The Europe Hotel and Resort, Fossa, Killarney. The ultimate in cosmopolitan luxury nestled among the Lakes of Killarney, The Europe Hotel and Resort is an ideal spot for your Irish honeymoon. There are rooms to fit a range of budgets, a world-class spa, fine dining and a very trendy bar. The resort offers ready access to Killarney’s famous lakes and national park, to the charming town itself, to the Ring of Kerry, and to the Kerry kingdom beyond.
Horseback riding in Killarney National Park. Covering over 26,000 acres, Killarney National Park expands across the foot of Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks. Hidden among its tall trees and winding paths are hiking trails, native flora and fauna, waterfalls and more. You can explore it by foot, bicycle or jaunting cart, but nothing is quite as romantic as a horseback ride side by side.
Dromoland Castle, Ennis, Co. Clare. Travel back through Irish history at Dromoland Castle, the ancestral home of the O’Brien clan – themselves direct descendants of Brian Boru. The castle is at once opulent and refined, with antique furnishings, stunning views, and romantic accommodation. Stroll the grounds, play a round of golf, enjoy a day of relaxation at the spa, or venture out to explore the Shannon region's many attractions.
Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Spend a day or two exploring some of Ireland’s most famous geological wonders right in Co. Clare. Take in the view at the world-famous Cliffs of Moher and walk through The Burren, Ireland’s lunar karst-covered landscape.
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo. On the shore of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle dates back to 1228 when it was founded by the Anglo Norman de Burgos family. Today it is one of Ireland’s premiere luxury destinations. Rooms feature everything from oak paneling to marble bathrooms, and offer views of Lough Corrib or of Ashford’s stunning gardens. The castle has a multitude of fine dining options, including the George V Room and the Connaught Room, and offers a wide range of activities on its grounds, from spa amenities to equestrian stables to falconry. Achill Island, Connemara, and Cong – the town where the Quiet Man was set – are a drive away.
Westport, Co. Mayo. Get a feel for life in an Irish town with a visit to Westport, one of Ireland’s loveliest. Voted Ireland’s best place to live and tidiest town Westport has plenty to explore within its boundaries, from music festivals to flower shows, and even more beyond, including Croagh Patrick, Atlantic beaches and the Great Western Greenway - a popular walking and cycling trail.
Ardtara Country House, Co. Derry. One of Northern Ireland’s most romantic great houses, Ardtara sits on eight and a half acres of land and has a complex history that will be of particular interest to American honeymooners, as it includes links to one of the Founding Fathers. Each room has a working fireplace and is cozily decorated. The many, many attractions of Co. Derry and Co. Antrim are easily accessible.
Giants Causeway. A completely unique landscape and experience, the Giants Causeway in Co. Antrim is not to be missed. Take in the stunning views of the Atlantic and cliff sides, explore the basalt columns, and – if you dare – walk across the nearby Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin. A timeless classic, the Merrion Hotel, right on Merrion Square, is one of the most romantic places to stay as you get acquainted with Ireland's capital. The Merrion provides ready access to Dublin’s dining options, theaters, nightlife and cozy pubs. With its peaceful interior gardens and luxurious rooms, it is also an oasis unto itself.
Howth Head, Dublin. Walk the cliff-side trail along Howth Head – it’s been a famous destination for romantic strolls since James Joyce’s day. Marvel at the Atlantic ocean views, explore the light house, and pop in to Howth itself for a nice meal.
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