As famous as Ireland may be for its green countryside, wild mountains, stunning coastline, and countless ruins and other heritage sites, it’s the rural villages, cities and streets that complete the undeniable charm of this island nation.
The Irish roads and streets, lined with colorful row houses, the occasional old church or cathedral, and the unavoidable pubs, are as typical of Ireland as, say, the Outback is of Australia and the fjords are of Norway—just to name a couple of places.
When visiting the Emerald Isle, you will without a shadow of doubt find yourself strolling the streets of a village, town or city.
During my time in Ireland, I visited plenty of towns and cities—examples are Dublin, Galway, Cork and, my favorite, Kilkenny. During road trips through the countryside or along the coast, I drove through several others as well. (Check out this post on the Ring of Kerry, for instance.)
Now, I’d like to share some of my ten all-time favorite pictures of the Irish streets, pictures that I hope reflect the ambiance, atmosphere, and general historical and cultural value of those urban highlights.
Top 10 Irish Streets Photos
Colorful Pubs in Kilkenny
Narrow Street in Cork
Temple Bar Pub in Dublin
Colorful Rows of Houses in Galway
Gaelic Cross in Cashel
Cork City Center
Pubs in Kenmare
Houses in Cong
St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny
The best way to get around the streets of Ireland is by renting a car and exploring the country at your own pace. Places to stay are plentiful and range from hostels to luxurious stays in castles. Great accommodation can be found here.