Ireland is one of the best countries in the world for stunning scenery and romantic views. This article highlights the top ten romantic hilltop views.
1. Doolin, Co. Clare
Doolin is bursting with tourists from the busy months of April until the end of September but this romantic hilltop view is a must see.
As you take the windy road up past Doonagore Castle you’ll go straight through the crossroads and drive up towards the telephone tower.
You’ll find a spot to pull in on the side of the road where behind you, you will marvel at the beautiful view of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay and enjoy with your other half.
2. Máméan, Co. Galway
If you’re an active couple and feel like getting lost in the wilderness of Connemara go and do the pilgrimage walk to Máméan where you’ll find one of the smallest chapels in Ireland. The view overlooks Mam valley and is absolutely breathtaking. You can hike up hand in hand and have a small picnic at the top.
3. Priest’s Leap Road, Cork/Kerry
Priest’s Leap is a road right on the border of Co.Kerry and Co.Cork. It is an adventurous, bumpy road full of magnificent scenery and perfect for a secluded road trip for two. On the way, you’ll go through tunnels, mountains, waterfalls and enjoy breathtaking hill top views.
4. Slate Quarry and Grotto, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry
Valentia island has many beautiful beaches, castles and cliffs to walk, all very romantic, however, if you take a spin up to the grotto and slate quarry you will enjoy a remarkable hilltop view of the many scattered islands and mountains. Why not follow up with a kayaking tour or romantic evening dinner on the beach.
5. Mahon Falls, Co. Waterford
You’ll find Mahon falls situated in the Comeragh Mountains in Co.Waterford. This astounding waterfall is perfect for a Sunday drive and a great way to wrap up a romantic weekend. There is a car park nearby that’s only a short walk away from the falls from which you can enjoy the views of the Comeragh Mountains. You could also hike, that is, if you’re not suffering from a Saturday night hangover!
6. Galtymore, Limerick/Tipperary
Galtymore is a mountain bordering between the counties of Limerick and Tipperary, It has numerous walks and trails with stunning views of lakes and green fields. Nearby you’ll find Galty Castle, built in 1895, a must see! Galtymore, part of the Galtee Mountains, can be covered in snow during the winter months and is therefore ideal for a winter wonderland romantic retreat.
7. Teampall Bhean’in (St Benan’s Church), Co. Galway
Inis Mór is the biggest of the three Aran Islands and is perfect for a weekend getaway. Why not rent a bike and get away from the busy tourist spots by cycling up to Teampall Bhean’in and enjoy the views of Cill Éinne Bay. The church itself boats to be the smallest church in Ireland and dates from the 7th century. You could grab a takeaway sandwich or coffee from one of the numerous cafes and enjoy the peace and silence with your significant other.
8. Mamore Gap, Co. Donegal
Now, it rarely happens in this country but on occasion, you will hear a report of the Aurora Borealis being visible from certain points in Northern Ireland and one of these places is Mamore Gap.
This road is on the western side of Inishowen and a popular spot where people have made pilgrimages to visit the holy St.Eigne’s well situated at the top of the gap.
It’s a beautiful spot and can you imagine if on a starlit night, warm blanket and a chance of seeing the Northern lights? Romantic heaven!
9. The Vee pass, Co. Tipperary
The Vee Pass is located in the Knockmealdown Mountains of Co. Tipperary on the border of Waterford.
It’s a scenic mountain drive that boasts panoramic views of the Knockmealdown and Galtee mountain ranges. As the Vee is located on the Sugar Loaf, you and your S.O. can walk the area or enjoy the view of the valley from the comfort of your car.
10. Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford
For a really romantic break, why not stay on a cliff top hotel gorging on food and wine or bubbling in an outdoor hot tub enjoying the scenery.
This hotel is situated minutes away from Samson Shipwreck and Ram’s Head, plenty of romantic expeditions for the adventurous couples. For those of you who want to chill-out why not enjoy the indoor pool and enjoy the views from within.