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From Fairytale Castles to Rustic Cabins – The Best Romantic Getaways in Ireland

A land steeped in romance, from its charming villages to its bustling cities, Ireland is full of luxurious, romantic getaways for the ultimate bliss vacation. Whether you need a spa weekend to unwind and relax, a rustic cabin to disconnect from the world together or a magnificent castle fit for royalty, this article explores it all. So pack your bags and get ready to get whisked away on an unforgettable amorous escape. Here are the best romantic getaways in Ireland.

Fairytale Castles

Barberstown Castle

A member of Ireland’s Blue Book, Barberstown Castle is a 13th century castle located in Kildare. Converted into a luxury hotel, Barberstown creates a unique and amorous experience for guests through its enchanting nature – perfect for romantic getaways. With a handful of fine dining restaurants with intimate candlelit settings, you can dine in bliss before taking a stroll around the castle’s picturesque grounds. With a range of couples activities on offer, you can enjoy the outdoors by going horse riding or fishing, or indulge in the ultimate spa experience. A stay at Barberstown is sure to be memorable.

Ballynahich Castle

In the heart of breathtaking Connemara lies the striking Ballynahinch Castle. Ensconced by lush greenery, it sits on the edge of a private 700-acre estate surrounded by misty mountains and the tranquil sounds of the wandering river on the grounds. Indulge in one of many treatments at their resident spa and finish it off with dinner at their award-winning restaurant with Executive Chef Danni Barry at the helm. If you’re looking for peaceful seclusion and a luxury stay, Ballynahinch Castle is a winner for romantic getaways in Ireland.

Dromoland Castle

Venture out West to County Clare for the fairytale-esque five-star Dromoland Castle. Set on a 450-acre estate, this opulent spot is perfect for romantic getaways. With antique furnishings, four-poster beds and fireplaces galore, guests are surrounded by classic elegance. The Castle is located near the coast, so you can take a leisurely stroll on the nearby beaches, or keep it within the grounds and explore the Castle’s beautiful lake and walled gardens. Tee off at their world class golf course or indulge in a tranquil spa day, try your hand at falconry or just chill with robes and champagne. Guests are treated like royalty, reminding them that they walk in the shadows of the last of the High Kings of Ireland. Its elegant decor and luxurious amenities make Dromoland Castle an ideal destination for a romantic getaway.

Lough Eske Castle

Take a trip to Donegal for a memorable stay at the enchanting Lough Eske Castle. Exuding the warmth of Donegal hospitality, this dazzling castle is the lap of luxury. The rugged natural beauty of the surrounding area invites guests for a romantic walk or picnic to discover the stunning nearby beaches and Slieve League Cliffs. Enjoy a romantic dinner or an opulent afternoon tea in the beautiful restaurant and be sure to enjoy a couples massage in the spa, Lough Eske is a perfect location for indulging in a luxurious getaway with your partner.

Spa Retreats

Monart Spa

Just an hour and a half outside of Dublin, the Monart is a five-star destination spa perfect for a luxurious romantic getaway. With a variety of packages for couples available, including couples massages (Champagne and chocolate can be included…), you’ll be spoiled here. Think hot stone massages, facials and body wraps galore, plus hot tubs, a hydrotherapy pool, a sauna, a salt grotto and an infra-red pro suite – you couldn’t be more indulged. Choose between lake or woodland views and really relax in the beauty of the resort’s lush surroundings. With its exceptional service and attention to detail, the Monart is a great choice for romantic getaways in Ireland.

The Europe Hotel and Resort

One of Ireland’s top resorts, The Europe Hotel and Resort is a five-star hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry. On the picturesque shores of Lough Léin and the phenomenal views of the McGillycuddy Reeks, the setting here is straight out of a storybook. Snag yourself a private balcony in your room with panoramic views of the scenery for the ultimate romantic experience. Their on-site spa (with an outdoor pool overlooking the lakes) allows couples to unwind and rejuvenate, restoring a sense of absolute wellbeing. With several dining options available, you can opt for fine dining or a more casual affair; perhaps a sunset apéro is on the horizon, or maybe just room service in fluffy robes whilst taking in the magnificent views.

