Top 5 iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland

With its vast mountains and beautiful green fields, Ireland has the film industry under its spell. Today, we give you the top five iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland.

There is no shortage of beaches, castles, or pastures on the Emerald Isle. The artistry of mother nature has transformed Ireland into a majestic setting for war, magic, and fairy tales.

The Princess Bride, Harry Potter, and Braveheart are among just some of the movies that have graced our island’s natural stage.

That being said, Ireland has also hosted its fair share of T.V. programmes. But now, please join us as we count down the top five iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland!

5. Braveheart at Trim Castle – one of the top five iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland

Braveheart has some iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland.
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Although it’s inspired by Scottish history, several Braveheart scenes were filmed in Ireland.

Trim Castle was used to replicate the city of York while most of the battle scenes were filmed on The Curragh, County Kildare.

The Curragh is a flat open plain of almost 5,000 acres in an area that’s well-known for horse racing. It’s the perfect place to re-enact that epic ‘freedom’ speech.

Address: Trim Castle, Castle Street, Trim, County Meath & The Curragh, Newbridge, County Kildare

4. Marley and Me in Connemara – the scene with the picture-perfect honeymoon

Parts of Marley and Me were filmed in Connemara.
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This heartfelt movie about a family and their loyal dog features scenes filmed in Connemara, County Galway.

The movie’s two protagonists (played by Eoin Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) set out on their honeymoon in Connemara, with Lough Na Fooey and Ballymagibbon Cairn among some of the sights they explore.

Connemara is a stunning countryside region of Ireland’s west coast that is a must-see for tourists.

It is known for its Irish speakers, its representation of Irish culture, a vibrant fishing community, and the native Connemara pony.

Address: Connemara, County Galway

3. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince at the Cliffs of Moher – some of nature’s finest work

Parts of Harry Potter are the most iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland.
Credit: YouTube screenshot / Wizarding World

What’s more terrifying than standing before a jagged cliff face in the middle of a sea storm? This is exactly what Harry Potter must face when he accompanies Dumbledore on a quest to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort.

Despite their scary appearance in Harry Potter, the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most famous cliffs, known for their beauty and unique landscape.

Address: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North, County Clare

2. The Princess Bride at the Cliffs of Moher – it’s inconceivable!

Parts of The Princess Bride were filmed in Ireland.
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Unsurprisingly, the alluring Cliffs of Moher get two mentions on our list of the top five iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland.

In The Princess Bride, these cliffs are named ‘The Cliffs of Insanity’, and if you’ve seen The Princess Bride, we know that you read that name in the hilarious, dramatic voice of Vizzini, one of the film’s characters.

The iconic scene in question features the film’s main characters embarking on a dangerous climb up the cliffs in an attempt to escape from the mysterious masked man.

Address: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North, County Clare

1. Stars Wars at Skellig Michael – a sight to behold

Star Wars has some iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland.
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The breathtaking views of the Wild Atlantic Way from these Kerry islands earned their place in not only one but two Star Wars movies. These were Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi.

You might recognise Skellig Michael as the backdrop for the first Jedi Temple. It is also the spot where the Jedi Order originated.

Skellig Michael is accessible via boat tour. While here, you can identify the wildlife and enjoy a short climb up to the monastery.

Address: Skellig Michael, Skellig Rock Great Island, County Kerry

Honourable mentions – five more iconic movie scenes you didn’t know were filmed in Ireland

Scenes from Ella Enchanted were filmed at Powerscourt Estate.
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Millions of tourists descend on Ireland every year to see the locations of these unforgettable movie scenes.

Some honourable mentions for our list are Ella Enchanted at Powerscourt and The Italian Job at Kilmainham Gaol. We also love the scene in The Count of Monte Cristo at Silverstrand Beach.

You will also recognise the Wicklow Mountains from P.S I Love You and the beaches of County Wexford in Saving Private Ryan.

Which iconic movie location do you most want to see? Be sure to add it to your Irish bucket list!

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