Ireland’s 7 Most Beautiful Villages to Enjoy

Tucked away in the heart of Ireland’s countryside or lying along its most dramatic coastlines are some of Ireland’s prettiest villages. Looking for an escape from the city? A quiet place to reflect? Or somewhere a bit different? Find below seven of Ireland’s most picturesque villages to spend time in.

1 Adare, County Limerick


Buried in the west of Ireland, not far from Limerick City, lies Adare, a quaint and popular Irish village. The village has architectural highlights such as its pretty thatched buildings and medieval monasteries. There is also neighbouring Adare Manor, a magnificent Neo-Gothic Manor hotel that has grounds covering over 800 acres of land. It would be a shame not to visit Adare when in this part of Ireland.

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2 Cong, County Mayo


Famous for being the village used in the The Quiet Man, a film starring John Wayne, Cong is much loved by locals and those visiting from afar. Within the town is a statue commemorating the movie, as well as a museum detailing the making of the movie and even brings visitors through an ‘on-set’ experience. The village itself is surrounded by loughs and streams that make it a wonderful to spend time in. What’s more, there are several quaint pubs (including a Quiet Man-inspired pub) to enjoy a few pints in.

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3 Killaloe, County Clare

Based along the River Shannon, Killaloe has a beautiful setting that is complemented by the village’s narrow streets, 13th-Century cathedral and pretty houses. Killaloe is also the birth place of Brian Boru, Ireland’s most famous High King.

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4 Howth, County Dublin


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Lying east of Dublin city, the fishing village of Howth is a popular spot for Dubliners keen to escape the city and those savvy enough to know its whereabouts. Based along the coast, there are plenty of scenic walks for visitors to enjoy, as well great fish and seafood restaurants to lay low in after a day of exploring.

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5 Kinvara, County Galway

Kinvara is a pretty port village located in the southern part of Galway Bay in County Galway. Home to Dunguaire Castle and a thriving port throughout much of the 19th Century, Kinvara village has much to offer in terms of historic value. Not to mention the fun that can be had today in the village’s charming pubs.

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6 Portmagee, County Kerry


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Known as a crossing point to nearby Valentia Island and to the Skellig Islands, Portmagee affords some of the most stunning views along Ireland’s west coast. A fishing village, visitors to Portmagee should expect great seafood at its restaurants. Look further and there is lively music and great craic to be had within its cute and cosy pubs.

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7 Glenarm Village, County Antrim

What is probably most mesmorising about Glenarm Village is its positioning among the magnificent Glens of Antrim. What’s more, the village has amazing views looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and the stunning Glenarm Castle to admire. For those driving along the Causeway Coast Route, Glenarm also provides a perfect pit stop along the way.

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Would you describe any other villages in Ireland as picturesque?

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