If you’re looking for an excuse to steal away with your other half for a cosy weekend break, you’ve come to the right place! We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to romantic getaways in Ireland, so whether you’re planning a proposal, honeymoon, minimoon, babymoon, pre-wedding holiday, or just a fun road trip, you’ll find something to tempt you on our list. Among our favourite romantic getaways in Ireland, you’ll find world-class resorts, quaint cottages, foodie destinations, epic castles and everything in between. So grab a mug of your chosen hot beverage and get scrolling. Believe me, you’re going to want to visit every last one of these beauties!
With luxe, minimal interiors, modern features (underfloor heating, rainfall shower, wi-fi, etc.) and some of Ireland’s most dramatic landscape on your doorstep, Lost Cottage is a rental with a difference! Whether you plan on exploring the Iveragh Peninsula, or wish to stay cosied up indoors, looking out at the lake and mountains, this is a uniquely charming destination.
Location: Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry | uniquehomestays.com
Perched right on the sunny south east coast of Ireland, in the fishing village of Ardmore, Cliff House Hotel is home to high-end suites and sea-view bedrooms, some with terraces. The hotel’s spa is among the best in the country, and the restaurant, The House, boasts a Michelin star, so it’s ideal for a treat-filled stay.
Location: Ardmore, Co. Waterford | cliffhousehotel.ie
An owner-occupied farmhouse with cosy bedrooms, glamping bell tents and a private cottage known as The Bolthole, Legan Castle Farmhouse is a guesthouse with a difference! Visitors can expect cut flowers, crackling fires (lit for you, while you are out exploring, of course!) and incredible food, including homemade scones and cakes, and eggs from the owner’s hens!
Location: Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny | legancastle.ie
A quaint and characterful choice located less than an hour’s drive from Dublin, Batty Langley Lodge is like no other rental in Ireland, not least because of its distinctive façade. A two-storey lodge crowned with seven stone pinnacles, it’s home to a magical double bedroom, and cosy sitting room with wood-burning stove.
Location: Leixlip, Co. Kildare | irishlandmark.com
Regularly voted among the best hotels in the world, the grand country house at Ballyfin represents the epitome of luxury in Ireland, inviting its guests to live out their wildest Downton Abbey fantasies! Home to just 15 bedrooms, Ballyfin is an exceptionally private and high-end spot, with a price tag to match.
Location: Ballyfin, Co. Laois | ballyfin.com
A hidden gem that most Dubliners don’t even know about, Number 31 is a city-centre guesthouse and former coach house, which was once the home of architect Sam Stephenson. Boasting a sunken living room with open fire, light-filled breakfast room and welcoming, modern bedrooms, it’s the perfect spot for a city hideaway.
Location: Leeson Close, Dublin 2 | number31.ie
A luxury castle estate with all the charm of a family home, and acres of gorgeous grounds to explore, Castle Leslie is an ideal place for a romantic weekend break. There are luxurious castle and lodge bedrooms to choose from, as well as quaint cottages, not to mention lots of cosy nooks and crannies in which to snuggle up with your other half!
Location: Glaslough, Co. Monaghan | castleleslie.com
A 14-bedroom guesthouse in Clifden, The Quay House is bursting with period glamour and offers breathtaking views across the harbour. Boasting open fires, and quirky, antique-filled interiors, it’s an affordable option for those looking for a taste of luxury.
Location: Clifden, Co. Galway | thequayhouse.com
Located just off the ring of Kerry, easily one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions, Ard na Sidhe is a grand country house dating from 1913, set on 32 acres of spectacular gardens and hidden pathways. Perched on the shores of Caragh Lake, it’s an enchanting and secluded spot for a short break.
Location: Killorglin, Co. Kerry | ardnasidhe.com
A Michelin-starred pub restaurant with a handful of stylish rooms, the Wild Honey Inn is located in the heart of the Burren, on the doorstep of some of Ireland’s top food producers. Just bear in mind that it’s open from March to October only.
Location: Lisdoonvarna, County Clare | wildhoneyinn.com
Neven Maguire’s award-winning restaurant and guesthouse is a hugely popular choice for foodie couples, who might like to combine their trip with a short course at the house’s cookery school. Guest rooms are comfortable and affordable, with dinner in the restaurant always taking centre stage.
Location: Blacklion, Co. Cavan | nevenmaguire.com
If a traditional Irish thatched cottage sounds like your kind of adventure, you’re going to love Ardroe Thatched Cottage in beautiful Co. Donegal. An authentic, two-bedroom cottage built way back in 1665, but boasting all the modern comforts you need for a romantic stay, it’s a truly charming spot – not only will you be greeted by home baking, jams, and vegetables from the cottage’s own garden, but the peat fire will be burning on your arrival!
Location: Portsalon, Co. Donegal | donegalholiday.com
An AirBnb rental with serious wow factor, this off-grid Donegal is located in the middle of nowhere, right on the Atlantic coast, and encourages its guests to truly switch off from modern life. With no mains electricity, 12V power is generated from solar panels, and the cottage is heated with traditional stoves and ingenious hot water systems.
Location: Port, Co. Donegal | airbnb.ie/2269632
Whether you choose to stay in a courtyard suite or cottage, you’re in for a treat when you check in to Blairscove House and Restaurant. Overlooking Dunmanus Bay, and featuring one of Ireland’s best-regarded restaurants, it’s a sensationally stylish spot for a quiet countryside retreat.
Location: Durrus, Co. Cork | blairscove.ie
Located just 45 minutes from Dublin in gorgeous Co. Wicklow, Hunter’s Hotel is set on two acres of reknowned gardens and is bursting with old-world charm. 16 charming bedrooms await you at Ireland’s oldest coaching inn, while you can expect, hearty, quintessentially Irish fare in the hotel’s restaurant.
Location: Rathnew, Co. Wicklow | hunters.ie
A boutique hotel located on the dramatic Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford, Dunbrody House is owned and operated by chef Kevin Dundon and his wife Catherine, so a visit to the restaurant, and indeed the champagne and seafood bar, is a must for all overnight guests. For accommodation, you can choose between luxurious bedrooms, suites, a guest lodge and a cosy woodland cabin.
Location: Arthurstown, Co. Wexford | dunbrodyhouse.com
The remote island location isn’t the only incredible thing about this unique hideaway on the Aran Islands. The tranquil private suites, with chic, earthy interiors, the mouth-watering breakfast boxes and hotpot lunches that are delivered daily, and the exploration kit that helps you better explore the island quickly, all set it apart from other popular romantic getaways in Ireland. The suites open from the middle of March to the end of September.
Location: Aran Islands, Co. Galway | inismeain.com
Featured image: Lost Cottage
Fancy combining your romantic getaway with some spa treatments? Be sure to check out our list of the best places in Ireland for a spa weekend!