Ireland, the country of saints and scholars, is known for its green lush countryside, ancient history and ‘craic’ (fun) at the local pub, but it’s also filled with romance from small boutique hotels in the middle of Ireland’s idyllic scenery to the spectacular great outdoors.
Anyone can buy a box of chocolates or go on a date to your favorite local restaurant but bring your loved on to any of this spots and they will be more than impressed.
Here’s some of IrishCentral.com picks of the top romantic spots in Ireland:
1. Castle Leslie, County Monaghan
One thousand acres of ancient woodland and glittering lakes, this is a fabulous spot to live like a king or queen. This is a family-run regal sanctuary where the Leslie family have lived since the 1660s where they entertain politicians, ambassadors and stars.
Spend the morning horseback riding or pampering yourself in the Victorian spa in preparation for the gala ball.
2. Kinsale, County Cork
Kinsale is indisputably one of the most picturesque little villages in Ireland. Just 15.5 miles outside Cork city, near the Old Head of Kinsale, the village sits on the mouth of the River Bandon.
Not only is the village filled with beautiful buildings, but it also has a wealth of excellent restaurants and intimate pubs. It is an ideal place to spend a relaxing couple of days with your loved one. Or if you like you’ll also find a great lively night life with traditional music sessions, dancing and theater.
3. Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, Dublin 2
Well it doesn’t get more romantic than this! Nestled in the center of Dublin city, in the Liberties area are the real life remains of none other than Saint Valentine.
What could be better than bringing your loved one to visit the patron saint of lovers.
His remains were previously in the cemetery of Saint Hippolytus in Rome, but they were gifted to Dublin in the 19th century by Pope Gregory XVI.
This Church has long been a pilgrimage location for those seeking love, celebrating love and indeed cursing love.