Ireland is known as one of the most romantic places in the world. When you think of old-school romance, Ireland is a place that often pops to the front of your mind. There are places all over Ireland, full of excitement, magic, mystic and the adventures that romance brings. In this blog we discuss some of the most romantic places in Ireland to visit.
“What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow”
– Irish writer James Stephens (1882 – 1950)
Whatever your length of vacation, Ireland provides charm and romance in all regions of Ireland with its many wonderful castles and manors, cozy pubs and stunning seascape locations that are sure to provide many romantic and memorable moments! At Irish Tourism, we have excellent packages available such as romantic Castle and Manors tours, and Luxury Vacations. With an influx of honeymooners every year to Ireland we can tailor a package to suit your needs on a romantic Honeymoon break.
This area on the island of Ireland is widely regarded as one of the most scenic and romantic places in Ireland. Lonely Planet named it in their 2018 ranking as one of the best regions in the world to visit. On the Causeway Coast, experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Giants Causeway and the Carrick – a – Rede Rope Bridge which offers breath-taking views of the coastline. Dunluce Castle is an iconic medieval ruin stunningly located on the edge of a basalt cliff on the Causeway Coast. Built in by the 1550’s MacQuillan family, this caste is full of charm and comes with lots of history and interesting stories
Connemara is situated just one hour west of Galway city and is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Ireland to visit. As you drive back into the heart of the Connemara region you can’t help but be engulfed in the romance of this region with its rugged landscape. To signify its romantic stature, it was chosen as the filming location of The Quiet Man, an iconic romantic comedy. Connemara has everything you need to enjoy some special time with a loved one from a cosy thatched pub, pretty secluded beaches, mountains, forest walks and adventure.
Kerry is located on the Southwest Coast of Ireland and it is famous for its 180km Ring of Kerry drive which has stunning photo opportunities throughout the journey. Panoramic pictures of bays, inlets, lakes and the highest mountain range in Ireland, the Macgillyicuddy Reeks. Visit Skellig Michael, a UNESCO heritage site that gained international fame when the Start War films were filmed there. You could also visit the Ballinskellig region with its stunning coastal hikes or the town of Waterville made famous as the favoured summer destination of Charlie Chaplin and his family.
If you are looking to experience true romance in Ireland, Donegal is an excellent choice. Lough Eske is a small lake located northeast of Donegal town. You have the beautiful Lough Eske Castle if you want to treat yourself and your partner to a nice romantic setting. Also, there is Harveys Point Hotel nestled in the heart of the Blue Stack Mountains and on the waters of Lough Eske, rated as the Top 4* Hotel in Ireland by TripAdvisor. There are plenty of sightseeing options in Donegal to keep you entertained, from the stunning Glenveigh Castle and National Park which was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat or to the West, the stunning Slieve League Cliffs, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
Powerscourt is surrounded by the Wicklow Mountains and is a truly magical place to experience and explore. Less than one hour south of Dublin City, Powescourt Estate is full of romance and grandeur with splendid gardens filled with spectacular flowerbeds, lakes, walking path for romantic strolls and endless green spaces. A short drive away is Ireland’s highest waterfall which is the perfect place for a romantic walk, to take photos and a scenic picnic with a loved one.
Gougane Barra National Park is set in 1,000 acres in an unspoilt landscape and is an ideal location for romance in Ireland. Located just over an hour west of Cork City, Gougane Barra is a special place and not as crowded as some of Ireland’s other romantic places to visit, so you are almost guaranteed some quiet time. It has some beautiful walks that take you down by the picturesque lake. You will find a small church that was once a Christian monastery founded by St Finbar, the patron saint of Cork. If you want some extra adventure you can enjoy cycling, fishing or boat trips in this area
The best way to learn about the romantic places in Ireland is to experience them yourself . Contact us today for a free quotation from our dedicated travel advisors who will be able to help you create your ideal romantic trip to Ireland and answer any questions you may have. We can tailor your itinerary on any of our Self Drive or Chauffeured Tours.
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