How To Plan The Ultimate Irish Honeymoon
Rolling hills, dramatic sea cliffs and luxury castles are just a few of Ireland’s many alluring attributes. You can’t help but be swept away by the bucolic landscapes of country — but it’s not just the incredible scenery that makes Ireland a remarkable travel destination. Amazing food, welcoming people, and the diversity of travel experiences you can have all in one place all add to the appeal. This is a destination where you can truly have the best of the country and the city.
We’ll show you where to stay and what to see in order to make the most of your Irish honeymoon.
- Begin your honeymoon tour on southwest coast of Ireland driving the spectacular <a href="http://www.wildatlanticway.com/home" target="_blank">Wild Atlantic Way</a>. The route measures 2,600 kilometres and stretches from West Cork to the Inishowen Peninsula—it’s one of the longest coastal routes in the world. From craggy seaside vistas around the dramatic Dingle Peninsula to darling villages, sheep and cattle dotted hillsides, this romantic road trip offers breathtaking views around every road twist.<br />
Photo courtesy <a href="https://www.tourismireland.com/" target="_blank">Tourism Ireland</a>.
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- Half the fun of the West Atlantic Way drive is stopping along the way to relax and soak up the scenery. A plush country house and lavishly refurbished refurbished 13th century castle is the place to do it. Stay a few nights at <a href="http://www.gregans.ie/" target="_blank">Gregans Castle Hotel</a> in Ballyvaughn, County Clare. Nestled in the rocky Burren area, surrounded by miles of rugged beauty (writer J.R.R. Tolkien often stayed at Gregans in the 1950s and it’s believed the Burren landscape was an inspiration for <i>Lord of the Rings</i>). This cozy 18th century manor home is incredibly private (with just 21 exquisite rooms) making it a perfect honeymoon stay. The Dining Room is renown as one of the premiere restaurants in Ireland serving the best local foods in a creative culinary style.<br />
Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.historichotelsworldwide.com/" target="_blank">Historic Hotels Worldwide</a>.
- Irish Castle Hotel
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- For the next stop on your Irish adventure, drive three hours north to Cong and live like royalty at <a href="http://www.ashfordcastle.com/" target="_blank">Ashford Castle</a>. Set on 350 acres, this property is all about grandeur and next-level luxury. All 83 rooms are extravagantly appointed—splurge on a stateroom or junior stateroom to truly live the monarch life.<br />
Ashford musts include afternoon tea, spa time, hiking, biking, clay shooting, and falconry. <a href="http://www.ashfordcastle.com/activities/falconry" target="_blank">Ireland School of Falconry</a> offers a guided Hawk Walks where you can tour the estate grounds flying your own Harris hawk—it’s truly a magical experience! After your time touring the grounds with your hawk, enjoy an enchanting dining experience in the George V Dining Room—the opulent décor of panelled walls and glittering Waterford Crystal chandeliers is as incredible as the food and wine.<br />
Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ashfordcastle.com/" target="_blank">Ashford Castle</a>.
- Ashford Castle
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- After your country tour, stop in Dublin for a taste of Irish city life before heading home. Bustling with an incredible arts and culture scene, Dublin is brimming with great shops, pubs and historic landmarks. Plan to spend an afternoon at <a href="http://www.merrionhotel.com/" target="_blank">The Merrion</a> to experience its <a href="http://www.merrionhotel.com/drawingrooms_tea.php" target="_blank">Art Tea</a>, a creative spin on traditional afternoon tea by pastry chef Paul Kelly that features brilliant tastes and treats fashioned after pieces in the hotels famed art collection.<br />
Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.merrionhotel.com/" target="_blank">The Merrion</a>.
- Afternoon Tea
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- For your last night’s in Ireland, stay at <a href="http://www.dylan.ie/">The Dylan</a>. This cool boutique property is located on the edge of town, close enough to walk to all the action, but far enough away to enjoy some serenity in the heart of the city. The vibe of this hotel is modern and sexy which makes it a nice contrast to historic country properties. Plan to dine at Tavern Restaurant followed by cocktails at The Dylan Bar—it’s one of the chicest drinking spots in Dublin serving up seriously creative drinks. If it’s the weekend plan to go early as it’s always fully jammed with locals. <br />
Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.dylan.ie/">The Dylan</a>.
- Dublin Hotel
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