Honeymoon in Ireland: Top 5 Destinations

Couples strive for a unique and memorable experience for their first trip as a married couple; somewhere they can forget about their busy lives for a few weeks and unwind after the sometimes stressful planning of the wedding and the big day itself. When it comes to choosing a Honeymoon destination, Ireland is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Whether it’s a five star luxury retreat you crave or a budget adventure with your one and only, Ireland has it all and is the perfect romantic destination that is sure to exceed all expectations.

These are possibly the best top five destinations for your Honeymoon in Ireland.

5.  County Waterford

Waterford is famous for its stunning crystal designs. Known worldwide, the beautiful cut glass reflects the long tradition of Irish creativity  which you can discover for yourself in the Waterford crystal visitors canter, and why not take some home as a memento of your romantic trip of a life time? Stay in the luxurious 16th century Waterford Castle resort, situated on its own private island. Enjoy sumptuous dining and the Fitzgerald Bar which houses the finest Irish whiskey collection . Take long walks in the surrounding  estate or try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, falconry or croquet on the castle’s private croquet lawn.  Drive the beautiful Copper coast and take in the fantastic sea views. Waterford has loads to offer the discerning honeymooner and is the perfect destination from which to take a tour of Ireland’s Ancient East.

4. Inchydoney Island, Co Cork

Inchydoney Island in West Cork is one of Ireland’s most scenic hideaways and is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way. The huge sandy beach with stunning scenery has won awards for the pristine water quality and awesome views. Stay in the spectacular Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa in a room with sea views and relax in the luxurious salt water spa. Why not try some horse riding with your loved one on the sandy expanse or just cosy up by the fire together and listen to traditional Irish music in the nearby De Barra’s pub in the colourful town of Clonakilty.

3. Dublin city

Dublin is the perfect Honeymoon destination for fun-loving energetic couples who enjoy good food, and culture. Clontarf Castle Hotel is situated just two miles from the centre of Dublin and offers bespoke romantic packages which include champagne on arrival and rose petals on the bed. Newlyweds can enjoy the hotel golf course and soak up the atmosphere of the castle and its well kept grounds. Take a tour  to one of Ireland’s newest whiskey attractions. The Teelings Distillery is situated in Dublin city in the heart of the Liberties. It is Dublin’s only working  distillery and the tour of this facility is a must for anyone with an interest in whiskey.   

2.  County Sligo & Mayo

For a truly memorable Honeymoon experience and an opportunity to see Ireland at its wildest, visit Counties Sligo & Mayo on the Wild Atlantic Way. Known for its epic surfing, the West coast of Ireland is rugged, wild and utterly romantic. Stay in the boutique  Spa Hotel, Ice House hotel where you can enjoy the top notch views of the river moy. Visit the grave of W.B. Yates in nearby Drumcliffe graveyard or treat yourself and your new spouse to a fabulous seaweed bath in Strandhill. Voya Seaweed Baths offers a special couples package that enables two people to bathe together in the hot steamy seaweed. It has to be experienced to be believed – truly unusual!  

1. Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Kenmare in County Kerry is a characterful town on the south coast, nestled in the inner most part of the fjord like Kenmare Bay. The bustling town offers an authentic Irish experience and is full of wonderful shops with art and crafts from talented local artists. Stay in Parknasilla Resort and Spa overlooking the tranquil sheltered bay and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic. For couples who love the outdoors there is archery, tennis and golf on site. Spend those romantic evenings together by the fire in the hotel bar or in the outdoor Jacuzzi under the stars! Although you probably won’t want to leave the exquisite Parknasilla resort – it would be a shame not to make the most of the surrounding coast and enjoy a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way by driving a southern tour of Ireland.   

Ireland has something for every couple and every budget. A Honeymoon on the Emerald Isle is sure to be an unforgettable, magical experience where you and your new spouse can breath in the fresh air and spend those first few days or weeks of married life together, away form it all; isn’t that what a Honeymoon is all about?  

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Erica McCarthy