23 Jan 2023
One of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect place to spend a Valentine’s break.
Crashing waves, ruggedly beautiful landscapes and authentic romantic experiences combine to make the Wild Atlantic Way a Valentine’s destination that will definitely make your heart beat faster.
Stretching a serpentine 2,500km from the alluring tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the captivating foodie town of Kinsale in County Cork, the Wild Atlantic Way offers endless possibilities for memorable moments with your sweetheart.
Kickstart a Wild Atlantic Way journey at the top of Ireland on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. The Month of Love packages at the luxurious Redcastle Hotel give you the perfect excuse to book a romantic getaway and experience the stunning Inishowen scenery from the hotel’s ocean view rooms.
Then head south to County Sligo for a loved-up walk along Streedagh Beach, where Marianne and Connell took romantic strolls in the critically acclaimed TV show Normal People. A gorgeous strand, Streedagh is as famous for its stunning backdrop of sandy dunes and views of the iconic Ben Bulben mountain.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than an unexpected romantic break away with your loved one, and wherever you go on the Wild Atlantic Way, the backdrop will always be jaw-dropping views, charming villages and atmospheric hideaway pubs.
Restaurants will serve you and your lover with the freshest seafood and organic produce imaginable, while a plethora of award-winning castles, manors, country houses and luxury hotels will have crackling fires to heighten the romantic mood. In County Mayo, for instance, the choice such accommodation is endless. Try the Knockranny House Hotel & Spa or the special Valentine’s breaks available at the Great National Hotel Ballina.
Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co Clare.
In neighbouring Connemara, County Galway, out-and-out luxury can be found at Ballynahinch Castle. Set in a private 450-acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks at the foot of the rugged 12 Bens Mountain Range it’s often referred to as the ‘real emerald’ of Ireland. Ballynahinch offers exclusive romantic offers that include a riverside room with a phenomenal view, a romantic meal, and of course Champagne and chocolates.
Further south, Dromoland Castle Hotel in County Clare is also exceptional, and has that ultimate fairy-tale setting vibe for a romantic break. With historic grandeur and lavish interiors complemented by modern comforts, the hotel represents pure indulgence. Outside, the 450-acre estate is a playground of country pursuits including archery, falconry, fishing and golf. Or you can just enjoy a simple romantic stroll through the walled garden and woodlands.
County Clare is great spot for Valentine’s gifts. Chocolate is the food of love, so head for Hazel Mountain Chocolate in the Burren Mountains. These award-winning, bean-to-bar, craft chocolatiers use sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients to create beautiful confectionary. Or take a short diversion inland to the Burren Perfumery, where you can find all sorts of creams, balms, lotions and perfumes infused with the character of the Atlantic Coast, woodlands, grasslands and the famous Burren limestone. They make the ideal love token.
A log cabin with an open fire and hot tub, or a cosy self-catering holiday cottage on Ireland’s western seacoast might create just the right vibes for your sweetheart. So unlock the magic of County Kerry with a stay at Killarney Lakeside Cottages, built in the traditional style. Located on the famous Ring of Kerry, the cottages are close to Killarney town, Killarney lakes and the wonderful Killarney National Park. This is Wild Atlantic Way heaven.
The southernmost section of the epic Wild Atlantic Way is County Cork. Here you can explore the astonishing coastline at your leisure, or even find your sea legs as a couple with a boat trip, kayaking, whale watching or a spot of fishing. Work up an appetite with a bracing walk in the sea air and satisfy your hunger with the outstanding local artisan food.
Revel in some Irish country house chic with a stay at Ballyvolane House. Laden with extraordinary warmth, style and comfort, this historic Georgian house stands in its own grounds in the stunning County Cork countryside. The seaside village of Kinsale, noted as a culinary hotspot, is within easy reach, and your hearts can be as one with all the delights of nearby Cork city.
Malin Head, Inishowen Peninsula, Co Donegal.
Streedagh Beach Co Sligo.
Ballyvolane House, Co Cork.
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