Snapshot: Ireland

From Dublin to Belfast, Galway to Cork, our photo essay takes you inside the lush emerald island of Ireland.

The nearly two-centuries old Ha'penny Bridge is a favorite scenic landmark for Dublin, Ireland travelers and locals.Shutterstock
A view of historic Dublin, Ireland as seen from across the River Liffey. Return to Main PageShutterstock
Dublin, Ireland's historic customs house – pictured here at dusk – is a favorite photo-op for visitors. Return to Main PageShutterstock
For locals and travelers alike, Dublin, Ireland's famed Temple Bar area is the most popular place in town to find a pint of Guinness and a good time. Return to Main PageAshley Fraxedas
One of Dublin, Ireland's hottest spots for traditional Irish nightlife is Oliver St. John Gogarty's in Temple Bar. Return to Main PageAshley Fraxedas
It wouldn't be a trip to Ireland without a stop at a local pub for a pint of Guinness. If you're not a true dark beer fan, order it with a splash of black currant. Return to Main PageAshley Fraxedas
The Irish countryside is filled with castles and ruins from days long past, such as the Kilkenny Castle shown here. Return to Main PageShutterstock
Ireland's** County Clare Castle** is a scenic photo-op for travelers. Return to Main PageShutterstock
Situated near Shannon and Limerick, Bunratty Castle is a gorgeous addition to Ireland's twilight landscape. Return to Main PageShutterstock
St. Patrick's Quay in Cork,** Ireland** is a postcard-perfect spot to take a stroll and soak up the small town's charm.Shutterstock
One of Ireland's top natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher offer sweeping views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Return to Main PageShutterstock
The largest city in Northern Ireland and second largest on the island overall, Belfast is a decade removed from its troubled political past and is experiencing a huge tourism boom today. Now, it's often listed among the top must-visit destinations worldwide in varioud travel guides. Return to Main PageShutterstock