View MapView Map
HomeTop 10 romantic getaways ...
Top 10 romantic getaways to take in Ireland right now
Take a romantic visit to Bantry House.
Historic castles, bracing clifftop walks and cosy pints by the fire – Ireland is the perfect backdrop for a romantic break. Take a moonlit kayak, enjoy fine dining on a vintage train carriage, or experience a couple’s seaweed bath in a relaxing spa.

If you are looking for a romantic break not too far from home, then this is the list for you.

  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8.
  • 9.
  • 10.
1Kayak by moonlight on Lough Hyne

Head to beautiful West Cork and take a moonlit kayak trip along the calm waters of Lough Hyne. Organised by Atlantic Sea Kayaking, enjoy the peace and tranquillity on a romantic getaway to one of Ireland’s finest locations. 

A unique experience from dusk into darkness, listen to the fading songs of seabirds as the moon slowly rises in the night sky and breathe in the aromas of honeysuckle and gorse under the canopy of stars overhead.  

Kayaking at night on Lough Hyne in County Cork
Enjoy a moonlit kayak on Lough Hyne in West Cork.
2 Live like royalty at Kilronan Castle

Head to Kilronan Castle Estate in Roscommon for a life of opulence in a stunning castle. Built in the 18th century, reach the castle resort along a meandering driveway that guides guests through an ancient forest surrounded by 40 acres of lush green estate. 

Set against a beautiful lough, the castle looks like something straight out of a period drama. Guests can experience the full and half-day retreats with personal spa treatments specially created for total comfort and well-being.

Couple taking a selfie at Kilronan Castle Estate in Roscommon
Stroll through the stunning grounds of Kilronan Castle Estate.
3Take a couple’s VOYA Seaweed Bath

For a moment of pure luxury take a long soak at VOYA Seaweed Baths in Strandhill, Sligo. With private rooms laid out with Victorian cast iron baths, experience total peace as you relax back in the tub of steaming hot water and fresh seaweed at VOYA Seaweed Baths. 

The heat from the bath releases the seaweed’s rich essential oils, so, prepare to experience the tension in your muscles slipping away as the seaweed moisturises and rehydrates the skin. 

A woman relaxing in a seaweed candle-lit bath
Relax the body and the soul at VOYA Seaweed Baths.
4Enjoy a scenic meal at the Cliff House Hotel

Known for its stunning food, spa experiences and epic sea views, the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford is perfect for a romantic getaway. Check in for a night's stay in the hotel and enjoy an exquisite meal with a delicious mix of Irish and international cuisine. Snag a table by the window and soak up the incredible cliffside scenery around you. 

Delay getting back to reality a bit longer with a visit to the spa and choose from the range of rejuvenating treatments, or feel energised with a dip in the ocean nearby. 

5Stargaze in the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve

Make a trip to the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve, the only Gold-tiered Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere, and gaze up at the twinkling stars shining brightly above. On clear, moonless nights, watch as the Milky Way, nebulas, planets and shooting stars come alive in the night sky.

Stunning views at Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve
Visit Kerry and gaze up in awe at the International Dark Sky Reserve.
6Stroll the grounds of Bantry House

Open between April and October, the beautiful Bantry House, with its Italian-styled gardens and terraces, was the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry and overlooks beautiful Bantry Bay. Book your stay and stroll through the stunning grounds to enjoy the bushels of wisteria, rhododendron and azaleas that envelop the famous stone Hundred Steps. 

Afterwards, retire to your room in the East Wing of the property and let the silk curtains, Irish woollens and period furniture make you feel part of high society.

Manicured gardens outside Bantry House situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in County Cork
Spend time together in the beautiful gardens at Bantry House.
7Relax in luxury at the Monart

Regarded by many as one of the world’s leading destination spas, the five-star Monart Spa in Wexford leaves guests feeling relaxed and renewed. 

With thermal suites and world-class treatment rooms set in over 100-acres of private woodlands, it is the ideal location for you and your partner to recharge and heal in comfort and style. 

Corridor in Monart spa in County Wexford
Relax in luxury with a break at the Monart.
8Dine on the Orient Express at Glenlo Abbey

Take a trip to Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate in Galway and make a reservation at the award-winning Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express. 

Known for housing two of the original carriages from the famous train (one of which was even featured in Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express), the restaurant beautifully couples the elegant interior of the restored carriages with a fantastic menu, making for a brilliant culinary experience all round.

Dining tables and chairs in front of a railway carriage at Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate, Galway.
Enjoy a meal aboard the Orient Express at Glenlo Abbey.
9Have a sunset picnic on Sliabh Liag cliffs

The impressive Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) cliffs on the south-west coast of Donegal are considered by many to be some of the finest in all of Europe. Leave your car at the carpark and take your picnic basket on a walk to the cliffs for terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. 

Plan an evening visit and watch as the sun paints the sky pink before disappearing into the horizon. 

Stone path along the edge of Sliabh League Cliffs, Co. Donegal
Discover the Sliabh Liag Cliffs on the south-west coast of Donegal.
10Get out on the water at Killary Harbour

Treat your loved one to a memorable 90-minute boat trip on Killary Harbour with uninterrupted views and spectacular scenery across the water. With some of the finest vistas in the west of Ireland, visitors will be at total peace while enjoying the sights and calming water.

A boat sailing across the water at Killary Harbour with mountains looming in the background
Take a boat trip on Killary Harbour.
Start planning your next getaway

With sunset cliff walks, castle stays and star gazing, there are plenty of opportunities to lose yourself in the romance of our beautiful island. Get even more inspiration for your next romantic break away. 

More to discover
Mail Icon SVG

Subscribe now to receive destination inspiration, travel tips, upcoming events and all the best things to do around Ireland.