Disclaimer – we’re not making fun of tourists. The only pictures that will appear in this blog post are of full-time Tenon staff members or Tenon bloggers and their families. Everyone’s a tourist at heart.
As with most countries, there are a number of typical pictures people take during their visits. If you’re traveling to Ireland , and have already done a little research, then you’ll have an idea of what the most popular tourist destinations are/what Ireland’s known for. Here are some of our favorite Ireland tourist pictures.
The Top 16 Typical Ireland Tourist Pictures
16) Driving in Ireland
First things first – let’s stop referring to it as driving on the “wrong” side of the road. Driving in Ireland may leave you white knuckled and terrified, but hey, it’s a great experience, right?
15) Crossing Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Bridge has made it onto tons of “scariest bridges in the world” lists. Walk 60 terrifying feet across this notorious Northern Ireland rope bridge and try not to look down at the ocean 100 feet below.
14) Dressed Up for the Paddy’s Day Parade
That’s right – “Paddy’s” not “Patty’s.” If you’re going to be in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day then you might as well look the part!
13) Posing at the Giant’s Causeway
If you’re heading to Northern Ireland during your Ireland trip , definitely try to make it to the Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway is made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. (But the Irish people have another explanation for how the Causeway was formed…)
12) Standing with the Molly Malone Statue in Dublin
Known colloquially as “the tart with the cart,” Molly Malone is a fictional character of the popular song bearing her name. It’s become Dublin’s unofficial anthem and tells the story of Molly, a street hawker by day and a (…ahem) part-time prostitute at night. Statue Molly is donned in typical 17th century dress – the low-cut neckline of which leaves little to the imagination.
11) Temple Bar
Temple Bar is one of the most popular tourist areas for nightlife in Dublin. The central feature of the area is The Temple Bar, a welcoming bright red pub beckoning you in for a pint.
10) Posing with Fungi
Fungi is Dingle Peninsula’s friendly local dolphin. In 1984, a young bottle-nosed dolphin started appearing at the mouth of Dingle Harbor and has stuck around ever since! He’s so beloved that there’s a statue of him by the harbor.
9) Irish Castles
Ireland is full of castles, each with their own rich history and stories. You’ll find castles in every corner of Ireland. If you’re coming from the United States, you’ve probably never seen a castle before so they’re definitely worthy of a photo opp. Psst! Check our our Irish Castles Tour !
8) Farm Animals
Have you seen the popular meme/postcard picturing a road full of sheep and stating “Ireland at rush hour?” It’s no secret that you’ll see quite a few farm animals during your Irish travels. It’s necessary to take pictures with them.
Editor’s note: Okay, yes, it’s a little outrageous that we have more pictures of staff posing with animals than any other category. It’s cool.
7) Getting Excited About A Sign With Your Last Name On It
Guilty. If you have Irish roots, then it probably won’t be too hard to find something with your last name on it.
6) Bellying Up to the Edge of the Aran Islands
The cliffs on the Aran Islands are a bit more fun for tourists than the Cliffs of Moher, mainly because you can sneak right up to the edge.
5) Rainbow Pic
It’s a rainbow! In Ireland! Let’s try to find the pot of gold!
4) Kylemore Abbey
Located in the beautiful Connemara region on Ireland’s west coast, Kylemore Abbey is home to a community of Benedictine nuns who arrived in 1920. Our 4th most popular Ireland tourist picture shows Kylemore Abbey reflected in the lake below.
3) The Cliffs of Moher
Ireland’s most visited natural attraction also takes the 3rd spot on our list. Towering 702 feet above sea level at their highest point, The Cliffs of Moher are a sight to behold – and many people do, with their cameras.
2) Kissing the Blarney Stone
There’s a chance that every story you’ve heard about the Blarney Stone is true. It’s located at the top of Blarney Castle and yes, you have to lay on your back and kiss the stone upside down. No Ireland tour is complete without gaining the gift of gab!
Editor’s Note: Just kidding. We have more Guinness pictures than any other category. Whoops.
What do you think? Did we miss any classic Ireland tourist pictures? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below!