As the two week countdown to Valentines Day begins we decided to take a look at some of the most romantic places around Ireland and compiled a list of our top favourites. You may have been lucky enough to get to some of these places and if not they’re definite recommendations to enjoy alongside your loved one.
Feast your eyes on Benbulben Mountain in the background of this superb picture, also known as The Table Mountain for obvious reasons. In front of the mountain lies the beautiful Classiebawn Castle. This picture is taken from Mullaghmore, which lies on the Mullaghmore peninsula in Co Sligo. It is one of Ireland’s most beautiful sea side towns full of long sandy beaches and renowned for its large waves and great surfing. A very much action packed place, with plenty of outdoor activities, this is the ideal location to spend time with your loved one enjoying what Sligo truly has to offer, from history, culture, hiking, surfing and more.
7. Claddagh Village
Claddagh Village is where the renowned Irish Claddagh originated. Its Irish An Cladach is translated to “the shore.” The beautiful seaside village is steeped in history and stories. Legend tells us it was Richard Joyce, a silversmith from the village that invented the Claddagh when he was captured by pirates and held imprisoned for 14 years. He made it for his love and gave it to her when they were finally reunited. The ring has evidently went on to become one of Ireland’s most beautiful designs symbolising love, friendship and loyalty. If you can’t get to see the renowned Claddagh Village itself, see our extensive range of stunning Claddagh Jewelry for a sensational romantic gift.
6. Grafton Street
Taking things back to the city with Dublin’s famous Grafton Street. At the top lies one of Dublin’s most renowned parks, St Stephen’s Green. At the bottom is statue Molly Malone, a statue well known throughout Dublin of a woman wheeling a cart made after the famous song Molly Malone which has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin City. Grafton Street itself is a thriving shopping street with plenty of buskers and quaint cafes and bars just off it. It’s always an enjoyable place to browse and take in the atmosphere. In particular at Christmas time with decorated shop window fronts and beautiful chandelier lights.
5. Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle is a medieval castle in Blarney, near Cork. At the top of the castle lies the renowned Blarney Stone. People visiting Blarney Castle hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquence. It is set in a truly romantic setting by the flowing water and rich green life that is prominently Irish.
One of the most majestic views you will see in Ireland is that of the lakes and mountains of Connemara. The mountains are over 900 million years old, full of tales and stories. Our very own Connemara Marble Jewelry comes from these very mountains. The marble varies in color from creamy pale green to shades of sage and moss. No two pieces are the same making this jewelry extremely unique.
If you cant treat your loved one to a romantic walk in the mountains of Connemara, treat them to a Connemara marble jewel for a piece of Ireland to treasure forever.
3. Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s natural wonders and its no wonder why when you feast your eyes upon the the large rugged cliff line and beautiful Atlantic Ocean. This picture captures the cliffs in all their beauty in the evening time as the setting sun beams of the gigantic cliff walls. A truly majestic and romantic setting for anyone to experience.
2. Aran Islands
The Aran Islands remain as rugged as Ireland’s coastline. Full of beautiful stone walls, stone houses and thatch cottages, the islands remain the very much old traditional Ireland. It was here that Aran Jumpers were first made. Wives of fishermen made them for their husbands going out to brace the harsh Atlantic weather, as you can still see from the picture above; there hasn’t been a change in this weather. A walk, cycle or even a horse carriage ride from the locals along the Island and taking in the different views from each coast is as romantic as it gets.
1. Croagh Patrick
The view that you are looking at is out across Clew Bay, Co. Mayo, home to 365 drumlin islands. The picture is taken from the top of Croagh Patrick. The mountain’s popularity with religious pilgrims dates back to the time of St Patrick. He is said to have completed a 40 day Lenten ritual of fasting and penance here. It is also said that Croagh Patrick was the mount from which all the snakes of Ireland were banished forever.
Although not the most romantic walk up Croagh Patrick, it certainly is at the top with a small quaint chapel and a mesmerising view out to the bay.
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