10 most romantic locations in Eire – beginning with a heart-shaped lake

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Lough Ouler, a heart-shaped lake within the Wicklow Mountains

St Valentine’s relics are contained inside a casket on the Whitefriar Avenue Church in Dublin. Photograph: Pól Ó Conghaile

Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

Galway – Eyre Sq.-Kennedy Park

Snowdrops at Altamont Gardens. Photograph: Fáilte Eire

Snowdrop Week at Altamont Gardens. Photograph: Carlow Tourism

Downhill and Mussenden Temple, a former library modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Photograph: Tourism Northern Eire

The Hugh Lane, Dublin. Photograph: Fáilte Eire

Coumshingaun Co Waterford

Nestling on the foot of the Knockmealdowns, this towering outdated nation home was house to the Sisters of Mercy for greater than 100 years.

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10 most romantic locations in Eire – beginning with a heart-shaped lake

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Searching for a candy spot for a getaway, canoodle, or to pop a sure query? Our journey editor suggests 10 of Eire’s most romantic locations…

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Searching for a candy spot for a getaway, canoodle, or to pop a sure query? Our journey editor suggests 10 of Eire’s most romantic locations…

1. A lovers’ lake, Co Wicklow

First issues first… you are going to earn this one. Lough Ouler (above and under) is Cupid’s personal corrie lake, a heart-shaped treasure on the base of Tonelagee (from the Irish Tóin le Gaoith… actually ‘arse to the wind’).

Getting there includes a difficult stroll of no less than three.5 hours, ranging from the automotive park above the Glenmacnass Waterfall. The trail might be difficult to search out, so analysis rigorously, costume sensibly and take security precautions – this isn’t an off-the-cuff stroll, and shouldn’t be tried in fog or inclement climate. 

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— Uncover Eire (@GoToIrelandGB) January 11, 2019

The stroll circuits Lough Ouler, rewarding with a view from Leinster’s third-highest peak and the proper pitch for a propsal… in case your sweetheart is a hiker.

Particulars: visitwicklow.ie; mountainviews.ie

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2. St. Valentine’s Relics, Dublin

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St Valentine’s relics are contained inside a casket on the Whitefriar Avenue Church in Dublin. Photograph: Pól Ó Conghaile

Do you know that St. Valentine’s relics reside in Dublin?

No, actually. The relics, believed to incorporate bones and “a small vessel tinged together with his blood”, had been introduced from Rome by the Irish Carmelite, John Spratt, who obtained them as a present from Pope Gregory XVI.

At present, they’re held in Whitefriar Avenue Church, the place a shrine to the saint features a pocket book into which guests write petitions. On February 14, plenty embody a blessing of rings (often at 11am and 3pm) – however lovers have been recognized to suggest on the shrine year-round.

Particulars: carmelites.ie; visitdublin.com

three. Galway Metropolis

A number of years in the past, the Metropolis of the Tribes beat off stiff competitors from Dublin, Kerry, Cork and Kilkenny to be named Eire’s most romantic spot in a survey by… erm, Swizzel’s Love Hearts.

Did we actually want Love Hearts to inform us that? There is no scarcity of the way to bop with romance right here. Steal a kiss beneath the Spanish Arch, celebration within the Latin Quarter, shock your sweetheart with some Michelin Star magic at Loam or Aniar, or guide a saucy getaway within the aptly-named g lodge.

It may very well be the start of a phenomenal relationship…

Particulars: ghotel.ie; galwaytourism.ie

four. Altamont Gardens, Co. Carlow

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Snowdrops at Altamont Gardens. Photograph: Fáilte Eire

Courting from the 16th century, Altamont Backyard thinks itself essentially the most romantic backyard in Eire, and who’re we to argue?

There are many alternative for romantic ramblings right here – a beautiful river stroll, a moody lake surrounded by uncommon timber, the stays of a chapel in a windowed finish wall and, better of all, Snowdrop Month (February) – throughout which guided excursions with the pinnacle gardener value simply €three.

In February, the gardens are carpeted with bunches of those stunning, hardy gems… you will by no means purchase flowers from a petroleum station once more.