Galgorm

Northern Ireland is home to the beautiful Galgorm Hotel & Spa, in County Antrim. With its idyllic setting on the banks of the River Maine and set within 380 acres of lush parkland, it’s a peaceful and picturesque hotel perfect for romantic getaways. The ultimate spa retreat experience, the hotel offers a unique Thermal Spa Village with award-winning spa facilities and impeccable service. You’ll be spoiled with their selection of riverside hot tubs, heated pools, steam rooms and saunas. With polished attention to detail, couples will feel treated and pampered at this indulgent haven.

The Ice House

Nestled on the banks of the River Moy, a hidden gem awaits those seeking a romantic getaway. The Ice House Hotel and Spa is a luxury hotel that offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, contemporary design, and luxurious amenities. You’ll feel like you and your partner are in a bubble that’s all yours here, with impeccable views of the water. With an extensive spa menu that’ll treat you from head to toe, you can whisk all your stress away here, where unhurried peace is the norm. Enjoy a delicious dinner full of locally sourced produce at one of their dining spots, and watch all your troubles melt away. Certainly a way to treat yourself, The Ice House Hotel is the place to be for a romantic getaway.

Cliff at Lyons

Set in a restored 18th-century village in Kildare, the idyllic Cliff at Lyons country retreat occupies a collection of historic rose-clad buildings and is surrounded by picturesque gardens. The stunning Mill Restaurant headed up by chef Sean Smith is a fantastic dining option on-site, steeped in rustic elegance for a laid back romantic dinner for two. Rejuvenate at the award-winning Well in the Garden spa, offering everything from relaxing day spa packages, to outdoor bathing in their fabulous copper bath and garden room, and everything in between. With a number of different accommodation styles available, from intimate cottages to luxury rooms, a romantic escape here will certainly be unforgettable.

Fine Dining Destinations

Mount Juliet Estate

A magnificent and elegant destination, the Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny makes a great spot for a few intimate days away. Combining the rich local Irish history with a tapestry of memorable sophistication, this Georgian Manor House would be unforgettable. Notably, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Lady Helen on-site is brilliant for couples who looking to enjoy a memorable fine dining experience together. Contemporary comfort runs throughout the estate, the breath-taking surroundings make it an ideal setting for a romantic getaway in Ireland.

Cashel Palace Hotel

A newcomer to the luxury hotel scene, Tipperary’s five star Cashel Palace Hotel offers a mixture of traditional and modern atmosphere, making a fabulous setting for a hedonistic hideaway. A Palladian manor located near the Rock of Cashel, this picturesque hotel has everything you need for a romantic getaway. Blissful and stylish, the spa amenities guarantee a tranquil stay for you and your partner. Dining here is exceptional, you’ll discover exquisite Irish cuisine led by the land and locality. Cashel Palace front a passion for the celebration of food, with Executive Chef Stephen Hayes’ demonstrating his exquisite cooking skills in The Bishop’s Buttery. With a large open fire and vaulted ceilings, the dining room is an extraordinary venue for an evening of romantic feasting.

The Cliff House Hotel

On the cliffs of Ardmore Bay is the picturesque Cliff House Hotel. Almost defying gravity, this five-star hotel hang on the edge of the cliff, delivering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. With an array of options for outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing, an adventurous getaway awaits. For those searching for a fine dining experience to remember, the House Restaurant is home to a Michelin star. Chef Patron Tony Parkin, who is influenced by the locality, whether it be heritage, fishermen or farmers, combines exquisite local produce with globally inspired techniques. The result is a 7-course contemporary Irish/international tasting menu served in a sophisticated dining room, perfect for a romantic dinner. With impeccable scenery and incredible food, a stay at The Cliff House Hotel is a guaranteed success.

