5 Most Instagrammed Places in Ireland

As popular a tourist destination, Ireland is just as loved on Instagram. Images that have made home on the social media site have attracted potential travellers to Ireland for years now solely based on how picturesque the location really is. With historical as well as contemporary destinations merged with architectural wonders and natural beauty makes Ireland a desirable tourist spot just as much a photography-lover’s haven. Some of the best shots can be taken in numerous places of Ireland so here’s a list of the top most Instagrammed locations in Ireland that are guaranteed to make you pack your bags.

  1. The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

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Photo by Becky, CC BY 2.0

The number one most Instagrammed location in Ireland is the Cliffs of Moher solely because it has been the filming location of movies like Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, and Leap Year. The cliffs offer a brilliant view of the coast and have simply taken the world of Instagram by storm. The innumerable pictures of the Cliffs of Moher located close to the Wild Atlantic Way have made it a rather amazing getaway in Ireland. The dense forest region with a Cliffside view of the beautiful coast is popular on Instagram through images that require next to no filter while sharing.

  1. Titanic Exhibition, Belfast

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Photo by Titanic Belfast, CC BY 2.0

The sinking of the Titanic was one of the most historically well-known tragedies of the world. The Titanic exhibition in Northern Ireland pays tribute to the ship that took everyone’s attention in the world at the time it tragically sank. Titanic Belfast is the largest Titanic Exhibition in the world, with millions of visitors wanting to see it at least once. You can shop here for souvenirs, dine in elegant restaurants and witness the historical tragedy that was the tale of the sinking of the Titanic, which was built in just as much incredible circumstances. If this doesn’t attract an Instagrammer to Ireland, there is nothing that ever will.

  1. Glendalough, County Wicklow

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Photo by Irish Welcome Tours, CC BY 2.0

This is probably the most camera-friendly place in Ireland. Glendalough is known for being a stunning glacial valley in Ireland which has attracted people like nobody’s business. The Wicklow Mountains of sheer excellence coupled with the ruins of monasteries over a striking backdrop of the coast makes for a photogenic location that has charms of its own that can be found all over this place. If you haven’t got enough of it on the various pictures posted by Instagrammers, you’d be completely entranced while visiting it even once.

 

  1. The Wild Atlantic Way

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Photo by Greg Clarke, CC BY 2.0

Filters are strangers in the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland because there is really no modification needed to showcase this deadly stunner on your Instagram. The world’s longest coastal route has something new to offer at almost every turn. Be it the rocky enclosures, the flowery stoppers, or that pigeon sitting on top of the lighthouse, Instagram loves The Wild Atlantic Way like no other. You’d be surprised at the number of gorgeous pictures you can get while at this most popular tourist destination in Ireland, and there is no filter that will be able to capture the depth of this unmatched destination.

  1. Connemara, County Galway

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Photo (cropped) by The Library of Congress, Public Domain

Described genially by Oscar Wilde as ‘savage beauty’, Connemara is a colourful attraction in the County Galway region of Ireland. You wouldn’t argue with it being such a delightful location because of its looming mountains, incredible waterfalls and woods full of unseen exploration opportunities. This naturally bountiful paradise gives amazing points where photographs can be clicked with various angles. With this sensational backdrop to your selfie, why wouldn’t you want to carry your camera along while visiting the wonder that is Ireland? And once you’ve seen images of Connemara on Instagram, Oscar Wilde’s words will resonate all around you, and even more so when visiting the destination. Hashtag savage beauty, anyone?

Along with being a historical location, Ireland has also been used as a filming location a lot of times, which has increased its tourism business tenfold. It is just as much a traveller’s haven as it is that of a local’s.

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Rohit is a passionate traveller who shares his experiences on TransIndiaTravels.com from his various expeditions around the world.

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5 Tips For Fighting Homesickness During Long-Term Travel

When you’re planning a long trip abroad, the excitement of your adventure far outweighs the idea that you might miss your home. However, once you start travelling you might find yourself missing home much more than you expected. Follow these five tips to fight homesickness during long-term travel.

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  1. Bring a small piece of home with you.

Whether it’s a photograph of your family tucked in your wallet or a special keepsake you carry in your backpack while travelling, having a small piece of home with you can help ease feelings of homesickness while you’re away. This will allow you to remember your friends and family back home while you’re out exploring, and it will feel like they’re coming along with you on your journey.

  1. Embrace the new culture and community you find while travelling.

While traveling, whatever city you visit becomes your new home. Make the best of this new home by embracing the culture and people around you. Enjoy the sights and sounds that are different from home without comparing one to the other. This will allow you to fully experience each city you visit and feel less homesick along the way.

The Work in Ireland crew on our recent trip to beautiful Glendalough!
The Work in Ireland crew on our recent trip to beautiful Glendalough!
  1. Keep in touch with family and friends back home.

Maintaining relationships with people from your home will help you feel more connected to them while you’re away. Send postcards of your favorite sights, call whenever possible, or send letters to friends and family while you travel. This will allow you to feel like you’re still a part of their lives at home, and it brings them into your journey with you.

  1. Keep a journal and express how you’re feeling.

Taking a few minutes each day to write about your feelings can help you manage your homesickness as you go. You can reflect on your good days, and look for patterns in your bad days. Seeing trends in your emotions can help you manage them more effectively. For example, if you see from your journals that you feel more homesick after spending time alone, you can make an effort to meet new people to avoid that feeling.

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  1. Embrace your homesickness and act like you’re not a traveller.

It might feel counter-intuitive, but one way to manage homesickness is to let it happen on occasion. It’s only natural that you should feel sad or lonely while travelling at some point. Even the most experienced travellers experience these times of homesickness. Allow yourself the time to feel sad about being away, but only for a little while. Then you can take some time to regroup by doing things you would normally do at home: see a movie, get your hair or nails done, or even just visit the grocery store. These glimpses of normal life will help you refresh yourself for more travel.

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While it’s normal to feel homesick while you travel, following these five tips will help you manage your homesickness and make the most out of your trip.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Documents International LLC, a leading apostille service for individuals and businesses.

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