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Romance is in the air -- so we've counted down the most romantic spots in Ireland for proposals. Photo by: Albert Gonzalez and Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Ten places to pop the question in romantic Ireland (PHOTOS)

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Romance is in the air -- so we've counted down the most romantic spots in Ireland for proposals. Photo by: Albert Gonzalez and Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many lovestruck couples are on the hunt for an unforgettable place to pop the question. With colourful countryside, serene lakes, dramatic mountains and historic castles, Ireland has plenty of romantic places to inspire a proposal to remember.

Here are our top ten places to pop the question in Ireland:  

Torc waterfall, Kerry

Torc Waterfall, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Torc Waterfall, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Image source: Roger Kinkead / Tourism Ireland

Scenic Killarney National Park is awash with mountains, lakes, cute traditional cottages and some of Ireland’s most stunning countryside. Take a horsedrawn carriage ride around the park and stop off at Torc waterfall, a 60 foot high cascading waterfall that’s a real natural wonder.

Whitefriar Street Chapel, Dublin

Whitefriar Church in Dublin.
Whitefriar Church in Dublin. Image source: Eamonn Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Every year around Valentine’s Day couples make pilgrimages to this Carmelite chapel in Dublin city center. Tucked away inside lie the remains of St Valentine and a visit to the patron saint of lovers has inspired many Feb 14 proposals.

Marble Arch Caves, Fermanagh

Marble Arch Caves.
Marble Arch Caves. Image source: Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Say ‘I Do’ in a world of stalagmites and stalactites in these wonderful caves under the lush green Fermanagh countryside. Discovered in the 19th century, these incredible caves are like stepping into another world.

Sligo’s beaches

Standhill Beach, Co. Sligo.
Standhill Beach, Co. Sligo. Image source: Brian Morrison / Tourism Ireland

Get swept away with the salty sea air and gentle lapping waves on a romantic walk along Strandhill beach in Sligo. Take a horse ride along the sand, check out the view of Mount Benbulben or unwind with an Irish seaweed bath together, one of Sligo’s specialities.

Inchydoney, West Cork

Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Image source: Jonathan Hession / Tourism Ireland

Idyllic Inchydoney is the perfect place for a secluded love-in. Take a picnic on the grassy hill overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, spell ‘I love you’ in the soft sand and go for a couples massage in the award-winning Inchydoney Island Spa.

Ashford Castle, Co Mayo

Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo.
Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo. Image source: Tourism Ireland

Fans of John Ford’s classic "The Quiet Man" will instantly recognise the quaint village of Cong from the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara love story. In fact, the cast even stayed at the five star property. Dating back to 1228, Ashford Castle is an ideal base to start exploring the romantic west of Ireland.

Powerscourt Estate & Gardens, Co Wicklow

Powerscourt House and Gardens, Co. Wicklow.
Powerscourt House and Gardens, Co. Wicklow. Image source: Chris Hill / Tourism Ireland

Romance will definitely bloom after a stroll through the gardens of Powerscourt House, one of Ireland’s finest country estates. The expansive gardens include 47 acres of manicured landscape and colorful flowers. Don’t miss Ireland’s highest waterfall, also on the estate.

Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare.
Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare. Image source: Chris Hill / Tourism Ireland

On a clear day the view from Clare’s west coast is breathtaking – sweeping cliffs, the expansive Atlantic Ocean and the Aran islands in the distance. You might have to battle the Atlantic wind, but this will definitely be a proposal to remember.   

Glendalough Valley and Tower

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Image source: Chris Hill / Tourism Ireland

Founded by St Kevin in the 6th century, the early Christian Monastic site of Glendalough is bliss to visit. See two lakes as well as a picturesque round tower. A walk through this gorgeous valley is guaranteed to inspire many to drop down on one knee.

Newgrange, Co Meath

Newgrange, Slane. Co. Meath.
Newgrange, Slane. Co. Meath. Image source: Tourism Ireland

In Irish mythology, Aonghus and Caer both flew to Newgrange and lived there in the form of swans. This famous Megalithic Passage Tomb dates back to 3200BC and each year the sun lights up the inner chamber for the Winter Solstice.  Around 50 people are chosen by lottery to experience this ancient wonder in the flesh. You can’t get a more exclusive proposal than that.

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