Ireland is a favourite wedding destination among the celebrity elite, from the Beckhams to the Brosnans. But when it comes to honeymoons, too, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West proved that a tour among the Most Beautiful Ireland Honeymoon Spots can provide a trip to remember forever.
Whatever experience you’re looking for in Ireland – from romantic hideaways and luxury destinations to breath-taking scenery and magical castles – Ireland has it all, packing a big punch for such a little country.
Here are the Top 6 Most Beautiful Ireland Honeymoon Spots.
Hideaway in a Tree House
Eco-friendly newlyweds can rely on Ireland to provide some of the most idyllic untouched scenery in Europe. Down in County Cork they’ve gone one step further, and created a luxury treehouse retreat nestled among the branches of the spruce pines.
The Treehouses at Grove House (there are actually two!) are a completely eco-friendly take on a magical self-catering hideaway. Constructed from 100% sustainable materials with no carbon footprint, honeymooners can combine the luxury of a Canadian two-person hot tub with a breath-taking view through the vivid green tree tops that make up this 2 acre site.
When you want to explore, the vibrant town of Skibbereen is just a mile from the treehouse (a 20 minute walk). The name means “little boat harbour” and that means the coastal town offers lots to do from sea fishing to scuba diving and kayaking.
Stay in a Medieval Castle
For a fairytale honeymoon that mixes medieval history with modern opulence, look no further than a stay at Ashford Castle. Recently famed as the wedding venue for renowned golfer Rory McIlroy, the estate once owned by the Guinness family sits on the waters of Lough Corrib on the border of Counties Mayo and Galway.
Luxurious renovations of four-poster beds and chandeliers have made it a modern day haven but the castle actually dates back to the 13th Century so there’s plenty of history and mature gardens to enjoy. For some daytime action, try out the complimentary nine-hole golf course or have a go at a traditional country sport as Ashford Castle is home to Ireland’s first school of falconry.
There’s no shortage of romance at Ashford, with a trip to The Quiet Man museum nearby; an homage to the locally-filmed John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara classic love story in 1952. And when you want to be alone, enjoy an intimate drink in one of the small pubs nearby, before retiring to the castle’s private hideaway cottage on the lakeshore which is a signature among Ireland Honeymoon Spots.
Trace Mythical Footsteps
Formed between 50-60 million years ago, no trip to Ireland is usually complete without stepping across the hexagonal wonder that is The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim. The UNESCO World Heritage site is part of the beautiful North Coast driving route that takes in sites such as the ruins of Dunluce Castle and the Spanish Armada shipwreck, the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. However, the causeway is also a place of romantic Irish myth and legend.
While the causeway takes its name from a mythical battle between Irish giant Finn MacCool and his rival Benandonner across the sea. Finn’s wife eventually saved him from the wrath of the bigger Scottish giant. And there are plenty more myths to enchant you along the causeway coast.
One of the best ways to experience them is on a mythical legends Causeway Campervans tour. See the rock at Glenarm Bay with the window hole with its story of tragedy and lost love as well as the magic of the “Vanishing Lake” or “Fairy Lough.” And if the sun comes out, drive your camper van onto the two golden miles of Blue Flag beach at Portrush Strand and hit the surf.
Dance Under the Stars
For a taste of the seclusion and natural beauty of Northern Ireland’s countryside, try a stay at Finnebrogue Woods. This exclusive lakeside venue in Count Down comprises acres of untouched woodland and a 30-acre tranquil lake on the gardens of Finnebrogue House.
With a herd of Dexter cattle and a lake full of trout, you can experience the authentic rustic farmland experience on your honeymoon within short driving distance of the North’s capital city (and airport) of Belfast.
This venue really comes alive, however, when you choose to stay in a luxury Nordic tipi (or Kata) erected on site right by the water. Constructed using wooden poles and canvas, the tipis make for a warm, dry and comfortable stay under the stars. Skim stones by the lake, sing on rugs by a fire pit, dance to the light of bulbs hanging from the trees and dine under a tipi for a truly unique experience of Ireland.
Man a Lighthouse
OK, perhaps you don’t want to actually work the lighthouse, but in a country famed for it’s spectacular coastline (thousand of kilometres of it completely untouched) then what better way to experience it than atop a light tower.
As with most heritage buildings in Ireland, Crookhaven Lighthouse dates all the way back to 1843. It’s been renovated of course, as well as an architect-designed cottage called “The Longhouse” added in 2008. The site now blends the old world charm of a rustic clifftop lighthouse with modern minimalist comfort and a new balcony taking in the West Cork coastline views making it one of the most popular Ireland Honeymoon Spots.
The area provides ample scenic walking for honeymooners with the world renowned Mizen Head Peninsula, Ireland’s most southwesterly point, located nearby.
Live the High Life
While Ireland’s capital city of Dublin is beautiful in its heritage of cobble stone streets and cool vibe, you can steer away from the capital’s hotel honeymoon spots and opt for something totally different.
Beautiful architectural design and with stunning views of the sea, the D4 side of Dublin is where you’ll find the 5,000 square foot elegant former home of Formula 1 racing driver Eddie Irvine. Enjoy a luxury stay beside neighbours such as U2’s Bono, The Edge and Van Morrison and imagine the parties this spot has seen!
The five bedroom mansion style home in Dalkey comes complete with swimming pool, plunge pool, sauna and jacuzzi as well as a rooftop terrace for dining, allowing you to live the high life during your honeymoon Irish stay. Available to book with only a one night minimum stay via AirBnB!