Ireland is a land of timeless beauty, with friendly rural villages, rugged mountains, peaceful valleys, and rivers that lazily meander through the green countryside. The relaxed pace of life and tranquil scenery of rural Ireland make it the perfect destination for a romantic break.
Explore the garden of Ireland
If you enjoyed the film “P.S. I love you”, then where better to take your partner than County Wicklow? Scenes from the movie were shot in Wicklow Mountains National Park. You just need to take a walk along Wicklow Way, the oldest long distance walking trail in Ireland, to see why this region is known as the “Garden of Ireland”. You can spend a romantic weekend exploring the historic settlement of Glendalough, playing golf at Powerscourt Estate, or taking a romantic boat ride on one of County Wicklow’s beautiful lakes. Best of all, County Wicklow is not hard to reach. It’s only 20 minutes south of the bustling city of Dublin.
Relax in the Rebel County
Located in the south of Ireland you’ll find Cork, the country’s largest county. The county has a fascinating and somewhat turbulent history. Its involvement in the Irish War of Independence contributed to County Cork being labeled “the Rebel County”. It’s a popular destination for tourists and not just because of its unparalleled beauty. It is home to one of Ireland’s greatest treasures – Blarney Castle and the legendary Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone and receive the gift of the gab!
Along the magnificent jagged coastline of Cork you can enjoy local seafood dishes while taking in the splendid scenery. The Beara Peninsula of Cork is a favourite with hikers, climbers and artists, thanks to sheer cliffs, fine beaches and charming villages.
Drive the Ring of Kerry
A holiday cottage in County Kerry is the perfect spot for a romantic break if you want to see plenty of fantastic scenery in a short space of time. The Ring of Kerry is tourist route along 179km of circular road. You’ll get to see plenty of historic mansions, lakes and panoramic views along the way. Popular attractions along the Ring of Kerry include Muckross House, Ross Castle, Gap of Dunloe, Ladies View, Lough Leane and the town of Killarney. There are also excellent cycling and walking routes for the more energetic couples.
Visit the islands of County Galway
If you’re looking for a taste of genuine Gaelic culture then there is no better place to go than County Galway, which has the largest Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) population in Ireland. County Galway is located in the west of Ireland and is divided into two parts by Lough Corrib. The fertile plains to the east of Lough Corrib lead to Ireland’s longest river – the River Shannon, whilst to the west of Lough Corrib you’ll find Connemara, with its majestic rocky mountains.
County Galway is home to the magnificent Aran Islands. The Irish-speaking inhabitants will give visitors a taste of rural life in area steeped in history and culture. These Irish gems are also famous for their geological formations, historic monuments and diverse flora and fauna.
The quite seclusion of cottages and holiday homes in the scenic Irish countryside makes them the perfect choice for a romantic break away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The gorgeous scenery, fascinating history and rich culture combine to make rural Ireland an unforgettable experience.