Dreaming of a vacation on the Emerald Isle? These Instagram accounts highlight major, far-flung and/or truly unexpected attractions around Ireland, enabling you to scroll-discover the best places to eat, drink (Guinness), wander and explore from Malin Head to the Lakes of Killarney.

Here are the best Ireland Instagram accounts to follow.

@tourismireland

Kick off your Ireland trip research with @tourismireland, the official Instagram account for Ireland’s tourism bureau, which hit the one-million-photo mark on September 27, 2016. You can find a gorgeous manor house in Limerick, an Iron Age stone circle in the Aran Islands, or the forest park in Northern Ireland that stood in for Winterfell in Game of Thrones, or just let lush images of this island country wash over you like an Instagram filter — preferably dreamy Rise or splashy Lark, which make frequent appearances here.

@visitdublin

If you’re planning a trip to Dublin, @visitdublin is a brilliant resource. The official Insta-account for tourism initiative Visit Dublin presents a stunning collection of photos of churches, pubs, cafes, parks, pedestrian laneways, cliff walks, libraries, museums, and aerial views of the River Liffey that will inspire you to see how much it costs to fly to DUB — right now.

@dublindiaries

 
In her @dublindiaries, Niamh O’Reilly captures the soft light and intimate moments that can make Dublin feel like home, even if you’ve never been there. Her eye for small, quiet details will introduce you to Dublin’s street art, artisans, cuisine and beloved local spots, like an ornate 1829 religious statue in the heart of The Liberties.

@galwaytourism

As its handle might suggest, @galwaytourism is the official Instagram account for Galway Tourism, celebrating the often-blue skies, playful festivals, swans, wildflower gardens and whitewashed cottages of this impossibly pretty town on the River Corrib. If you’re feeling tied to your desk or cubicle, revel in bright, tempting photos of walkways along the wild west coast and lush surrounding forest.

@igersdublin

🍀 Streets of Dublin during September's evening! #Photo by #Iger @antppe #igersdublin #Instagramersdublin around the city!

A photo posted by Instagramers Dublin (Official) (@igersdublin) on

 
Rather than focusing on one style or aspect of Ireland’s capital, @igersdublin curates photos of Dublin from all around Instagram and gives credit where it’s due. The thoughtful, creative images here are taken by both locals and visitors, offering a wide-open perspective on the city’s architecture, politics, art, culture and nightlife.

@captured_in_kerry

In @captured_in_kerry‘s exquisite array of landscapes from around southwest Ireland’s County Kerry, you’ll find more woolly sheep than human beings, boosting the sense that you’ve been transported to a remote, gorgeous corner of the world with both elbow space and breathing room. Amidst the region’s dramatically changing light, take a virtual stroll over rolling hills, past trickling waterfalls, down muddy country lanes, or right ’round the Ring of Kerry.

@beluck.ie

Irish pubs are the prettiest! Aren't they? #DublinOutOfMyLens

A photo posted by Ramona | I ❤ Dublin | Ireland (@beluck.ie) on

In her photos as @beluck.ie and on her blog, Out of My Lens, Dublin-resident Ramona highlights the charming architecture and narrow lanes of her home city, introducing its leaded windows, brightly-painted doors, fluffy flower boxes and cobbled streets as if they’re local characters rather than merely scenery. She brings her signature side-street style to other European cities, as well, such as Barcelona, Montpellier and Krakow.

@ireland_gram 

 
Whether you’re seeking an enchanting cove in County Mayo, a stately home in Belfast, an ancient monastery on the eastern Hill of Slane, or the coolest new mural in Dublin, you’ll find on the @ireland_gram account. There’s leprechaun treasure at the end of this visual rainbow — and you’re sure to discover some great Ireland accounts along the way.

@thedoorsofdublin

#regram from @jenbayyy 💛❤️💙💗💚💜 #thedoorsofdublin #dublindoors #doorsofdublin #collage

A photo posted by Dublin Doors (@thedoorsofdublin) on

 
The globetrotting Eleanor Costello has a thing for doors, and so does Dublin — so she brought these passions together in @thedoorsofdublin, curated Insta-photos of the city’s most engaging entrances. Draped in ivy or wisteria, framed in brick, festooned with ironwork or simply providing a pop of color, these whimsical images will open the doors of your heart.

@geokaun_mountain_cliffs

Set in County Kerry, Geokaun Mountain & Fogher Cliffs is a private park offering panoramic views of Valentina Island, Dingle, the Skelligs and the Atlantic, which can be seen in their glory on its Instagram account, @geokaun_mountain_cliffs. If you don’t feel you see enough images of adorable sheep, mountain goats and puffins, lighthouses in mist, or majestic, sweeping vistas over the ocean, this is the photo line-up for you.

@rachelrmk

Rainy, rainy Dublin, tonight.

A photo posted by rachelrmk (@rachelrmk) on

Dublin resident @rachelrmk has an eye for detail, and likes to get low to the ground in her compelling photos, revealing landscapes, objects, buildings and animals from unexpected perspectives. A talented sketch artist as well as photographer, she can certainly illuminate a sunset, rainbow or coastal walk, but truly shines when she gets right up close to spring flowers, shells and water droplets — and even her own soft-eyed beagle — to capture unusually evocative images of Ireland.

@irishpassion 

 
Check out @irishpassion, and be prepared to fall in love with Ireland. Photographers from around the world contribute shots of emerald hills, dark hedges, babbling brooks and ancient sites, sharing everything from the milky night skies over Connemara to the cutest confectionery in Kilkenny, or even which seaside cottage won “best holiday rental home in Ireland” this year.

@glimpseireland 

Looks like the perfect place for a pint! 📷by: @catsavage1218

A photo posted by A Glimpse of Ireland (@glimpseireland) on

 
TripCreator’s @glimpseireland account showcases little bits of Irish goodness, from the stunning Cliffs of Moher and stately Ashford Castle to adorable wooly sheep and darling Irish streets. Photos are contributed by locals and travelers, so you get a glimpse of Ireland from several different perspectives.

About the author

TripCreator

Other posts by