There is no denying that Ireland is a stunning sight year-round, but it is in autumn that the landscape truly comes alive with natural displays painted in fall colours that will truly blow your mind. These are the ten most photo-worthy destinations in Ireland this autumn.

Autumn is our favourite time to visit Ireland. As the days get that bit shorter and the evenings that bit colder, it may seem less idyllic than the previous sunny season. Still, autumn is without a doubt the most picturesque time to visit the Emerald Isle.

As nature sheds its summer garb, the landscape transforms into a blanket of golden hues, reds and ambers, while the leaves start to fall. Wildlife flourishes during this time, too, making autumn a great place to discover both flora and fauna.

For those curious to see what true Irish autumn looks like, read on. These are the most photo-worthy destinations in Ireland this autumn.

10. Murlough Bay

Murlough Bay | Ireland’s Content Pool

Murlough Bay is a remote bay located along the coast of Northern Ireland. 

Surrounded by the wild countryside, during autumn, the scene here is a sight for sore eyes: rustic tones of copper and autumn flanked by the wild Atlantic Ocean.

9. Benbulben

Benbulben Mountain | Ireland’s Content Pool

This is perhaps the most iconic natural attraction on Sligo’s landscape, and in autumn, the surrounding foliage lights up with the shades of fall.

If you’ve been considering a visit to this impressive formation, now is the time!

8. Ballycroy National Park

Ballycroy National Park | Ireland’s Content Pool

Located in County Mayo is Ballycroy National Park, another one of the most photo-worthy destinations in Ireland this autumn.

As one of Ireland’s largest expanses of bogland, it is quite significant as a place of diverse flora and fauna. Visit during autumn for the most impressive display.  

7. Mount Steward

Mount Stewart | Ireland’s Content Pool

Mount Steward may not be a sprawling national park like many of its contenders on our list of the most photo-worthy destinations in Ireland this autumn, although it’s well up there with some of the best!

This 19th-century neo-classical house and garden offer a rich landscape with enchanting forest trails to get lost in – perfect for an autumn walk.

6. Wicklow Mountains National Park

Lough Tay (The Guinness Lake) | Ireland’s Content Pool

If you’ve been considering a trip to Wicklow Mountains National Park, here is your chance!

As Ireland’s largest national park, the area is ripe with things to see and do. And, under the blanket of autumn, the landscape is at its most impressive.

5. Tollymore Forest

Tollymore Forest | Ireland’s Content Pool

Located in Northern Ireland, Tollymore Forest is one of the best examples of nature in full bloom during the autumn season.

Pack a picnic and bring a camera – this picturesque forest park will be one for the album. There is also year-round camping for those keen to embrace the elements overnight. 

4. Glendalough

Glendalough | Ireland’s Content Pool

Glendalough is what remains of a 6th-century medieval city. Although located within the Wicklow Mountains National Park, this attraction is so spellbinding that it deserves its own exclusive shout out.

Surrounded by storied woodlands that stretch back centuries, lakes and hiking trails, no visit to Wicklow in autumn would be complete without visiting Glendalough

3. Mourne Mountains

Mourne Mountains | Ireland’s Content Pool

The Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland are a bucket list destination year-round, with autumn being the finest time to experience its expanses.

Dramatic and impressive, the Mourne Mountains are a whopping 50 million years old!

2. Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park | Ireland’s Content Pool

Killarney National Park is one of our top contenders on our list of the most photo-worthy destinations in Ireland this autumn.

Famously one of the most stunning sights in all of the Emerald Isle, Killarney’s landscape raises the bar even higher during the autumn months. Don’t miss it!

1. Connemara

Connemara | Ireland’s Content Pool

No trip around Ireland during fall would be complete without stopping off in Connemara. Located in Galway, visitors come from far and wide to experience the wild beauty of this remote part of Ireland. 

And, if there is one time of year to ensure that Connemara is on your itinerary, it’s autumn. Expect technicolour landscapes and painterly scenes of flora and fauna in full bloom.


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