Whether you’re just starting out in a new relationship or have been together for years, the beautiful emerald isle has plenty to offer couples in search of romantic ambience. Here are some of our favourites…
With some of the most breathtaking scenery for miles, Donegal is in a class of its own when it comes to evoking romance. No wonder it’s such a popular destination for weddings. Stroll along the beaches, go horse riding together or just take in the stunning mountain views. Accommodation-wise there’s something for every budget. Camp or rent a caravan by the beach, hire a self-catering chalet or book into B&B or luxury hotel.
Kinsale, County Cork
This picturesque village located on the mouth of the River Bandon makes an ideal countryside retreat. Only 5.5 miles outside the city of Cork, it’s just right for a relaxing and romantic overnight getaway. Marvel at the amazing architecture, tuck in to a traditional Irish meal at one of the many restaurants or pubs and enjoy some traditional Irish music and dancing. Simply joyous!
Bunratty Castle, County Clare
For lovers of medieval history, there can be few experiences more romantic than spending time together at a genuine 15th century fortress. Enjoy a traditional medieval banquet with musicians and authentic food just as though you were members of the medieval court. You might even be moved to persuade a wandering minstrel to serenade your loved one. Or even pop the question!
Yeats Country, County Sligo
It’s hard to see how the inspirational territory for many of romantic poet WB Yeats seminal works, could fail to impress a loved one. Find yourselves immersed in the poet’s eloquent words as you explore all that Yeats country has to offer from Lough Gill and Dooney rock to Glencar Lake to Drumcliffe where he was eventually laid to rest.
Killarney, County Kerry
With its beautiful lakes and waterfalls, Killarney certainly delivers the ‘wow’ factor for couples after a spot of fun. Pack a picnic, hire a horse drawn carriage- locally referred to as a ‘jaunting car’ and take a tour of this spectacularly scenic locale. Take a boat trip and enjoy a tour or Lough Lein and visit the Killarney National Park to see amazing wildlife, flora and fauna.
Cliff of Moher, County Clare
These incredible almost sheer vertical cliffs of up to 213 meters in height are a sight of immense beauty. Hold hands and take in the view across the Atlantic ocean – if the weather’s clear you can see as far as Galway Bay. Watch sea birds including the Atlantic Puffin in their native environment. Enjoy windswept walks over the cliffs themselves and lap up some hearty pub grub come the evening.
Dublin city, County Dublin
If country walks and scenery aren’t your thing, head to Dublin for a romantic city break. This bustling city has so much in the way of art galleries, theatres, pubs, clubs and parks, you’ll not lack for something to do. Our tip – visit the relics of St Valentine himself housed in the Whitefriar Street Church to add a extra sprinkle of romance to your trip.