Five Most Romantic Places in Ireland for Valentine’s

Written by Brian Leonard on February 13, 2020

Looking for the perfect place to spend a couple’s day out in Ireland? Look no further.

This selection of romantic places in Ireland is guaranteed to get you in the mood to explore and discover the beauty of the Emerald Isle.

1. Howth

Howth is a seaside village located to the east of central Dublin. It is a popular location for a day out for Dubliners as it is a picturesque location, perfect to take a leisurely stroll around and grab a bite to eat. There is so much to explore, especially on a nice day.

During the weekends, if you want, you can sample the goods on offer at Howth Market, which include organic produce, freshly baked goods, jewellery, clothing and antiques. There is a wide range of tasty food available. It’s located just a short walk from the DART station and across the road from the west pier.

There is also the picturesque pier walk and Howth Cliff, which are both brilliant options for those keen on being as active as possible during their visit. There is also Balscadden Bay Beach, one which is essentially a ‘hidden gem’ of Howth, away from the crowds. To get here, you have to walk past Howth village and up the hill, and you’ll find a small gate. Behind this gate and down some steps lies the enticing beach.

Our Malahide Castle and Howth tour make it easy to plan your first of many romantic places in Ireland.


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2. Doolin, County Clare

The small town of Doolin is located in Co. Clare, on Ireland’s west coast. A quaint town , it is known for being a centre of traditional music in Ireland, which is played nightly in pubs, making it a popular tourist destination.

Now you’re probably wondering where the ideal place to propose would be. Well, wonder no more.

Walking across the edge of the Doolin coast, overlooking the sea and embracing the reassuring sound of the waves crashing in below is something any budding romantic must experience. The scenery is spectacular and varied – as Doolin is home to a rugged landscape with a a host of willdflowers, as well as a coastal cruise that lets you appreciate it from a different angle. If you prefer an informative guided walking tour, then the local tour guides will happily oblige. However, some paths are best walked alone.

Or together, in this instance.



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3. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located at the southwestern region of the Burren in County Clare. They run for approximately eight kilometres across the coastline along with reaching 214m at their highest point. I can promise you, they are nothing short of spectacular. The sheer size and grandeur of the cliffs is something that locals and tourists alike from all over the world have admired with wonder and awe for hundreds of years.

If you’re lucky, weather permitting, on a clear day you can gaze upon various natural sites from the top of the Cliffs. These sites include the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins, the Maumturk mountains in Connemara as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.

So if you’re planning on popping the question here, make sure to check the weather forecast.



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4. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Glendalough is a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, which is famous for its monastic settlement which dates back to the 6th century when it was founded by Saint Kevin. It has many captivating historical and cultural features, which are both man-made and natural. The flagship of the man-made attractions is probably The Cathedral – the largest of the seven churches in Glendalough. Its construction lasted from the 10th to the 13th century.

Regarding the natural wonders of this location, the first thing to put on your Valentine’s inspired itinerary would likely be the upper lake – a glacial lake located in the Wicklow Mountains, west of Glendalough’s early monastic medieval settlement. It is definitely one of the most romantic places to visit in Ireland.

Arguably, the best trail to take to experience on your visit is one which requires the traversal of a steep 600-step boarded path from the Poolanass Waterfall up to the vantage platform of The Spinc (coming from the Irish word An Spinc, which translated to ‘pointy hill’), which provides a breathtaking view of the Upper lake and Glendalough valley below. (Picture shown)



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5. Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is located on the north coast of Northern Ireland.

In 1986, the incredibly unique site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one year later in 1987 it was declared a national nature reserve by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although the number of sides range from four to eight. The tallest ones reach 12 metres in height. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.

Exploring the Giant’s Causeway with the person you love is an experience you wouldn’t forget quickly.


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Malahide Castle Tour (5% off)

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Glendalough (10% off)

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