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Romantic Holidays in Ireland for Couples

Posted on: April 17, 2018

Romantic Holidays in Ireland for Couples

In the broad stretches of exquisite rugged wildness, there are many incredible romantic holiday cottages in Ireland for couples who want to explore all that the country offers and curl up in some warm and cosy accommodation when the day is done. Below, we list some of our favourite romantic holiday ideas: 

Romantic places to visit in County Cork

Ballinadee is a charming village which lies five and a half miles southeast of Bandon and is a close neighbour of Ballinspittle.

In Summertime, Ballinadee is decked in floral displays and the picnic area at the bridge makes a perfect stop off point to enjoy the sights and sounds of the local river and wildlife. For a daytime getaway while staying in County Cork this is a perfect trip, take a stroll through the village and enjoy a different pace of life. 

Cosy places to eat in County Cork

Open for breakfast and lunch, the Lemon Leaf Cafe (70 Main Street, Kinsale) is a beautiful, warm and cosy spot to grab some incredible food made with care and dedication. The full Irish breakfasts are particularly revered by their regulars!

For dinner, why not stop by Max's Seafood Restaurant (48 Main Street, Kinsale). With fresh seafood, complemented by sauces crafted by their local head chef, the only thing left to do is choose the wine (of which they have an extensive menu), delicious.

Romantic places to visit in County Clare

Feel like you're on the edge of the world at O'Brien's Tower, an 1835 observation tower with exceptional Atlantic views, perched on the world famous Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are one of the most visited natural attractions in Ireland, and there's plenty of good reasons for that! Make sure you bring your camera to capture your time in this breath-taking spot. 

Cosy places to eat in County Clare

The term 'cute' is often used to describe the Stonecutter's Kitchen in County Clare (just 1.7 miles from the Cliffs of Moher) but this tiny cafe has a lot of heart! Open from 12:30, the kitchen offers hearty meals to those who've built an appetite in the bracing outdoors of North Clare.

For dinner, the award-winning VL Restaurant offers a distinct and refined menu. Their exceptional service and fantastic fresh food consistently leave diners wowed. If you're looking for a special evening during your couple’s holiday in County Clare then this is the place to go.

Romantic places to visit in County Sligo

If you're looking for cottages for couples, then County Sligo will not disappoint where you'll find plenty of romantic spots to enjoy with your loved one.

Indeed it was County Sligo that inspired many of the literary works of WB Yeats, he was enraptured by the small islands on the inlets and water that cuts through this rugged county, and with long walking routes, waterfalls and cliffs to explore we know that this place can captivate and inspire all who are lucky enough to find themselves in this magical part of Ireland. 

Cosy places to eat in County Sligo

Nook, a small cafe (on the Main Street of Collooney), offers cosy dining and a funky and fresh menu that accommodates all dietary preferences. A visit to Nook will certainly add a splash of colour to your day and offer a great chance to unwind with your partner.

By evening, Hargadon Bros (94 O'Connell Street, Sligo) offers plenty of warmth, tasty food, and on occasion a live band. Nourish yourself in this lively bar and enjoy a dance with the locals, with excellent beers on tap and smiles from the staff you'll feel right at home. 

Beach holiday Cottages for couples

We’ve lots of cottages for couples that offer a haven from the stresses of everyday life a mere stone's throw away from the beach; here are some of our recommendations:

1. Doonbeg, Wild Atlantic Way, County Clare

This compact and characterful property is the perfect getaway to unwind in, with vast waterfront vistas just outside your windows. With coastal walks, a mere 218 yards from the door, let the wind tangle your hair and knot your hands together for a bracing walk along wild shores.

Pubs, restaurants, and shops are a mere mile away. Leave the car keys at home and take a stroll into the village to enjoy local cuisine and great tipples. Of all the amazing cottages for couples in Ireland, this base offers a great start point to enjoy sea and river fishing, wild swimming, golf (5 miles away), horse rising (nearest stables 6 miles away), and seasonally set sail for a dolphin watching tour (a short 14.5 miles away).

Couples that have visited before praise White Strand for paddling and Doughmore for walking and surfing. Stunning views abound and Doonbeg is a great springboard for a long walk. With one pet is welcome to stay with you at Doonbeg, it's also a dog's paradise! 

If wide, long, and uncrowded beaches with impressive sand dunes sound like your kind of escape, then this is the couple cottage your partner and you have been waiting for.

2. Castletownbere, Beara Peninsula, County Cork

Located less than 1 mile from the pretty fishing village of Castletownbere this charming cottage enjoys one of the best views in the country.

Overlooking Berehaven Harbour and Bere Island, with a private pathway to a pebble beach, romantic cottages for couples don't come more idyllic than this. Day trips around the Beara Peninsula, over the Healy Pass or into Kerry are highly recommended. Castletownbere itself is a lively fishing village with great pubs, a 9-hole golf course, deep sea fishing trips; all to be experienced.

There's nothing like a road trip with that special someone in a beautiful place; and those who have visited before would recommend jumping the car and getting out there into the incredible terrain, a drive around the Beara Peninsula was one of the highlights of a trip to Ireland. At every turn in the road (and there are many) you'll have another "It's breath-taking!" moment. You don't expect to see the mountains and the seas side-by-side, and they're an incredible combination.

Many couples who visit will plan around five hours to circumnavigate around the entire peninsula but be ready to spend almost all day!

3. Ballinspittle, Kinsale Harbour, County Cork

There are also many cottages for couples close to Cork city, and at Kinsale Harbour, you'll find the perfect quiet romantic spot to spend some quality time with your loved one. 

This cosy wood-clad studio is perfect for touring the area, 10 minutes by car from Kinsale which a lovely place for a bite to eat, and the beach is only a mile away in the other direction (a pleasant 20-30-minute walk).

The property is very well equipped, very quiet and peaceful, and the welcoming owners put basic things in the kitchen which is very helpful when arriving after a long drive (such as salt, cooking oil, milk, and bread, etc.).

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