From breath-taking vistas to poetic history and its charming people - Ireland is undoubtedly romantic. Why not knock someone's socks off this Feb 14 with CIE Tours’ Valentine’s Day treat!
There is something particularly romantic about Ireland. Whether it’s the spectacular views, poetic history or the charming people you meet, Ireland has some remarkable locations for you to share a kiss, take a romantic stroll or pop the question to your significant other. And the gift of an extra day to relax before a swoon-worthy tour of the Emerald Isle is CIE Tours’ Valentine’s Day treat for travelers.
To celebrate this month of love, guests can enjoy a complimentary pre-tour one-night hotel stay and airport pick-up when they book by February 28, 2019, on select trips throughout the year. Offer details are available on CIE Tours' website (don’t forget promotion code LOVE2019 at checkout!).
Here are five of the most romantic locations in Ireland to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day:
Discover the romantic side to the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site on the North Antrim Coast, which is made up of 40,000 basalt rock columns, formed by the ancient volcanic landscape of the area. Love will certainly blossom for those lucky enough to catch one of the stunning sunsets over the causeway. Before you leave, seal your fate while seated on the Wishing Chair – a naturally sculpted throne at the causeway, which is very popular amongst visitors.
Several of CIE Tours’ getaways stop off at the Giants Causeway including the Irish Odyssey tour (starting at $2,349).
Wander along the scenic Dingle Peninsula for views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Take in all that this idyllic location has to offer while enjoying some quality time with your loved one. The peace and tranquility of the peninsula provides the perfect backdrop to celebrate another year of love together. Make sure to keep an eye out for local resident Fungie, the infamous Dingle Dolphin who has captured the heart of many visitors to the area.
The Best of Ireland South tour (starting at $1,599) includes a visit to the Dingle Peninsula has all the ingredients for a romantic Irish road trip.
The Aran Islands are one of the few places in Ireland where the culture and heritage of ancient Gaelic traditions remain. This includes the widely spoken Irish language, storytelling from locals and the quaint Irish pubs you imagine from an island off the coast of Galway Bay. There is something truly romantic about taking a stroll around the islands with your other half and hearing nothing but the wind howling and the crashing of the waves from the Atlantic Ocean that surrounds you.
Part of the Irish Myths & Legends experience (starting at $2,149) brings guests by ferry from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, renowned for traditional fishing and farming methods where they can explore the romance of the island for themselves.
Cliffs of Moher
Standing at a staggering 720 ft above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most photographed locations. The magical scenery and spectacular views have been the destination for numerous proposals throughout the years. Romance is oozing from the air around the cliffs on a clear day with the sound of waves crashing below and can inspire even the most pragmatic individuals to show their romantic side.
CIE Tours offers a variety of getaways which incorporate a trip to the Cliffs including the Irish Adventure tour (starting at $1,349).
What better place to share a kiss with your other half than at a monument made famous for its kissing; the Blarney Stone. For more than 200 years, pilgrims have been flocking to Blarney Castle to kiss the blarney stone. As the legend goes, if visitors kiss the stone, they are said to receive the gift of eloquence and the skill of flattery – or known locally as the ‘gift of the gab’. The Blarney Stone hangs off the outside of a tower at Blarney Castle. Those who want to kiss the stone must lie down and tilt their head back through a small opening over the edge of the tower’s walls.
Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone are woven into many of CIE Tours’ itineraries, including Taste of Ireland (starting at $1,299).