"Dunguaire Castle was not on our list of places to see; we just happened to stumble upon it on our drive from Galway to Killarney, Ireland. Finding lesser-known attractions along the journey is why we always rent a car when we vacation!"
"Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland."
"Painted houses and a cathedral, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland."
"Kylemore Abbey in Ireland."
"Howth Castle, in Co. Dublin, Ireland."
"Dublin's Temple Bar district in the evening."
"This picture was taken in Galway, Ireland, at dusk. If I win the lottery, I want to buy the red house."
"The Cliffs of Moher in breathtaking Ireland."
"Few remnants of the early Rock of Cashel structures survive; the majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe."
"Everywhere we went in Ireland were beautiful roses and other flowers that I loved looking at."
"My wife and I were trying to avoid becoming forever lost in the maze of dirt roads, cattle paths and Gaelic road signs in County Cork, when we saw a sign directing us to a marina. As we turned down the side road to investigate, we were presented with this wonderfully picturesque image. It’s amazing what you find if you just get off the highway."
"During our June 2009 visit to Ireland, we traveled to the Dingle peninsula. Here at the western end, land and sea meet in a beautiful vista near the Blasket Islands."
"Dromoland Castle—a luxury hotel near Shannon Airport."
"Celtic crosses at the Rock of Cashel, with Hore Abbey in the background, in County Tipperary."
"My wife and I were driving through a quiet, desolate area in the Connemara region of Ireland when we came upon a flock of sheep making their way through. The speed limit sign was being followed to the extreme with these fellow travelers."
"Ross Castle in Killarney National Park, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland."
"From the Connemara region in County Galway is where the breed first became recognized as a distinct type, in a very harsh landscape,giving rise to a pony breed of hardy, strong individuals. Some believe that the Connemara developed from Scandinavian ponies that the Vikings first brought to Ireland."
"Rainbow over the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland."
"Fleet Street in Dublin, Ireland."
"The Muckross House in Ireland's Ring of Kerry."
"On the road in Ireland."
"The Cliffs of Moher during a trip to Ireland in April 2008."
"Built in 1843, the Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms in Killarney are all free and open to the public, with guided tours of the house's rooms available for a small fee. The front entryway has a plethora of mounted trophy heads, including an enormous rack of antlers from the Irish Elk (extinct), found preserved in a local bog."
"We drove our car out onto Inch Beach, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland, and promptly got stuck in the sand. Despite the approaching storm, we got out and wandered around this beautiful,remote beach and waited for a local farmer to come pull our car out with his tractor."
"Irish roadblock: It's lots of fun driving around the Beara Peninsula in western Ireland, but traffic is occasionally held up by slow-moving sheep..."
"Bridge by Ross Castle, Killarney, Ireland."
"This is an image from my book, A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival, about places in Ireland that inspired great Irish writers like William Butler Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, John Millington Synge, and Sean O'Casey. Here is the tiny island of Inishmaan, just off the coast of Galway."
"'Most of these fences,' the tour guide told us, 'are historic landmarks, and illegal to disassemble.' This one protects the abandoned-looking home on the shores of Gaelic-speaking Connemara, Co. Galway."
"Newgrange Neolithic Passage Tomb."
"Slieve League on the northwestern coast; the second-highest cliffs in Ireland. The breathtaking view is well worth the hike to get there. You can drive, but the road is very narrow and it's really so much more enjoyable to see it while walking. Sheep dot the landscape near the cliff's edge."
"Glendalough cemetery and round tower."
"A view of Trim Castle in Ireland."
"Colorful doors located near the National Gallery and Merrion Square in Dublin. They add some color to the occasional overcast sky."
"Trip to the Gap of Dunloe in Ireland outside of Killarney."
"A horse-drawn wagon outside the Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland."
"Blarney Castle in Ireland."
"Rock of Cashel in Tipperary."
"A pretty view of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin."
"A bagpiping corps follows a kids' float in the Waterford City, Co. Waterford, St. Patrick's Day parade. While all the locals stand around clapping hands and whistling for good ol' Padraig, the town mayor provides commentary on the event over the main street's loudspeaker system (only in Ireland…)."
"Customs House in Dublin."
"Statue outside the Cobh Heritage Center, which is dedicated to the history of Irish emigration."
Think you've seen Ireland? From the colorful streets of Dublin to the heights of the Cliffs of Moher, here’s a trip-inspiring look at the Emerald Isle’s most picturesque sites, featuring Budget Travel readers' best Ireland photos.