Come Valentine’s, ditch those conventional candlelight dinners and celebrate the season of love amidst Ireland‘s idyllic scenery, towering cliffs and peaceful lakes.
Strike a Titanic pose
Titanic Belfast, recently named the World’s Leading Visitor Attraction at the World Travel Awards, is the perfect place to recreate the ‘prow of the ship pose’ that made Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet the world’s favourite on-screen lovers in Titanic the movie. For an enormously romantic gesture, sweep your lover down the replica grand staircase and around Titanic Quarter.
Escape to a fairytale castle
Incredibly evocative, ancient, luxurious – words can hardly describe the fairytale beauty of Ashford Castle. This County Mayo stately pile oozes romance in the most fantastic accommodation and grounds. No wonder it’s rated one of the most romantic places in the world to pop the question.
Stroll around Claddagh
The village of Claddagh, County Galway, is the home of the famous Claddagh Ring, a quintessential Irish symbol of love and friendship. Take your sweetheart to the place that gave the ring its name. Then drop in for a look around Thomas Dillon’s, its original makers and the oldest jewellers in Ireland.
Meet forever at the love stone
The Celtic holestone standing on a hill in Doagh, County Antrim, is a magnet for seekers of eternal love and happiness. Tradition dictates that the lady should reach her hand through the hole in the stone, her partner takes it, and this pledges them to love each other forever.
Seek blessings at the St Valentine’s Shrine
On Valentine’s Day, couples from everywhere make a unique and surprising pilgrimage to the patron saint of lovers – in Dublin. Yes, there is a St Valentine’s Shrine in the Whitefriar Carmelite Church on Aungier Street. It contains relics (some of the remains) of St Valentine, brought to Dublin long ago. On the day, there is a special ring blessing ceremony for all couples.
Come away to Glencar waterfall
When he was young Ireland’s great romantic poet, W. B. Yeats used to visit this County Leitrim waterfall and found it mystical and inspirational. You will, too, when you bring your sweetheart or partner. People regularly get proposed to here and it’s a popular location for pre-wedding photo shoots. The surrounding lake and woodland make for great romantic walks and picnics.
However clichéd it might sound, Valentine’s Day is a special one for every couple, and there’s no better way to bring it in than heading to a place that spells romance. Whisk away your lady love, now. She’ll cherish it for a lifetime, we promise.
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