Top 20 most popular 360° photos of Ireland

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Here are the Top 20 most popular 360° photos looked at by you during 2017. This list was compiled from data gathered on views of our photos across our website, our contributions on Google Maps and from other website sources where our virtual tours tours are displayed.

Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think?  Are you surprised by any of the locations in our Top 20?  Have you been inspired by any of the 360° views below? Is there somewhere you’d like us to visit that we haven’t been to yet?


No.20 – Annes Grove Miniature Castle


What could be more romantic than a tiny Gothic castle just big enough for two?  Situated at the junction of three small quiet country roads is a miniature medieval castle. Annes Grove Miniature Castle in County Cork was designed in 1853 to impress visitors to the main house.  There is perhaps no dreamier base from which to explore Cork.


No.19 – Batty Langley Lodge


A wonderful hideaway for two at the gatelodge to Castletown, Ireland’s largest and earliest Palladian style house.  If you’re thinking of holidaying in Co. Kildare this Irish Landmark Trust accommodation could be just the treat.


No.18 – Ardmore Country House Hotel


Tucked away in its own coastal garden, Ardmore Country House is a haven away from the hustle and bustle yet is within a short stroll of the historic 18th century Westport harbour, with its scenic walks, cafes, shops and traditional bars. Family owned and managed the Ardmore Country House Hotel has a well-established tradition of genuine hospitality with an emphasis on fine food and luxury Mayo accommodation.


No.17 – Blarney Castle


There are those who think that you come to Blarney Castle only to see the Stone. But you will leave knowing that the Blarney Stone is only a part of the attraction. Take your time to walk through Blarney Castle Gardens where there is a lot more than meets the eye. Diverse surroundings from tranquil to serene, to mystical and magical places, put Blarney Castle on the map of some of the best examples of parks and gardens in Ireland.


No.16 – Wicklow Head Lighthouse


Wicklow Head Lighthouse has safeguarded the scenic Wicklow coastline since 1781.  This 95-foot-high stone tower once supported an eight-sided lantern, and has been renovated by the Irish Landmark Trust as a delightfully quirky lodging.  A most unique place to stay in Co. Wicklow.


No.15 – Hook Head Lighthouse


The oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world apparently. Hook Lighthouse can be found at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford in Ireland. The current structure has stood for almost 800 years! highly recommended.


No.14 – The Crown Bar Belfast


The Crown Bar Belfast. A unique visual gem and a veritable masterpiece in bar architecture which has the distinction of being known to millions all over the world as a place to see in Belfast.


No.13 – Glasshouse Hotel Sligo


The Glasshouse is Sligo’s only 4 star city centre hotel, towering dramatically over the Garavogue River it offers the discerning traveller chic interiors, great city views and proximity to all downtown Sligo has to offer. Shaped like a ship in dock, the hotel’s glass exterior can be seen from afar, inside the quirky interiors are equally as impressive.


No.12 – City Hall Dublin


The stunning Dublin City Hall.  An outstanding example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is world-renowned. It’s easy to see why this Dublin visitor attraction made our top 20.


No.11 – Hunt Museum


Located in the Customs House, regarded as the most distinguished 18th century building in Limerick, the Hunt Museum was established to house an internationally important collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and antiquities formed by John and Gertrude Hunt during their lifetimes.


No.10 – Aillwee Cave


The Burren is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery and at Aillwee Cave you can journey to the dramatic underworld of this area. Put it high on your list of places to visit in Co Clare.


No.9 – Crumlin Road Gaol


Crumlin Road Gaol is a former prison situated in North Belfast, Northern Ireland and is part of the social fabric of Belfast City. Designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, the Gaol was built between 1843 and 1845.  It is the only Victorian era prison remaining in Northern Ireland and was one of the most advanced prisons of its day. These days, the Gaol is a popular visitor attraction in Belfast.


No.8 – Belfast City Hall


A magnificent Edwardian ‘wedding cake’ built to reflect Belfast’s “City” status, granted by Queen Victoria in 1888. The City Hall stands in the centre of Belfast city. Its dome has been part of the skyline since 1906. The exterior is in Portland stone and the splendid interior is embellished with Italian marble and elaborate plasterwork. Free public tours available.


No.7 – Down County Museum


The rich heritage of County Down is brought to life in the historic buildings of the 18th-Century County Gaol. The old Gaol of Downpatrick was was opened in 1796 and until its closure in 1830 housed many thousands of prisoners. Today visitors to Down County Museum can see one of the most complete surviving Georgian gaols in Ireland. A floor of restored cells conjures up something of the atmosphere of over 200 years ago…it wasn’t pretty!


No.6 – Carrickfergus Castle


The mighty Carrickfergus Castle.  You can’t miss this unique attraction as it dominates all approaches to the town. If you only get the chance to visit one castle in Northern Ireland, Carrickfergus should be the one.

For a unique perspective of the castle visit our Carrickfergus Town page where we used a drone to capture an aerial 360° image from 200ft above the castle.


No.5 – Ha’penny Bridge Dublin


The graceful curve of the Ha’penny Bridge is accepted as one of the official and iconic symbols of Dublin. Originally named the Liffey Bridge it is now called the Ha’penny because until 1919 to cross it there was a half-penny charge.


No.4 – Gobbins Cliff Path


A spectacular new cliff-face adventure on the Causeway Coastal Route.

The Gobbins Cliff Path is a re-awakened coastal experience at Islandmagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The path runs across bridges, past caves and through a tunnel along the spectacular cliff-face of The Gobbins Cliffs. An engineering feat in the day, the original cliff path opened in 1902. It drew worldwide acclaim and quickly became famous as a white knuckle walk.

This County Antrim attraction is very popular so advance booking is advised.


No.3 – Carrickfergus Town


Carrickfergus Town, known locally and colloquially as “Carrick“, is an excellent starting point for any visitor exploring the beautiful Causeway Coast and Glens. It is County Antrim’s oldest town and one of the oldest settlements in Northern Ireland as a whole. Lot’s of history & culture here!

We flew our Drone over the town and captured a couple of aerial 360° photographs. At 245,000 views, you all seem to enjoy this 360VR Sky Tour. Look out for the marker points in the aerial virtual tour which will allow you to jump from the sky down into some of the various visitor attractions found in Carrickfergus.


No.2 – St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin


An architectural marvel built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. Today the Cathedral is a popular place to see in Dublin and is open to all people as an architectural and historical site, but principally it remains a place of worship.


No.1 – Ballymascanlon House Hotel


Surprising as it may seem, Ballymascanlon House Hotel hit our top spot in 2017 with over 340,000 views. Set in 130 acres of beautiful parkland it is a hugely popular hotel. An impressive Victorian House forms the heart of this hotel. Steeped in history, Ballymascanlon estate dates from 833 ad. when it was the seat of the Scanlons of Oriel, Co. Louth. Family run with a pride and dedication, there is a genuine interest in ensuring every guest is made to feel at home in an informal and luxurious setting giving them a taste of an era gone by.


And that wraps up our Top 20 most popular 360° photos and virtual tours of 2017. Hope you enjoyed this quick tour and perhaps got inspired to visit or stay somewhere you hadn’t thought of or known about before.

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Downpatrick Town

We flew our drone over Downpatrick town and captured a couple of aerial 360° photographs. Look out for the marker points in the aerial virtual tours, some of which will allow you to jump from the sky down into some of the various visitor attractions found in the town.

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