18 Jan 2023
If it’s time to ask the all-important question, head to the island of Ireland where sublimely romantic backdrops abound
If you’re planning to pop the question this Valentine’s Day, make sure you pick a wonderful location to announce your love. On the island of Ireland, you’ll find endless inspiration.
1. At the edge of the world
The Cliffs of Moher are one of the great sights of Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way. Visit as the sun sets when the changing light imbues the rock with pink and orange hues and the crashing waves provide a dramatic soundtrack. The perfect setting for a romantic moment.
2. In a fairy-tale setting
A splendid Palladian mansion surrounded by gorgeous, landscaped gardens that feature Ireland’s highest waterfall, Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow is a fairy-tale location. It recently provided the backdrop for Disney’s new movie Disenchanted and the Powerscourt Waterfall has witnessed many marriage proposals.
3. In the home of the Claddagh ring
The Claddagh ring, which shows two hands holding a heart that wears a crown, is the quintessential Irish symbol of love and friendship. Thomas Dillon’s in Galway city are the original makers of the Claddagh ring and the oldest jewellers in Ireland. Where better to find the perfect engagement ring?
4. On an epic voyage
Bring a little drama into your proposal by recreating the famous Jack and Rose pose from the film Titanic at the world’s leading Titanic exhibition. Multi-award-winning Titanic Belfast tells the story of the building, launch and sinking of the famous liner over nine amazing interactive galleries.
5. On a golden beach
Beautiful golden beaches abound around the island of Ireland. From Downhill Beach on the famous Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland to Inchydoney in County Cork in the south, there are hundreds of wave-lapped beaches that are the ideal spot for a romantic stroll and a special memory.
6. At a monument to love
Kylemore Abbey in County Galway is said to be Ireland’s most romantic building. The splendid neo-Gothic building was built in the late 1800s by Mitchell Henry as a token of love for his wife, making it an inspirational place for a proposal.
7. In a royal residence
What better way to surprise your princess or prince at Northern Ireland's royal residence? Beautiful inside and out, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens offers plenty of opportunities whilst exploring the house and gardens to find a majestic place to pop the question.
8. At a sacred place
Once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara is Ireland’s most sacred space. Believed to be a dwelling place of the gods and an entrance to the world of eternal joy, it is such a fitting place for a proposal and a fascinating place to explore.
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
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