Ireland’s Most Romantic Locations to Visit
As Valentine’s Day nears, we take a look at the most romantic places in Ireland to escape to with a loved one. Whether it’s a weekend break by the beach, a luxurious night away or exciting city break, you won’t be at a loss for special spots in Ireland. With that in mind, below is a list of 10 most romantic locations in Ireland to whisk someone away to.
1. Causeway Coast, County Antrim
Named best region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, the Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s most scenic and romantic spots. From the unique Giant’s Causeway to the adventurous Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge, the coastline offers a plethora of opportunities to make lifelong memories with a loved one. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Mussenden Temple, a striking temple that sits along the cliff edge of Downhill Demense. The temple was built in the 18th century and was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome. The Italian-inspired temple has become a popular wedding venue and proposal spot.
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2. Dublin City, County Dublin
Dublin City has a romantic side to it that many visitors may not have discovered before. For instance, a shrine to Saint Valentine is located at Whitefriar Street in Dublin’s City Centre. The shrine is said to hold the bones of Saint Valentine and is a popular spot for young couples, and sometimes even marriage proposals! Journalist and blogger Amanda Cassidy recommends a visit to the shrine as part of our tips for travel in Ireland in 2018. She suggests following a visit to the shrine with a tasty steak dinner at the Whitefriar Grill on Aungier Street.
For a romantic stroll in the city, head to either St.Stephen’s Green or out to Phoenix Park. Either place affords a leisurely morning stroll, followed by a brunch at one of Dublin’s great eateries. Check out our 9 Great Brunch Spots in Dublin for a few ideas on where to eat. Alternatively, take a wander down Grafton Street, where talented buskers entertain and hotels and cafes offer a sumptuous afternoon tea.
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3. Connemara, County Galway
The epic and rugged landscape of Connemara is a hard place to beat when it comes to romantic trips away. After all, it was the chosen film location of The Quiet Man, a romantic comedy that continues to attracts fans to the area to this day. Connemara has everything for the lovestruck pair, including cosy drinks in thatched pubs; strolls along the area’s pretty beaches, plus endless walks and adventure activities. The area is also not too far away from Galway City for anyone seeking more history, culture and nightlife.
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4. Rossnowlagh, County Donegal
With its towering cliffs and stunning beach, Rossnowlough is a wonderful place for some quality time with a loved one. The award-winning Rossnowlagh beach is ideal for a romantic stroll along its long, golden strand and, should you be feeling adventurous, the area also some of the best surfing in Ireland. After a day at the beach, warm up at one of the area’s cosy pubs. Many of pubs have warm, open fires and great pub grub if you’re looking for a simple yet romantic meal.
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5. Gougane Barra, County Cork
With 1,000 acres of unspoilt landscape, Gougane Barra National Park is a perfect place to get some guaranteed one-on-one time. The park has plenty of stunning walks among its hills and down by its picturesque lake. On the lake is a small church which was once a Christian monastery founded by St. Finbar, the patron saint of Cork. The park also offers cycling trails and opportunities for fishing and romantic boat trips across the lake.
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6. Fermanagh Lakelands
Fermanagh’s stunning lakes are becoming an increasingly popular destination for couples. The Lakelands offer endless opportunities for romantic walks amidst the area’s breathtaking landscape. The Lough Navar Lakes walk provides a beautiful trail along the lake and through forest paths.
If your loved one is a Game of Thrones fan then make sure to take them to Belmore Forest, which is located among the Lakelands. The forest is a filming location of the popular TV series and offers magical walks by waterfalls and along trails looking up at towering trees. There is also the nearby Marble Arch Caves, which provide an intimate and memorable experience for all. The Caves open seasonally and are worth taking the time to see.
Take a look at our driving route of the Fermanagh Lakelands for more ideas on where to go when visiting the area.
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7. The Mournes, County Down
The beautiful Mourne Mountains, or “The Mournes” as they are better known, offer some of Ireland’s most spectacular walks and views. The area is an excellent choice for couples and close friends who are looking to get away from it all. There is the option of ascending the impressive Slieve Donard, an 850-metre mountain, and Slieve Binnion mountain, which features as one of our Best Hiking Holidays for 2018. There are also plenty of less challenging walks and trails for those looking for something less strenuous. Take a picnic for a romantic stop along either of these routes.
Close to The Mournes is the seaside town of Newcastle for a well-earned meal at one of the town’s many great restaurants. There are also many great pubs, where a cosy nook and few pints will sort you out after a long hike.
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8. Howth, County Dublin
A popular spot for marriage proposals, Howth is an impressive and memorable place to take someone you care about. The area’s jutting cliff path and views out over Wicklow are best experienced as part of the Cliff Path Loop. Walkers can enjoy the epic scenery that is displayed along this trail and descend into the village where there are plenty of places to take a load off and enjoy some tasty food. Howth is a fishing village that has numerous restaurants where fresh fish and seafood are available. This includes a batch of oysters, a supposed aphrodisiac!
9. Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry has all the ingredients for a romantic road trip. Not only does the area have some of Ireland’s most epic scenery to enjoy, but there are also pretty towns such as Dingle and Cahersiveen to explore along the way. In Dingle, pop into one of the village’s quaint pubs for a drink and some live traditional music.
The Ring of Kerry also affords some of Ireland’s most impressive historic sites. These include Skellig Michael, medieval forts and numerous castles, which all lie waiting to be discovered along this route.
Check out our Drive Ireland route for a wider adventure through the Ring of Kerry and beyond.
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10. Powerscourt, County Wicklow
Powerscourt in County Wicklow is a magical place to take someone close to you. The estates’ huge gardens are filled with the most beautiful flowerbeds, breathtaking lakes, inviting paths and endless greens spaces, and will make you and a loved one feel like you have stepped into a period drama. Only six kilometres from the estate is also Ireland’s highest waterfall, which is an idyllic spot to picnic and take a moment to soak up the surrounding landscape with a loved one.
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