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From gorgeous gardens to lakeshore strolls, Ireland is packed with romantic places. As the evenings draw in, it’s a great time to catch a sunset, cosy up by the fire or admire the stunning scenery with someone special.

Here’s 13 incredible ideas for a romantic break this autumn.

Romantic experiences

Go whale watching in West Cork 

Spot whales in West Cork.

Did you know that the west coast is the best place in Ireland to spot whales? Head out on a boat tour with Cork Whale Watch and watch as these majestic mammals breach the surface of the ocean.

See the sunset at Doolin

Head to Doolin in magical Clare for a romantic short break and watch the sun dipping beneath the horizon with your loved one. Follow up with a night full of music by the fire in the lively village.

Stargaze in Mayo Dark Sky Park

See one of the most astounding skies in the world on your visit to Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park in Mayo. Look up and marvel at over 4,500 twinkling stars, along with other planets in our solar system in this incredible International Dark Sky Park. You may even witness meteor showers spilling down from the sky.

Romantic walks

Explore Dún na Rí Forest Park

Take a scenic walk through Dún na Rí Forest Park.

Go deep into the forest on an adventure for two at Dún na Rí Forest Park in Cavan and experience the breathtaking Glen of the Cabra River, an area steeped in history and legend. Take a moment to make a wish at its famous wishing well.

Amble through Derrycassin Woods

Meander through the scenic walks of Derrycassin Woods when you stay in Longford and breathe in the spruce as you head to the gorgeous viewing points on the lakeshore. Finish your walk with a picnic for two by the waterside.

Take a stroll along Ballymastocker Bay

Journey to Donegal and take a peaceful walk along the golden sands of Ballymastocker on the western shore of Lough Swilly. Extend your trip by taking the twisting cliff-top route above the strand with its exceptional views of the Fanad Peninsula.

Romantic gardens

Relax in the Botanic Gardens

Admire the colourful flowers at the National Botanic Gardens.

Bring your partner away for a few days and visit the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin with their beautifully restored glasshouses and collection of more than 15,000 plant species. Don’t miss the rose garden.

Step into Altamont Gardens

Journey to Carlow and visit the whimsical 16-hectare Altamont Gardens, the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown where you’ll enjoy the abundance of autumn colour.

Unwind in Tullynally Castle Gardens

Travel to Westmeath on your romantic getaway and admire the dreamy Tullynally Castle Gardens that date from the late 18th century. Roam the terraced lawns, walled flower gardens and enchanting ornamental lakes. 

See the magical Heywood Gardens

Explore the charming hillside landscape of the Heywood Gardens, designed by leading architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Make your way across 50 acres of land that look south-east over a sweep of undulating country on a short break in Laois.

Romantic spots

Check out Leitrim's floating boardwalk

Visit lovely Leitrim.

Hop on your bike in Leitrim village and take in the Acres Lake Floating Boardwalk across the lakelands on your way to Drumshanbo. Pack a picnic for two, cycle this traffic-free loop and enjoy lunch al fresco with a stunning view.

Pop the question at Carlingford's Proposal Stones

Capture a moment of old fashioned romance at the Proposal Stones in Carlingford on a holiday to Louth. These simple stones were once a place where lovers sat near fairy trees and forts and if their courting led to a proposal, the couple would be blessed with luck and protection.

Visit the relics of St. Valentine

Stay in Dublin city and seek out the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church where the relic of St Valentine resides. Light a candle at St. Valentine's Shrine and have your relationship blessed.

Find more inspiration for your next romantic break over on our Romantic Getaways page and start planning your trip today.

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