Written by ROSA KUMAR


romantic getaways

Ireland is a magical destination for a romantic getaway, with its fairy-tale forests, picturesque towns, and awe-inspiring scenery drenched in Celtic folklore.

Whether you want to pick one location for an intimate weekend for two or you're planning a two-week road trip, here's our pick of Ireland's most romantic counties.



Less than two hours' drive from Dublin, this part of the Irish east coast makes a stunning romantic retreat, its coastal scenery dotted with old country estates and beautiful mountains.

Start your County Wicklow getaway with a wholesome breakfast at Firehouse Bakery in the picturesque village of Delgany, or cozy up at Carpediem in Bray for something a bit more substantial.

To work off those treats, your next stop should be Glendalough; this glacial valley is home to a 6th-century monastery, old churches, stunning lakes, and rugged mountains.

To relax after your outdoor adventures, head to the Powerscourt Estate for beautiful views of its landscaped gardens, or wind down at its hotel spa with a Swedish massage for two.

The next day, take a drive to County Carlow for the enchanting Altamont Gardens. You can have a romantic picnic lunch and the 16 hectares of land showcase flora and fauna from all around the world.

Tinakilly Country House

The Powerscourt Hotel

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For added romance: Stop to see St Valentine's relics at Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin. According to legend, they were given to famous Irish preacher, which is why they now call Ireland home.



Start your trip with brunch in Cork City: Idaho Café is tiny and intimate, and perfect for a quick bite, while the Castle Café is in a setting that will make you feel like a royal couple.

Once you’ve had your fill of Cork City, take a drive to Kinsale for a rainbow-coloured, historic fishing town that combines urban exploration with outdoor activities.

For dinner in Kinsale, head to Black Pig Wine Bar, with its cobbled courtyard and 18th-century interiors. Afterwards, drive to Lough Hyne to see its bioluminescent water.

Though Cork has many other places where this marvel can be witnessed, this lough is a particularly romantic spot because it's possible to go moonlight kayaking.

Castlemartyr Resort

Grove House

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