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Top Ireland Honeymoons & Romantic Getaways

By: Catherine
Last Updated: 05/07/2024

If you’re dreaming about a romantic getaway, but want to sidestep typical European honeymoon destinations, you’ve come to the right place. This is your chance to venture somewhere different.

Whisk yourself off to Ireland, where you’ll find a stunning Atlantic coastline, rolling green hills and lively cities. Not to mention Celtic castles, grand country house hotels and countless cosy pubs.

Whether you’re planning an Ireland honeymoon, anniversary celebration or romantic escape, the Emerald Isle will sweep you off your feet.

Read on for more reasons to visit Ireland. “Céad míle fáilte” (one hundred thousand welcomes), as the locals say, are waiting for you.

Couple walking through the streets of Dublin
Discover Dublin by night. ©Rob Durston – Fáilte Ireland

Where to stay on your Irish escape

Prepare to be spoiled for choice by the accommodation options in Ireland. Go beyond the usual well-known hotel chains and uncover stand-out properties.

What’s more, you don’t need to choose between staying in Ireland’s cities and the countryside. In fact, we recommend splitting your time between the two.

Venture into the countryside for lavishly renovated manor houses and castle hotels. Think guest rooms with luxurious touches like 4-poster beds. Plus, comforts such as in-house spas and well-stocked whiskey bars.

While the countryside is perfect for some R&R after your big day, you won’t want to miss vibrant Irish cities like Dublin, Galway and Cork. Go for a hotel right in the heart of things, or opt for a boutique bolthole off the beaten path but still close to the action.

Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal, Ireland
Lough Eske Castle Hotel in County Donegal. ©Lough Eske Castle

5 Ideas for your romantic getaway in Ireland

It’s worth bearing in mind that there’s no one best romantic getaway in Ireland. Your ultimate Irish escape will be as unique as you and your loved one.

But, to get you started, here’s a round-up of the top ways to make memories in the Emerald Isle. Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, you’ll find it here.

Coastal road in Ireland with a view of the Skellig coast
Imagine driving along Ireland's gorgeous Skellig Coast.

1. Take a coastal road trip

While you’re exploring Ireland, make sure to check out sections of the Wild Atlantic Way. This spectacular road trip stretches over 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) along the country’s west coast.

Discover charming villages, hidden coves, and iconic landmarks like the towering Cliffs of Moher on the way.

There are plenty of attractions on the route, but we also recommend leaving room for spontaneity. Take a detour down a scenic country road, dip your toes in the ocean, or pull over for a picnic with breathtaking sea views.

Dún Aonghasa fort, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland
Dún Aonghasa fort and the cliffs of Inishmore in the Aran Islands. ©Chris Hill – Tourism Ireland

2. Learn about Irish history

Thanks to its Celtic heritage, the Emerald Isle is steeped in folklore and myth. So prepare to step back in time at ancient sites like Irish castles, chambered cairns and stone circles.

Blarney Castle, near the city of Cork, is one of the most well-known castles in Ireland. Head up the tower to see the legendary Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone, said to bestow the “gift of the gab”, and it’s said you’ll never be lost for words again.

Or why not take a boat trip to Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest of the Aran Islands? Venture here to wander among the remains of Dún Aonghasa, a clifftop fort dating back to about 1,500 BC.

You might even recognise Inis Mór from The Banshees of Inisherin because the island was a filming location for the movie. While you’re here, allow time to lounge on one of the island’s white sand beaches and pick up some Aran knitwear as a souvenir.

Delve deeper into the past at Newgrange, one of Ireland’s most significant archaeological sites. This 5,200-year-old passage tomb and its surrounding monuments are just over a 1-hour drive from Dublin. Take a guided tour to learn more and glimpse the world-famous megalithic artwork for yourself.

People on the drawbridge at Birr Castle, County Offaly, Ireland
Step back in time at historic sites like Birr Castle in County Offaly.

3. Soak up culture in friendly towns and cities

Ireland's vibrant towns and cities offer a captivating blend of history and modern life. Meander along cobbled streets lined with colourful shops and visit museums and galleries to learn about Ireland's heritage.

