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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C

9 of the most breathtaking winter landscapes around Ireland

They’re worth the journey – promise.

IF YOUR MOST common view over the past two weeks or so has been a box of mince pies and the television, it might be time to head outdoors.

It’s incredibly tempting to stay inside throughout the festive season but, as appealing as the sofa is, the views outside are much more satisfactory.

Need more convincing? We’ve rounded up nine of the most beautiful views around the country that are always worth the trip – whatever the season. Get your walking boots ready.

1. Bray to Greystones walk, Co Wicklow

Hop off the DART at Bray and walk along the coast to Greystones before filling up on delicious food in The Happy Pear.

2. Sliabh Liag, Co Donegal

One of Ireland’s highest sea cliffs, tackling Sliabh Liag isn’t for the faint-hearted.

3. Old Head of Kinsale, Co Cork

Soak in a coastal paradise by walking the 6km Old Head of Kinsale loop. 

4. Powerscourt, Co Wicklow

Just a short trip outside Dublin, the views at Powerscourt feel a million miles away from the capital.

5. Mizen Head, Co Cork

Journey to Ireland’s most southwesterly point for unrivalled views of the Atlantic Ocean

6. Comeragh Mountains, Co Waterford

With multiple routes available, you can choose whichever best suits your fitness level.

7. Inis Mor, Co Galway

Visit the largest of the Aran Islands for panoramic views of the Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic Ocean.

8. Skellig Michael, Co Kerry

With over 600 steps leading to the summit, the views from Skellig Michael are worth the effort.

9. Howth Head, Co Dublin

Venture to the top of Howth Head to get your pulse racing before indulging in fish ‘n’ chips from Beshoff’s.

More: 9 of the most enchanting fairy woods to explore around the country> 

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