Top 10 most ROMANTIC places for women to PROPOSE in Ireland this leap year

Ready to pop the question this leap year? Check out our guide to the most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland.

Top 10 most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland this leap year.

Taking place once every four years, leap years see an extra day added to our yearly calendar. This has been in place since the creation of the Julian Calendar to account for the fact that it actually takes the Earth 365 and a quarter days to orbit the sun.

In Ireland, tradition states that on this rare day, a woman can take the reins in her prospective marriage, taking the opportunity to get down on one knee and ask her partner for their hand in marriage.

While feminism has progressed and things have moved on a lot since this was invented, you may still want to embrace this special day and stick to an age-old tradition, all in the name of romance.

If so, here are the ten most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland this leap year.

10. Lough Ouler, Co. Wicklow – spread the love at Ireland’s love heart lake

A view from above Lough Ouler, Co. Wicklow, and the surrounding hills.
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Is there anywhere more romantic to propose than right in front of a lake shaped like a love heart surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Wicklow Mountains? We think not.

Located close to the iconic Glendalough, Lough Ouler is a real hidden gem, so you and your loved one can enjoy a peaceful and romantic moment as you start your new life together.

Address: Laragh West, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

9. Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim – like something from a fairytale

A view of Dunluce Castle on a sunny day. Dunluce Castle is one of the most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland.
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Next up on our list of most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland this leap year is the majestic Dunluce Castle, which sits atop a cliff on the north coast of County Antrim.

Dating back to the 17th century, this castle now stands in ruin above the wild Atlantic waves crashing below. Rugged, wild, and oh-so Irish, what a romantic spot to pop the question, huh?

Address: 87 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills BT57 8UY, United Kingdom

8. Claddagh, Co. Galway – lean into another Irish tradition

A couple on a boat ride in the Claddagh, Co. Galway.
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While the leap year tradition may be somewhat outdated, another romantic Irish tradition stands firm to this day, that of the Claddagh ring.

Hailing from the Claddagh area of Galway, the ring has three components, all representing different things: a heart for love, a crown for loyalty, and two clasped hands for friendship.

So, grab a Claddagh from one of the local jewellers and get down on one knee in the place where it all began.

Address: The Claddagh, An Cladach, Galway, Ireland

7. Garinish Island, Glengarriff, Co. Cork – for beautiful surroundings

The Italian garden at Garinish Island and the surrounding plants. Garinish Island is one of the most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland.
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For a picture-perfect proposal, you need to check out the fantastic Garinish Island in the Glengarriff area of County Cork.

Home to a beautiful walled garden and an abundance of beautiful plant life, this island is truly as romantic as they come. Make sure to have a photographer on standby to capture this special moment, because the photos here will be magical!

Address: Garinish Island, Co. Cork, Ireland

6. Dingle, Co. Kerry – enjoy the scenery and the quaint local life of this Irish village

A gold engagement ring with two diamonds rests on as surface.
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A magical peninsula home to beautiful beaches, stunning drives, and one of the most picturesque towns in Ireland, County Kerry’s Dingle Peninsula is the perfect place to pop the question this 29 February.

With epic scenery all around and a truly romantic atmosphere, this is the perfect place to enjoy one of the most important moments in your life.

Address: Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland

5. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo – a romantic castle turned hotel

The exterior of Ashford Castle, including some of its grounds and a fountain. Ashford Castle is one of the most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland.
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Next up on our list of most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland this leap year is the majestic Ashford Castle in County Mayo.

A historic castle turned hotel, this spot is truly as romantic as they come – especially if we get lucky with some late February snowfall.

Address: Ashford Castle Dr, Ashford Or Cappacorcoge, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland

4. Malin Head, Co. Donegal – pop the question under the northern lights

The northern lights over Malin Head, Co. Donegal.
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As the island of Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head in County Donegal is the spot where you’ll have the best chance of catching a glimpse of the breathtaking aurora borealis.

March and April are two of the best months to catch the natural light display in Donegal. However, they’ve also been spotted in February, so you might just strike it lucky.

Address: Malin Head, Cionn Mhálanna, Ardmalin, Co. Donegal, Ireland

3. Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Cave, Co. Sligo – a romantic tale from Irish folklore

Diarmuid and Graínne's Cave, Co. Sligo. It is one of the most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland.
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The tale of Diarmuid and Gráinne is one of the most romantic stories from Irish folklore – two lovers fleeing from the smitten Fionn MacCumhaill, travelling through iconic spots across the island.

One of the most famous spots from this tale is Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Cave at the back of the famous Gleniff Horseshoe in County Sligo. A great spot to propose to any fans of Irish folklore.

Address: Carns, Co. Sligo, Ireland

2. The Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin – perfect for book-lovers

A one-point perspective shot of the Long Room at Trinity College, one of the most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland.
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Maybe you and your sweetheart met during your college days at Trinity, or perhaps your better half is just a big book lover. Whatever the reason, the Long Room at Trinity College is a great place to pop the question this 29 February.

Picture it now: you and your love, surrounded by tales of romance and tragedy in one of the most historic libraries in Ireland… Ah, magic.

Address: Old Library, College Green, South-East Inner City, Dublin 2, D02 VR66, Ireland

1. The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare – do it like the movie

Topping our list of most romantic places for women to propose in Ireland this leap year is the iconic Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland.

Not only will you enjoy the beautifully romantic landscapes this corner of the Emerald Isle has to offer, but you’ll also be doing it just like they do in the movies.

Address: Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

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