The Watermill Restaurant, County Fermanagh
Places to Tell them You’ll Love them Forever
Northern Ireland is full of stunning locations that will make you fall in love all over again - our landscapes and scenery provide the perfect, romantic backdrop.
Below are some of our most romantic hotspots for some inspiration.
1. Be amazed at the awe-inspiring scenery at Dunluce Castle
Perched proudly on the sweeping Antrim coastline, Dunluce historic castle ruins are rich in myth and legend. The castle's magical setting is said to have been the inspiration for the the dramatic Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. It was also included in BBC Countryfile Magazine's top 10 romantic ruins.
2. See the sunset at the Giant's Causeway (World Heritage Site)
The world famous Giant's Causeway on the north Antrim Coast is a very romantic and atmospheric location, especially at sunset. Enjoy a brisk cliff-top walk along the Causeway Coast Way, which passes through the site.
3. Enjoy a romantic break in the Fermanagh Lakelands
Beautiful, watery Fermanagh is ideal for a romance-filled getaway. Book a short break on the shores of the tranquil Lough Erne, enjoy a picnic at Lough Navar Forest Walk or go for a stroll around one of the county's three National Trust properties: Florence Court, Castle Coole and Crom.
4. Experience romantic highs in and around the Mourne Mountains
Explore the dramatic and rugged landscapes of the Mournes,County Down - another location which inspired the magical land of Narnia. Reconnect with each other on an invigorating walk at Kilbroney Park or for a more unusual romantic experience, treat the two of you to a hot seaweed bath at SOAK in the seaside town of Newcastle.
5. Take their breath away with a visit to the iconic Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demesne
The stunning Mussenden Temple, which was inspired by the Temple of Vesta near Rome, is perched on a cliff edge and offers some of the best views of the North Coast. It can also be booked as a wedding venue.
6. Take a boat tour and challenge the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge together
Admire the unrivalled coastal scenery and hold on tight to your loved one as you take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge across to the tiny Carrick-a-Rede island.
7. Try an active break away in Tyrone & the Sperrins
If you're the active types, head along to the Tyrone & Sperrins region for a short break. The area has some beautiful open spaces for walking. Options include Gortin Glen Forest Park near Omagh and Banagher Glen near Dungiven. If you're after an adrenalin fix, the region also has some excellent outdoor activity centres, such as The Jungle NI, County Londonderry and Todds Leap, County Tyrone.
8. Rekindle your relationship on the shores of Lough Neagh
If you fancy somewhere off the beaten track for some quality time together, head to Lough Neagh. The area around the loughshore has some beautiful walks and attractions, such as Antrim Lough Shore Park, Ballyronan Marina, the impressive 10th century Ardboe High Cross or the quaint Coyles Cottage nearby. Definitely worth a visit is Tannaghmore Gardens in Craigavon, County Armagh: couples who canoodle over its kissing gate are said to marry within the year!
9. Blow away the cobwebs with a beautiful beach walk
Northern Ireland has some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe, with long stretches of sand and dunes – ideal for a gentle romantic stroll, options include the seven-mile Benone Strand, County Londonderry and Murlough National Nature Reserve in County Down with its stunning views of the Mourne Mountains.
10. Sleep under the stars in a forest bubble dome
There’s nothing more romantic than lying gazing up at the stars with your loved one. At the Finn Lough Resort in County Fermanagh you can sleep in a bubble dome and be at one with nature – just the 2 of you sleeping in a luxurious 4 poster bed under a canopy of leaves in the middle of a forest.
11. Romantic walks around city walls or forest parks
Whether you opt for a romantic stroll around the city walls in Derry~Londonderry or go further afield out of the city for a walk around the forest park at Roe Valley, you will be spending quality time with a loved one in picturesque surroundings.
12. Enjoy a romantic beachside lunch
Take some time out together and gaze over Portstewart Strand as you enjoy fresh food including local seafood at Harry’s Shack, County Antrim.
13. Pop the question at the perfect dramatic setting
With a six hour hike up the Cuilcagh Boardwalk in County Fermanagh the views from the top are spectacular and provide the perfect backdrop to popping the question.
14. Unleash your inner Jack and Rose at Titanic Belfast
Enjoy an afternoon tea at Titanic Belfast and get your photo taken at the replica staircase. Alternatively, if food is your shared passion with your other half, then try a food tour around Belfast with Taste and Tour – a selection of tours to suit all tastes are available to take you “off the eaten track”.
Northern Ireland really is the perfect setting for a romantic short break with lots of accommodation deals. Book your short break now.