For those who love a romantic stroll on a golden beach, an atmospheric sunset or a wander through historic ruins, Northern Ireland offers all this and more. This Valentine’s Day why not explore the region’s top romantic spots.
1. Mussenden Temple and Downhill Strand
Perched on a cliff edge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the golden Downhill Strand, Mussenden Temple is a beautiful eighteenth-century edifice inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Italy. This special place has long been a magnet for lovers and has witnessed many engagements and weddings.
2. The Fermanagh Lakelands
A short break on the shores of tranquil Lough Erne is the perfect getaway for Valentine’s Day. Explore the county’s fascinating stately homes of Florence Court and Castle Coole, wander through the grounds of imposing Crom Castle or take a gentle cruise on the expansive lakes dotted with scenic islands.
3. The Mourne Mountains
Why not go in search of the perfect Insta-worthy view with a climb on the majestic Mourne Mountains. You won’t have to go far to discover gorgeous vistas but the view from the highest peak, Slieve Donard, is spectacular. Afterwards, ease your aches with a couple’s seaweed bath at Soak.
4. The Giant’s Causeway
Make a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site really special by watching the sun set over the dramatic basalt columns. A place of myth and legend, the Giant’s Causeway is imbued with an otherworldly vibe.
5. Tyrone and the Sperrins
If you and your partner love the great outdoors, head for the Tyrone and Sperrins region where hiking trails through spectacular forest parks offer a breath-taking experience. Add to the adventure with a trip to Todds Leap where you can pick from 20 activities guaranteed to deliver an adrenaline rush.
6. Dunluce Castle
What could be more romantic than the ruins of Dunluce Castle sitting on a clifftop overlooking crashing waves. Here is a place to imagine a romantic love story set within its sixteenth-century walls. Picturesque and poignant, it has inspired many including Narnia’s creator, C S Lewis.
7. The Walled City
Derry~Londonderry is one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe and a wonderful place to spend a few days with your significant other. Begin with a tour of the city’s 400-year-old walls and then dive into the arts and music venues to enjoy the cosmopolitan character of this unique place.
8. Off the beaten track
If peace and quiet away from the crowds sounds like the ideal romantic break, seek out Northern Ireland’s hidden gems. At Antrim Lough Shore you can stroll along the pretty shoreline of Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Ireland and the UK. Or head to County Tyrone to visit Coyle’s Cottage and follow the Gort Moss walk which commences nearby, or enjoy a wander through picturesque Gortin Glen.
9. Cuilcagh Boardwalk
Follow the Cuilcagh Boardwalk to its windswept viewing platform for wonderful views over this designated Special Area of Conservation. The large expanses of blanket bog and limestone landscape form a dramatic backdrop that is sure to make for a memorable Valentine’s Day excursion.
10. Beach walks
Perhaps the best Valentine’s Day experience is the simplest – a stroll hand-in-hand with the one you love along a golden, wave-lapped beach. If this ticks all the boxes, Northern Ireland is the perfect place for Valentine’s Day. It boasts some of the best beaches in Europe, including Blue Flag Benone Beach and Murlough National Nature Reserve.