If you’re travelling to Ireland with a loved one, you’re already doing pretty well in the romance department, particularly if you’re the one who’s footing the bill! But, depending on where you’re from, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Even if you think you’ll be back time and time again, they do say that you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Why not make the first time you visit Ireland with your love extra special, and tick these places off your bucket list? According to a recent blog post from gaming brand Lottoland, travel is one of the biggest things people dream of doing, with the Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon topping off the list. However, it’s hard to argue with a trip to the Emerald Isle – and you wouldn’t want to leave your partner with regrets, would you?!
1. Galway City
Look, if it’s good enough for Ed Sheeran to write an elusive song about the mysterious “Galway Girl”, it’s good enough for us! It’s been named the most romantic spot in Ireland by Love Hearts – the candy kind – and it’s a great place to come with a date. The Spanish Arch is perfect for stealing a sneaky kiss, and the quaint city is lively so you can go for a few drinks, too.
2. St. Valentine’s Relics
Trying to think of the perfect Valentine’s Day? You don’t need to look too hard because St Valentine’s relics now reside in Dublin; yes, the one and only Saint himself. They’re in the Whitefriar Street Church, which brings lovebirds flocking to mass on February 14th for a blessing of rings. Looking to pop the question? This might just be the right place, at any time of year!
3. Mussenden Temple
Perched atop of some of Ireland’s most stunning and dramatic coastal ridges, the Mussenden Temple is a beautiful place to come to watch the sunset. It was built in the 18th century and is modelled on classic Italian architecture, creating a gorgeous fusion with typical Irish scenery. People have even started getting married here lately – could you be next?! Just be warned… it’s cold. Very, very cold!
It’s hard to say, but not hard to agree – this place is truly beautiful. You can’t argue with a stunning, natural backdrop like this, which is probably why so many couples visit. It’s a stunning lake, surrounded by mountains, trees, and wildlife. It looks equally good in snow as it does in the height of summer, meaning you can never get it wrong. Why not bring along a picnic in the warmer months?
5. Swiss Cottage
If you want romantic-chic crossed with incredible architecture steeped in history, you’ve found it. The style may not be typically Irish, but the surrounds are, and this ornamental design takes your breath away from the moment you first see it. Couples can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds, or picture their own dream house as they ascend the spiral steps.
Ireland in itself is a must-visit country for sure. The people are fantastic, matched only by the country itself. You can’t go wrong adding it to your list of places you want to see before you die (or, in the case of couples, before life somehow escapes you and you have a family to raise instead).