Maybe it’s the beautiful scenery, significant history, mystical folklore, delightful traditions, or great people that makes Ireland one of the most romantic places in the world. Whatever it is, if you’re thinking of whisking your loved one away this Valentine’s Day for a romantic couples break or finally ‘popping the question’, there’s no need to go too far. We’ve chosen 8 of the most romantic places in Ireland to enjoy with that special someone.
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. One of the most romantic and captivating parts of Ireland, arrive early and catch the beautiful sunrise from the top of the Upper Lake.
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Coumshingaun Lake, Co. Waterford
One of Ireland’s hidden treasures, Coumshingaun Lake in Co. Waterford is set in to the Comeragh Mountains. This 7.5km walking route leading to the lake will appeal to the more adventurous romantics. There are stunning cliffs all around the lake and the highest point in the Comeragh mountains is also nearby with great views.
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Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
This magnificent stretch of coastline is Ireland’s most visited tourist spot for good reason. The cliffs themselves rise 394 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and the view is spectacular. Take a romantic stroll and fall in love with the scenery…as well as more in love with your partner!
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Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Strandhill is one of Sligo’s most beautiful areas, perfectly positioned with Ben Bulben (known as ‘Sligo’s Table Mountain’) in the background. Hike the Queen Maeve trail up the northern side of Knocknarea hill to its summit, where you will find Meabh’s Cairn, a passage grave believed to date back to 3000 BC and a panoramic view of the coast. Perfect for a special moment.
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Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry
What could be more romantic than a horse and carriage ride in a charming 19th century buggy through the wild beauty of the Gap of Dunloe in the heart of Killarney National Park? Stop off at the Wishing Bridge to make a wish with your loved one before listening the sound of cascading water at Torc Waterfall.
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Gougane Barra, Co. Cork
With 1,000 acres of unspoilt landscape, Gougane Barra in beautiful West Cork is a perfect place to get some alone time with your partner. Walk amongst the stunning hills and down by the picturesque lake where you’ll find a small church which was once a Christian monastery founded by St Finbar, the patron saint of Cork. Why not take a romantic boat trip across the lake and guarantee to be totally undisturbed?
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Howth Head, Co. Dublin
The incredible Howth Head is one of Dublin’s most beautiful areas. The 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 before descending into the fishing village where there is a wealth of romantic dining options to choose from. With plenty of fresh fish and seafood are available, why not try a batch of oysters, a supposed aphrodisiac!
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Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim
Glencar Waterfall in Leitrim is situated at Glencar Lough and served as an inspiration to W.B.Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’. Particularly impressive after rain, this tranquil spot is the stunning end to a lovely wooded walk. There are plenty more waterfalls in Ireland but none as romantic as Glencar.
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