Castlemartyr

If you’re a couple that appreciates the magnificence of Irish history, a stay at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort in Co Cork suits perfectly. Situated on 220 acres, this 17th century country manor house sits across from the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. Elegance runs throughout this five-star resort, which has romantic escape written all over it. Whether you prefer a scenic walk in the manicured gardens, or a relaxing few hours lounging in the spa, follow either up with a meal at the resort’s newly opened fine dining restaurant. At Terre, Chef Patron Vincent Crepel aims to bring you on a special journey, with a combination of French techniques and Asian flavours. An unhurried tasting menu awaits, with dishes finished table side to allow an interactive, unforgettable experience.

Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa

Nestled on the shores of Lough Meelagh in County Roscommon, escape to Kilronan Castle for a memorable getaway. Not only is this a magnificent castle steeped in history and luxury, but its lush surroundings make for the perfect scenic visit for a couple’s getaway. The castle’s fine dining restaurant, The Douglas Hyde, is renowned for its gourmet cuisine and sophisticated experience. An AA Rosette Award winning restaurant, guests can enjoy either an exquisite 8-course tasting menu or a set dinner menu, with an impressive selection for vegans and vegetarians. Whether strolling through the castle grounds, indulging in spa treatments, or savoring exquisite meals, Kilronan Castle promises a romantic escape with a perfect blend of history, luxury, and culinary delights.

Ballyseede Castle

Kerry’s only castle hotel, Ballyseede Castle beckons as a romantic haven, with its timeless charm and beautiful surroundings. Savour delectable bites at the castle’s very own 2-star AA Rosette O’Connell Restaurant, serving impressive dishes using local Irish ingredients. The castle is a perfect backdrop for romantic strolls with its luscious gardens. Comfortable, cosy rooms with 4 poster beds make the best setting for a romantic getaway – a stay here will be one you will not forget.

Cabins/Rustic

Finn Lough

If a unique getaway is what you’re after, look no further than Finn Lough in Co Fermanagh. With eco-friendly bubble dome pods designed to blend in with the surrounding natural environment, here you can camp out in the woods and sleep under the stars enrobed in luxury. With a focus on sustainability, this quiet hideaway delivers an unforgettable escape for couples. Finn Lough is perfect for those who understand how precious time is, and how better to spend your time away than with a stay in a quaint and peaceful bubble with your beloved? Dining at Finn Lough is for those who appreciate the importance of local foraging, where every ingredient is sourced sustainably, and each dish celebrates the wonder of seasonal dining. A private spa experience awaits, uniquely self-guided through a series of cabins nestled in the forest, for a calming experience amongst nature. Booking a stay at Finn Lough is sure to win you brownie points.

Cabü

Venture out to Cavan to visit the magnificent Cabü by the Lakes. Intimate log cabins and lake houses offer an ideal location for a romantic getaway. Become one with nature in this calming oasis, where woodland walks and forest bathing create the perfect idyllic setting. With everything available on site, you’ll live in your own bubble without having to leave the premises. Outdoor activities await, from fishing, to kayaking to cycling – nature lovers will be thrilled here and you can even bring your furry friend with you. Beautifully furnished cabins surrounded by nature and bird song make for a cosy, romantic stay away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Dromquinna Manor

Located on the picturesque Kenmare Bay in County Kerry is the beautiful Dromquinna Manor. If you’re into camping in style, look no further than this luxury outpost in the woods experience. Their custom made tents are nothing like those from childhood memories, instead injecting opulence into every element. Private verandas surrounded by lush forestry make for a magnificent spot to unwind together. Set on a lakeside estate on 40 acres of parkland, you’ll be surrounded by the natural habitat of hardwood trees and indigenous shrubs. Certainly one for nature lovers, a stay at the magical Dromquinna Manor is rustic chic at its best.

