Fall foliage trips and tours are a big attraction for much of the United States. It comes as no surprise that the Emerald Isle puts on a show of its own. As is often the case, many of the best sites are near bodies of water. Here are a few places you can check out autumn’s natural beauty in Ireland.
The perimeter of trees and rolling hills around this eastern Ireland lake create a picture-perfect scene during the fall. Take a cruise on a small vessel to fully immerse yourself in the color and beauty of the area. If you plan to stay in the area, consider visiting Ashford Castle, an 800-year-old castle that is now a hotel for guests to enjoy. You’ll have the opportunity to take in the fall colors in their gardens and surrounding property as well.
Clare Glens and the River Clare
The River Clare, which is located off of Lough Corrib is another exceptional place to view fall foliage. Here you can step out into wooded terrain to see the river rush past amidst the fallen leaves. The Glens area is part of a gorge with trails that will allow you see several waterfalls as you traverse the path.
County Donegal Waterfalls
Speaking of waterfalls, County Donegal has several you may want to visit if you are visiting Northern Ireland. This terrain features the Assaranca, Glenevin, and Owenwee River waterfalls—all of which have lush green foliage that changes to warmer hues throughout autumn. These waterfalls make excellent pit stops for stretching your legs and taking beautiful photos.
Powerscourt Waterfall in County Wicklow
Finally, County Wicklow in western Ireland (not far from Dublin) offers picturesque scenes at Powerscourt Waterfall on the edge of Wicklow Mountains National Park. The almost 400-foot waterfall is the highest in Ireland, and its surrounding landscape features beech, oak, and larch trees, which means you can expect a show of red, gold, and orange throughout the season.