Particulars: heritageireland.ie

Extra: There’s one superbly easy cause to go to Carlow in February  

5. Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

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Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

‘The place wandering water gushes / From the hills above Glencar, / In swimming pools among the many rushes / That scarce may bathe a star…’

W.B. Yeats namechecks this enchanting hideaway in The Stolen Youngster, priming it properly for poetic proposals. Simply outdoors Manorhamilton, the waterfall is a 50-foot sheet pulled off the rocks, and you will find different Yeats landmarks just like the Lake Isle of Inishfree, Ben Bulben, Hazelwood, and Dooney Rock neasrby too.

Leitrim itself is a ridiculously under-visited treasure.

“A panorama from a dream; unmanicured, casual, raffish and intimate in its magnificence” is how one other writer, DBC Pierre, places it. “If Kew Gardens had been the grand salon of a mansion, this is able to be its teenager’s bed room.”

Particulars: leitrimtourism.com

Extra:
10 nice causes to go to Leitrim 

6. Mussenden Temple, Co. Derry

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Downhill and Mussenden Temple, a former library modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Photograph: Tourism Northern Eire

From the blustery cusp of Downhill Demesne, Mussenden Temple retains dramatic vigil over the North Channel and Causeway Coast (above).

Constructed within the 18th century and impressed by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, the round folly seems to be over a thick strip of golden sands, Cupid-friendly cliffs and even close by Co. Donegal. It has additionally develop into a marriage venue of late, so a return go to may very well be on the playing cards… Bushmills Inn is close by for a nightcap, too.

Particulars: discovernorthernireland.com; bushmillsinn.com

7. Swiss Cottage, Co Tipperary

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The decorative Swiss Cottage is tucked away in Co Tipperary

Open from late March to November, Cahir’s Swiss Cottage is a decorative folly constructed within the early 1800s to a design by Regency architect John Nash. Lovebirds may pause for thought (ahem) on the stone steps main as much as the positioning, or amid interiors such because the swish spiral staircase and the Salon’s wallpaper – one of many first commercially-produced Parisian wallpapers. Cahir Fortress is a romantic amble away.

Particulars: heritageireland.ie

eight. Coumshingaun, Co. Waterford

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Coumshingaun Co Waterford

As tough to explain as it’s to spell, Coumshingaun is likely one of the most stunning lakes in Eire. Set into the cupped arms of surrounding mountains, a go to can not fail to stoke the passions… significantly with some bubbles within the picnic. 

“I’ve seen it by means of a dazzle of sunshine, by means of swirling clouds of snow, by means of driving rain hissing off its floor… and I’ve by no means failed to search out it stunning,” as Patrick Werner wrote in his Guests’ Information to the Comeragh Mountains.

“Maybe it’s best to depart it at that.”

Extra:
10 nice causes to go to Waterford

Particulars: visitwaterford.com

9. Stained Glass Room, Dublin

The stained glass room comprises the outstanding and ever fashionable Harry Clarke piece The Eve of St. Agnes and the lately acquired ‘Mr Gilhooley by Liam O’Flaherty’ for the Geneva Window, 1929, by Clarke. pic.twitter.com/HLtz1lfsd2

— The Hugh Lane (@TheHughLane) February 12, 2019

This superbly atmospheric grotto within the Hugh Lane Gallery is dedicated to stained glass from the gallery’s assortment – key amongst which, after all, is the work of Harry Clarke. Pausing amid items reminiscent of Clarke’s Eve of St Agnes offers the proper alternative for soulful candy nothings, or picturesque proposals. No high-pitched screaming although – the glass is priceless (admission is free).

Particulars: hughlane.ie

10.  The Previous Convent, Co. Tipperary

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Nestling on the foot of the Knockmealdowns, this towering outdated nation home was house to the Sisters of Mercy for greater than 100 years.

Gregan’s Fortress in The Burren, The Cliff Home in Ardmore, Newforge Home in Co. Antrim… Eire is just not brief on romantic locations to remain.

When push involves shove, nevertheless, we’re plugging for Dermot and Christine Gannon’s gourmand hideaway in Clogheen. Ridiculously good tasting menus (€75pp), cosy rooms (together with a ‘Crow’s Nest’ with king-size mattress, and the entire absence of youngsters beneath the age of 12 set the scene for a superb ‘ escape… guide means forward, although, as rooms promote like hotcakes.

Extra:
The Fab 50: Eire’s 50 finest locations to remain for 2018

Particulars: theoldconvent.ie

NB: Distant walks carry a component of hazard. Stroll at your personal danger, put together correctly the place there is no such thing as a shelter or telephone charging factors, and convey snacks, water and a fully-charged telephone.

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