Glasson Lakehouse

Nestled on the tranquil shores of the Lough Ree in Athlone, Glasson Lakehouse is a cosy resort to retreat to together. Discover the beauty of Ireland’s midlands at the Lakehouse, with an array of activities to explore with your partner. Bond over outdoorsy activities like boat tours and paddleboarding, or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, allowing you to take in the lush greenery whilst relaxing in style. The outdoor cabin offers an intimate, romantic setting, with an al fresco copper bathtub and a wood burner for the ultimate cosy getaway. A perfect spot for your four-legged friends, Glasson Lakehouse also offers a Doggy Hotel Break so no one has to miss out on the fun.

Shoreline Hotel

When looking at the beautiful pictures of the Shoreline Hotel, you can hardly believe that this is near the Dublin Airport. With picturesque sea views only a stone’s throw away from Dublin city, head here for a much-needed break in this cosy hotel. Airy rooms with guaranteed views of the shore, a relaxing stay here is guaranteed. Head out for a refreshing swim or a romantic walk across the beach, before enjoying a delicious dinner in the Shorelines Brasserie. For those who love a longer hike with magnificent views, head on the cliff walk from the hotel to Portrane, where you will enjoy views of gorgeous cliffs and the Irish Sea and Lambay. A relaxing stay is guaranteed at the Shoreline Hotel.

Special Occasion Stays

Adare Manor

In the charming village outside Limerick, Adare Manor is the ideal location when celebrating a special occasion with your loved one. Named the Number One Resort in Europe by the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2023, you can guarantee excellence throughout every element of your stay. The epitome of Irish hospitality, you will feel welcome from the moment you set foot in this true five star destination with the tagline “Beyond Everything”. With a Michelin star restaurant offering candle lit tasting menus on site, romance is guaranteed at The Oak Room at Adare Manor safe in the hands of exceptional chef Mike Tweedy. The magic of their spa will restore the most weary souls and you’ll feel like royalty during your stay at Adare Manor.

Ashford Castle

Spend an amorous time away with your partner at the marvellous Ashford Castle. Located in Cong, Co Mayo, the extraordinary castle is 800 years old, an ode to the rich history of Ireland. Its spectacular surroundings make for a number of activities for adventurous couples to partake in, including falconry, clay shooting horse-riding. State-of-the-art amenities are available in each room, plus treating yourself couldn’t be easier with their exquisite range of spa treatments and massages to help guests unwind and recharge. As the winner of Best Hotel Spa 6 years in a row, you can guarantee that your tranquil experience will leave you feeling pampered and nurtured. With several dining experiences to choose from, ranging from fine dining in the George V Dining Room, to casual dining at the Cottage or Dungeon, or an Afternoon Tea fit for royalty, Executive Chef Liam Finnegan ensures that whatever you choose will be impeccable.

Sheen Falls

The dazzling Sheen Falls Lodge on Kenmare Bay in Co Kerry is one of the more unique romantic getaways in Ireland for couples to celebrate in style. A five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel, you’ll be astonished by what this spot has to offer, from their renowned 2AA Rosette restaurant, to their exemplary Easanna Spa. You’ll experience an intimate escape from the city, treating yourself to a day of couples’ spa treatments and a delectable dinner at The Falls Restaurant, where exceptional service, outstanding food and an evening of indulgence are guaranteed. Surrender to the scenery and enjoy a rejuvenating and romantic stay at Sheen Falls Lodge.

The Park Kenmare

Another idyllic spot in beautiful Kenmare, The Park Hotel offers a seriously luxurious escape for couples. A historic hotel dating back to 1897, antique furnishings line the halls and rooms but true Kerry hospitality runs throughout with the inimitable Brennan brothers running the show. With unrivalled old-time charm throughout, The Park is effortlessly romantic. Five-star amenities include a private cinema and an 18-hole golf course, as well as plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. Sublime food is served at the 2AA Rosette Dining Room with chef James Coffey at the helm. For whiskey lovers, the Park Hotel is home to one of Europe’s largest whiskey collections. With opulent rooms and elegant decor, a night at The Park would make any special occasion magical.

Romantic Getaways in Ireland by Sara Abdulmagid

I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!

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