The capital of Dublin is a must during your time in Ireland. At the top of your list here should be the likes of the Guinness Storehouse, Irish Emigration Museum, and Book of Kells at Trinity College.

The medieval town of Kilkenny and Galway’s Latin Quarter are also well worth seeing, along with Cork, the country’s second-largest city.

Ireland's magic lies not just in its sights but also in its people. Strike up conversations with locals to find out where the best live music will be that night. Or simply go bar-hopping and follow toe-tapping tunes around town.

A music session in Galway, Ireland
Head to Galway and you'll hear traditional Irish folk music spilling from the city's pubs.

Ireland’s welcoming towns and cities also host several festivals throughout the year. Visit from spring through autumn, when the weather’s best, and experience local events like these:

  • AprilInternational Literature Festival in Dublin
  • MayIrish Grand National
  • June:
    • Dublin Pride
    • Cork Midsummer Festival
  • JulyInternational Arts Festival in Galway
  • AugustKilkenny Arts Festival
  • September:
    • Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival
    • Dingle Tradfest
    • Fringe Festival in Dublin
  • October: Cork Jazz Festival

People looking over the sea cliffs at Slieve League, County Donegal, Ireland - © Paul Lindsay / Chris Hill Photographic
Marvel at moody scenery from Slieve League in County Donegal. ©Paul Lindsay / Chris Hill Photographic

4. Embrace the outdoors

Ireland's natural beauty is the perfect backdrop to your outdoor adventures. And despite being a relatively small country, there’s plenty of variety.

For rolling heather-clad hills, rambling woodland and sparkling lakes (or “loughs”), head to Killarney National Park. Ride through the park on a horse and carriage – known locally as a jaunting car. Or lace up your hiking boots for a peaceful forest walk.

While Killarney is defined by its lush greenery, the otherworldly scenery of the Burren makes for a striking contrast. Here, exposed limestone bedrock stretches for miles, creating a lunar-like landscape.

Aerial view of a car driving along a coastal road in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland
Explore the Burren on an unforgettable road trip.

Although this might sound barren, the Burren National Park is brimming with life. This protected area in County Clare is even home to rare species of orchids and butterflies.

If it's turquoise waters and golden beaches you’re after, look no further than Glassilaun Bay. Located on the west coast between Westport and Clifden, it’s perfect for a swim or snorkel on a warm summer day. Otherwise, simply stroll hand-in-hand along its sweeping sands.

Person standing in the sea, Dog's Bay, Galway, Ireland
Dip a toe in the crystal clear water of Dog's Bay in County Galway.

5. Indulge in Irish cuisine

Ireland's culinary scene has come a long way in recent years. Fuel your adventures with a hearty Irish breakfast and indulge in fresh seafood by the coast. Come evening, savour award-winning cuisine in fine dining restaurants.

Explore the dynamic food scene in Dublin or Cork, where innovative chefs are putting a modern twist on traditional dishes. But make sure to try old favourites too. There’s nothing like a bowl of warming Irish stew and a pint of Guinness in a cosy pub.

Let’s not forget there are countless Irish whiskies for you to try as well. There’s no better way to toast your getaway. Here’s to you both!

Two men drinking pints outside in Dublin's Temple Bar District, Ireland
Enjoy a pint together in Dublin's bustling Temple Bar district. ©James Bowden – Tourism Ireland

Let Nordic Visitor plan your dream getaway

With its breathtaking scenery and endless charm, Ireland is the perfect place to celebrate your love. But where to start when it comes to planning the ultimate romantic break?

Instead of piecing it together yourself, book with Nordic Visitor and you can leave the details to us. A dedicated travel consultant will handle the logistics, leaving you free to relax and look forward to your romantic tour in Ireland.

Your trip for two will include handpicked accommodation, local transport, a personalised itinerary and more. Plus, you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline during your trip.  

So, pack your bags and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Get in touch with us to start planning your romantic adventure in Ireland.

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Post by: Catherine

Born and raised in Scotland, Catherine has a background in trip organisation and design. When not travelling, or writing about travels, you can find her rock climbing and exploring remote corners of Scotland. Her top travel experiences include cycling along India’s Brahmaputra River, wandering the souks of Marrakech, and mountaineering in the Alps.

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