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.