Ten favorite hidden Ireland beauty spots (PHOTOS)

Enjoy Ireland - places off the beaten path that pleasantly surprise.

Laytown/Bettystown Beach, County Meath

Perched on the Irish Sea six miles from Drogheda and 25 from Dublin, a beautiful expanse of beach. This beach is used for the Laytown races and is only beach racetrack in Europe.

Warrenpoint, County Down

A few miles from Newry, this beautiful coastal Northern Ireland town offers perfect sea views.

Buncrana, County Donegal

At the tip of Donegal, a short drive from Derry, this is a lovely seaside town with a rich history.

Strandhill, County Sligo

Coastal village and townland, not far from Yeats’ grave and Ben Bulben. This fun town is glorious for surfing.

Inch Strand, County Kerry

On the road between Dingle and Killarney, this is Ireland’s longest expanse of beach, despite its name. From here you’ll see glorious ocean vistas.

Glens of Antrim

North of Belfast these nine glens or valleys that stretch to the sea will delight visitors with gorgeous views and wonderful locals.

Cooley Peninsula, County Louth

Jutting out in north Louth these wonderful mountains and seascapes were ignored during the years of The Troubles because so close to the border.

The Curragh, County Kildare

Not just the famous racecourse, but the glorious flatlands at the very center of Ireland this views for miles and miles in all directions.

Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary

Spectacular views and wonderful local history make this a wonderful spot.

New Ross, County Wexford

Boasting of the Irish America Hall of Fame, a replica Famine ship,  the Kennedy homestead, this area is still largely a well-kept secret.