Beach. It features sand dunes along its entire length which rise up to 40 ft and are the perfect spots to set up a picnic as you watch the sunset.
3. Howth Pier, Co. Dublin
While there are multiple locations in Howth which are ideal, walking along the promenade on the pier with an ice cream in your hand tops them all. With the hills and boats serving as your backdrop, it’s a fabulous place to take your mind off the stresses of the day.
4. Salthill Promenade, Co. Galway
Just barely past Galway city’s centre, Salthill has a serene 2km-long promenade (the Prom). Overlooking Galway Bay with the Aran Islands to the right, the city to the left, the Burren across the water and the bogs and mountains of Connemara to the west; If this isn’t the best location for sunset watching we don’t know what is!
5. Dursey Island, Co. Cork
Accessible by Ireland’s only cable car (or by boat if you’re lucky), Dursey Island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that hardly any Irish people avail of! Surrounded by the sea, this is a wonderful place to see the sun drifting off below the horizon.
6. The Liffey, Dublin City Centre
A bridge on the Liffey might seem like an odd suggestion but with Dublin’s buildings draping over the edges and the water’s reflection capturing the glow, we had to add this to the list! The best thing is, you have so many bridges to choose from and to lean on as the sun says “oíche mhaith!”
7. Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim
Gorgeous crumbling ruins based on a basalt outcropping, this is a castle that’s filled with history. Imagine being there as the light stretches across the ocean and hits the castle’s side?
8. Lough Rynn, Co. Leitrim
Also known as Rinn Lough, this is a freshwater lake in the north-west of Ireland. There’s a great chance that you might be the only one on the lake too to enjoy twilight. At about 4 km long and 1 km wide, there are plenty of spots to choose your ideal setting and then you can pop into the Lough Rynn Castle for an evening tipple!
9. Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Planning a trip to Bundoran? Not only is this one of the best surfing locations in the world but to be here at sundown is a real treat. Offering stunning coastal walks with panoramic views of the sea; Bundoran at sunset will take your breath away (just remember to have plenty of space in your camera!)
10. Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
The small seaside town of Enniscrone attracts many visitors and for good reason too. Its beautiful sandy beach takes up a long stretch of shoreline loved by locals and tourists alike. Soak up the scenery as you walk along it and then find a sandy patch and watch the sun. What’s not to love?
This article was written by Úna-Minh Kavanagh at Before My Mam Dies