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34 Stunning Photos Of Ireland That Show Why West Is Best

By grahamkinsella

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am


We all love Dublin, but sometimes we need to remember that there's a quick and easy way away from it all when things get a bit busy.

Kickstarter veteran Peter Cox has just launched his latest book, which you can view here and pick up a copy of his book for just €25, featuring photographs from around the country.

Peter makes Ireland look stunning with his work – and here's a selection from the West (as well as bits of the South and North that we deemed too lovely to leave out) that show why this island is absolutely unparallelled when it comes to natural beauty.

Take a deep breath and travel with us for a moment.

1. Lost in the Shire? Nope, it's just a country lane in Ireland

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2. The famed Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Co Mayo

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3. The Fastnet Lighthouse at Cape Clear, Mid Atlantic – we're claiming this as part of the West

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4. Glengarriff rocks at Dawn, Beara, Co Cork

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5. Old Head of Kinsale, Co Cork

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6. Rolling Atlantic by the Fastnet, the last land you'll see before reaching America

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7. Haunting Trees at Gougane, Co Cork

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8. Lake Mist at Ballingeary Lake, Co Cork

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9. Milky Way Viewing Deck, Long Strand, Castlefreke, Co Cork

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10. West is best for sunsets: Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare

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11. Night shift at the Fanad Lighthouse, Malin, Co Donegal

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12. Tory Lighthouse, off the coast of Co Donegal

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13. Atlantic stirs at Aranmore Rocks, Co Donegal

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14. The Atlantic flexing its power on Inis Meain, off Co Galway

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15. The rusted wreck of the MV Plassy on Inis Oirr – familiar to viewers of a certain Irish sitcom


16. You'll never tire of going up the Conor Pass, Co Kerry

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17. A steep descent from Mystic Peak in Co Kerry

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18. A stunning aerial shot of Skellig, Co Kerry

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19. Valentia Island in Co Kerry

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20. Torc Waterfall in the famously beautiful Killarney, Co Kerry

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21. Irish Rainbow, McGillycuddy Reeks, County Kerry

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22. Ventry Harbour in Dingle

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23. A surf swell builds at Inch Beach, Dingle, Co Kerry

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24. Summer puffin watching in the South West

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25. Are we there yet? Black Valley House in Killarney

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26. Alpine Ireland in Killarney

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27. The dead calm of the Upper Lake in Killarney

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28. The beautiful night-time of Valentia, Co Kerry

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29. A perfect mirror in Lough Leane, Killarney

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30. Baaa-d neighbours at Black Valley, Co Kerry

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31. Dawn patrol in the Maharees, Co Kerry

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32. An Fear Marbh (The Dead Man) of the Blasket Islands, Co Kerry

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33. Twin peaks at Inis Tiaracht, Blasket Islands, Co Kerry

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34. Dun Briste, a 50-metre sea-stack off Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo

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