The 10 most romantic destinations in Ireland can immerse you in natural beauty, cultural charm, and endless splendor.
With fairytale castles, surprisingly perfect beaches, soaring cliffs, hidden waterfalls, and timeless verdant hills, Ireland is as spirited as it is exciting. Whether looking for rustic and rural or urban and pristine, glamorous or adventurous, you can find the right inspiration to settle into an intimate escape.
Celtic folklore and traditional cozy pubs, regal estates or a secluded sunset, discover where you can find the most romantic places to enjoy your couple’s getaway in Ireland.
Picturesque, historical, accessible, and welcoming define the charm of Delgany in County Wicklow. Couples can basque in luxurious contemporary spas, wander through the national gardens, or reach the trails in the Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve to find comfort in the woodlands or opulence in the serene landscape that surrounds the colorful village. Embrace the softness of natural grandeur and the welcoming ambiance of the rural settlement to connect to the romance of history and wildlife.
Being one of the most distant places connected to the Emerald Isle, remote Tory Island brings seclusion to romance. Here, living history and active mythology support passion and spirit. The islet has a locally elected king who often greets visitors as they depart the boat and look gently onto the cliffs, ancient crosses, and soaring lighthouses that add to the sense of beauty and mystery. The lilting lull of the Irish language brings a surprising invitation to the landscape as you explore Neolithic ruins or charming bed and breakfasts, all the while focusing on romance.
A sweeping view of rolling greenery, colorful buildings, and fishing boats cruising into the harbor create the joyful atmosphere of Dingle, accentuated by lively traditional pubs where live Irish music pulses with passion. The greater peninsula can look like a painting with its verdant hills, white-washed cottages, sheep dotted on the landscape and enchanting cliffs. Surprising golden beaches fade into the Atlantic’s cobalt waters for a lovely contrast that embodies romance as you sample artisan cheese, inhale luxurious lavender, or search the coastline for passing dolphins.
Romance in Glendalough emerges from the ambiance created by the two dark lakes tucked into the glacial valley and surrounded by the encroaching forest. The landscape breathes with mystery and tranquil beauty. The ruins of an ancient monastic site only add to the picturesque and majestic atmosphere, with towers and stone walls rising above the rolling hills as the sounds of trickling waters echo. With nearby estates and villages to visit, Glendalough can feel like complete seclusion, but with easy access.
Social, modest, and inviting, Glengarriff can enchant you with music and its position amongst the hills along the southern coast. Just off the shoreline stands Garnish Island, a stunning garden that brings horticulture to life, with romantic walkways and viewpoints that look out to the water with its passing dolphins, lounging seals, and soaring eagles. The nature reserve was once a private estate and hosts trails that weave between the ancient oaks and ferns, where red squirrels and otters roam free near the riverbanks for the perfect embodiment of Ireland’s pristine natural setting.
With marks of ancient Gaelic culture and a remote position at the most western point of Ireland, the Aran Islands feel as though they have emerged from a storybook. Locals share folklore with haunting details, made more melodic by the Irish language, and cliffside fortresses predate the arrival of Christianity in the area. Romance abounds in the connection to the heritage that intertwines with the inescapable drama of the landscape.
Killarney resembles a postcard, with expansive views that cover sparkling lakes and open waterfalls, mountains dressed in heather and castles draped in stone. The marvels of nature provide the canvas for your perfect romantic getaway as you take hiking trails to Muckross House and visit the historic buildings, wander through the gardens to admire the flowers, or travel along the Ring of Kerry to discover the celebrated scenic drive. Enjoy the skyline of surrounding mountain peaks or indulge in the numerous restaurants and pubs that help bring to life the true spirit of the county and the essence of Killarney’s natural beauty.
The town of Cahersiveen emerges with subtle charm along the famous Ring of Kerry, offering an unsurpassed view of the Atlantic. You can travel along rugged cliffsides, sample enticing seafood, visit serene lighthouses, or stroll through elegant gardens as you embrace the serene spirit found in rural quiet. Whether looking at the impressive ring forts, the barracks, or the bridge, you can simply enjoy the town at your own pace for true romance in Ireland.
Take your time in natural opulence and aristocratic glamour during a romantic trip to Westport. The 18th-century palatial Westport House estate and pilgrimage route along Croagh Patrick bring new and exciting perspectives of Irish history and culture to light, while the greenway provides an exceptional cycling route. Learn archery as a couple, plan an elaborate meal, or wander through the town to enjoy the shops, bakeries, and flowerbeds in search of your perfect romantic experience.
The celebrated Cliffs of Moher have become one of Ireland’s symbols of natural wonder as they soar for miles above the Atlantic coastline. Bold and exciting, the cliffs offer the perfect getaway for a romantic sunset as the sounds of Celtic harp accentuate the quiet echo of the crashing waves below. The water may look as though it is endlessly churning against the base of the cliffs and the setting sun turns the horizon into a kaleidoscope of color that spreads across the Atlantic and exposed rock. The natural drama plays out to create a captivating ballet perfect for your unforgettable romance.
Enjoy the beauty of Ireland that effortlessly accentuates a romantic ambiance. With preserved castles and access to stunning nature, you can wander through the rolling Irish hills, discover the wonder at the Cliffs of Moher, or simply bask in the preserved charm of historic villages. Zicasso’s sample Ireland Tours & Vacations can inspire your customizable itinerary for your couple’s getaway. Fill out a Trip Request to speak with an Ireland travel specialist or call our team at 1-888-265-9707.