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Top 10 romantic getaways to take in Ireland right now
Take a romantic visit to Bantry House.
Magical castles, bracing clifftop walks, and cosy pints by the fire – Ireland is the perfect backdrop for a romantic break. Take a moonlit kayak, enjoy fine dining on a vintage train carriage, or experience a couple’s seaweed bath in a stunning spa.

If you are looking for a romantic break not too far from home, then this is the list for you.

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1Kayak by moonlight on Lough Hyne

Head to beautiful West Cork and take a dreamy trip in a kayak with the moon as a backdrop reflected on the water. Organised by Atlantic Sea Kayaking, Lough Hyne visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquillity on a romantic getaway to one of Ireland’s finest locations. 

A unique experience from dusk into darkness, you’ll be astonished as the sounds of seabirds come drifting into the lake as the moon rises high in the night sky. Breathe in the aromas of honeysuckle and gorse under the canopy of stars overhead.  

Kayaking at night on Lough Hyne in County Cork
Enjoy a moonlit kayak on Lough Hyne in West Cork.
2 Live like royalty with a castle stay at Kilronan

Head to Kilronan Castle Estate in Roscommon for a life of opulence in a stunning castle. Built in the 18th century, reach the castle resort along a meandering driveway that guides guests through an ancient forest surrounded by 40 acres of lush green estate. 

Set against a beautiful lough, the castle is straight out of a fairytale. Guests can experience the full and half-day retreats with personal spa treatments specially created for total comfort and well-being.

Couple taking a selfie at Kilronan Castle Estate in Roscommon
Stroll through the stunning grounds of Kilronan Castle Estate.
3Take a couple’s VOYA Seaweed Bath

For a moment of pure luxury take a long soak in a VOYA seaweed bath in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. With private rooms laid out with Victorian cast iron baths, experience pure bliss as you relax back in the tub of steaming hot water and fresh seaweed at VOYA Seaweed Baths. 

The heat from the bath releases the seaweed’s rich essential oils. Experience tension slipping away from you as the seaweed moisturises and rehydrates the skin. 

4Enjoy great food with a view at The Cliff House

Known for its stunning food, spa experience and epic sea views, The Cliff House Hotel in Waterford is perfect for a romantic getaway. Check into this hotel and enjoy an exquisite meal with a delicious mix of Irish and international cuisine. 

Its cliffside location makes you feel like a passenger on an ocean liner as you step out onto the balcony. Take a dip in the ocean or enjoy the ultimate relaxation package in the rejuvenating and intimate spa.

5Stargaze in Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve

Make a trip to Kerry and gaze up in awe in this International Dark Sky Reserve with the twinkling stars shining brightly down upon you. When the sun goes down, on clear moonless nights, a whole new world comes to light. The only Gold-Tiered Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere, you can see the night sky comes alive with the Milky Way, nebulas, planets, and shooting stars.  

Due to social distancing restrictions, the reserve is operating online for now but this is a fantastic way to get inspiration for your visit.

Stunning views at Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve
Visit Kerry and gaze up in awe at the International Dark Sky Reserve
6Take a room with a view at Bantry House

The beautiful Bantry House with its styled gardens and terrace was the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry and overlooks beautiful Bantry Bay. Book into a room and stroll through the stunning grounds laid out in the Italian style over seven terraces. 

Enjoy the wisteria circle and fountain before walking the famous Hundred Steps made from local stone set amidst rhododendron and azaleas. The six rooms in the East Wing of the house have wonderful views of the glorious garden and are furnished with silk curtains, Irish woollens, and period furniture.

Couple walking down steps towards Bantry House and Gardens, Cork
Spend time together in the beautiful gardens at Bantry House.
7Relax in luxury with a break at the Monart

Regarded as many as one of the world’s leading destination spas, the five-star Monart Spa in Co. Wexford leaves guests feeling relaxed and renewed. 

With thermal suite and world-class treatment rooms it is the perfect location if you are looking to recharge and heal in unforgettable comfort and style. The remarkable spa is set in over 100 acres of private woodlands. 

Corridor in Monart spa in County Wexford
Relax in luxury with a break at the Monart
8Dinner on an Orient Express carriage at the Pullman Restaurant in Glenlo Abbey

Take a trip to Glenlo Abbey in Galway and reserve a spot at the award-winning Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express. Two of the original carriages from the famous train have been beautifully restored and now live on the grounds of the hotel. 

One was even used in the making of Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express. Perfect for private dining, the richness of the interior design coupled with a fantastic menu makes for an amazing culinary experience.

Dining tables and chairs in front of a railway carriage at Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate, Galway.
Enjoy a meal aboard the Orient Express at Glenlo Abbey.
9Have a sunset picnic on Sliabh Liag Cliffs

The epic Sliabh Liag Cliffs on the south-west coast of Co. Donegal are considered by many to be some of the finest in all of Europe. Leave your car at the carpark and take your picnic basket on a walk to the cliffs with terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. 

Watch as the sun dips beneath the horizon with a medley of colours as the ocean glistens in the evening’s light. A truly unforgettable experience.

Stone path along the edge of Sliabh League Cliffs, Co. Donegal
Discover the Sliabh Liag Cliffs on the south-west coast of Co. Donegal.
10Get out on the water with a Killary Harbour boat tour

Treat your loved one to a memorable 90-minute boat trip on Killary Harbour with uninterrupted views and spectacular scenery across the water. With some of the finest vistas in the west of Ireland, visitors will be at total peace while enjoying the glorious sights and calming water.

A boat sailing across the water at Killary Harbour with mountains looming in the background
Take a boat trip on Killary Harbour.
Start planning your next getaway

With sunset cliff walks, castle stays and star gazing, there are plenty of opportunities to lose yourself in the romance of our beautiful island. See our Things to Do page for even more romantic ideas, now is the time to book your dream break.

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