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Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Links | 7 comments

A Few Favorite Irish Destinations on the New Google Street View

Last night, Google added Street View to their Ireland maps… that’s the project where they drive all over the world with a car/bike/snowmobile equipped with a camera that takes 360 pictures. Then, anyone in the world can point and click their way around the various routes.

Those of us who love Ireland are sure to spend a bit too much time exploring the Emerald Isle with this feature. The amazing thing is that you can basically take a tour of just about any Irish town… and they’ve got a lot of the remote roads included as well. The image quality is very good and once you get used to it, it’s not hard to Uue your mouse to click forward and backwards on the arrows of the route… or click and drag to rotate the image. You get a 360 degree view from any location in Street View!

Here are some views from Ireland… be sure to go to the bottom where I’ve got a special challenge that will offer a perfect way to waste some time on a Friday afternoon ;)

Adare, County Limerick

The village of Adare on Google Maps Street View

The village of Adare on Google Maps Street View - CLICK THE IMAGE to interact

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

Rock of Cashel on Google Maps Street View

Rock of Cashel on Google Maps Street View - CLICK THE IMAGE to interact

Temple Bar, County Dublin

Temple Bar Dublin on Google Maps Street View

Temple Bar Dublin on Google Maps Street View - CLICK THE IMAGE to interact

Sky Road, County Galway

Sky Road Near Clifden, County Galway on Google Maps Street View - CLICK IMAGE to interact

Sky Road Near Clifden, County Galway on Google Maps Street View - CLICK IMAGE to interact

Ashford Castle, County Mayo

Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo on Google Maps

Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo on Google Maps - CLICK THE IMAGE to interact

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

Dunluce Castle on Google Maps Street View

Dunluce Castle on Google Maps Street View

Healy Pass, Counties Cork & Kerry

The next link takes you to the Healy Pass on the Beara Peninsula. For a special challenge, I’d recommend you try “driving” down the extremely curvy road. Trust me, it’s fun… and a bit addictive!

Healy Pass on Google Maps Street View

Healy Pass on Google Maps Street View - CLICK THE IMAGE to interact

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7 Comments

  1. Yup… I already wasted most of my work day yesterday “traveling” around the country after I saw your tweet about Street View finally becoming available.
    I revisited most of the major stops on my family’s last trip to Ireland and found a few places I’d like to check out on the next go!
    Great locations, guys!

  2. Luckily for my productivity, I can’t load street view on my work computer. But that just means I waste lots of time at home :) Gorgeous choices!

  3. I’m so excited this feature is finally available. I’m heading to Ireland in three days and checked out all the places I’ll be. Plus I was able to relive my first trip to Ireland in 2008. It’s absolutely amazing!!! Love, love, love it!!! :)

  4. So how can I get the job of the “Google Guy” and get paid to drive all over Ireland? ;)

  5. This is so awesome! Looking at these street views, I feel like I’m right there in beautiful Ireland. Can’t wait to go back someday. Thanks for posting this.

  6. Yep whoever that google guy or gal was driving around Ireland sure had some fabulous job – and he seems to have brought sunshine with him where ever he went. He missed out on the great view from the top of Sliabh na Cailli thought. It’s the highest point in county Meath which looks out over 16 counties on a good day. It’s only a wee boreen leading up to it, but what a view! So there’s only one way to see it … you’ll all have to come in person!!

  7. I missed this the first time, but was happy to see that I could find all of my relative’s homes in Ireland. That is amazing considering their location. One rather run down home was documented, but the camerar stopped just before it got to the actual house in both directions.

    Having had tea there….I am not surprised, but I thought that was odd! The old farm house that the Great Greats lived in is in there and all the pasture land beyond. How fun.

    Thanks

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