The magic of technology can create virtual backgrounds of some of Ireland’s most spectacular landscapes.
Nowadays, everyone spends a good part of the day on Zoom! We miss the feeling of the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean on our faces as we walk down Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the warm and welcoming welcome of an Irish pub. Unfortunately, real experiences will have to wait a little longer. In the meantime, Zoom, just like the other video conferencing apps, allows you to “travel” through breathtaking scenery by uploading an image as a virtual background. Here are five of the most iconic images of Ireland to use as a background.
The Cliffs of Moher
Thanks to a background with the majestic Cliffs of Moher, you will almost feel the wind caressing your hair. With a height of 214 meters and extension for 8 km, these cliffs are among the most spectacular spots of the Wild Atlantic Way. For over 350 million years, the impressive Cliffs of Moher have towered over the Atlantic Ocean and represent a perfect example of nature’s power.
There is no better way to beat the stress than a visit to the beautiful Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery that radiates peace and tranquility. Located on the west coast, in the beautiful, rugged Connemara landscape, this 19th-century building with its romantic architecture reflects its original purpose as a castle, a testament of Mitchell Henry’s love for his wife. The abbey overlooks the placid Lough Pollacappul, whose shores are gently caressed by calm waters.
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There’s nothing more suitable than the background of the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, along Northern Ireland’s spectacular Causeway Coast, to let yourself be transported to a marvelous place that looks like it’s out of this world. The approximately 40,000 basalt pillars, unique in their hexagonal shape, had been formed by the cooling of lava over millions of years; unless you believe that it was the legendary giant Finn McCool who created them as he built his way to Scotland. The Giant’s Causeway is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A cozy Irish pub
There’s no better place to relax than a cozy Irish pub, where you can warm up together with friends. And there is nothing better than a fireplace to create a relaxed atmosphere and a comfortable spot to gather around to enjoy the excellent craic. Plus, there’s always a good chance that traditional music will be played and everyone will start dancing! With this photo as your background, you will feel like you’re surrounded by the traditional warmth of the Irish welcome, and you’ll feel relaxed right away!
The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
If the idea of crossing a rope bridge suspended over the waves of the ocean doesn’t make you dizzy, then the image of the picturesque Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on Northern Ireland’s spectacular northern coast is the right one for your background. The bridge, suspended over an abyss 30 meters deep and 20 meters wide, was built to give fishermen access to an island where they could fish Atlantic salmon, sometimes at the cost of losing a limb or even their lives.